Temp in the 40s, mostly sunny, almost calm at sunrise changing to SE 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Rain starting at 5:30 PM
Perfect weather for dickey-bird hunting!
So i spent the morning scouring every spruce tree and willow bush that I could find.
To no avail!
I visited the High School Spuices (Naumann’s Thrush site) three times today. Nada…
However, during my rounds, I found the Gyrfalcon again.
Later in the day, I saw the Peregrine. So it was a two-falcon day.
In the afternoon, I headed to Clam Lagoon and walked the Peninsula and Marsh Edge.
The Peninsula was birdless, but as I was walking from the Peninsula across the flats towards the south end of the Marsh Edge, three shorebirds flew in and landed nearby.
Two plovers and a dowitcher.
The dowitcher was much more colorful than the three I saw in the 18th.
I believe this was a juvenile, while the others were winter adults.
The plovers were in different plumages. Here is the first one.
The second one I am not sure of and have put out feelers to my band of experts. It might be an American Golden-Plover… or not.
Along the Marsh Edge were the usual suspects, pectorals, sharp-tails, and dowitcher.
Over the last week, Aaron’s group had been seeing a Little Stint here as well. Examination of their photos show it to be a different one from the one we had on the 18th.
I did not see it today. Of course…
Over at the Seawall, not too many birds were sitting on Cormorant Rocks!
I then revisited the feeders, spruces, and willows. Still nada…
I checked Lake Leone and all of the ducks were gone (tufted and scaup).
Up at the Hilltop Quarry, I finally got my Snow Buntings for the trip.
The salmon are nearing the end of their run on Finger Creek, but the gulls are still having a feast.
And a Harlequin was in a hurry to get away from me as I drove along the creek.
Aaron’s group departed yesterday, so I am the lone birder on the island right now.
Birds that they saw that I did not include: Wood Sandpiper, Gray-tailed Tattler, Black Scoter, Red-throated Loon, Common Goldeneye, Barn Swallow (would have been an Adak bird for me), and Rough-legged Hawk.
The vagaries of birding. Being at the right place at the right time. For most of those birds, it was a one or two minute interval that made the difference between seeing and not seeing those birds.
My trip list is 52.
My eBird list is https://ebird.org/checklist/S119442450
PS: Steve (the owner of Adak Aleutians Experience, where I stay) just got Starlink! So now I have high-speed internet here!