Thursday, May 26, 2022

Temp 50!, overcast, occasional very light drizzle, Wind NE 5-15 mph

I forgot to mention a pair of Thick-billed Murres I had yesterday at Sweeper Cove.

Thick-billed Murre, Sweeper Cove, May 25, 2022

After checking the feeders and Sweeper Cove, I decided to head up to Clam Lagoon, as low tide is in the morning right now.

As I drove by the airport, a Short-eared Owl flew by.

Short-eared Owl, Adak Airport, May 26, 2022

Having seen these owls on only 5 of my 27 trips out here, it has been a treat seeing three on one trip!

At Clam Lagoon, I found the three godwits were still here (2 Black-tailed, 1 Bar-tailed).

Black-tailed Godwits, Clam Lagoon, May 26, 2022
Black-tailed Godwits, Clam Lagoon, May 26, 2022
Black-tailed Godwits, Clam Lagoon, May 26, 2022

The 5 Common Mergansers were on Hidden Lake this morning (Common Mergansers are uncommon out here).

Its been a while since I posted a chick-pic, so here it is…

Rock Ptarmigan, Clam Lagoon, May 26, 2022

At the north end of Clam Lagoon, I found 2 Ruddy Turnstones.

On the way back to town, I found this Song Sparrow overlooking the Palisades…

Aleutian Song Sparrow, Palisades Overlook, May 26, 2022

At the Seal Drive feeder, I had 4 Bramblings. I have not seen very many the past couple of days. I am wondering if some of them moved on or I just have bad timing.

Brambling. Seal Drive Feeder, May 26, 2022

At the Sandy Cove Bluffs feeder, a pair of Snow Buntings were feeding.

Snow Bunting, Sandy Cove Bluffs Feeder, May 26, 2022

Since I’ve been here, other birders reported seeing 4 Pine Siskins, but all I ever saw at one time was 2.

Well, this evening, I looked out at my feeder (yes, I have a feeder in the back yard of my townhouse) and beside the ever-present Rosy-Finch was a siskin. Then two, Then four!

Unfortunately, the battery on my feeder-cam had died by that late in the day, so I got no videos.

This is the first year I have a feeder cam, so I am learning its limitations. Today, it took 218 video clips before the battery ran out around 3 PM. I have it plugged into a spare battery pack, but even that was not enough for the whole day. Next year I will get a larger battery pack.

I did get a photo of three of them with my Canon, but they were through two panes of glass, so they are not great.

Three Pine Siskins and a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Adak, May 26, 2022

I hope, now that the siskins have found this feeder, that they will visit earlier in the day and be captured on video.

The trip List is at 60.

Today’s total list can be seen at

I just found out that there will be 4 more birders arriving on Saturday, so I won’t be the only birder on the island next week.