New arrivals today include Short-eared Owl (at least 5), Brant, Pomarine Jaeger, Western Sandpiper, White-crowned Sparrow, Common Redpoll, Rough-legged Hawk, a ton of Pectoral Sandpipers, lots of Semipalmated Sandpipers (as apposed to the one yesterday), a few Long-billed Dowitchers, American Golden Plovers and Savannah Sparrows. Higher numbers of many birds including Lapland Longspurs and hundreds, maybe thousands of Greater White-fronted Geese were seen as well.
This sunny, warm weather is great for breaking up the snow and ponds (which are still pretty frozen), but I hope it doesn't last long. Otherwise we will be up to our ears in Mosquito.
|Willow Ptarmigan. These look just like the Rock Ptarmigan in the area. I ID'd this guy based on voice.|
|Pomarine Jaeger cruisin' by. 1 of 5 seen today.|
|Tundra Swans on the tundra.|
|This Arctic Ground Squirrel either just got done smoking a bowl or was squinting from the sun.|