Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Temp in the 40s, mostly cloudy, foggy in the morning, Wind variable 5-10 mph

Weather, May 30, 2023

And a bonus sunrise.

Sunrise over the runway, May 30, 2023

Only one new bird today, but Bramblings and Hawfinches continue to be seen.

I saw the Yellow-billed Loon again at the Kelp Bed off of Bayshore.

There are plenty of terns about — both Arctic and Aleutian.

An Arctic Tern at Clam Lagoon.

Arctic Tern, Clam Lagoon, May 30, 2023

This eagle was dining on a dead Sea Otter.

Bald Eagle eating a Sea Otter, Clam Lagoon, May 30, 2023

I started dismantling the feeders this afternoon for storage. As I was heading back to town with two of them, I ran into Allen (who is out here mainly photographing birds) and he told me he had seen a Red-throated Loon up at the north end of Clam Lagoon (he showed me a distant, but identifiable photo).

So I decided to get back to town, unload the feeders and come back up and take as much time as needed to see this loon (I needed it for the trip list).

No sooner had I returned than I spotted the loon — AND IT WAS CLOSE TO SHORE! All of the other Red-throateds that I have seen out here were always distant.

This one was very cooperative.

Red-throated Loon, Clam Lagoon, May 30, 2023

That put my Trip List at 69.

Today’s eBird list can be seen at https://ebird.org/checklist/S139962148

I (and all of the other birders on the island) leave tomorrow.

So I won’t be posting my wrap-up blog until sometime Friday.