Monday, September 13, 2021

Temp in the 50s, partly cloudy, wind W 5-10 mph

Here are three happy campers ready to start their day.

Gabi, Michelle, and me, September 13, 2021

Both plovers and the stint are still here.

At Sweeper Cove this morning, we found Ancient Murrelets, which were a year-bird for Michelle, who is doing an Alaska Big Year.

We also had a Common Loon.

We walked the marsh edge this morning and did not find a Sharp-tail or Ruff, but we did have a Common Snipe! A lifer for Gabi! Plus a Pectoral sandpiper.

Common Snipe, Clam Lagoon, September 13, 2021

At the Seawall, Michelle scoped the horizon and saw the parade of Short-tailed Shearwaters going by as well as a Laysan Albatross — both year-birds.

Mount Sitkin has been active recently and is producing a steady emission of smoke (on the left side of this photo).

Mount Sitkin, September 13, 2021

When we got back around to the south end of the lagoon, there were 6 Emperor Geese there.

Emperor Geese, Clam Lagoon, September 13, 2021

My trip list is up to 50. Average for my September trips is 55, so I am on pace.