Saturday, May 27, 2023

Temps in the 40s, mostly cloudy, more sun in the late afternoon, occasional light shower, Wind WNW 10-20 mph

Weather, May 27, 2023

On all of my trips to Adak there are always a few days when I do not add any new birds to the trip list.

Today was such a day (not that there weren’t any candidates around…).

I spent some time this morning watching the Andrew Lake feeder.

All I saw were 2 longspurs, 2 rosy-finches, a Snow Bunting, and 1 Brambling.

I did a lot of “slow” birding around Lake Andrew, the Marsh, etc., but found no new birds.

At the Marina I photographed this Pigeon Guillemot. Most of the guillemots are in breeding plumage already, but about 10 to 20 percent still have some winter plumage (like this guy).

Pigeon Guillemot, Marina, May 27, 2023

I saved the Lagoon for later in the day when it was low tide.

In the afternoon, I bid farewell to Steve and welcomed the McQuades and four fellow birders. I gave them the info on the rarities around, then headed for Clam Lagoon.

Up at the Seawall, Goose Rocks was covered with Common Eider, et al.

Goose Rocks covered with eiders, cormorants, and gulls, May 27, 2023

The three Pacific Golden-Plovers were still on the East Side Flats and one Bar-tailed Godwit was seen by Rick’s group.

On the way back to town, the McQuades radioed that they had a Reeve at the Marsh. I briefly joined them, but it had flown way off into the marsh where I don’t like to go.

I also heard from Sam that he had a Redpoll on the road to Warbler Willows.

So there were at least two potential trip birds here today.

Speaking of ravens…

On my first day here, I saw two Common Ravens. Then a few days later, I saw another one. That’s it!

I usually see half-a-dozen a day!

Apparently whatever decimated the eagle population here (bird flu is suspected) did the same for the ravens.

Although not a rarity, they were always fun to watch playing in the wind. They looked like they really enjoyed the aerial acrobatics.

I hope they don’t completely disappear from the island. The eagles appear to be holding their own now.

The Trip List is stuck at 66.

Today’s eBird list can be seen at