Monday, May 25, 2015 Pomarine Jaeger and 7 Black Turnstones

Sunrise 4:57 am, sunset 10:53 pm for a total day length of 17 hours and 55 minutes. Tomorrow will be 3 minutes and 57 minutes longer.

While walking along the tidelands this afternoon, I heard an unusual cry and looked up. GLAUCOUS-WINGED and MEW GULLS were mobbing a light adult POMARINE JAEGER, giving it a thorough escort out of their territory. The black helmet, yellow wash on the throat, and black breast band really stood out. The knobby-looking, twisted tail feathers cinched the identification of this heavy-bodied jaeger. I have never seen a Jaeger, much less a pelagic Pomarine Jaeger in Seward, 40 miles from the continental shelf. What an astonishing discovery!

A short time later, I heard another sound, “keerrt!” and turned around to see 7 BLACK TURNSTONES flying past, low over the beach. The black head and breast contrasted sharply with the white underwings and belly; then, flip! the overall black upperside accented with artfully placed white stripes and brown and white wings. What a striking pattern! The white eyebrow and lore spot were harder to see. This is another unusual species for Seward, but not as uncommon as the Jaeger.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flew past. A flock of 17 GREATER SCAUP rafted up then flew farther down the bay.

To top it all off, a HUMPBACK WHALE blew and surfaced just offshore. What a thrill!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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