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17 Sep Red-flanked Bluetail and friends on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Sep Gambell: Tundra (?) Bean-Goose, Brambling, Thayer's, seabirds ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Sep Re: Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep Garganey, Olive-backed Pipits, and Jack Snipe(s) on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep St. Paul Island bird report: September 8-14, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Sep Sparrows at Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Sep Audubon Party Reminder ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Sep Adak Report ["Frank Haas fbhaas AT ptd.net [AKBirding]" ]
14 Sep Glaucous Gull--Campbell Creek Estuary Nature area ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Sep Sunday, September 14, 2014 Saw-whet Owl Concert ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Sep Help with ID's of birds... ["cfdbattchief AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep Dusky Warbler and Jack Snipe on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep Gambell: MOURNING WARBLER, Rusty Blackbird ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip to the Anchor River: 9-13-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep Gambell: NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD!, regular migrant landbird & shorebird totals ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep Re: fall hawk migration ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Sep fall hawk migration ["blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Sep Anchor Point ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Sep Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 9-11-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
10 Sep Birds Sighted Along the Dalton Hwy ["erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Sep Red-winged blackbird ["thsphoto AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Sep Common Rosefinch on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Sep Audubon Pot Luck Party ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
8 Sep St. Paul Island bird report: September 1-7, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Sep Willow Area ["Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
08 Sep Canada Geese & Cranes ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
8 Sep Re: white-winged crossbills at Redfish Lake ["Christopher Mannix cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
08 Sep Goose Lake & bike trail ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
8 Sep white-winged crossbills at Redfish Lake ["Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Sep Bar-tailed Godwit ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Sep Siberian Chiffchaff at St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Sep Gambell: LEAST Flycatcher, L. Sand-Plover, Rosefinch, Swainson's ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
23 Aug Black turnstone Anchorage ["Eric Youngblood youngblood126 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Sep Kenai Flats Rough-legged Hawk ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Sep Gambell: Common Rosefinch, Brown Shrike, Tree Pipit ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
5 Sep Vanderbilt University Research Project ["Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
5 Sep Varied Thrush ["Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Sep Gambell: an epic day, 4 September ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
4 Sep Government Hill ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Sep Gambell: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, WILLOW WARBLER, EUR. HOBBY, TREE PIPIT ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
4 Sep Palmer fairground hummingbird ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Sep Gambell: Eurasian Hobby, Tree Pipit ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
3 Sep Goose Bay State Game Refuge ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Sep Jack Snipe on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Sep Kasilof Shorebirds ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
03 Sep Willow Area ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Sep PALMER SANDHILL CRANES ["Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Sep Sea watch at Pt. Woronzof summary ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Sep Gambell: TREE PIPIT, Brown Shrike #2, Gyrs ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
2 Sep Anchorage--Pt. Woronzoff does it again ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
02 Sep World Shorebird Day ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
01 Sep Gambell: Brown Shrike redux, Common Snipe, other shorebirds ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
01 Sep Long-billed Murrelet--No ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Sep Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in Palmer ["Gay Taunton lgtaunton AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Sep Gov't Hill ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Sep PALMER - SANDHILL CRANE ["'C.H. Iliff' ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Aug St. Paul Island bird report: August 25-31, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
31 Aug Long-billed Murrelet photo ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Aug LONG-BILLED MURRELET Homer ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Aug Anchorage--Yesterday at Carr-Gottstein ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
29 Aug Gambell: Brown Shrike ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
29 Aug World Shorebirds Day, 6 September ["gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [AKBirding]" ]
29 Aug Rusty Blackbirds Palmer ["Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Aug OSPREY - Old Glenn and Glenn Intersection - PALMER ["Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Aug Sharp-tailed Sandpiper ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Aug Tons of Snipe ["cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
27 Aug Gambell: miscellanea, shorebirds and landbird totals ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
27 Aug Belted Kingfishers ["cbb81 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Aug Homer Spit ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug Willow Warbler and Gray-streaked Flycatcher on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug Killdeer and Stilt Sandpiper ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug American Redstart update 8/25/2014 ["gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug Juneau and the Gulf of Alaska ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug Re: Stilt Sandpiper- Anchorage ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Aug Stilt Sandpiper- Anchorage ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]

Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail and friends on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:36:55 -0800
This evening our next reward of the fall presented itself in the form of a 
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (6th Pribilof record) which was extremely cooperative as 
it foraged on a wind broken rock face. Just to make the day complete we were 
able to re-locate the JACK SNIPE earlier in the day and the GARGANEY made a 
quick flyby later in the evening while we were scanning it's favored lake. At 
least one flock of 20+ BRAMBLINGS continued today though we did not check on 
the other flock which has been present of late. 

A locally very rare BLACKPOLL WARBLER (4th Pribilof record) was also seen late 
this afternoon while a few other new migrants including EURASIAN WIGEON, 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER were also located. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour  		 	   		  
Subject: Gambell: Tundra (?) Bean-Goose, Brambling, Thayer's, seabirds
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:26:29 -0700
Here at Gambell we are stuck in a major period of chilly, moderate north 
winds--uggh!--but we managed to stumble in to a BEAN-GOOSE flying right 
by us, accompanied by an Emperor for good size/shape comparisons, south 
of Troutman Lake yesterday.  Bean-Geese are very rare but essentially 
annual visitors somewhere in western Alaska most every spring, but they 
are strictly casual in fall, with only a handful of records at this 
season (including one previous fall record here back in 2002 of a Tundra 
Bean). Yesterday's bird seemed especially large and fairly large billed 
in the field, and comments received so far on my photos have ranged from 
"Taiga" to "Tundra" to "Salton Sea" Bean-Goose.  My gut says it is 
probably a large Tundra Bean, but additional comments are welcome!  I 
have posted two photos on Surfbirds.com ("N. American Stop Press" section).

Also yesterday, we had an adult THAYER'S GULL, the ninth record here. On 
14 Sep one BRAMBLING turned up. It was in a flock of Snow Buntings, 
which is quite unusual, as I have seen precious few species of interest 
ever mixed in with Snow Buntings here over the years (and have NEVER 
found anything interesting mixed in with the many flocks of Lapland 
Longspurs). Brambling is very rare here in fall, with typically larger 
numbers found farther to the south in the Aleutians and Pribilofs 
associated with the passage of major storms.

On the seabird front, we had a surge yesterday of 2300 northbound (in to 
the wind) Least Auklets, following almost two weeks of very few birds 
following the local fledging period. Also 20 Ancient Murrelets.  This is 
typical, as every year during the latter half of Sep and early Oct we 
get periodic large northbound surges of various alcids, presumably 
mostly birds that are coming from appreciably farther to the south and 
heading north (often preferring a head-wind, presumably for lift) to 
favored autumn feeding grounds as far north as well in to the Chukchi 
Sea (as far as Barrow)--before being forced by late autumn to return 
south for the winter. Short-tailed Shearwater numbers are currently up 
to 400,000/day off the point, but this is almost a 50 percent reduction 
from the peak numbers about a decade or so ago. Black-legged Kittiwakes 
are also surging north in large numbers this year, including very good 
numbers of juveniles, which is good to see given that this classic "boom 
or bust" nesting species in Alaska has had a lot more "bust" years 
recently than "boom" years. It would be interesting to know where many 
of these kittiwakes bred.

--Paul Lehman


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Subject: Re: Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:06:13 -0400
They flew over the marsh near the radio antenna in the gloomy drizzle  
around 7:30 PM. I didn't get a good look but they may be staying in the  area.
Dave S.
 
 
In a message dated 9/16/2014 1:55:15 P.M. Alaskan Daylight Time,  
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com writes:

 
 
 
While enjoying some good play time with my son at the Westchester  lagoon 
playground I was surprised by a flock of ca. 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS flying  
over. They returned and one individual gave me a very brief look at a possible 

female Yellow-headed Blackbird. It was a quick look in not the best  of 
lighting, but the yellow tone of the front stood out.  If anyone sees  such a 
flock look it over carefully if you can. 
Aaron Bowman
Anchorage 


Subject: Garganey, Olive-backed Pipits, and Jack Snipe(s) on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:27:03 -0800
The first GARGANEY in 16 years on St. Paul Island was found last night and 
continued today when we were finally able to see it well and document it. In 
addition to the teal there have been at least four OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS around 
the past few days with three seen yesterday alone while the BRAMBLINGS that 
started arriving recently have begun forming flocks with 35-40 present between 
two known groups at this time. 

At least one JACK SNIPE continues on St. Paul as well though it remains 
possible that there are actually two currently on the island though they have 
yet to be seen in the same day. Also continuing is a LESSER SAND-PLOVER as well 
as at least one COMMON SNIPE and a few GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:55:11 -0800
While enjoying some good play time with my son at the Westchester lagoon
playground I was surprised by a flock of ca. 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS flying
over.  They returned and one individual gave me a very brief look at a
possible female Yellow-headed Blackbird. It was a quick look in not the
best of lighting, but the yellow tone of the front stood out.  If anyone
sees such a flock look it over carefully if you can.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: September 8-14, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:05:13 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of 
September 8th-14th, 2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following 
sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of 
less than annual occurrence or one of particular note. 

