I’ve spent the weekend in sunny Niwot, CO enjoying the company of my family, but always close to the phone and with a watchful eye on the weather at the edges of North America.
The snowstorm in the Northeast has unfortunately moved both the Massachusetts Pink-footed Goose and the Maine Barnacle Goose. I was planning on heading east for them this week, now I’ll have to wait till somebody relocates them. This same storm allowed Blair Nikula to find a Great Skua today from shore at First Encounter Beach on Cape Cod. Carl Goodrich had suggested Cape Cod as my backup plan for Great Skua if there was a Northeaster.
There are two other weather systems developing with potentially a more favorable side effect.
- There is a huge storm moving through the Aleutians right now. Scattered rain and snow showers for Sunday and Monday with west winds at 30 to 45 mph. This is the right time of the year for some Asian waterfowl to move in behind it. Both Whooper Swan and Smew are regular wintering waterfowl at Adak. A bonus might be Whiskered Auklet (a bird I’d written off from the beginning).The auklets are always at Adak but it’s very hit or miss if they are close enough to ID from shore. There is the possibility of taking a boat out depending on wind conditions.
- There are two lows over the North Atlantic that are forming a virtual TransAtlantic Super Hwy from Iceland to Newfoundland. This was the picture as of Saturday night.
So I’m on standby for now. Chris “The Hitman” Hitt warned me there would be periods like this. Let’s just hope it’s a short period. I’m clibing the walls!