We arrived on St. Paul Island about 3:10 pm, checked in, got our luggage (all of it, which sometimes does not occur on planes flying out here) and stowed it in our rooms, loaded up in the van, drove to Rocky Lake, got out, formed a line under the direction of Scott Schuette, Tour Director of St. Paul Island Tours, walked a few minutes and flushed a JACK SNIPE! Goal bird for the day! It all happened so fast that I did not get my camera on it.
But I did have a chance to try out the new camera on other birds, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Sharp-tailed and Pectoral Sandpipers, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and Pacific Wrens.
Also I photographed a few fur seals.
It was a bit windy but quite mild, and only a few brief light rainy times. I don’t know of any birds still on the island that I “need” for my year, but every day brings the possibility of new arrivals. Nearly anything is possible.
295 species so far