Temp in the 40s, overcast, wind light ENE
I did not see a Brambling today. They may have finally moved on.
But there are still at least two Pine Siskins coming to my feeder.
The other guys told me they had a Wandering Tattler last evening up at Clam Lagoon, so I headed straight up there this morning in hopes it was still hanging around.
However, when I got to the lagoon and did a quick scan before heading up to where the had the tattler, I found a flock of 34 Bar-tailed Godwits (plus the 2 Black-tails)!
So I headed back to town to alert them (it was a lifer for some of them) and they soon joined me up there and reveled in the new birds.
We then proceeded around the lagoon, but could not find the tattler.
We got to the Seawall, scanned a while, then moved farther along to scan some more.
As we got out of the car, a tattler called and flew back up the Seawall a little bit.
It turned out to be a Gray-tailed! This is the first one I have seen in May. Up til now, all spring birds were Wanderings and all fall birds were Gray-tailed.
Better birders than I confirmed that today’s bird is a Gray-tailed, while yesterday’s was a Wandering!
After Clam Lagoon, the group went out to the Loran Station and I headed elsewhere.
I found the errant Tundra Swan on Palisades Lake.
And down on Navfac Beach, I found a lone Bar-tailed Godwit.
The Trip List is 64.
Today’s list can be seen at https://ebird.org/checklist/S111677465