Where Are The Birds?

The weather isn’t cooperating, and our island is empty of birds. We had zero new arrivals today. The forecast calls for more of the same until at least Friday; ouch.

We’ve been passing the time by reading journal entries from past years, running to do seawatches between fog breaks, and entering data. For lack of anything better to do, Jim and Oscar are now debating photos of an unidentified Empidonax flycatcher which was mist-netted here in 2006. Earlier, Jim and I cleaned the solar panel array. Dan has been blasting heavy metal on the kitchen stereo (starting at 8am this morning) and building a new kitchen table. I banded a Black Phoebe, the only individual bird we hadn’t mist-netted yet (it arrived yesterday). And a shark attacked a seal early this afternoon off East Landing but all we saw was a bright slick of blood and a few gulls; the shark, and carcass, had already faded into the depths, soon doubly obscured by an incoming wall of fog.

3 replies
  1. Denise Hamilton
    Denise Hamilton says:

    sorry to hear about your fog…..push it inland so the rest of us can cool off! Plus for us in Napa, a few migrants- Willow Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo, and returning Yellow-rumped Warblers.

  2. Diane Strycker
    Diane Strycker says:

    I am enjoying your new adventures. So what do you do when there are no birds to catch or sharks to observe?

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