 
2014 Species Count: 145
2014 Fall Species Count: 91
Weekly Species Count: 78
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Brant
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
Mallard
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
Pacific Loon
*MOTTLED PETREL
Short-tailed Shearwater
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
LESSER SAND-PLOVER
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
Wandering Tattler
Whimbrel (ssp. hudsonicus)
Ruddy Turnstone
RUFF
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Sanderling
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
**JACK SNIPE
COMMON SNIPE
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
Arctic Tern
***SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF
*ARCTIC WARBLER
*OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT
RED-THROATED PIPIT
American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Wilson’s Warbler
*AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
*CHIPPING SPARROW
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
BRAMBLING
**COMMON ROSEFINCH
Common Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
The first part of the week saw relatively mild conditions with light to 
moderate S/SE winds turning to moderate NW late on the 11th as a very powerful 
low pressure system began to make its way into the southern and central Bering 
Sea.  The 12th saw strong SW winds in the morning turn to very strong SE winds 
by the evening which continued into the 13th when the eye of the storm spun 
closest to the Pribilofs.  By late on the 13th the winds had spun back around 
to strong from the NW which continued through the 14th as the system moved to 
the southeast and away from the Bering.  Temperatures remain above average in 
the low to mid 50s most days while this week was very wet for St. Paul with 
over two inches of rain falling, mostly on the 8th and 11th-13th. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
The first three Steller’s Eiders appeared on the 13th while a Mallard was seen 
on the 14th which was also a new migrant.  Also noted this week were two 
White-winged Scoters on the 11th, between two and seven Brant daily, and the 
long-staying Bufflehead which was seen through the 14th.  Six TUNDRA SWANS 
continued to be seen daily while a few King Eiders were seen sporadically 
during the week. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
As is seemingly the case more and more a strong flight of MOTTLED PETRELS was 
noted from shore during a powerful storm on the 12th when 200-300 were noted 
along with a few Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels.  Small numbers of Short-tailed 
Shearwaters were seen daily with the peak counts being just a few hundred on 
the 12th and 13th.  Single Pacific Loons were noted on the 9th, 13th, and 14th, 
while jaeger sightings on the 10th (Pomarine) and 12th (Parasitic).  One or two 
SLATY-BACKED GULLS were present all week along with a handful of Glaucous Gulls 
and several Herring Gulls of both subspecies.  A small flock of five Arctic 
Terns were seen from Hutchinson Hill on the 8th while a large flock of 85+ 
birds were found roosting during the storm on the 13th. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
As has become a theme this fall we saw JACK SNIPES this week!  Though how many 
is debatable and an ongoing discussion.  After the one was present last week an 
individual was located on the 10th and then again on the 13th and 14th, photo 
evidence points to the 13th and 14th bird being different from the first 
individual while the bird on the 10th could not be tied to either the first or 
second bird.  Which leaves us knowing at least two individuals have been 
present with a third sighting being uncategorized.  Other more typical Asian 
shorebirds this week included the continuing Lesser Sand-Plover through the 
10th and a new individual on the 14th, between one and four GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLERS daily, a RUFF on the 9th, increasing numbers of SHARP-TAILED 
SANDPIPERS with a season high count of 100+ on the 14th, and at least three 
COMMON SNIPES from the 9th-13th.  At least two Whimbrels were present this week 
with one from the 9th-14th and a second bird from the 11th-14th while strong 
numbers of Sanderlings were also recorded including a daily high of six on the 
11th and seven on the 13th with individuals seen daily from the 8th-13th.  
Regularly occurring migrant species included Pacific Golden-Plover with less 
than 15 most days though 20-30 were seen on the 14th, Wandering Tattler in 
small numbers daily, Ruddy Turnstones in decreasing numbers with 50-200 daily, 
single Dunlin on the 10th and 11th, “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers in small 
numbers, Pectoral Sandpipers in generally low numbers with the highest daily 
count being 20+ on the 14th, Western Sandpiper in decreasing numbers with a 
high of 18 on the 10th and only a few by the 14th, Long-billed Dowitcher in 
increasing numbers with a handful to begin the week and a high of 50-60 birds 
on the 14th, and Red Phalaropes in consistent numbers of 50-150 individuals. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
Perhaps not the most spectacular bird in person but the “SIBERIAN” CHIFFCHAFF 
remained until the 9th while the second COMMON ROSEFINCH of the season and 8th 
for the Pribilofs was found on the 10th. A single OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT was found 
on the 14th providing the 16th or so Pribilof record and one of only a handful 
of fall records while a small influx of BRAMBLINGS was noted on the 13th and 
14th when seven and six individuals were found respectively.  An ARCTIC WARBLER 
was seen on the 9th and 10th with a second, as yet unidentified, phylloscopus 
warbler seen on the 13th.  Three RED-THROATED PIPITS were seen on the 13th and 
14th while locally rare CHIPPING SPARROWS were seen on the 9th-11th and 13th 
along with only the 9th Pribilof record of an AMERICAN TREE SPARROW on the 
14th.  More typical American migrants this week included a few American Pipits 
on the 13th and 14th, an Orange-crowned Warbler on the 10th, several Yellow 
Warblers with daily sightings and a high of three on the 10th, a few Wilson’s 
Warblers from the 8th-10th, daily sightings of Savannah Sparrows and “Sooty” 
Fox Sparrows of between one and 10 individuals, a single White-crowned Sparrow 
from the 9th-14th, daily sightings of Golden-crowned Sparrows of between two 
and 12 individuals, and a few Dark-eyed Juncos daily.  Small numbers of Common 
Redpolls continue to be seen daily with BALD EAGLE sightings on the 11th, 12th, 
and 14th. 

 
Breeding or resident species present on/around the island:
 
Northern Pintail
Green-winged (and Common) Teal
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Northern Fulmar
Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Least Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Parakeet Auklet
Least Auklet
Crested Auklet
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

This is Scott Schuette, Cory Gregory, and Doug Gochfeld, the 2014 St. Paul 
Island Tour guides, wishing you good birding. For tour information or to make 
travel arrangements visit our website http://www.alaskabirding.com or call 
1-877-424-5637. 


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Subject: Sparrows at Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 20:47:45 -0700
After Aaron's earlier email I decided to see if I could find the Glaucous Gull 
that he mentioned. The weather definitely wasn't as good as Sunday; in fact, I 
was thinking I should have grabbed my PFD as well as my raincoat. There were a 
lot of gulls out at the waters edge; mostly small gulls with occasional large 
gulls, nothing that matched the description of a Glaucous, though. There was a 
flock of ~150 Canada Geese in the grass along the coast. 

 

 The real highlights were the sparrows. Around the juncture of the Loop trail 
and the Blind trail I saw all of the local sparrows (not counting Juncos) 
except Savannah in the space of ten minutes. There were American Tree, juvenile 
White-crowned and Golden-crowned, Lincoln's, and a couple of sooty Fox 
Sparrows. There was also a female Yellow Warbler. All in all, worth getting wet 
for. 
Subject: Audubon Party Reminder
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Sep 2014 15:43:51 -0700
 Join us This Thursday for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual End-Of-Summer Potluck 
Party and bring your favorite photos of your summer adventures. Get together 
with your birding pals and share photos, tasty treats, and tall tales. Bring a 
dish to share—Hot Or Cold but no plug-in heating devices are allowed in the 
room. Plates, utensils & beverages will be provided as well as napkins for any 
sloppy eaters who attend. 

 Bring photos to share on CD or Thumb Drive. Bring your own laptop if it makes 
your show better, or take a chance with ours. Projector will be provided. 
Please arrive early to allow time to load your photos into the mighty Audubon 
laptop. 

 Presentations will be limited to 3 minutes on the first round. When all 
presenters have had their turn, we’ll start at the top once again. A $5 
donation/fine to Audubon will be assessed for anyone who goes over the 3 minute 
time limit. 

 We'll re-cap summer Audubon outings like the Smackdown. Fabulous Prizes will 
be awarded. Please note the early meeting time of 6:30 because it’s a pot 
luck dinner. 

 BP Energy Center.  Thurs., Sept. 18.  6:30 PM 
 
 FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: If possible, we would like to get your photos in advance to 
minimize the set-up time at the party. Contact W. Keys at 
flybynightclub AT gci.net mailto:flybynightclub AT gci.net to arrange for an early 
photo transfer. 

 Photos should be in jpeg format, and should be consecutively numbered in the 
title to make sure they load in the order you intend. 

 
    
 
Subject: Adak Report
From: "Frank Haas fbhaas AT ptd.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:01:17 -0400
We have been on Adak since 9/11. Not much to report so far.

A Brambling showed up yesterday.

A Red-necked Stint was here on Saturday.

A Tufted Duck on Lake Shirley was right were we left it in May!

A couple Sharp-tailed Sandpipers at Clam Lagoon yesterday.

A lot of auklets (Whiskered, Least, and Crested) in Kulik Bay 
yesterday morning. Far out, but identifiable.

You can follow our blog and see photos at: 
http://www.franklinhaas.com/wordpress/index.php

Frank & Barb Haas


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Subject: Glaucous Gull--Campbell Creek Estuary Nature area
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:18:27 -0800
I did a bit of birding around the Campbell Creek Estuary Nature area today.
Among the smattering of gulls out on the flats a lone white bird caught 
my eye.  This turned out to be a very obviously white first or second 
cycle GLAUCOUS GULL. Even from a good distance the bi-colored bill was 
also pretty easy to pick out.

The SE part of the loop trail has recently held many migrant sparrows 
and warblers and has been a great place to watch. A few days ago there 
were at least 4 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS in that area and today 
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROWS were present.

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Subject: Sunday, September 14, 2014 Saw-whet Owl Concert
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Sep 2014 10:40:52 -0700
Seward, Alaska
  
 Sunrise 7:23 am, sunset 8:21 pm for a total day length of 12 hours and 57 
minutes. Tomorrow will be 5 minutes and 25 seconds shorter. 

  
 Highs in the upper 50s, lows in the upper 40s. Rain in the forecast for the 
next week. 

  
 At 3 am this morning, I was startled awake by a SAW-WHET OWL sitting in a 
spruce tree right by my open bedroom window. The little guy with a big voice 
proceeded with a virtuoso concert, tossing in an unusual ascending progression 
to his principle theme of "beep, beep, beep" which was almost, but not quite on 
the same pitch. 

 

 After a brief pause, he experimented further with the pitch of the "beep", 
first a little flat, then a little sharp, followed by more doodling. After a 
few more minutes, he must have taken a deep bow and silently departed. 

  
 What riveting, wild music from an unexpected musician of the night!
  
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

Subject: Help with ID's of birds...
From: "cfdbattchief AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Sep 2014 09:29:21 -0700
I recently got back from an Alaskan cruise, and have quite a few pics of birds 
that I saw on our trip. I desperately need some help with ID'ing them. I would 
like to ask for some help from anyone with lots of patience and some good 
working knowledge of the species found off the coast of southern Alaska. I 
would like to either work with someone or some folks via email, or I can post 
the pics to my Shutterfly site. Most of the pics will require the person(s) 
helping me to zoom in on the picture to see the bird fairly well. 

 

 I know I have several "lifers" for me in the pics, and I just want to be 
certain as to which species they are. Some I have a pretty good idea, but being 
an east-coaster there are many that I am really not sure of. 

 

 So, if there are any in the group willing to lend me a hand, I would be deeply 
appreciative of your help. Please message me and we can figure out the best way 
to go about this. Thank you! 

 

 Rhett Mahaley
 Charlotte, North Carolina
Subject: Dusky Warbler and Jack Snipe on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:20:58 -0800
In what is hopefully just the beginning of big things to come thanks to a major 
storm that just rolled through the southern and central Bering Sea this evening 
a DUSKY WARBLER was found on St. Paul which makes it the 4th species of 
phylloscopus warbler (Siberian Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, and Arctic Warbler) 
found so far this fall on the island. In addition the long-staying JACK SNIPE 
was noted again this afternoon in one of a series of wetlands which it seems to 
be frequenting, I find it hard to imagine another individual of this species 
which has been seen on more occasions in North America than this one during its 
11-day stay up to this point. 

There was also an influx of BRAMBLINGS today with at least 5-7 single birds 
seen across scattered sites on the island while continuing interesting 
shorebirds included COMMON SNIPE, GRAY-TAILED TATTLER, and SHARP-TAILED 
SANDPIPER. 

Now if the winds would drop below 25-30 MPH and the rain would stop maybe we 
could cover the island properly. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Gambell: MOURNING WARBLER, Rusty Blackbird
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 22:50:52 -0700
September 13th continued exciting for mainland North American vagrants 
at Gambell. The NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD stayed over half the day, and in 
the mid-afternoon a MOURNING WARBLER turned up--mostly in the Near 
Boneyard.  Amazingly, this is my THIRD Mourning Warbler here (and there 
are only several other records for Alaska), with previous birds in Sep 
2010 and 2012. Seen by all, but no photos obtained (we were all just too 
slow on the draw...). Hot on its heels was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, also in 
the Near Boneyard, then in the Far--only the second fall record at 
Gambell and third for St. Lawrence Island (with also one spring record 
at Gambell). Yet another CHIPPING SPARROW joined the Chippie Club, so 
now the tight flock is comprised of FOUR individuals.  Also 2 more 
White-crowned, 3 more Golden-crowned, and a Sooty Fox Sparrow, as well 
as a Yellow Warbler turned up in the PM. A single flock of 500+ Snow 
Buntings was impressive. A Gyrfalcon continues.

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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Trip to the Anchor River: 9-13-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:30:51 -0800
The Kachemak Bay Birders' trip began at 8:00 am and as we were standing 
there just enjoying the sunshine and lack of wind, someone glanced up to see 
the moon and noticed a Great Blue Heron flying by!  At that point we knew 
this was going to be a fantastic trip!  The heron landed, oh so briefly in 
the parking lot as we were all reaching for cameras but then took off again. 
We saw it several times and the report from earlier in the week was that 
there were actually two of them in the area.

Very nice to see the Pacific Golden Plover, yellowlegs and Sanderlings, plus 
kingfisher and longspurs and Savannah Sparrow that are still here. A good 
number of alcids including both puffins and Kittlitz's and Marbled 
Murrelets.

We found 37 species (the 37th after many folks had left...in came some 
Sanderlings):
PACIFIC LOON
COMMON LOON
RED-NECKED GREBE
HORNED GREBE
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT
PELAGIC CORMORANT
GREAT BLUE HERON
HARLEQUIN DUCK
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
LONG-TAILED DUCK
BLACK SCOTER
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
SURF SCOTER
COMMON MERGANSER
BONAPARTE'S GULL
MEW GULL
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
HERRING GULL
HORNED PUFFIN
TUFTED PUFFIN
PIGEON GUILLEMOT
KITTLITZ'S MURRELET
MARBLED MURRELET
COMMON MURRE
WILSON'S SNIPE
GREATER YELLOWLEGS
LESSER YELLOWLEGS
PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER
SANDERLING (seen after many folks had left)
BELTED KINGFISHER
BALD EAGLE
NORTHWESTERN CROW
BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
LAPLAND LONGSPURS
SAVANNAH SPARROW

Actually a 38th species was seen.  We couldn't find it in our field guides 
but decided to call it a Yellow-bellied Paddler and because we're so far 
north up here, would be a Northern Yellow-bellied Paddler.  Joking of course 
but it was the absolute yellowest kayak and it was right there in our 
birding view...

A thanks to our leaders, Michael Craig and Michelle Michaud.  Birds and 
sunshine and a good time birding--it doesn't get much better than that!  It 
was for sure A Great Day to Bird! 



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Subject: Gambell: NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD!, regular migrant landbird & shorebird totals
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:04:56 -0700
We've had moderate to strong ENE/NE winds and periodic rain the past few 
days here at Gambell, so only dribs and drabs of new birds and no great 
new rarities, until today (13th) now with light ESE breeze and mostly 
clear skies for just a day before we enter an extended period of the 
dreaded NE/N winds forecast. Today a freakin' NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD 
appeared in "Old Town." This casual visitor anywhere in Alaska turned up 
once a number of years ago in summer on the Pribilofs, but this is the 
second record for anywhere in the Bering Sea region and the first for 
the northern Bering.  Certainly one of the oddest birds to turn up here, 
ever. A photo will soon be posted on Surfbirds.com ("N. American Stop 
Press" section--OK, not exactly "stop press" for all of North America, 
but actually a lot rarer here than a Tree Pipit or a Hobby....).  It 
will show the bird perched on the frame of a umiak (skin-boat), almost 
certainly the first time a Mockingbird has ever been photo'd on such a 
structure!!  Also today is a bright, LUTESCENS-type ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLER, only the third record of that subspecies here (doesn't breed 
north of the Anchorage area). The best waterbird has been a FORK-TAILED 
STORM-PETREL, a very rare fall visitor from the south (does not nest 
north of the Aleutians). Miscellanea include: GRAY-TAILED TATTLER #7 of 
the season, CHIPPING SPARROWS #3 and #4 and #5 (we now have a flock of 
all 3 together), the season's first HERMIT THRUSH (average 1-3 per 
fall), 2 more "RED" FOX SPARROWS, 3 more Golden-crowned and 2 more 
White-crowned Sparrows, 4 more Red-throated Pipits, YELLOW WARBLER #2, a 
high one-day count of 70 Glaucous-winged Gulls (post-breeding dispersers 
from the south), finally a whopping one Arctic Tern (normally uncommon, 
but this is poor), Eurasian Wigeon, 4 Steller's Eiders (numbers in 
autumn have dropped greatly since the late 1990s), finally the first 
RED-NECKED GREBE and ANCIENT MURRELET of the season (both are 
rare-but-regular post-breeding visitors), 100 Emperor Geese, and 5 more 
Yellow-billed Loons.

Nice early-morning weather at the Point means hundreds and hundreds of 
Snow Buntings and Lapland Longspurs circling around and trying to get up 
the courage to make the crossing back to Russia for the winter. The 
occasional White Wagtail and Rough-legged Hawk are trying as well.

Today is September 13, and the regular-occurring (trans-Beringian) 
landbird migrants are almost all essentially done for the season 
(probably a few more pipits to come). Totals for the season since I 
arrived on August 15 are as follows:

Arctic Warbler:  60  (close to average)
Bluethroat:  28  (above average)
Northern Wheatear:  89  (close to average)
Gray-cheeked Thrush:  16  (average)
Eastern Yellow Wagtail:  75  (below average)
White Wagtail:  24  (well above average--all presumably local breeders 
and young)
Red-throated Pipit:  19  (somewhat below average)
American Pipit:  11  (below average for both japonicus and ssp. uncertain)

Most regularly occurring shorebirds (including local breeders, etc.) are 
running well below average this year (in contrast, Common Ringed Plover, 
Lesser Sand-Plover, and Gray-tailed Tattler were above average):

Pacific Golden-Plover:  70  (one of the worst years ever)
Red-necked Stint:  2  (average)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper:  30  (below average)
Pectoral Sandpiper:  15  (worst year ever)
Ruddy Turnstone:  below average
Dunlin:  poor
Western Sandpiper:  poor
Long-billed Dowitcher:  poor

The nesting season news from a fair slug of Alaska in 2014 was that the 
weather in May and July was good, but June was cool/cold and wet, and 
many nesting birds may have failed, with overall numbers from that month 
onward at breeding sites being mediocre to low. For example, near here, 
the Nome area certainly seems to have substantially fewer birds in 
residence between mid-August and now than is normal.

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Subject: Re: fall hawk migration
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 11:01:15 -0800
The Palmer Hay Flats and Parks and Glenn Highway interchange has been a
pretty good spot recently for hawks. mostly Harlan's, Merlins and a few
Goshawks. The recent highlight was a really cool Western/Eastern light
morph Red Tailed Hawk on Sep 6th and 11th. Beautiful bright red tail.

Isaac Helmericks
Palmer Alaska

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 10:06 AM, blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding] <
AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com> wrote:

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>
> Is there an Alaska location where raptors are reliably seen during fall
> migration? I've never heard of Gunsight as a fall watch location,
> presumably conditions are different there in the fall than spring?  There
> must be an autumn "migration trap".  Thanks for any info!
>
>  
>
Subject: fall hawk migration
From: "blackwolfbrown AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Sep 2014 11:06:05 -0700
Is there an Alaska location where raptors are reliably seen during fall 
migration? I've never heard of Gunsight as a fall watch location, presumably 
conditions are different there in the fall than spring? There must be an autumn 
"migration trap". Thanks for any info! 
Subject: Anchor Point
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 21:11:16 -0800
Wednesday afternoon (10 Sept), the following were at the Anchor Point beach:

Common Loon		5
Pacific Loon		1 ad
BLUE-WINGED TEAL	1 juv/female (or Cinnamon teal?)
Great Blue Heron	2 juv
Semipalmated Plover	1 juv
Least Sandpiper		1 juv
Rock Sandpiper		3 juv
Lapland Longspur	5

Martin
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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 9-11-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:18:16 -0800
We are having some very nice fall weather and are finding good birds in many 
areas.

