However, the "Patagonia Roadside Rest" effect went into action when Alison and her group found a RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (Code 4) while searching for the rosefinch! However, the bird was a one-and-done wonder and no one was ever able to relocate it.
Despite those birds being less than reliable, we've had some other fun birds around like this ARCTIC WARBLER in Zap Ravine for a couple of days, the first one of the season. As is typical for this species in migration here, it was quite skulky and rarely came out in the open. This is the best I could do:
We continue to have large numbers of redpolls on the island. We've seen a flock of 100+ birds once or twice which is the largest I had ever seen here. And believe it or not, not all of the redpolls on the island have found their way to that flock yet; here's one in the quarry crab pots:
In shorebird news, it's stunning to scope the Salt Lagoon and NOT see Rock Sandpipers! Sure, there are a few stragglers remaining but the vast majority have departed their breeding grounds and have migrated south to the Aleutians. They are such a staple here during most of the season that it seems strangely quiet and stark without them.
Also, we now have TWO different JACK SNIPE on the island; another one was found at Tonki Point Wetlands just yesterday.
Thankfully, the fun didn't stop with the COSN. Scott had found a Code 3 OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT on Hutch Hill and so nearly all the birders on the island converged there later that evening. Although it was quite uncooperative, as this species of pipit can be, we all were successful in seeing the bird flush several times. An easier photographic subject was the beautiful fall evening with the bright sunlight contrasting with the incoming squalls: