Today on St. Paul Island was a day of wind, rain, rainbows and sun, with only the wind being a constant. The direction of the wind has changed a bit, however, and is expected to go even more westward, which is the desired direction most likely to bring in Asian migrant birds. No new birds today, however.
Highlights for me included another two fly-by views of a Jack Snipe, during the first of which I actually got some in-flight photos that fuzzily showed the gold-striped back and the short beak (short for a snipe, anyway).
In the same marshy area where the Jack Snipe was found we got very close views of Red Phalaropes (not red at this time of the year).
We also had good but distant views of a King Eider perched on the rocks.
As usual on St. Paul in the fall (actually late summer), we had good views of Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and Pacific Wrens.
Also as usual at this time of year, we had good views of fur seals, some cute and some just sleepy-dopey. Many of them seemed often to have very human-like expressions.
295 species so far