Dale Chorman sent me an interesting photo taken by Donna Beran on the 7th at 
Bear Cove.  It is a leucistic STELLER'S JAY, and the photo can be seen on 
the Kachemak Bay Birders' website 
http://kachemakbaybirders.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=699
The very dark color part of the bird was said to be more the lighting and 
that it was actually more bluish in real life. I will post additional photos 
when I get them. (First, I confess, I thought it was a crow but the crest 
was too obvious for that, plus other anatomy aspects... What an amazing 
photo!)

Karl Stoltzfus found a LONG-BILLED MURRELET on the west side of Cohen Island 
on August 30th.  I did not hear of any other sightings of this bird.

A GREAT BLUE HERON was seen on the Anchor River on the 9th near the mouth of 
the river. There was a BAR-TAILED GODWIT seen in the parking lot there also 
that day.  Other birds seen: SANDERLINGS (5), RUDDY TURNSTONE still in 
breeding plumage, ROCK SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and a flock of 150 SANDHILL CRANES overhead.

At the upper end of Beluga Lake the following have been seen in the last 
week: WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, BLACK-CAPPED and BOREAL CHICKADEES, NORTHERN 
HARRIERS, MERLIN, WILSON'S SNIPE, AMERICAN ROBINS, GRAY JAYS. The TRUMPETER 
SWAN family with one cygnet is still here and occasionally an additional 
adult swan on the lake and in the slough.

There have been GREATER YELLOWLEGS(3) seen consistently in Mud Bay and 
myriad ducks.

Out on the Spit on the east side of the Harbor on the 10th: WANDERING 
TATTLERS (6), ROCK SANDPIPERS (4), DOUBLE-CRESTED and PELAGIC CORMORANTS, 
COMMON LOON, PIGEON GUILLEMOT, SONG SPARROWS.

On September 1st out at Eagle Lake (east of town about 20 miles) there were 
RING-NECKED DUCKS with a brood of 4, MERLIN, and GRAY JAY.

The cranes are gathering now for migration.  On the 6th there were 97 down 
on the beach east of Miller's Landing at sundown. Departure dates are 
between the 10th and 15th usually. Crane reports are still important, 
Cranewatch, 235-6262 or reports AT cranewatch.org.


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Subject: Birds Sighted Along the Dalton Hwy
From: "erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Sep 2014 21:49:52 -0700
A party of 3 traveled up the Dalton Hwy, Saturday & Sunday 9/6 & 7, and 
returned to Fairbanks Monday & Tuesday 9/8 & 9 and observed the following: 

 

 9/7 

 Cackling Goose (several small flocks)
 Greater White-fronted Goose (less than 20)
 Short-eared Owl (road-kill, near Chandalar Airstrip)
 Northern Shrike (2 birds)
 Common Redpoll (small flocks)
 Glaucous Gull (intermittent at first, then scores up north)
 Northern Pintail (the most common duck at Deadhorse)
 American Wigeon
 Northern Shoveler (a few)
 Pectoral Sandpiper (about 6, the only shorebird seen)

 Pacific Loon (10 in a tight group on Lake Colleen !, many others)
 Short-eared Owl (alive, at Deadhorse)
 

 9/8
 Snowy Owl (on bus tour to Arctic Ocean)
 Red-throated Loon (only 1)
 Snow Bunting (a couple small flocks)
 Tundra Swan (one pair, 4 cygnets, a few others)
 Long-tailed Duck
 Greater White-fronted Goose
 Cackling Goose
 Golden Eagle (north side of Brooks Range)
 

 9/9
 American Robin (small flock at Gobbler's Knob)
 Northern Hawk Owl (3)
 

 There were several caribou in Autumn finery, 3 herds of Musk Ox (one with an 
amorous bull harassing the females), and one brief glimpse of a grizzly bear. 

 

 Erik Hendrickson
 Healy, AK

 

Subject: Red-winged blackbird
From: "thsphoto AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 10 Sep 2014 11:36:56 -0700
I have a "first summer" red-winged bb in my yard just outside Wasilla.  

Tom Smith 
 

Subject: Common Rosefinch on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 19:06:57 -0800
There was a COMMON ROSEFINCH present this evening in one of the island's 
putchkie (wild celery) patches which is only the 2nd fall and 8th overall 
record of this species in the Pribilofs. There was also an individual this 
spring in mid-June. 

The SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF remained for at least two days though it could not be 
re-located today while other more typical Asian shorebird migrants included two 
or three COMMON SNIPES, a RUFF, and several GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS. 

An ARCTIC WARBLER also located today provides only the 17th local record though 
it has become nearly annual recently. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Audubon Pot Luck Party
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Sep 2014 11:49:02 -0700
Join us Next Thursday, Sept. 18., for Anchorage Audubon’s Annual 
End-Of-Summer Potluck Party and bring your favorite photos of your summer 
adventures. Get together with your birding pals and share photos, tasty treats, 
and tall tales. Bring a dish to share—Hot Or Cold but no plug-in heating 
devices are allowed in the room. Plates, utensils & beverages will be provided 
as well as napkins for any sloppy eaters who attend. 

 Bring photos to share on CD or Thumb Drive. Bring your own laptop if it makes 
your show better, or take a chance with ours. Projector will be provided. 
Please arrive early to allow time to load your photos into the mighty Audubon 
laptop. 

 Presentations will be limited to 5 minutes on the first round. When all 
presenters have had their turn, we’ll start at the top once again. A $5 
donation/fine to Audubon will be assessed for anyone who goes over the time 
limit. 

 We'll re-cap summer Audubon outings like the Smackdown. Fabulous Prizes will 
be awarded. It all happens at the BP Energy Center, and please note the early 
meeting time of 6:30 because it’s a pot luck dinner. 

 

 PHOTOGRAPHER NOTE: If possible, we would like to get your photos in advance to 
minimize the set-up time at the party. Contact W. Keys at flybynightclub at gci 
dot net to arrange for an early photo transfer. 

 Photos should be in jpeg format, and should be consecutively numbered in the 
title to make sure they load in the order you intend. 

 

 

Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: September 1-7, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 20:08:16 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of 
September 1st-7th, 2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following 
sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of 
less than annual occurrence or one of particular note. 

 
2014 Species Count: 142
2014 Fall Species Count: 76
Weekly Species Count: 76
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
Northern Shoveler
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Bufflehead
COMMON LOON
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
LESSER SAND-PLOVER
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
Wandering Tattler
Ruddy Turnstone
RUFF
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Sanderling
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
**JACK SNIPE
COMMON SNIPE
Red Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. tundrius)
***SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF
*SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT
Northern Wheatear
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
RED-THROATED PIPIT
American Pipit (ssp. japonicus and pacificus)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
**BLACKPOLL WARBLER
Yellow-rumped Warbler (ssp. hooveri)
Wilson’s Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
A low pressure system was nearing the Pribilofs by week’s end with increasingly 
strong winds out of the east starting on the 6th.  Earlier in the week saw 
continued strong westerlies on the 1st with light winds from the west and north 
for the 2nd-5th.  High temperatures continued to be above average crossing the 
55 degree mark most days while rain fell on 6th and 7th though there was little 
to no fog on those days or any other this week. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
Fall migration of geese began this week with a trio of Emperor Geese on the 
7th, 10 Cackling Geese on the 2nd, and one Brant on the 2nd building to seven 
on the 7th.  Last week’s Northern Shoveler was last seen on the 2nd while 
single White-winged Scoters were seen most days this week with three on the 
7th.  King Eider numbers had built to a high of 48 on the 5th while the six 
TUNDRA SWANS and single Bufflehead remained around the island. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
The first grebes of the fall were a Horned found on the 3rd and single 
Red-neckeds noted on the 6th and 7th while the only loons this week were one or 
two COMMONS seen on the 3rd and 5th.  A single Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel was 
seen on the 1st while small numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters (1-400) were 
noted daily.  Single Parasitic Jaegers were found on the 1st, 5th, and 7th, 
while one or two SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen daily, single Glaucous Gulls were 
noted on the 4th and 7th, and Herring Gulls were seen daily with an adult 
“Vega” on the 7th and a couple “American” birds the rest of the week. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
The shorebird highlight of the fall so far was a JACK SNIPE that was found on 
the 3rd and 4th providing the 6th local record, with only 15 or so total 
records for North America.  Other more regular species of Asian origin this 
week included a LESSER SAND-PLOVER from the 3rd-6th, one to three GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLERS daily, a RUFF on the 6th, from 15-35 SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS daily, 
and daily sightings of one or two COMMON SNIPES from the 2nd-7th.  The first 
juvenile Sanderlings of the fall were two present on the 6th and 7th while 1-3 
Dunlin continue to be seen daily along with daily sightings of Pacific 
Golden-Plover (up to 40+ daily), Wandering Tattler (up to 5 daily), Ruddy 
Turnstone (up to 250+ daily), “Mainland” Rock Sandpiper (one or two daily), 
Pectoral Sandpiper (up to 5-10 daily), Western Sandpiper (3-14 daily), 
Long-billed Dowitcher (2-6 daily), and Red Phalarope (50-155 daily). 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
The highlight of the fall thus far was a COMMON (SIBERIAN) CHIFFCHAFF found on 
the evening of the 7th providing the 1st Pribilof record for that species.  
This represents the 4th or 5th record for North America with all previous 
records found at Gambell, St. Lawrence Island.  Also of note was a SIBERIAN 
RUBYTHROAT found on the 2nd which provides one of the, if not the, earliest 
fall records for that species in Alaska.  The only American landbird of real 
note was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER found on the 2nd which provides on the 3rd local 
record for that species.  Raptors seen this week included two continuing BALD 
EAGLES and a single “Tundra” PEREGRINE FALCON on the 1st and 3rd.  
Trans-Beringian migrants were still passing in small numbers with a single 
Northern Wheatear on the 1st and 2nd, an Eastern Yellow Wagtail on the 7th, 
single RED-THROATED PIPITS on the 6th and 7th, and one or two American Pipits 
(of both subspecies) on the 2nd and 3rd.  More typical American passerine 
vagrants/migrants this week included an Orange-crowned Warbler on the 7th, 
single Yellow Warblers on the 1st, 2nd, and 7th, a “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped 
Warbler on the 6th, a single Wilson’s Warbler on the 2nd with at least three on 
the 7th, daily Savannah Sparrows with a daily high of four or five on the 2nd, 
daily Fox Sparrows with a daily high of five or six on the 2nd, daily 
Golden-crowned Sparrows with a daily high of nine on the 2nd and eight on the 
7th, two “Slate-colored” Dark-eyed Juncos on the 7th, small numbers of Common 
Redpolls (up to eight daily), and a single Hoary Redpoll on the 4th. 

