Deepest apologies to all of the portrait fans who have been waiting far too long for the next installment. As a result of communication breakdowns, plumose foreign-body aspiration, and a few days with Loads of Birds, I have fallen behind. Fear not, portrait enthusiasts, for ten is five times better than two.
Regarding aspirations, I inhaled a belly feather from an Audubon's Warbler on 2 October. This is not advised. Inhaling anything but nicely oxygenated air is a bad idea. I asked Peter Pyle if he'd ever inhaled feathers. He said no, but told me about a researcher extraordinaire (below) who may have died from long-term feather exposure. Thanks, Peter!
|Here's hoping that we have many more days of TPAD ahead of us. If not, it's been fun. I love you all!|
|This Lesser Goldfinch acquired a bad pollen habit during its stay on the island.|
|This Northern Fur Seal is upset about something.|
|The beginnings of a fogged out day at the lighthouse|
|We finally caught the Black-throated Sparrow!|
|The orange character is Edrudia constipans, a lichen found only on the Farallones|
|This Pacific Wren spent most if its stay in the cable tunnel beneath the lighthouse. Here it pauses for some brief sunshine.|
|Jim and Garrett cleaning off our solar panels.|
|Great White! This fellow had just finished eating a pinniped--probably a sea lion, but impossible to know for certain|
|This Sharp-shinned Hawk flew about at the lighthouse for a bit before heading back to land.|