Woke up to strong winds, light snow and some rain. It was much colder than yesterday but this inclement weather didn’t seem to deter the birds. There was much more movement today and everything felt different. We picked up a group of 16 Steller’s Eiders at one wetland, and we had a flock of what was probably 40 Spectacled Eiders flying over, plus a female Spectacled at another wetland.
All the usual shorebirds were seen, including the same White-rumped Sandpiper as yesterday.
After lunch, a short visit to the Information Centre/Museum, and a siesta we checked all of the same sites again. There was generally less birds present at the start, but then we found 10 Steller’s Eiders in one of the wetlands, followed by a pair of spectacular Spectacled Eiders roosting about 150m away further along the same wetland area.
|Spectacled Eider - Bird of the trip right there..!!!!|
In the strong winds we scoped the birds and enjoyed really great views once they woke up and began swimming around. Awesome!
|Snow Bunting is extremely common around Barrow|