 
Breeding or resident species present on/around the island:
 
Northern Pintail
Green-winged (and Common) Teal
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Northern Fulmar
Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Semipalmated Plover
Least Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Parakeet Auklet
Least Auklet
Crested Auklet
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

This is Scott Schuette, Cory Gregory, and Doug Gochfeld, the 2014 St. Paul 
Island Tour guides, wishing you good birding. For tour information or to make 
travel arrangements visit our website http://www.alaskabirding.com or call 
1-877-424-5637. 


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Subject: Willow Area
From: "Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 19:36:55 -0800
Followed up on Steve Waltz’ akbirding report of an active Osprey nest north of 
Willow. Steve reported the nest at about MP75 Parks Hwy., and that's where I 
found it Saturday, with an adult Osprey sitting on the cell tower above the 
nest (see photo in matsubirder album). Cell tower/nest is on the west side of 
the Parks Hwy. That's eleven known active Osprey nests in south-central Mat-Su, 
with at least two more locations to check out. Thanks to Steve for passing on 
the nest info. 

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Subject: Canada Geese & Cranes
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Sep 2014 20:30:04 -0700
 Yesterday afternoon a Campbell Creek Estuary, there were over 500 Canada Geese 
on the flats. No other goose species were spotted, and there were over 2 dozen 
cranes in the immediate area. 

 We may not have the rarities like Gambell and St. Paul, but we've got 
Tonnage!! 

 

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Subject: Re: white-winged crossbills at Redfish Lake
From: "Christopher Mannix cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:47:12 -0800
The Talkeetna/Trapper Creek area has been lousy with White-winged Crossbills 
this summer. The spruce trees are sagging under the weight of a bumper crop of 
cones so maybe that's what's bringing them around. At any rate, the numbers are 
unprecedented in my experience. 

Chris Mannix
Talkeetna

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Subject: Goose Lake & bike trail
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 08 Sep 2014 15:55:53 -0800
Walked over to Goose Lake this p.m. and found a winter-plumaged horned grebe 
out on the water, along with several scaup. The Pacific loons may have left 
already. I didn't see them. 


On the way home, in the black spruce bog near Hope Cottage, a flock of 
crossbills landed in the trees beside the trail, and as I walked past, seed 
husks rained down. 



Chris Maack
Anchorage
Subject: white-winged crossbills at Redfish Lake
From: "Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 13:09:05 -0700
Maxine Franklin, who is a state park ranger at Redfish Lake,
called to tell Audubon that there have been a number of white-winged crossbills
on Public Use Cabin #1 Island for the last three weekends.  She said
people have seen them other places around Redfish, but the island has been
consistent, and she requested I post the sightings in case anyone is 
interested. 



Beth Peluso (in my Audubon Alaska hat)
Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 09:40:09 -0800
On Saturday (6 Sep) a BAR-TAILED GODWIT was at the Anchor Point river mouth, 
flying around the parking lot at high tide. Spruce trees are heavily fruiting 
along the Old Sterling Hwy, enjoyed by numerous flocks of WHITE-WINGED 
CROSSBILL. A bit farther down the road, a group of 150 SANDHILLS CRANES moved 
SE in a big V formation. Is summer really over already? 


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Subject: Siberian Chiffchaff at St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2014 22:31:50 -0800
This evening a SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF was located on St. Paul Island which 
provides the 1st Pribilof record and only the 4th documented record for North 
America. It was seen by everyone present though it was being increasingly 
uncooperative as the evening progressed. Photos should be posted on Facebook 
and eBird later tonight. 


In other news a LESSER SAND-PLOVER has been present for some time, a RUFF was 
seen yesterday, several GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS and at least two COMMON SNIPES are 
present while a scattering of regular American passerine vagrants have been 
showing up. 


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St. Paul Island Tour

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Subject: Gambell: LEAST Flycatcher, L. Sand-Plover, Rosefinch, Swainson's
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 07 Sep 2014 19:33:18 -0700
Friday's COMMON ROSEFINCH at Gambell stayed through Saturday, which was 
also apparently the last day for the TREE PIPIT.  Today, Sunday, we had 
sunny skies and east winds, so a number of mainland oddities showed up, 
headlined by an apparent LEAST FLYCATCHER in "Old Town." This is the 
second fall record here at Gambell (first was on 19 Sep 2001) and is 
also only the second for the entire offshore Bering Sea region.  Good 
photos obtained, which we will soon share and get additional comment. 
Also the second SWAINSON'S THRUSH in the past few days (13th fall 
individual), 2 separate CHIPPING SPARROWS (the 30th and 31st individuals 
here in fall since 1998, a surprisingly high total given the species' 
normal range), another "RED" FOX SPARROW, and an ADULT WHITE-CROWNED 
SPARROW (a rare but regular mainland visitor in fall in small numbers, 
but this is only the fourth fall record ever for an adult). Lesser 
arrivals included Red-throated Pipit, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Bluethroat, 
and Savannah Sparrow.  And from the other direction, today, a juvenile 
LESSER SAND-PLOVER was found--the third individual here this fall (which 
is just slightly above average).

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Subject: Black turnstone Anchorage
From: "Eric Youngblood youngblood126 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2014 20:00:50 -0800
The Black Turnstone seen earlier Is currently at the Audubon bench along with a 
pod of belugas and a harbor seal! 



Eric Youngblood
Anchorage


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Subject: Kenai Flats Rough-legged Hawk
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Sep 2014 00:08:38 -0700
On 9/6 after finding four SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS among forty Pectoral 
Sandpipers at the Kasilof Flats we hit the Kenai Flats and found a lone 
Trumpeter Swan and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK actively hunting, our first in ten years 
birding the area. 

 

 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Gambell: Common Rosefinch, Brown Shrike, Tree Pipit
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Sep 2014 09:04:37 -0700
On Friday the 5th, many of the great birds seen on the 4th here at 
Gambell had disappeared, but the TREE PIPIT continued for Day #4, the 
second BROWN SHRIKE of the season (duller than the bird in late Aug) 
first seen on Sep 1 re-appeared, and the new-bird-of the-day was a 
cooperative COMMON ROSEFINCH in the far boneyard (8th fall record here, 
with approx. same number of spring records).  Also a new GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLER, bringing the season total to an above-average 6 birds.  Five 
Golden-crowned Sparrows was a good showing, plus 2 "Sooty" Fox Sparrows.

Excellent, close-up photos of the Sep 4 Willow Warbler and the Sep 5 
Rosefinch taken by Neil Hayward have been added to the Surfbirds.com (N. 
American Stop Press section) website, and elsewhere.

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Subject: Vanderbilt University Research Project
From: "Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:44:21 -0800
Hi Birders,

The Mat-Su Birders just received the following request for research 
participants by Vanderbilt University, and we’ve been asked to post the the 
request on the Yahoo/akbirding website. If you have questions, please direct 
them to Dr. Thomas Palmeri or to Brittany Davis. Their email contact 
information is shown below. 

Best regards,
Bob Winckler
Mat-Su Birders
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Birders of All Skill Levels Needed

I am contacting you on behalf of Professor Thomas Palmeri of Vanderbilt 
University. Our laboratory studies expertise. We are currently conducting a 
research project testing birding experts funded by the National Science 
Foundation. 


Our laboratory at Vanderbilt University is looking for birders of all levels of 
experience to participate in a project examining how perception and memory for 
birds differs between beginners and experts of all levels. We really do mean 
all levels of experience, from the true beginner to the expert with decades of 
study and everything in-between. 

 
These experiments are online on the web. They measure your ability to remember 
and identify birds and sometimes other animals or objects. Many experiments are 
fairly short. They can be done on any computer, wherever and whenever you 
decide to do them. 

 
One of our current experiments is a bird identification test. Go online and 
test your birding skills. 

 
This is the web site for our experiments:  

 
Once you register your own login id and password on the site, you will be able 
to participate in any experiments that are available. We expect to add new 
experiments over time. 

 
If you have questions, please contact Thomas Palmeri 
(thomas.j.palmeri AT vanderbilt.edu) at Vanderbilt. 


Thomas Palmeri, Ph.D
Professor of Psychology
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN 37240
thomas.j.palmeri AT vanderbilt.edu
catlab.psy.vanderbilt.edu


Thank you,
Brittany Davis
Subject: Varied Thrush
From: "Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2014 16:41:04 -0800
Watching a Varied Thrush feeding in our front yard today. First time we have 
spotted this species in our yard. 


