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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]" ]
25 Aug St. Paul Island bird report: August 18-24, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Aug The Redstart Quest ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
24 Aug American Redstart located ["avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
24 Aug Am Redstart ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
24 Aug American Redstart in Anchorage ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
22 Aug Brewer's Sparrow (Timberline) and Yellow-billed Loon - Nuiqsut ["avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
22 Aug Anchorage Stilt Sandpiper ["steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Aug Too Many Cranes to Count ["william.wuttke AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Aug Gambell: Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Sand-Plovers ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
21 Aug Kasilof Shorebirds ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Aug Harlan's Hawk, light morph, in Far North Bicentennial Park in Anchorage ["lostinspace501 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Aug 8-18-2014 Stilt sandpipers still at North Bank of the Kasilof River ["tarbox AT ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
19 Aug Gambell: RED-legged Kittiwake, miscellanea ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
18 Aug St. Paul Island bird report: August 11-17, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Aug Backyard Birding Bonanza ["pdarneson AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Aug Stilt Sandpipers Continue at Kasilof River ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Aug Sanderling at Carr-Gottstein ["pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Aug Stilt Sandpiper - CarrGott- Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Aug Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 8-17-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Aug Stilt Sandpipers - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Aug Re: Stilt Sandpiper - CarrGott- Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Aug Western Kenai Peninsula Shorebirds ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Aug Anchorage--Carr-Gottstein Sanderling ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Aug Gambell: arrival (mine), 2 C. Ringed Plovers, regular migrants ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
15 Aug Anchorage-- Carr-Gottstein park today ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Aug RE: Homer: Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Solitary Sandpipers ["'Field, Carmen M (DFG)' carmen.field AT alaska.gov [AKBirding]" ]
15 Aug Homer: Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Solitary Sandpipers ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
15 Aug Tuesday August 12, 2014 Storm Birds: Red-necked Phalaropes and a Sanderling ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Aug Barrens trip ["Ginger Moore ginger AT kbaywhales.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Aug No Girdwood eagle ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Aug Seward Caspian Tern and Sanderling ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Aug Re: the putative eagle ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Aug Re: the putative eagle ["cathyfoerster AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Aug the putative eagle ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Aug MIXED FLOCKS ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
12 Aug interesting eagle ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
11 Aug St. Paul Island bird report: August 4-10, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
10 Aug Northern Wheatear - Arctic Valley ["Buzz Scher bscher AT rmconsult.com [AKBirding]" ]
9 Aug Re: Steller Eider update ["Jen Nafzgar jenlinkhart AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
09 Aug Steller Eider update ["collman AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
09 Aug Seward Steller's Eider update ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Aug Barren Island trip ["Ginger Moore ginger AT kbaywhales.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Aug Re: BT Curlew ["Otto Lake erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Aug Steller's Eider Seward AK ["tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Aug Steller's Eider Currently in Seward ["tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Aug snipes ["Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
07 Aug Feral Rock Doves in Anchorage ["gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
7 Aug BT Curlew ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
6 Aug Anchor River ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Aug STELLER'S EIDER hen- Seward ["sadie.ulman AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Aug St. Paul Island bird report: July 28-August 3, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
04 Aug Cordova Report ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]

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.

--Paul Lehman


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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. 


Gay Taunton
lgtaunton AT yahoo.com

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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. 


Thede Tobish

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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. 

Chuck Iliff

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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)

Wilsons
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 Bewicks.

 

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 Peales 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 Wilsons 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
or call 1-877-424-5637. 		 	   		  
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 £150. 

 

 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.

