Solstice Bird Trip

Starting today the daylight goes away and it will be winter before we know it. It takes awhile though and won’t really be noticeable till August. By mid September we lose light at the rate of seven minutes per day. That is three months away so we will enjoy summer while we have it.

It has been two days since the last bird trip. We saw some Aleutian Terns but we didn’t get close looks today like we did last week. There were more Murrelets showing up including these two Kittlitz’s Murrelets.


They were very close to the boat and everyone got good looks till they did this.


We also saw a pair of Common Loons also very close to the boat.


Why don’t Yellow-billed Loons do that. I likely saw one on this trip but it was a ways away and I couldn’t get close enough to it to make a positive ID. We waited for ten minutes looking in all directions and never saw it again.

There were not as many birds at Gull Island as sometimes and we were unable to locate any Horned Puffins on the water. There is a rock crack where one has been nesting for at least the last 20 years and I see it there almost every trip but don’t point it out unless it is facing out so you can see the bill. Today all I could see was the rear end and there was no way to tell what it was for sure unless you knew that is where it nests.

Here is the list for today:

Common Loon
Barrows Golden-eye
Harlequin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Pelagic Cormorant
Bald Eagle
Northwestern Crow
Common Raven
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Aleutian Tern
Arctic Tern
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz’s Murrelet
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Tufted Puffin

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