Rainy, rough, leaden day, temp. 48o. Noticed a small auk pass the stern of the ship, driven to leeward for a few hundred yards, then turning back it came direct for a vessel, and alighted on the rail in front of me and began to look about as if wondering where he had got to. I put out my hand slowly and caught him while he stared me in the face. He proved to be a young specimen of the small auk, crested handsomely like a quail, bill also like that of a quail, black plumage excepting the under parts which are white or whitish. This species is very abundant about the Diomedes and Fairway Rock, as well as at St. Paul, St. George, and other islands. Simorhynchus crestatellus, crested auk. 21 Sep. Reached St. Paul at 2 P.M. left at 2:45 for Oonalaska. Fair wind, making 20 knots.
Original journal dimensions: 11.5 x 21 cm.
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