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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
>  
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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

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Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: August 18-24, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:05:43 -0800
Hello
Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of August 
18th-24th, 

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: 130

Weekly
Species Count: 61

 

Birds
Mentioned:

 

TUNDRA
SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

King
Eider

Short-tailed
Shearwater

BALD
EAGLE

Pacific
Golden-Plover

LESSER
SAND-PLOVER

GRAY-TAILED
TATTLER

Wandering
Tattler

Whimbrel
(ssp. hudsonicus)

Ruddy
Turnstone

*RED
KNOT

SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER

RED-NECKED
STINT

Sanderling

Rock
Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER

Pectoral
Sandpiper

*SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER

Western
Sandpiper

Long-billed
Dowitcher

COMMON SNIPE      

Red
Phalarope

Parasitic
Jaeger

Herring
Gull

SLATY-BACKED
GULL

Glaucous
Gull

Arctic
Tern

Northern
Wheatear

Eastern
Yellow Wagtail

American
Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

Yellow
Warbler

Wilsons
Warbler

*CHIPPING
SPARROW

Savannah
Sparrow

Fox
Sparrow (Sooty)

Golden-crowned
Sparrow

Common
Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

This
week saw two very different halves, the first half being quite pleasant while
the second half turning decidedly less enjoyable to be outside in. High 
pressure continued from the 18th 

to the 22nd with little to no rain or fog, light winds mostly out of
the east, some sunshine, and temperatures continuing well above average. On the 
22nd a new low pressure 

system swung up into the Bering Sea from the southeast and brought with it a
whole bunch of rain (1.5+ inches over the weekend), heavy cloud cover,
increasingly strong winds from the E, NE, and then eventually swinging to the
NW, and overall cooler temperatures.

 

WATERFOWL

 

We
still remain without much in regards to fall waterfowl migration as the
continuing TUNDRA SWANS (currently five individuals as of the 24th)
and King Eiders were the only non-residents noted this week.

 

SEABIRDS
& GULLS

 

The
seasons strongest movement of Short-tailed Shearwaters occurred on the 18th
when 6,000+ were noted with only a handful of individuals seen on subsequent
days this week.  Single Parasitic Jaegers
were found on the 18th and 23rd while a few Herring,
SLATY-BACKED, and Glaucous Gulls were also found late in the week. A small 
incursion of Arctic Terns was 

recorded on the 23rd with 15 birds spread between a couple groups
avoiding the wind and rain.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

The
most unusual migrant shorebird this week was a RED KNOT (the 15th
Pribilof record) seen for a short period on the 18th, with the
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER continuing through the 20th, and the first
juvenile LESSER SAND-PLOVER being seen from the 19th-24th. Also seen this week 
for the first time this 

year were two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on the 24th. Two juvenile GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLERS were seen 

on the 20th and 23rd, increasing numbers of SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPERS were found with a high count of eight on the 24th
(including three adults), one or two RED-NECKED STINTS seen each day, and a
COMMON SNIPE which was found on the 20th and 22nd. Typical American species 
noted this week 

included a high count of nine Pacific Golden-Plovers on the 19th
(including the first juvenile of the fall), small numbers of Wandering Tattlers
daily, an American Whimbrel on the 23rd and 24th,
hundreds of Ruddy Turnstones, the continuing adult Sanderling on the 21st
and 22nd, one or two Mainland Rock Sandpipers early in the week, a
few Pectoral Sandpipers daily though the max day count was three, a flock of 24
Western Sandpipers which were found daily all week, a single Long-billed
Dowitcher on the 19th, and small numbers of Red Phalaropes each day
of the week.

 

LANDBIRDS
& PASSERINES

 

Landbird
migration continued in earnest this week with all individuals found having
American or Trans-Beringian origins.  Of
most interest was a CHIPPING SPARROW found on the 24th which is the
earliest Pribilof record by 10 days and also the 10th overall fall
record of the species.  Other American
species found this week included a Yellow Warbler on the 20th (the 2nd
earliest fall record), a Savannah Sparrow on the 20th (the 3rd
earliest fall record), three or four Wilsons Warblers from the 19th-21st,
two Fox Sparrows on the 20th and 24th, and at least eight
Golden-crowned Sparrows on the 23rd and 24th. Trans-Beringian migrants seen 
this week 

included a single Eastern Yellow Wagtail on the 18th, three Northern
Wheatears on the 18th and then two on the 23rd and 24th,
and several American Pipits seen almost daily this week. The family group of 
Common Redpolls were 

noted all week and the continuing BALD EAGLE(S) were seen a couple times early
in the week. 

