6 October - another quick update
Another super-short update that the never-ending southerlies have driven me from the Pribiloffs again. One good outcome of the 40mph+ winds was some fantastic sea-watching conditions during my last two days on St Paul, with a range of species, including a couple that are only rarely seen in the area – Laysan Albatross (we had a Short-tailed a couple of weeks ago) and Leach’s Storm-Petrel. More importantly from my perspective, I saw a total of at least six Mottled Petrels over the two-day period! Hoping to get back when conditions for incoming Asian migrants improves.
Upon getting to Anchorage I had the choice of turning left to get to Barrow in hope of seeing a Ross’s Gull, or hooking right in anticipation of some storm-driven rarities with incoming Hurricane Matthew. I turned right, with a detour in Arizona in mind. Admittedly, in part as a result of the upheaval of my dedicated online fan-club regarding Lesser Sand Plovers, I took a chance that the bird at Round Cedar Lake near Flagstaff would hang in for a couple of days. It did!
Squint and concentrate - there's a Mottled Petrel in there somewhere.
What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this? The totally lost Lesser Sand Plover at Navaho Nation, Arizona