The high pressure has finally moved out and our first "storm" has rolled in. It's not as epic of a storm as we might have hoped for but with sustained winds around 30 mph along with rain and snow, I think it probably qualifies as a storm.
Birding in that kind of weather isn't exactly easy or thoroughly enjoyable. However, yesterday morning still provided a few interesting things.
Only a mile or two down the road was a NORTHERN WHEATEAR that we bumped off the shoulder. Although not a rarity (they're listed as uncommon in the spring), it was nice to see a new arrival. I didn't manage a picture of it before it flew the coop but we did walk around in the general area for a few minutes. You can see a dusting of snow too:
Our next stop was Antone Slough where I flushed a suspicious-looking snipe. We managed to find it again and confirmed it as our first COMMON SNIPE of the season. In the below picture, note the distinctive white underwings:
Do you know your jaeger silhouettes? At Southwest Point, this PARASITIC JAEGER came by while we were scoping the kelp beds and offshore flybys:
There were a few KING EIDERS offshore here, as there often are, but these were finally close enough for photos:
Here's another view of a RED-LEGGED at its nest:
In the afternoon, we were able to confirm that the ratty BAR-TAILED GODWIT was still present out at Tonki Point:
Hot off the press, I just followed up on a report from GD of SNOW GEESE on one of the nearby lakes. Sure enough, they were there just a few minutes ago:
As with the last post, I'll close with a random flower picture. I haven't gotten around to IDing this one yet but I'll let you know when I do: