September 17 – St. Paul, Day 4

Actually it’s the fourth day here but we’ve only been here 3.5 days or so because the first day was a partial day here. Today the weather was a bit more balmy but still with pretty strong winds, now from the west. If there are any lost Asian birds out on the ocean, the wind has not yet forced them to come to St. Paul (at least not anywhere we have looked so far).

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Thus, the birds were pretty much the same as before, with even fewer Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings, many of which appear to have left the island.

Birds that I did see and  photograph included a few Horned Puffins on one of the cliffs, Rock Sandpipers, Red-faced Cormorants, increased numbers of Pacific Golden-Plovers, a Slaty-backed Gull among the Glaucous-winged Gulls, and Harlequin Ducks. Other birds seen include Pacific Wren, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstones, both kittiwakes, Brant, Northern Pintails and Long-tailed Ducks.

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295 species so far

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