Seriously though, I hope to have more time to share more pictures and to go into more depth soon but for now, here's just a few pictures of some of the more interesting birds we've had lately.
The latest rare was this SURFBIRD that Alison and her group found at NE Point. I believe this is the 4th Pribilof record:
WOOD SANDPIPERS, an Asian vagrant, continued to be common for many days (although they're getting harder again now). There must have been a dozen or so around the island which I'd never consider a problem. Here's one in a puddle in the quarry (not where anyone would expect a WOSA!):
Not all that rare (but still a new island bird for me) was this SABINE'S GULL that hung around in the Salt Lagoon for a bit:
YELLOW-BILLED LOONS aren't rare either but they're cool enough that I'm including a picture of one here. Lighting was poor but having it in the harbor means I care not:
I'm happy to say that I've managed to snag 2 ABA lifers so far this season on St. Paul Island. The first one was such a fun experience, I won't be forgetting it anytime soon. Even though it's "only" a Code 3 bird, I was extremely stoked to find this COMMON GREENSHANK in Cup Pond one day with Susan:
Another shorebird story.... I looked up one day and saw a tiny speck WAY up... I put my bins up to find it was a godwit but all I could see was the long and distinctive bill. I raised my camera with suspicions; perhaps I could take a picture, zoom in, and confirm a flyby Black-tailed Godwit? I did all those things except the last; it was the more-expected BAR-TAILED GODWIT instead:
But then it took off, headed north, and was never seen again.
Apparently 55-60 mph winds out the east will indeed bring American rares. Let's hope the next couple of days are calmer, drier, and loaded with goodies from the trolly.