Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Temp in the 40s, mostly cloudy, sunnier in the PM, occasional light sprinkle, wind NW 10-20 mph

Weather, May 28, 2024

The off and on sprinkles produced another rainbow for us.

Rainbow, May 28, 2024

I usually get to a point in these trips where the weather (ie. winds) turns against us and we get into the doldrums. This is it.

No new birds today (trip or life).

The Far Eastern Curlew was still present for an unprecedented fifth day.

I verified that Ravens still exist on the island (we were beginning to worry!).

Common Raven, Adak, May 28, 2024

The decline in the number of residents on the island has resulted in fewer scavenging opportunities for the birds, so they aren’t hanging around town as much.

There are several Bald Eagle nests easily seen as we drive around and it appears they are still sitting on eggs. At home in Pennsylvania, the young are about to fledge.

We had one of the Hawfinches at the Seal Drive feeder this morning, but later on the feeder was mobbed by the aforementioned ravens…

One of the Hawfinches has started visiting the Kuluk feeder as well, which is only 1400 feet. away — as the Hawfinch flies…

This has been a good year for Pacific Loons, with many hanging off the Seawall and in Clam Lagoon.

Pacific Loon, Clam Lagoon, May 28, 2024

Don (and most of the other birders) leave tomorrow, but there will still be a couple in addition to me.

The Trip List remains at 71.

The Trip Report can be viewed at https://ebird.org/tripreport/243576