Thursday, September 16, 2021

Temp in the 50s, partly cloudy, wind WNW 10-25 mph diminishing as the day went on.

I walked the marsh edge of Clam Lagoon this morning, but only found one Pectoral Sandpiper.

Out on the peninsula, the Lesser Sand-Plover and Red-necked Stint continue. And they were joined by the Sanderling flock. I got a bit of a rush when I saw a dark-colored bird in with the Sanderlings, but it was just a late-molting bird.

Sanderlings, Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021

By the time I had made it to the Seawall, the Sanderlings had flown over to Goose Rocks and Cormorant Rocks.

Sanderlings and Glaucous-winged Gulls, Goose Rocks, September 16, 2021
Sanderlings, Cormorant Rocks, September 16, 2021

While scanning the distant shearwaters, I saw an all-dark albatross which I presume to be a Black-footed. It was too didn’t to get any more details than that.

Down by Candlestick Bridge, the Harbor Seals were sunning themselves.

Harbor Seals, Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021

On the way back up the east side of the lagoon, I spied the Peregrine soaring over the bluff. I got out to take photos and it soon got into a set-to with a Glaucous-winged Gull.

Peregrine Falcon and Glaucous-winged Gull, Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021
Peregrine Falcon and Glaucous-winged Gull, Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021
Peregrine Falcon and Glaucous-winged Gull, Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021

The weather forecast is atrocious for tomorrow into Saturday – rain all day, little wind. The little wind part is okay, but the rain will make it difficult birding.

So I grabbed an early dinner and went back out to take advantage of today’s nice weather.

At the Sweeper Channel, a Common Teal was taking a nap with some Rock Sandpipers.

Common Teal and Roack Sandpipers, Sweeper Channel, September 16, 2021

The feeder at the Adak National Forest had an unwelcome visitor.

Norway Rat, Adak National Forest, September 16, 2021

Gray-crowned Rosy-finches were at the Blue Building feeder area.

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, Blue Building, September 16, 2021

And finally, I got a better photo of some of the Common Teal feeding out in Clam Lagoon late in the day.

Common Teal, feeding late in Clam Lagoon, September 16, 2021

One-and-a-half days to go. It doesn’t look promising, but hope springs eternal…