Temps in the 40s, mostly sunny, Wind SE 10-20 mph
I had two birds of note on this final day of this trip.
One was a Common Raven — only the fourth that I’ve seen this trip.
The other was a gull that I could not identify.
I found it on NavFac Beach. It looked darker than the other gulls. But lighting can do that up here. However, when it turned, it was still dark.
It was Glaucous-winged sized, but had a darker mantle and black primary tips. However, it wasn’t as dark as a Slaty-backed or a Vega sup-species of Herring Gull.
I went down to the beach and got photos. No one else was able to find it later.
I sent the photos to Isaac Helmericks (my go-to Adak guy!) and he said “I would say it is a Glaucous-winged hybrid. The wing tips are not dark enough for a pure Herring/Vega and it’s not a Slaty-backed. Seen birds like this on Attu. I don’t think one can really know if they are hybrids with Slaty or Vega.”
So I guess I got a half-species for the trip list?
The highlight of this trip was the pod of Orcas!
No lifers, but several semi-lifers. Great photos of Tufted Duck and Red-throated Loon.
There were few shorebirds. No stints. No Sanderlings.
So, although my total Trip List 69 (and a half!) was above average, it was because of getting many common and uncommon species, rather than rarities.
Today‛s eBird list can be seen at https://ebird.org/checklist/S140162044
I will be back September 17 to Oct 1, 2023.