Monday, May 23, 2022

Temp in the 40s, overcast, no precipitation, Wind ENE 5-10 mph

A very good day. No lifers, but a few nice birds.

First, an apology.

I forgot to post the photo of the “odd-looking” siskin yesterday. So here it is.

Notice the lack of streaking in the center of the breast/belly and the hint of yellow above and behind the eye. These are traits of the female Green-morph Pine Siskin.

“Green morph” Pine Siskin, Naval Admin Building, May 21, 2022

Today started out at the Marina, where I picked up Ancient Murrelets.

Ancient Murrelet, Marina, May 23, 2022

How’s that for an ID quiz?

Then I drove down to Finger Bay, picking up 8 Snow Buntings and a Red-necked Grebe along the way.

Then I didn’t get anything else new until I got to the East Side Ponds at Clam Lagoon, where a Long-billed Dowitcher flushed as I drove along. I could not relocate it.

This is only the second Spring dowitcher that I have had out here.

At the Seawall, I had both Pacific and Arctic Loons.

Arctic Loon, Seawall, May 23, 2022

I had several puffins of both species fly by. I spent a few minutes scanning the horizon for stiff-wings and was rewarded with about a half-dozen Short-tailed Shearwaters and one Laysan Albatross.

At Lake Shirley, I found the Barrow’s Goldeneye that others had reported a few days ago in Clam Lagoon.

Barrow’s Goldeneye (right) with Common Goldeneye, Lake Shirley, May 23, 2022

On the way back to town, I got a report of a Pacific Golden-Plover and A Ruddy Turnstone at Landing Lights Beach. When I got there, only the turnstone was still there.

Ruddy Turnstone, Landing Lights Jetty, May 23, 2022

I had an early dinner, then went back out.

At Contractor’s Camp Marsh, I spotted one of the Common Mergansers that have been hanging around.

Common Merganser (with Red-necked Phalarope) Contractor’s Camp Marsh, May 23, 2022

When I got back up to Clam Lagoon, I got a report that the plover was on the peninsula.

But, before I could get to that, I also was told a Short-eared Owl was hunting nearby.


Short-eared Owl, Clam Lagoon, May 23, 2022

This is the first Short-eared Owl that I have seen out here that sat long enough for a photo!

At the peninsula, I got the plover.

Pacific Golden-Plover, Clam Lagoon, May 23, 2022

As I came around the northeast corner of the lagoon, another owl was hunting there. He also sat for a photo!

Short-eared Owl, Clam Lagoon, May 23, 2022

On the other side of the lagoon, I captured this gull working on dinner.

Glaucous-winged Gull with dinner, Clam Lagoon, May 23, 2022

Then, to top off the day, I had a flock of Aleutian Cackling Geese fly over.

Cackling Geese, Clam Lagoon, May 23, 2022

In addition to all of this, the wagtail and godwit were both seen again and a Tundra Swan has been hanging around since yesterday and a Gyrfalcon was seen. None of these birds showed itself to me however.

My trip list jumped to 52 (from 39)!

My day’s list can be found at

It is supposed to be nice weather again tomorrow.