 

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 and Cory Gregory, 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
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Subject: The Redstart Quest
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Aug 2014 16:13:02 -0700
Thanks to Chris's alert, we headed to Beech Lane to find the Redstart. Enriq 
and Aaron showed up, and we went down to the R Street Alley which is just below 
Beech Lane. It was Birdy To The Max, but no Redstart. After an hour or more, we 
walked down to the North Tunnel triangle where once again, birds were dripping 
from the branches. 

 Among other species,  two spots produced:
 
 OC Warblers Yellow Warblers Wilsons Warbler
 Blackpoll Warblers Alder Flycatcher WC Sparrow
 Fox Sparrow Swainson’s Thrush Juncos
 Lincolns Sparrow Ruby Crowned Kinglet Starlings
 lots of Robins         Savannah Sparrow Kingfisher
 Olive Sided Flycatcher Green Winged Teal Canada Goose 
 
 
 Northern Waterthrush Greater Yellowlegs Bald Eagle
 Magpie         Raven
 
 Then, of course, Thede showed up fresh from having seen the Redstart TWICE. So 
it was back to the Alley where Thede pished for 20 minutes and voila! Although 
Thede had seen it at both ends of the alley, it was favoring the South end by 
the big Elderberry bluff. The homeowner who's feeders and birdbath attracted it 
said it has been there for a Week! 

 Good luck, and we hope your pishing muscles are in shape.
 

 w keys
 spenard
 

 
Subject: American Redstart located
From: "avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Aug 2014 14:10:53 -0700
I walked down Beech Street (8:30 - 10:00 am) and then went around the block and 
back up the section of 10th Street (which is not directly connected to 10th 
that runs along the park strip) and found the male American Redstart with 
Orange-crowned Warblers, Ruby-throated kinglets, and one Wilson's Warbler. Lots 
of Black-capped Chickadees and several Boreal's as well. 

 
 Cheers,
 

 Tom Evans
Subject: Am Redstart
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 11:44:18 -0800
The male Am Redstart is currently in a large warbler flock in the 10th Ave 
alley beyond the SW end of the Park Strip 11:45 am Sunday. 


Thede Tobish

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Subject: American Redstart in Anchorage
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:03:49 -0800
A friend took a picture of an American Redstart in his bird bath and sent it to 
his sister on Aug. 23. Beech Lane is west of the Park Strip. I've posted the 
picture in the album American Redstart. Hope it is still hanging around. 


Chris Maack
Anchorage
Subject: Brewer's Sparrow (Timberline) and Yellow-billed Loon - Nuiqsut
From: "avocet AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Aug 2014 10:14:06 -0700
Noteworthy birds from Nuiqsut between August 18-21 were 5 juvenile Brewer's 
Sparrows seen at the Nuiqsut Airport. A few of these birds were seen at very 
close range within 2-3 feet as they were feeding on mosquitoes attracted to me. 
One bird hopped up on my knee as I was sitting on steps before flying off to 
get a mosquito. 

 
 Two yellow-billed loons and one common loon were also seen.
 

 Tom Evans
 Anchorage
Subject: Anchorage Stilt Sandpiper
From: "steve_scordino AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Aug 2014 08:56:04 -0700
Any recent news on these birds? I hope to go to Carr-Gottstein tonight near 
high tide to hopefully get a view. 

 
 Are the birds visible from the bluff trail or do you need to be on the 
mudflat? 
Subject: Too Many Cranes to Count
From: "william.wuttke AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Aug 2014 21:58:43 -0700
We had to post this picture. 
 
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Subject: Gambell: Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Sand-Plovers
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:42:23 -0700
We continue to have partly cloudy skies and very mild 
temperatures--between 52-56 degrees--here at Gambell the past several 
days, with relatively few new migrants arriving, until today. A WILLOW 
WARBLER (photo'd) appeared in the far boneyard early this afternoon (21 
Aug), amazingly the 16th individual here since 2002, all in fall, and 
except for also two fall records at St. Paul, constituting all the 
records for North America.  All the Gambell records fall between 21 Aug 
and 11 Sep. Also today were 2 juvenile LESSER SAND-PLOVERS (photo'd), 
together, which are rare but essentially annual in both fall and spring 
on the Bering Sea islands and Aleutians. Two of the COMMON RINGED 
PLOVERS (photo'd) continue today as well. From the other direction, an 
imm. GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW is a rare but regular mainland stray, but 
today's bird establishes a new early date by 8 days. A couple 
Red-throated Pipits, a bit of an uptick in Arctic Warbler and Eastern 
Yellow Wagtail numbers, and my first Spectacled Eider of the season. The 
second SLATY-BACKED GULL of the week, and 2 Sandhill Cranes 
(surprisingly scarce in fall, given they are fairly common here in spring).

The 2nd-cycle RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE (photo'd) stayed for a second day, 
and there were also several dark-morph Northern Fulmars--rare but 
regular early autumn visitors from the south (all the numerous locally 
nesting fulmars are light-morph birds).

I have posted PHOTOS of the Willow Warbler, Red-legged Kittiwake, and 
one of the Common Ringed Plovers at surfbirds.com ("N. American Stop 
Press" section). Sorry for the low pixel count, but download speeds here 
at Gambell are somewhat slow.

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Subject: Kasilof Shorebirds
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Aug 2014 00:29:05 -0700
On 8/20 at the mouth of the Kasilof River among 400 Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs (and others) were a notable 3 ROCK SANDPIPERS, 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 
AND 3 STILT SANDPIPERS. 

 
 Toby Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Harlan's Hawk, light morph, in Far North Bicentennial Park in Anchorage
From: "lostinspace501 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Aug 2014 14:45:34 -0700
Walking our leashed dogs, binoculars around our necks and poop bags in hand, we 
heard then spotted a large, white, bird of prey in a tree next to Basher Lake 
this morning. Having seen an Osprey a couple of weeks ago, we convinced 
ourselves in was an Osprey. But the call wasn't right. There was a Merlin 
sitting in another tree nearby. 

 
 After checking the bird books at home and consulting Cornell's All About 
Bird's website, we are convinced it was a light morph Harlan's Hawk. We were 
hearing the unmistakable call of a Red Tailed Hawk! Migrating through, I 
suppose. 

 

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birding all the time. Ya gotta love it. 

 

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 Anchorage
 

 
 
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Subject: 8-18-2014 Stilt sandpipers still at North Bank of the Kasilof River
From: "tarbox AT ptialaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Aug 2014 12:56:57 -0700
Three of us went looking for the stilt sandpipers reported at the north bank of 
the Kasilof River. After searching hundreds of yellowlegs we found two stilt 
sandpipers that were close enough for a positive ID. For those not use to 
birding at Kasilof north bank you should go about 3 hours before high tide at 
Kenai. The flats will be exposed but within a half hour to hour the mudflats 
will be covered and the birds gone. As the tide comes in it pushes the birds 
right to the beach so if you are not moving around they will come within 30 to 
50 feet of you. 

 
 Other birds seen were a merlin, six sandhill cranes feeding on the mud flats, 
western sandpipers, and offshore a group of waterfowl. 

 
 

 Ken
 
Subject: Gambell: RED-legged Kittiwake, miscellanea
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 19:47:22 -0700
On Tuesday afternoon the 19th here at Gambell, we (Barrett Pierce and I) 
were doing a bit of seawatching and photographing the scads of 
mixed-alcid flocks flying by when a second-cycle RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE 
came flying by right in front of us. This is the first fall record for 
Gambell, and the only other record from shore here, ever, is of a single 
late-spring bird perhaps some 15-20 years ago. We are well north, of 
course, from the species' normal range in the southern Bering and 
Aleutians. However, a recent telemetry study of Red-leggeds breeding on 
the Pribilofs has shown that some number of birds head NORTH in very 
late fall and are found in offshore waters in the northern Bering only a 
bit to the south and west of here in Nov/Dec, and then those birds head 
southwest to off s. Kamchatka where they spend Jan/Feb, before returning 
east to the Pribilofs in early spring.  Pretty amazing.

In other news we have now had a total of 4 juvenile COMMON RINGED 
PLOVERS the past several days, and today we had a high count of 22 WHITE 
WAGTAILS (including a single flock of 12), the highest count since the 
early 1990s. The first several juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS of the 
season (early by a few days) arrived on the 17th, a single juvenile 
RED-NECKED STINT (rare but annual) turned up, and several all-time early 
arrival dates have been set (no surprise given I arrived earlier than 
normal!!) including those for "Black" Brant and Black Scoter. The only 
AK mainland stray so far has been a single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER (rare 
but annual in fall)--not a good showing so far.  It is still a few days 
"too early" for the start of typical Asian landbird potential.

The Red-legged Kittiwake was my #231 for Gambell, but my reign as Grand 
Poo-ba on the offshore Bering Sea islands is about to end, as Scott 
Schuette down on St. Paul just got his #229 there yesterday (a Red 
Knot)--so the clock is ticking.....loudly.

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Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: August 11-17, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:11:26 -0800
Hello
Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of August 
11th-17th, 

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: 125

Weekly
Species Count: 57

 

Birds
Mentioned:

 

TUNDRA
SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Greater
Scaup

King
Eider

Bufflehead

COMMON
LOON

Yellow-billed
Loon

Short-tailed
Shearwater

BALD
EAGLE

Pacific
Golden-Plover

GRAY-TAILED
TATTLER

Wandering
Tattler

Ruddy
Turnstone

RUFF

SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER

RED-NECKED
STINT

Sanderling

Rock
Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral
Sandpiper

*SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER

Western
Sandpiper

Long-billed
Dowitcher

Wilsons
Snipe

Red
Phalarope

Sabines
Gull

Herring
Gull

SLATY-BACKED
GULL

Glaucous
Gull

Northern
Wheatear

Eastern
Yellow Wagtail

American
Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

Wilsons
Warbler

Fox
Sparrow (Sooty)

Common
Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

A
second low pressure system of the season passed by to the south of the
Pribilofs early this week providing moderate east and north winds from the 11th
to the 13th.  High pressure
returned by the end of the week and along with it were light winds, mostly out
of the west.  The first three days of the
week saw small amounts of rain (0.37 inches total) while the final four days of
the week were nice and dry with no precipitation or fog to speak of. 
Temperatures continue to be well above 

average with the final four days of the week having highs of 59, 60, 59, and 60
degrees F respectively.

 

WATERFOWL

 

The
slow times continue with at least six continuing TUNDRA SWANS still present on
the 17th while small numbers of King Eiders continue around the
island, a Greater Scaup continued through the 13th, and the female Bufflehead
was still present on the 17th.

 

SEABIRDS
& GULLS

 

Two
Yellow-billed Loons were found on the 14th while a single COMMON
LOON was seen on the 16th.  The
seasons first Sabines Gull was noted on the 12th while at least
three SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen daily this week along with a Herring Gull on
the 17th and a Glaucous Gull on the 13th and 15th. Small numbers of 
Short-tailed Shearwaters 

were seen daily during the first half of the week.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Increasing
numbers of juvenile shorebirds began showing up this week with a second
SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER on the 17th, one to two RED-NECKED STINTS
from the 12th on, three SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS on the 16th,
and a Long-billed Dowitcher on the 16th and 17th. Also noted this week was a 
RUFF on the 12th 

and a GRAY-TAILED TATTLER on the 16th. New for the season was an adult 
Sanderling on 

the 16th while Western Sandpiper numbers began to build through the
week with a daily high of 28 on the 17th though Pectoral Sandpiper
numbers stayed low with a peak count of five on the 11th and 13th. Small 
numbers of Pacific Golden-Plovers were 

seen daily along with Wandering Tattlers, large numbers of Ruddy Turnstones, a
couple Mainland Rock Sandpipers, the continuing Wilsons Snipe on the 13th,
and a few dozen Red Phalaropes daily.

 

LANDBIRDS
& PASSERINES

 

The
first push of passerine migrants this fall began on the 14th with a
record early arrival date for Fox Sparrow (Sooty) and picked up on the 15th
and 16th when a minimum of six Northern Wheatears, two Eastern
Yellow Wagtails, six American Pipits, five Wilsons Warblers, and a second Fox
Sparrow were found.  Also noted this week
was a Common Redpoll with fledglings on the 16th providing the first
nesting evidence for that species on St. Paul this summer. Our over-summering 
BALD EAGLE was joined by a 

second (an adult) on the 15th.

 

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 and Cory Gregory, 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. 		 	   		  
Subject: Backyard Birding Bonanza
From: "pdarneson AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 01:56:38 -0700
 There were so many birds in my backyard on Sunday I went outside to get some 
photos. There were the usual BC and Boreal Chickadees, RB Nuthatches, Downy 
Woodpeckers, and DE Juncos In addition there were Orange-crowned, Wilson's, 
Yellow-rumped, and Blackpoll Warblers, RC Kinglets, WC Sparrows, Co Redpolls, 
an Am Robin, and an Alder Flycatcher (1st time I'd seen one there). A flock of 
Canada Geese flew over. I was getting some nice shots until a Sharp-shinned 
Hawk showed up and everybody hurriedly left. 
Subject: Stilt Sandpipers Continue at Kasilof River
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Aug 2014 00:10:13 -0700
Thirteen today (8/17) on the evening tide at the mouth of the Kasilof River, 
five on 8/15, and two on 8/13. The most we've previously seen on the Kenai 
Peninsula is a flock of 7. We've had Stilt Sandpipers seven out of the last ten 
Falls (only once in Spring, one individual May 2013). The Stilts have been seen 
among up to 100 Greater Yellowlegs, 400 Lesser Yellowlegs, and 100 Short-billed 
Dowitchers though those number vary day-to-day (lower of late). 

 
 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Sanderling at Carr-Gottstein
From: "pat AT pourchot.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Aug 2014 22:12:11 -0700
Single Sanderling at high tide today (still a hike on mudflats) north of 
Carr-Gottstein Park in general vicinity described by Aaron Bowman. Loosely 
associated with several semi-palmated sandpipers and flock of semi-palmated 
plovers. 

 Pat Pourchot
 Anchorage
Subject: Stilt Sandpiper - CarrGott- Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:20:26 -0800
Pond north of push pile.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 16, 2014, at 5:47 PM, "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" 
 wrote: 


> On a trip down to Carr-Gottstein Park today with Enric F. there were 
> many of the same birds as yesterday.  After a closer look today the 
> "American Golden Plover" I saw yesterday it either changed somehow into 
> a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER over night or was a completely different bird. I 
> tend to think I made some miscalculations yesterday with my rather 
> sub-par viewing conditions (that is what I will blame it on anyway).
> A SOLITARY SANDPIPER called as it flew over, and after walking about a 
> mile out onto the flats (a literal mile to the NW) we had good looks at 
> a SANDERLING.
> Below is a link to a photo of that bird.
> Other birds of note were about 10 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 PECTORAL 
> SANDPIPERS a flock of 15 or so BANK SWALLOWS that looked to be on the 
> move, and a SHARP-SHINED HAWK turning the table and reversing the attack 
> on a magpie.
> 
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87588360 AT N05/14754438750/
> 
> Aaron Bowman
> Anchorage
> 
> 
Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 8-17-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:38:41 -0800
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION: August 17, 2014