Tom Murtiashaw
From the banks of Meadow Creek in
Eagle River, AK

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Subject: Gambell: an epic day, 4 September
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 05 Sep 2014 08:57:46 -0700
The planets must have been properly aligned yesterday, 4 September; that 
or the weak low to our west and the high pressure ridge to our east 
resulted in migrants streaming here from both directions.  We ended up 
the day with--from Asia--the new, cooperative YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER 
(photos have been posted to Surfbirds.com), the new, second WILLOW 
WARBLER of the season (finally seen by most folks in the afternoon, and 
excellent photos obtained), the continuing NORTHERN HOBBY from the 
previous evening (last seen right after dawn), and the continuing TREE 
PIPIT.  From the North American mainland came a brief RED-EYED VIREO 
(presumably the first record for the entire Bering Sea region--so 
actually the "rarest" bird of the day), a well-photo'd ALDER FLYCATCHER 
(first Gambell/St Lawrence Is. record, and only the second offshore 
Bering record ever--the first from just last fall at St Paul), a 
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER (fourth fall record here), SWAINSON'S THRUSH (very 
rare/casual offshore, with about 10 previous records in fall), 2 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS (rare in fall, but almost annual), plus Yellow, 
Orange-crowned, and Wilson's Warblers, and "Red" and "Sooty" Fox 
Sparrows, 10 Bluethroats, 9 Wheatears, 2 Gray-cheeked Thrushes, 16 
Arctic Warblers, and 3 Ea. Yellow Wagtails.

At one point in the afternoon we watched a mixed-warbler flock 
consisting of Yellow-browed, Willow, 3 Arctics, and Townsend's.

--Paul Lehman


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Subject: Government Hill
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 21:43:11 -0400
There are lots of birds on the West End of Government Hill near Al Miller  
Park. Maybe 100 Robins, Starlings, Juncos, etc. I had a sparrow get away 
from me  which may have been a young Chipping.
Dave S
Subject: Gambell: YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER, WILLOW WARBLER, EUR. HOBBY, TREE PIPIT
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 15:08:31 -0700
Light southeast winds with spitting light rain overnight and this 
morning, Sep 4, equals a good arrival of migrants from both directions: 
a very cooperative YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER bordering the Far Boneyard and 
lower mountain slope, a very non-cooperative WILLOW WARBLER in the same 
general area, the continuing and ever more cooperative TREE PIPIT in the 
Near Boneyard, and yesterday evening's EURASIAN HOBBY was still sitting 
on its overnight tower in town at first light, but at dawn it took off 
to the southwest and has not been seen since. Other new migrants today 
include a YELLOW, WILSON'S, and 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, a "RED" FOX 
SPARROW, "SOOTY" FOX SPARROW, 12 Arctic Warblers, 4 N. Wheatears, 1 
Gray-cheeked Thrush, and 6 Bluethroats.

This is the fifth fall record of Yellow-browed at Gambell (all since 
1999), constituting about half the records for Alaska (with others at St 
Paul and Attu), all in the fall. Also a sight report from Wisconsin (!), 
and a record from Baja.

Very good photos of the Yellow-browed Warbler will be posted on 
Surfbirds.com ("N. American Stop Press" section) and elsewhere later 
today or this evening.

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Subject: Palmer fairground hummingbird
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2014 12:16:03 -0800
On Monday Sep 1st a friend of mine sent me a photo of a very interesting 
looking hummingbird she had seen at the Palmer fair grounds. More specifically, 
it was seen in the Perennial Gardens right next to the Don Sheldon building. I 
have since searched without luck for the bird. I also talked to the garden 
manager and they had seen the bird on the 1st as well over near their office 
and greenhouse building. They were going to call me if they saw the bird again. 
I haven't heard from them yet. 


I am heading to the slope today for two weeks so I am hoping someone else is 
interested in looking for the bird. There is still a lot of flowers at the fair 
grounds and around Palmer in general so there is a good chance that the hummer 
is still around. 


Look for a small green and white bird with a small bright patch of violet on 
the throat. 


Good luck 

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Palmer AK

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Subject: Gambell: Eurasian Hobby, Tree Pipit
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2014 01:22:49 -0700
Late on Sep 3, an adult EURASIAN HOBBY turned up at Gambell, and, 
following many fits and starts, finally settled in to spend the night on 
a tower in the village. This is the first Gambell and St. Lawrence 
Island record for this casual visitor to Alaska and North America. Many 
photos taken in failing light on the tower. One or two earlier flight 
shots by Neil Hayward have been posted on Surfbirds.com (N. American 
Stop Press) as well as on the ABA rare bird alert site.  Also on the 
3rd, the TREE PIPIT continues for Day #2, and better photos were 
obtained--one of them added to the Surfbirds.com website.  Minor 
miscellanea include 2 continuing GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS and a single 
Wandering Tattler, as well as a new "Sooty" Fox Sparrow.

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Subject: Goose Bay State Game Refuge
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 23:42:03 -0800
On Sep 3rd I spend about 5 hours tromping around in the muck and mud of Goose 
Bay. Gorgeous day and a fair number of birds out. 


7 Greater white fronted geese
2 Trumpeter Swans
50 Sandhill Cranes
1 Red-necked Phalarope 
30+Greater Yellowlegs
15 Pectoral Sandpipers
15 Wilson's Snipe
1 mystery Snipe
1 adult Goshawk
1 Northern Harrier
Lots of Mallards, Pintail, teal and wigeon. 
Large flocks of American Pipits every where. Lots of Savanna Sparrows too.

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Subject: Jack Snipe on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 21:30:09 -0800
This evening a JACK SNIPE was located on St. Paul Island, providing the 6th 
(4th in 5 years) Pribilof record for a species which has been recorded only 
seven additional times in North America. Also seen today was a new LESSER 
SAND-PLOVER while yesterday was highlighted by a brief encounter with a 
SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT and a locally very rare BLACKPOLL WARBLER. 

Let's see what tomorrow brings.
Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Kasilof Shorebirds
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 14:28:38 -0700
A Stilt Sandpiper was last seen on the Kasilof River mudflats on 9/1. Shorebird 
numbers and diversity there are steadily tailing off, for example, from 500 
Yellowlegs on 8/13 (100 Greater/ 400 Lesser) to 100 Yellowlegs on 9/3 (85 
Greater/ 15 Lesser) and from an average of 17 species then to 10 now. 

  
 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Willow Area
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Sep 2014 13:38:50 -0700
Sunday - Active Osprey nest north of Willow, two Red-necked Phalaropes & a 
Common Loon at Kashwitna Lake, a Merlin, the usual Gray Jays & Spruce Grouse, 
off Sockeye Ave. Many small flocks of Yellow Rumped Warblers, White-winged 
Crossbills, Boreal & Black Capped Chickadees, Slate Colored Juncos, a few Pine 
Siskins, Varied Thrushes, Robins, and a couple of sparrows - looked to be 
Lincoln's, off Mastadon Rd near Talkeetna. 

Temps were down to 28 in morning and fall is coming on fast.

Steve W.

 

Subject: PALMER SANDHILL CRANES
From: "Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 3 Sep 2014 11:40:25 -0800
In fields east of 7th day Adventist - perhaps 100 - Old Matanuska - OSPREY    
and 3 KINGFISHERS

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Subject: Sea watch at Pt. Woronzof summary
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 17:52:23 -0800
Today I headed out to Pt. Woronzof with my son for a bit of play on the 
beach and however much sea watching he would let me do...the wind has 
been pretty strong from the south so I was hopeful. Things started well 
when we pulled up and saw a couple beluga whales (looked like one may 
have been the yearling) just off the point. As he rearranged the sand 
and rocks on the beach I caught a few moments with my scope.  I was 
happy on one such peak to see the lilting flight of a gray bird in the 
distance, far off, but sufficient to see it was a FORK-TAILED STORM 
PETREL, a nice local rarity!  It was quite quiet at this point, only 
other birds out at sea were occasional small flocks of Mew Gulls.  After 
he began his nap I had a bit more time with the scope and found two 
LONG-TAILED DUCKS and three SURF SCOTERS, then a small alcid flew into 
view low and close.  I did not even have to squint and wrack my brain to 
see that it was a nice basic plumage MARBLED MURRELET!
Unfortunately, that was about all that was to be as my son woke up with 
other ideas of what to do.

Keeping track of those wind directions, even if it is not the storm of 
the year, has paid off.

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Subject: Gambell: TREE PIPIT, Brown Shrike #2, Gyrs
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Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:35:50 -0700
Tuesday, Sep 2, is bright and sunny with almost no new landbird migrants 
at Gambell, but with a west wind, and one new bird is a TREE PIPIT 
(Anthus trivialis) in the northern part of the "Old Town" (boatyard).  
Seen by all, and photo'd.  Photos will be posted late tonight to 
surfbirds.com ("N. American Stop Press" section) and likely elsewhere.  
This is the fourth Alaska and ABA Area record, with the previous records 
from Wales at the west tip of the Seward Peninsula (June 1978) and here 
from Gambell (one in June 1995 and one also in fall--late Sep 2002).  
Yesterday's BROWN SHRIKE has been "reassessed" and we now think it is 
likely a DIFFERENT bird from the one we had several days ago, as the 
side barring appears fainter and the dark mask much duller, but further 
photo analysis is ongoing. Also present are 2-3 GYRFALCONS (regular here 
in fall and winter) and 10 more Eurasian Wigeon.

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Subject: Anchorage--Pt. Woronzoff does it again
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 13:29:46 -0800
I am at pt. Woronzoff now.  So far, Fork-tailed Storm P., Marbled Murrelet,
2 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Surf Scoter.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: World Shorebird Day
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2014 11:56:43 -0800
If anyone is planning to participate in World Shorebird Day this weekend, I'd 
like to join a team. There's a 29.9 foot tide at 6:19 pm on the 6th and a 31 
footer at 7:05 pm on the 7th. 


