May 25 – Last Day of Spring Visit to St. Paul Island

I am home in Anchorage. With a lot of experimentation, it turned out that the camera ScanDisc card seems to be damaged which was the reason I could not download my pictures. So, we went to the late-open store, bought new cards and a card-reader. Although the old card when in my camera or my husband’s camera could not be read, it could be read when the new card-reader was inserted in the computer USB port. So I am able to post some pictures today and will as soon as possible try to post a few more from St. Paul Island.

I did not add any new birds today for my big year, but it was a good day with additional views of the cliff-nesting birds (puffins, murres, auklets, Red-faced Cormorants), Pacific Wrens as well as the Lapland Longspurs, Rock Sandpipers, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches.IMG_1589A

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We some time today at fur seal overlooks, since some of the males are beginning to come to land.

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One of our drives today was blocked by a huge herd of reindeer extending across the road and on both sides of the road.

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Shortly before it was time to board the plane, we went back to Hutchinson Hill where yesterday’s Siberian Rubythroat and Northern Wheatear had been seen. I did not (again) get pictures of the rubythroat. Yesterday’s wheatear pictures are better than what I was able to get today so one of them is posted here.

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Tomorrow will be laundry, client work, chores, and packing for the Gambell-Nome trip that starts the next day. A nutty birder’s work is never done.

215 species so far

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