On the 15th a juv. STILT SANDPIPER and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER were seen at 
Mariner Lagoon.  At Mud Bay: GREATER YELLOWLEGS (12), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (6), 
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, SHORT-BILLLED DOWITCHER (6), BLACK 
BELLIED PLOVER, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER.  At the Harbor Jetty: SURFBIRDS, 
WANDERING TATTLERS, and SEMIPALMATED PLOVER. And at the end of the Spit 
there were SANDERLINGS (11).

Also on the 15th a SOLITARY SANDPIPER, SPOTTED SANDPIPER and ALDER 
FLYCATCHERS at Beluga Slough. On the 13th three MERLIN were seen at the 
upper end of Beluga Lake (all three seen in the air at the same time) and 
one was seen mid-Spit plus several reports from town.  There is now only one 
cygnet with the pair of TRUMPETER SWANS on Beluga Lake.  One other adult has 
been seen a few times recently also usually at the other end of the lake.

On the 1st there was a notable sighting of a MARBLED GODWIT at Mud Bay, and 
the report included probable SANDERLINGS and others.   And just east of 
there on the 4th there was a report of a COMMON LOON with 5 chicks out in 
the water but close enough to shore to get a good look at them.

Out on the Bay at Gull Island on the 13th a pair of PARASITIC JAEGERS was 
seen and some small groups of BLACK OYSTERCATCHERS, the largest was group of 
five.  Rafts totalling about 175 murrelets were seen at  the mouth of Tutka 
Bay  and PIGEON GUILLEMOTS (12) at  Sadie Cove on the 9th.

Some of the cranes are gathering now and the largest group reported to me so 
far was 58, which was out East End Rd about 5 miles.  Crane reports are 
still important. Please report crane family presence and/or groups or 
individuals to Cranewatch, 235-6262 or reports AT cranewatch.org.


ITS  A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!  As is every day here by our beautiful Bay. 



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Subject: Stilt Sandpipers - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:20:16 -0700
There were 5 Stilt Sandpipers in the pond just north of the push pile at 
Carr-Gottstein this afternoon. I tried to send this email from my phone 
earlier, but evidently it got lost somewhere in the interwebs. 

-Peter
Subject: Re: Stilt Sandpiper - CarrGott- Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:25:43 -0800
Make that 3 Stilt Sandpipers.

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 17, 2014, at 1:20 PM, Peter Scully  
wrote: 


> Pond north of push pile.
> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On Aug 16, 2014, at 5:47 PM, "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" 
 wrote: 

