(Speaking of Red Phalaropes, though, it still cracks me up to see these out-of-control flyers zooming through town, riding on gusts of wind. I saw one today almost careen right into our living room window but thankfully we remained victimless of its fly-by.)
It has been apparent of late that we had a new bunch of redpolls reach St. Paul Island after the last batch of north winds. In a matter of 1-2 days, several of us were seeing HOARY REDPOLLS (which had not been happening lately). Ashley and I bumped into this beauty in the lake bowl of Lake Hill:
Checking eBird, it shows that I had this Code 3 species 4x last fall and all between 7-21 September.
Ooh, guess what... we still have some stunner puffins around! Yep, I visited some seabird cliffs yesterday for the first time in quite a while. It was good to be face-to-face with my clown-like summer friends yet again. Here's a digiscoped picture I took with my phone through my scope: