Tuesday, August 31, 2010
A Bird Chase
In the late morning we always carefully work through the far bone yard in a group. This morning while walking through in a line, trying not to fall into one of the many holes dug by the natives looking for ivory or artifacts, I flushed a bird ahead of me. Although I saw it fairly well, it didn't ring any bells as to what it was. Paul Lehman was the only other person who glimpsed the bird. We revisited the bone yard three more times today trying to see the bird again with no luck. Such is Gambell! One of the strong suggestions for the bird was Middendorf's Grasshopper-Warbler, but we'll probably never know. Rain is forcast for tomorrow and we may never see the bird again, but we will look. Today we did record our first Spectacled Eider of the trip.