Friday, September 17, 2021

Temp in the high 40s, overcast, rain starting at 10 AM, Wind light and variable becoming SE 15-25 MPH

The day dawned with no wind or precipitation, and a high ceiling. The smoke from Mount Sitkin was easy to see.

Mount Sitkin, September 17, 2021

I checked the High School Willows, Warbler Willows, and the National Forest for passerines, but only found locals.

At Clam Lagoon, a light drizzle had started, but I slogged out the peninsula anyway. No birds.

The weather deteriorated quickly from that point, with the wind and rain both increasing.

At the Seawall, as I was eating lunch and watching (ironically) a feeding-frenzy of gulls, kittiwakes, murres, etc., a jaeger flew in to the fray, then flew over me towards the lagoon.

Parasitic Jaeger, Seawall, September 17, 2021
Parasitic Jaeger, Seawall, September 17, 2021

I saw two Sea Lions there as well.

The weather got too bad, so I headed back to the house and took a nap.

Feeling refreshed, I ventured out into the storm once more.

At the Airport Creek bridge, hundreds of Short-tailed Shearwaters were swirling in and out of the mist.

At Clam Lagoon, I could see the Sanderling flock out on the peninsula hunkered down against clumps of seaweed, etc. I did not see the plover or stint. Doesn’t mean they weren’t there…

At the Seawall again, two Short-tailed Shearwaters joined the various feeding-frenzies, but the large flocks of shearwaters had not been blown in close to shore. It was too hazy to see very far out.

That was it for the day.

Going home tomorrow.