I realize that these days it seems like every blog post of mine has word of a new lifer. Well, I'm happy to keep that streak going! A couple of nights ago Scott found a duck on Webster Lake that looked odd... kinda looked like a Garganey. However, the duck was super secretive and it got dark before they got really good looks. Well, we all returned yesterday and alas, it was very near where they left it; definitely a Code 4 GARGANEY!
I snapped a few digiscoped pictures with my phone but the duck flew to a different part of the lake after a bit. Notice the dark bill, pale chin, two dark lines on the face with a bold white line through the eye:
This represents the 11th record for the Pribilofs and the first for St. Paul in 16 years.
Speaking of Asian birds, we're experiencing a bit of an influx of BRAMBLING (a Code 3 type of finch). At least 40 are present on the island which is... pretty amazing (at least to me). Although this particular one didn't face me, I snapped a picture of it anyway in the Antone Slough celery patch:
Another species being seen in decent numbers are SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Here's one that popped out of a different celery patch near Barabaras Pond:
Continuing their usual dominance in town, the GRAY-CROWNED ROSY-FINCHES are easy to photograph on the fence at the Diesel Tanks these days:
Likewise, the SNOW BUNTINGS are also present in large numbers there:
A little closer than the loon was this ARCTIC FOX laying in some grass near the Salt Lagoon. I guess it thought it was hiding but judging by how easily I saw it and how close I was, it should reevaluate its strategy: