Monday, May 28, 2012


The past few days have brought a small number of new arrivals. Sabine's Gulls are enjoying the newly-open water.

Short-eared Owls have been around in decent numbers as well. We had 7 in one scan a night or two ago.

I found the source of their food yesterday, or at least some of it. I never knew lemmings had a white winter coat. Turns out, only the Collared Lemming has a white coat for winter. That must be what this is?

We have had a lot of snow in the last couple days, probably around 3 inches in all. This did not help the shorebird numbers, which still remain low. Although they are tough to come by these days, finding any source of open water on the tundra might produce a few, like this Long-billed Dowitcher.

The Longspurs are pairing up and singing, and this male was particularly obliging.

Weather outlook for the next few days doesn't look promising. More cold with NE winds, with scattered snow flurries. Later in the week it may warm up, and we could see a big arrival of shorebirds. It appears nesting is going to be later than last year. Hopefully they get here soon!

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