Chris Maack
Anchorage
Subject: Gambell: Brown Shrike redux, Common Snipe, other shorebirds
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:21:21 -0700
Presumably the same BROWN SHRIKE was refound this evening (Monday) after 
going AWOL for 2-3/4 days--and in a new area at Gambell, having moved 
from "Old Town" to the north end slope of Sevuokuk Mtn.  The plumage is 
the same, so we'll go with just one bird involved. Also seen today were 
3 GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS, 17 SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS, 175 Emperor Geese, 2 
Yellow-billed Loons, Slaty-backed Gull, 2 Tundra Swans (very rare 
locally in fall), 4 Eurasian Wigeon, and a continuing Savannah and 3 
Golden-crowned Sparrows (both rare-but-regular mainland visitors). The 
10 Gray-cheeked Thrushes today establishes a new high one-day count for 
autumn. Yesterday there was a brief COMMON SNIPE in the "circular 
boneyard," the 6th fall record at Gambell (more regular farther south in 
Aleutians and Pribilofs), a good total of 10 Bluethroats, 2 Wandering 
Tattlers (actually somewhat rarer in fall than Gray-tailed) and another 
Whimbrel. An adult THAYER'S GULL yesterday is a very rare to casual 
autumn visitor to the offshore Bering Sea. Still a reasonable number of 
Arctic Warblers, Wheatears, Eastern Yellow and White Wagtails hanging 
in, as well as about 3 Red-throated Pipits.

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Subject: Long-billed Murrelet--No
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Sep 2014 22:02:40 -0700
Several of us went out today (Monday) with Karl Stoltzfus (Bay Excursions) to 
Cohen Id where LBMU had been seen on Friday, but alas, nada. 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage, AK
Subject: Hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in Palmer
From: "Gay Taunton lgtaunton AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 18:16:59 -0800
We saw hundreds of Sandhill Cranes in the hay fields on the right on Inner 
Springer Loop off the Glenn Hwy a short distance down from the Seventh Day 
Adventist Church at 5:30pm today. 


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Subject: Gov't Hill
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 11:55:58 -0800
The two parks at the NW end of Government Hill included decent numbers of 
songbird migrants. Aside from the usual warblers, Zonotrichia, and mixed 
thrushes, was a Gray-cheeked Thrush calling from the thickets. 


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Subject: PALMER - SANDHILL CRANE
From: "'C.H. Iliff' ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:38:55 -0800
Lone crane flying over the Fairgrounds - I heard some Saturday over the airport 
- none on the ground at the Experiment Farm, nor by the airport. 

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Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: August 25-31, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:43:57 -0800
Hello
Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of August 
25th-31st, 

2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of sightings is
in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of less than annual 
occurrence 

or one of particular note.

 

2014
Species Count: 135

Weekly
Species Count: 70

 

Birds
Mentioned:

 

Brant

TUNDRA
SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Mallard

Northern
Shoveler

King
Eider

Black
Scoter

Bufflehead

Short-tailed
Shearwater

BALD
EAGLE

Pacific
Golden-Plover

LESSER
SAND-PLOVER

GRAY-TAILED
TATTLER

Wandering
Tattler

Ruddy
Turnstone

RUFF

SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER

Dunlin

Rock
Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral
Sandpiper

Western
Sandpiper

Long-billed
Dowitcher

COMMON
SNIPE

Red
Phalarope

Parasitic
Jaeger

RHINOCEROS
AUKLET

Herring
Gull (ssp. smithsonianus)

SLATY-BACKED
GULL

Glaucous
Gull

PEREGRINE
FALCON (ssp. pealei)

Bank
Swallow

**WILLOW
WARBLER

*GRAY-STREAKED
FLYCATCHER

BLUETHROAT

Northern
Wheatear

Eastern
Yellow Wagtail

American
Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

Yellow-rumped
Warbler (ssp. hooveri)

Wilson’s
Warbler

*CHIPPING
SPARROW

Savannah
Sparrow

Fox
Sparrow (Sooty)

White-crowned
Sparrow

Golden-crowned
Sparrow

Common
Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

Two
weak low pressure systems passed through the central Bering Sea this week, one
on the 27th and the other on the 30th.  Winds shifted around considerably in
association with the systems and the high pressure in between with a couple
days of NW (strong on the 25th), a few days of E/SE, and a day or so
of N.  Temperatures continued to be well
above average most days, though overnight temperatures dropped considerably a
few days in which clear skies dominated. 
Rain fell in traceable amounts on the 26th and 29th
with light mist or fog on most other days, though the 25th and 31st
saw mostly sun.

 

WATERFOWL

 

A
few fall migrant waterfowl were found this week with a Brant on the 29th,
a Mallard on the 26th, a Northern Shoveler on the 30th,
and a Black Scoter on the 30th. 
The long-staying Bufflehead was noted again on the 30th while
King Eider numbers had increased to 24 by the 30th. There were six TUNDRA SWANS 
which remained 

through the week, three “Whistling” and three “Bewick’s.”

 

SEABIRDS
& GULLS

 

SLATY-BACKED
GULLS continue to be seen sporadically with three seen on the 30th
and sightings on several other days this week while Herring Gull numbers remain
low with only one or two present and the last Glaucous Gull sightings were on
the 25th.  Single Parasitic
Jaegers were noted on the 29th and 31st while small
numbers (<200 individuals) of Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen daily. A 
RHINOCEROS AUKLET was noted on the 25th. 


 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Shorebirds
continued to arrive in small to moderate numbers this week with the LESSER
SAND-PLOVER last noted on the 27th, between two and four GRAY-TAILED
TATTLERS noted daily, a juvenile RUFF on the 29th and 30th,
and at least two COMMON SNIPES on the 30th and 31st among
the Asian species recorded.  SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER numbers also began to build this week with daily counts in the double
digits and a high of 26 on the 28th. 
Regularly occurring American species this week included up to a dozen
Pacific Golden-Plovers daily, small numbers of Wandering Tattlers, several
hundred Ruddy Turnstones, a juvenile Dunlin from the 28th-31st,
a handful of “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers, small numbers (less than a dozen
daily) of Pectoral Sandpipers, up to 18 Western Sandpipers daily, up to five
Long-billed Dowitchers daily, and several hundred Red Phalaropes most days this
week.

 

LANDBIRDS
& PASSERINES

 

The
first Asian vagrants of the fall for this category were found on the 25th
when the 3rd Pribilof WILLOW WARBLER was found, shortly preceding
the locating of a GRAY-STREAKED FLYCACTHER in the same general area. Also found 
on the 25th were two separate 

BLUETHROATS providing the 14th Pribilof record and a second CHIPPING
SPARROW joining one from last week as the 10th Pribilof record. Trans-Beringian 
migrants continued to be 

located daily with daily sightings of one to three Northern Wheatears, one
Eastern Yellow Wagtail on the 26th, 27th, and 28th,
and daily sightings of one to six American Pipits. Many rare, but regular, 
American species 

continued to be seen this week as well with a “Peale’s” PEREGRINE FALCON noted
on the 28th and 30th, a Bank Swallow from the 26th-29th,
a “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped Warbler providing the second August record for the
Pribilofs on the 25th,  a
single Wilson’s Warbler on the 25th which was followed by up to four
on the 29th and 30th, a single Savannah Sparrow on the 27th,
at least two Fox Sparrows on the 25th and 26th which were
followed by six-plus on the 30th and 31st, a White-crowned
Sparrow on the 28th which tied the early date for the Pribilofs, and
large numbers of Golden-crowned Sparrows continued this week with a daily high
count of 13 or 14 on the 30th and up to 15-20 for the week. A few Common 
Redpolls also continued from 

previous weeks along with the long-staying BALD EAGLE.

 

Breeding
or resident species present on/around the island:

 

Northern
Pintail

Green-winged
(and Common) Teal

Harlequin
Duck

Long-tailed
Duck

Northern
Fulmar

Red-faced
Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Semipalmated
Plover

Least
Sandpiper

Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)

Red-necked
Phalarope

Black-legged Kittiwake

Red-legged Kittiwake

Glaucous-winged Gull

Common
Murre

Thick-billed Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient
Murrelet

Parakeet
Auklet

Least
Auklet

Crested
Auklet

Horned
Puffin

Tufted
Puffin

Pacific
Wren (ssp. alascensis)

Lapland Longspur

Snow Bunting

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)





This
is Scott Schuette, Cory Gregory, and Doug Gochfeld, the 2014 St. Paul Island
Tour guides, wishing you good birding. For tour information or to make travel
arrangements visit our website http://www.alaskabirding.com
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Subject: Long-billed Murrelet photo
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:39:17 -0800
Karl Stoltzfus' photo of the Long-billed Murrelet is on the Kachemak Bay 
Birders' website. http://kachemakbaybirders.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=694. 
Subject: LONG-BILLED MURRELET Homer
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:36:29 -0800
Yesterday Karl Stolzfus of Bay Excursions found and photographed a
basic-plumaged LONG-BILLED MURRELET in Kachemak Bay near Cohen Island! Karl
is on the water daily. Contact Karl for details and chase potential.

Aaron Lang
Homer, AK
(currently on Gambell)
Subject: Anchorage--Yesterday at Carr-Gottstein
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:47:52 -0800
Yesterday at Carr-Gottstein Park were a few new fall birds for me coming in
with the cold front. A sloppy saunter out onto the rain soaked flats with
Enric F. produced a few AMERICAN PIPITS heard in flight, and a few small
groups of LAPLAND LONGSPURS were heard and seen flying over. A OSPREY and
PEREGRINE FALCON were seen perched far out on drift wood closer to the
Campbell Creek estuary. Two WHITE-FRONTED GEESE caught my attention when
they called in fight overhead. I had a tantalizing in-flight view of a 20+
flock of PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, one appeared smallish and lacked a heavy
breast band. Unfortunately, I can only say it was likely a Sharp-tailed
Sandpiper. I do feel confident enough to say that much, however.  So tis'
the season to check those Pectorals for reddish caps and white superciliums!

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Gambell: Brown Shrike
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:09:28 -0700
Today, 29 August, a young BROWN SHRIKE turned up at Gambell.  First 
found by Neil Hayward, it is in the "Old Town" ("boatyard') section of 
the village.  This is the third fall record at Gambell, with the other 
two coming in 2007 and 2008 and both also in the late Aug/early Sep 
period.  There is a single late-spring record here as well, from the 
late 1970s, which in fact was the first North American record. Today's 
winds are light from the southeast--not typical for Asian landbirds, 
though we have had a number of such birds turn up under these conditions 
over the years. Otherwise several new Bluethroats and some minor stuff.  
Yesterday, under moderate north winds and cooler temps, we had our 
typical northerly-wind late Aug/early Sep one-day push of EMPEROR GEESE, 
with 230 birds in the first hour of the day.

