Should I stay or should I go? (hint: still surrounded by water)

Getting to and from the Pribilof Islands can be a daunting experience as any number of logistical snafus can creep up unexpectedly, not the least of which is the weather. Word from our intrepid tour guide, Tom Johnson, is that he and Travis are stuck on St. Paul Island for another night. Though they may be literally stuck on the island, I can’t imagine a better place to be told I have to spend another day. Can you?

Tom reports that the fog on Tuesday was intermittent, providing some good viewing opportunities of the cliff nesting seabirds. This high-breeding Red-faced Cormorant couldn’t get more eye-poppingly stunning as far as I know, and Tom did a fantastic job capturing its expressive pose.

An inquisitive Red-faced Cormorant (© Tom Johnson)

An inquisitive Red-faced Cormorant (© Tom Johnson)

The Jaeger show continued at the north end of the island with 14 Long-tailed beasts (down from 31 on Monday) as well as 2 Parasitic and 1 Pomarine. Tom got this shot of Doug and Travis observing a Long-tailed Jaeger sitting on the tundra.

Doug and Travis checking out a Long-tailed Jaeger (© Tom Johnson)

Doug and Travis checking out a Long-tailed Jaeger (© Tom Johnson)

Travis didn’t pick up any new lifers on Tuesday, but if he could talk I don’t think he’d be complaining. That’s one of the things about island birding: the species pool is typically smaller than the mainland, but most of what you find out there is birding gold! Despite the lack of a new species, this eBird checklist still makes our landlocked mouths water from 3,500 miles away. Of course, with Tom being stranded for one more day there’s still a chance one of the Pribilof Island Tours crew pulls in a mega rarity before he boards the plane with Travis… check back here and follow us on Twitter to find out!