Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Temps in 40s, mostly cloudy, occasional light sprinkle, wind NW 15-25 mph

Weather, May 21, 2024

New birds keep showing up!

Both Hawfinch and Brambling were found today and the number of Wood Sandpipers keeps growing.

We did not see the Brambling, but I got a quick glimpse of the Hawfinch (Don did not), and we are seeing Wood Sandpipers everywhere.

One of the tour groups had 27 today! Back in 2015, we had probably a hundred on the island. It looks like one of those years.

Rock Ptarmigans are abundant this year, but we have not seen a single Common Raven!

In addition to the Long-toed Stints, Aaron found a Red-necked Stint today.

The Taiga Flycatcher is still being seen, but not very cooperative.

As we approached the Airport Ponds this morning, the three previously-reported Tufted Ducks were there, but flew off immediately.

We went up to the Loran Station this morning and had a lot of Short-tailed Shearwaters, Fulmars, and Laysan Albatrosses. Not real close, but identifiable.

We later saw shearwaters and albatross from the Seawall as well.

Just after the last overlook before getting to the Loran Station, we had the resident Pacific Wren.

At the north end of Clam Lagoon, we finally picked up some Marbled and Kittlitz’s murrelets.

And finally, we had a couple of rainbows this morning.

Left end of the Rainbow, May 21, 2024
Right end of the Rainbow, May 21, 2024

Nine more birders are arriving tomorrow, but ten are leaving…

The trip list is at 51 (average Spring trip is 63)