July 5 – Barrow, Day 1

I arrived in Barrow about 6 pm. After getting my rental car and checking in to my inn, I set out to drive the roads. I was surprised to see that there still was quite a bit of ice on the ocean.

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Birds seen included Red-necked and Red Phalarope, Greater White-fronted Goose, Long-tailed Duck, Northern Pintail, Northern Shoveler, Pacific Loon, Least, Semipalmated, Pectoral and Baird’s (1) Sandpiper, Semipalmated Plover, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger, Peregrine Falcon, Lapland Longspur, and Snow Bunting.

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About 9:30 I saw my goal bird, a SNOWY OWL. I’m not sure whether there are any other birds in Barrow that would be new for my year, but I’ll be looking.

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I did have one fly-by mystery bird today, a sandpiper, which I hope to find and photograph tomorrow. If so, I’ll let you know.

285 species so far

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