Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Ruff and Stuff

By spending ~15 hours a day in or around the plots, something exciting was bound to happen. Today it did. This evening I was out doing a few nest checks and looking for nests, when I noticed this silly looking bastard roaming the tundra.
Ruff. Not the greatest picture.
We now have 2 jaeger nests on our plots, one Long-tailed and one Parasitic. The Parasitic pair are both dark morph birds (or a very dark intermediate?) and really cool to watch when they aren't terrorizing shorebirds. So far this is the best I can do.

We woke up to a fresh inch of snow yesterday, or was it two days ago? With a lack of sleep and 24 hour light, I've completely lost track of days. Here is the scene upon waking up.
This Semipalmated Sandpiper was busy defending a nest from a Ruddy Turnstone. I took the opportunity to sneak up and take a few pics.
 And, to prove I actually am doing some work, here is yours truly banding a Semipalmated Sandpiper.
Notice the ugly red beard growing in.
Tomorrow (June 15th) marks the 28th consecutive day that I have not bathed or taken a shower. Thats right, 4 straight weeks. Pretty gross, right?

1 comment:

  1. July 15 or June 15? Err, time must be going pretty quickly for you. I didn't keep track of how many days between bathing but I'm certain I still have you beat. :-( Let me know by the time you get back to civilization; you *might* have beat me by then. Nice with the Ruff; I knew something goofy would show up.