A photo of the Brown Shrike is posted on surfbirds.com ("N. American 
stop press" section).

--Paul Lehman


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Subject: World Shorebirds Day, 6 September
From: "gyorgy.szimuly AT me.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 29 Aug 2014 15:11:14 -0700
Dear Birdwatchers,
 

 You might have heard about the World Shorebirds Day to be held on 6 September, 
2014 for the first time. One of the key programs of this special day is the 
Global Shorebird Counting, which is a public awareness initiative. I ask 
Alaskan bird enthusiasts to take part in the counting in any areas where 
shorebirds occur. Don't worry, if there are no huge number of shorebirds in 
your area. We don't ask money to help. We just ask to go out birding, what 
every birdwatcher love to do anyway. 

 

 Please consider supporting this initiative and register your location on our 
website. By registering a location you can be a part of a draw to win a 
fantastic bird book package worth about ÂŁ150. 

 

 Registration of the location and more details about the Global Shorebird 
Counting Program can be found here: http://goo.gl/jNW1VG http://goo.gl/jNW1VG 

 

 The map with more than 340 already registered locations can be viewed here: 
http://goo.gl/ICpB7X http://goo.gl/ICpB7X 

 

 Thanks for your time and please help us to reach our goal of having a thousand 
locations registered by 6th of September 2014. 

 

 Best wishes, Szimi
 _
 Gyorgy Szimuly
 Coordinator of the Global Events of the World Shorebirds Day
 Milton Keynes, UK
 http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com 
http://worldshorebirdsday.wordpress.com/ 

 
  
Subject: Rusty Blackbirds Palmer
From: "Isaac Helmericks isaac.helmericks AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:56:41 -0800
My yard just got invaded by a large flock of Rusty Blackbirds this morning. A 
conservative estimate is over 100. They are feeding around my chicken pens and 
catching slugs in the yard. Looks like a lot of juveniles so maybe they had a 
good year of breeding. 


Isaac Helmericks
Palmer AK




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Subject: OSPREY - Old Glenn and Glenn Intersection - PALMER
From: "Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:59:45 -0800
Perched in lone tree in triangle on south side.

By the way lots of SANDHILL CRANES on the UAF agriculture fields in FAIRBANKS. 
None at the Experiment farm in PALMER 


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Subject: Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Aug 2014 00:11:11 -0700
A Sharp-tailed Sandpiper was seen with four Pectoral Sandpipers at the Kasilof 
River mudflats this evening (8/27). The lone Stilt Sandpiper continued. 

 

 

 Toby Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Tons of Snipe
From: "cmannix AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 18:48:13 -0700
At the Dale Saunders Crane Sanctuary in Trapper Creek there were 45-50 Sandhill 
cranes and flocks of Wilson's snipe. I'd have to say the biggest flock was over 
100. I've never seen large flocks of snipe before and didn't know they did 
that. 

 Chris Mannix
 Talkeetna
Subject: Gambell: miscellanea, shorebirds and landbird totals
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 17:32:35 -0700
More mild weather and mostly light winds the past few days here at 
Gambell, so no major movements of landbirds or shorebirds, and no great 
rarities, either. A slight uptick in shorebirds the past 24 hours has 
brought 2 GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS (rare but regular in very small numbers), 
an hudsonicus WHIMBREL (average 1-2 per fall), and a second juvenile 
RED-NECKED STINT. The number of COMMON RINGED PLOVERS peaked at 5 birds 
from 8/23-25, side by side with 5 Semipalmateds, and there are still 4 
present as of this morning. A small push of BLUETHROATS and a few more 
RED-THROATED PIPITS. Rare-but-regular mainland sparrows have included a 
total of 3 GOLDEN-CROWNED and 1 SOOTY FOX (rare but regular 
reverse-migrant from the south). A couple more SLATY-BACKED GULLS (but 
the total so far of 3 individuals is below average), and there has been 
a very good, steady flight of Pomarine Jaegers past the point, with the 
one-day peak of 325 birds on 8/22. Short-tailed Shearwaters are picking 
up, with up to 300,000 per day, and some days they are swarming just 
barely offshore, providing for quite the spectacle. Warmer sea surface 
temperatures (51-52 degrees F) this year compared to the past several 
seem to have resulted in more fish (with far more B-l Kittiwakes around 
than the past several years), but a lot fewer Gray Whales feeding 
offshore, so probably the plankton concentrations are down.

Trans-Beringian landbird migrant numbers have been mediocre this year. 
My totals over the past 12 days are:
Arctic Warbler:  37  (slightly below normal)
Bluethroat:  5  (below normal)
Northern Wheatear:  61  (somewhat below normal)
Gray-cheeked Thrush:  0  (still early in season for them, but there 
should have been a few)
Ea. Yellow Wagtail:  55  (below normal)
Red-throated Pipit:  8  (slightly below normal)
American Pipit:  4  (below normal)

The boneyard vegetation is quite lush this year, so the habitat should 
be inviting.

--Paul Lehman



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Subject: Belted Kingfishers
From: "cbb81 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Aug 2014 10:31:57 -0700
Saw 4 Belted Kingfishers yesterday at mile 103.5 on the parks highway
Subject: Homer Spit
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:04:59 -0800
I checked out the end of Homer Spit today from about noon to 1 pm with
Cedar S. There was a lot of activity there on the glassy calm water. The
highlights included 20 FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS, 2 SOOTY SHEARWATERS and 2
KITTLITZ'S MURRELETS. A Humpback Whale was feeding about 100 yards off the
end of the spit and several Harbor Porpoises were there as well.

Good Birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Willow Warbler and Gray-streaked Flycatcher on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:29:59 -0800
This evening saw a nice duo of Asian vagrants on St. Paul Island with a WILLOW 
WARBLER (3rd Pribilof record) found first and then followed shortly by a 
confiding GRAY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER (almost annual during fall in the 
Pribilofs). Other notable birds included a continuing (or new?) CHIPPING 
SPARROW which is about the 15th Pribilof record, two BLUETHROATS which are 
less-than-annual migrants in the islands, and an increase in SHARP-TAILED 
SANDPIPERS among other more traditional American shorebirds. 

Plus a beautiful sunset this evening which may be the most shocking of all!
Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Killdeer and Stilt Sandpiper
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Aug 2014 23:12:19 -0700
One Stilt Sandpiper at mouth of Kasilof River today (8/25). Also one Killdeer 
on Kenai Flats this evening (east side of Bridge Access Road; exact location 
where a Killdeer was seen this spring.) 

 
 Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: American Redstart update 8/25/2014
From: "gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Aug 2014 21:54:24 -0700
When the sun came out this evening, I went down to the alleyway below Beech 
Street. The Red Elderberry bushes were alive with a mixed flock of birds. I got 
one quick look at the American Redstart, so he is still here. Then a squirrel 
started chattering, in the birch trees above, and the activity dropped to 
almost nothing. 

 
 Gary Rasmussen
 Anchorage
Subject: Juneau and the Gulf of Alaska
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:28:56 -0800
Apologies for the tardy report. I and eleven others rode the ferry from
Juneau to Whittier (August 19-21) with Wilderness Birding Adventures which
included a day and a half birding in Juneau before the crossing. This is
the third consecutive year we've made this trip in the third week of
August. On the evening of August 19th we entered Cross Sound and rounded
Cape Spencer, spending a few hours of daylight in the Gulf of Alaska. This
first evening we had great views of no fewer than 10 BULLER'S SHEARWATERS
and several dozen FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS. On the 20th we spent most of
the day in the Gulf of Alaska, hoping for rare seabirds. Despite the
encouraging results from the first evening we didn't see any Buller's,
Pink-footed, or rarer shearwaters. This was in contrast from our first two
years (Manx in 2012, Flesh-footed in 2013 and Buller's and Pink-footed in
2012 and 2013) and from Joe's July report. Overall, I felt that the numbers
of Sooty Shearwaters was significantly lower than the last two years as
well.

We did have large numbers of BLACK-FOOTED ALBATROSS, including three flocks
of over 20 each. We estimated at least 140 Albatross on the 20th.
FORK-TAILED STORM-PETRELS were seen in small but steady numbers throughout
the trip. Notable Non-tubenoses included, CASSIN'S and RHINOCEROUS AUKLET,
ANCIENT MURRELET, RED and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE and a seagoing flock of 9
BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS. Mammal highlights were 3 Sperm Whales only about 150
yards from the ship, and a Northern Fur Seal just north of Juneau.

In Yakutat the EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE flock continues to grow and near the
ferry dock there were at least 10 at one feeder. There could have been
more. Despite some rain, heavy at times, birding in Juneau was good. It's
always great to see some SE AK species that are rare or not present in the
rest of AK. The rain kept our species list lower than the last two years,
but we did tally: VAUX'S SWIFT, RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, PACIFIC SLOPE
FLYCATCHER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT (4), CEDAR WAXWING, CALIFORNIA GULL (2),
and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE. Without a doubt the highlight of the Juneau
outing was a RED-EYED VIREO in a large mixed flock along the Brotherhood
Bridge trail on August 19th. This bird was almost certainly the same bird
that nested in the area earlier in the summer and was last reported to
Ebird in late July.

Good Birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpiper- Anchorage
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:23:31 -0800
I took a look out at Carr-Gottstein yesterday. Mostly Greater Yellowlegs
and a few Lessers.  A good group of 30+ of what looked Pectoral Sandpiper
in size and Greater Yellowlegs were circling the area high over head but
did not land while I was there. No Stilt Sandpipers that I could turn up.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


On Mon, Aug 25, 2014 at 10:19 AM, David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com
[AKBirding]  wrote:

>
>
> Did anyone look over the weekend
> DS
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>  
>
Subject: Stilt Sandpiper- Anchorage
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:19:23 -0700
Did anyone look over the weekend
DS

Sent from my iPhone


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