July 6 – Barrow, Day 2

No new birds today, but I did see another Snowy Owl on a distant hill on the opposite side of Barrow from yesterday’s owl.

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The main goals today were shorebirds and the main highlights were baby shorebirds. I  took pictures of some of them, and have made guesses as to what species the babies were, but they were running all over the tundra and not always clearly associated with a parent. There were also many families of Greater White-fronted Geese (picture below shorebird young pictures). My guess as to the identities of shorebird young shown below (based on proximity to adult birds) is: Red-necked Phalarope, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red Phalarope and American Golden-Plover.

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I also found a nesting pair of Tundra Swans and a very noisy Wilson’s Snipe.

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Tomorrow I will wander some more around Barrow.

285 species so far

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