What happened 4 months ago today? I landed on St. Paul Island and the lifer madness began. If you do the math, I've averaged a new bird every 5 days! Even up through yesterday, surprises come when you don't necessarily think they will... but more on my latest lifer in a bit.
A few days ago I got a text from Doug, another guide here, regarding Notchy. Who's that? Well...
Indeed, it's the female Killer Whale that has been hanging around for the past several weeks. What's more interesting is that this is the same female that was seen around St. Paul Island last year. We know this because those notches in the dorsal fin are pretty distinctive.
Anyway, Notchy was swimming REALLY close to shore one day and when you look at photos, it's crazy to think of it being only 20 feet offshore. I certainly wouldn't want to be swimming around and see this coming towards me:
It seems as if the storm blew in some decent numbers of shorebirds too. More than 90 SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS were tallied yesterday (and remember, this is a Code 3 species). Here's just a small portion of a flock flying around at Pumphouse Lake:
In terms of celery patches, we bumped into a couple of PACIFIC WRENS up near Webster House which was a different species for there: