Sunday, September 22, 2019

Temp in the 50s, mostly sunny, very occasional light shower, Winds NW 5-15 mph

We started the day giving Bob and Steve the fifty-cent tour of Adak. We didn’t find anything new, but saw the usual suspects.

We then headed up to Clam Lagoon to try again for the Marsh Sandpiper.

By the way, I didn’t mention last night that as they were walking through the marsh to get to where the sandpiper was last seen, Bob slipped on a log while trying to cross a stream and sprained/broke(?) his left ankle! However, he persevered and continued down the half-mile or so to where the ducks flushed, taking the sandpiper with them.

So, this morning, Steve and I walked out on the flats (low tide) to try to see the sandpiper and hoped that it would be in a position for Bob to see it from shore with the scope.

YES! Steve had an up-close-and-personal look and Bob got a satisfactory look with the scope.

The bird was still there when we left.

We believe this is only the ninth record for North America (and our second)!

Remarkably, the Short-tailed Shearwaters continue in Kuluk Bay – even in this sunny, balmy weather. We have never seen anything like it. They are not real close, but close enough for the photo from two days ago.

The only other bird of note today was an Oldsquaw (so sue me!), down off the Sweeper Cove breakwall. When we left here in June, there was one hanging out at the Seawall. We assume this is the same bird, as there are previous records of lone birds spending the summer here.

Long-tailed Duck, Sweeper Cove Breakwall, September 22, 2019

This brings our Trip List to 48. The Year List remains at 82.

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