As we sail through Alaska we see quite a few birds. For a navigator like myself most of those birds fall in a few categories. It’s either a Bald Eagle or another bird. Alas ornithology is not my strong suit but every once in a while there is a surprise out there.
The other day while sailing around in the fog we got a little feathered friend to help us look out. He landed on the railing right in front of the bridge, probably because he couldn’t see which way his island was. I sent his picture to the rangers in Glacier Bay for identification and it turns out to be fresh hatch year yellow warbler. When we had a little lifting of the fog so did our friend but it was a neat surprise in a small package.
Werner Timmers is Zuiderdam’s captain.