Monday, May 23, 2011

More Migration in the North

New birds continue to make appearances back on their arctic breeding grounds. Between yesterday and today we have tallied many species arriving and singing, ready to breed. Long-tailed Duck, Common and King Eider, Stilt Sandpiper, a pair of Bar-tailed Godwits, Snowy Owls, Dark-eyed Junco (a little north of its breeding range), Black-bellied Plover (a little out of range as well), Pacific Loon and Red-necked Phalarope have all made themselves known.

The Bar-tailed Godwits are especially nice to see. They appear to be a pair and have taken a liking to our camp area. It was really foggy today when I took this picture but I should get more chances for better pics when it gets sunny again.
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black-bellied Plover
Common Eiders passing by noticing there is no open water!

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