> 
>> On a trip down to Carr-Gottstein Park today with Enric F. there were 
>> many of the same birds as yesterday. After a closer look today the 
>> "American Golden Plover" I saw yesterday it either changed somehow into 
>> a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER over night or was a completely different bird. I 
>> tend to think I made some miscalculations yesterday with my rather 
>> sub-par viewing conditions (that is what I will blame it on anyway).
>> A SOLITARY SANDPIPER called as it flew over, and after walking about a 
>> mile out onto the flats (a literal mile to the NW) we had good looks at 
>> a SANDERLING.
>> Below is a link to a photo of that bird.
>> Other birds of note were about 10 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 PECTORAL 
>> SANDPIPERS a flock of 15 or so BANK SWALLOWS that looked to be on the 
>> move, and a SHARP-SHINED HAWK turning the table and reversing the attack 
>> on a magpie.
>> 
>> https://www.flickr.com/photos/87588360 AT N05/14754438750/
>> 
>> Aaron Bowman
>> Anchorage
>> 
>> 
Subject: Western Kenai Peninsula Shorebirds
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 16 Aug 2014 19:20:34 -0700
During the past ten days or so the Kasilof Flats has yielded at least 24 
species of shorebirds including 2 Stilt Sandpipers on the 13th and 5 on the 
15th, 2 Sanderling on the 7th and 1 on the 15th, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper since the 
7th, 1 Rock Sandpiper and 1 Ruddy Turnstone among assorted Black Turnstones and 
Surfbirds also since the 7th. Anchor Point SRA on the 12th had a flock of 40 
Sanderling, 10,000+ Red-necked Phalaropes streaming south, 1 Rock Sandpiper and 
1 Ruddy Turnstone among assorted Black Turnstones and Surfbirds, 1 Pectoral 
Sandpiper, and 1 Solitary Sandpiper in the ponds behind the parking lot. The 
Kenai Flats had 1 Stilt Sandpiper on the 15th among Lesser Yellowlegs in the 
wetlands on the east side of Bridge Access Road. With standing water more 
widespread than usual Solitary Sandpipers are encountered daily in the greater 
Kenai area as well as Spotted Sandpipers. Staging Wilson's Snipe are abundant 
as they usually are during the first half of August. 

 
 Toby and Laura Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Anchorage--Carr-Gottstein Sanderling
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:47:58 -0800
On a trip down to Carr-Gottstein Park today with Enric F. there were 
many of the same birds as yesterday.  After a closer look today the 
"American Golden Plover" I saw yesterday it either changed somehow into 
a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER over night or was a completely different bird.  I 
tend to think I made some miscalculations yesterday with my rather 
sub-par viewing conditions (that is what I will blame it on anyway).
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER called as it flew over, and after walking about a 
mile out onto the flats (a literal mile to the NW) we had good looks at 
a SANDERLING.
Below is a link to a photo of that bird.
Other birds of note were about 10 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 6 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPERS a flock of 15 or so BANK SWALLOWS that looked to be on the 
move, and a SHARP-SHINED HAWK turning the table and reversing the attack 
on a magpie.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/87588360 AT N05/14754438750/

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Anchorage



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Subject: Gambell: arrival (mine), 2 C. Ringed Plovers, regular migrants
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 15:55:36 -0700
I arrived at Gambell AK yesterday, after a 24-hour fog delay--for my 
annual, protracted fall stay--this year scheduled to last for over 6 
weeks, until October 1. This arrival is about a week earlier than my 
usual.  In addition, about 10 other independent birders will come and go 
during the season for various lengths of time, and there will be one 
tour group here in early September as well. While delayed in Nome on 
Thursday we had 2 ARCTIC LOONS at the usual stretch of Safety Sound, 
near mile 28, and there's still an active colony of 40+ Aleutian Terns 
near the airport.  But overall bird numbers seemed fairly low compared 
to normal for mid-August.

Here at Gambell, today (16 Aug) we've had 2 separate juvenile COMMON 
RINGED PLOVERS (with close-up photos), which are pretty much annual in 
August (but rarer than in late spring, given the adults have all 
departed already), one-year-old Slaty-backed Gull, and an OK number of 
typical "trans-Beringian" migrants for mid-August: 9 Arctic Warblers, 1 
Bluethroat, 27 Northern Wheatears, 26 Eastern Yellow Wagtails, 8 White 
Wagtails (local breeders), and 2 Red-throated Pipits.  Before we 
arrived, local resident Clarence Irrigoo photo'd a rare-but-annual 
hudsonicus WHIMBREL on 5 August and record-early local arrival migrant 
American Pipits on 10 August.

And it's a balmy 52 degrees.

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Subject: Anchorage-- Carr-Gottstein park today
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 17:29:12 -0800
This afternoon I went over to Carr-Gottstein Park with my son to check 
on the shorebirds. Most were extreamly distant, but the noticable were 
GREATER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS in small numbers, a 
couple peeps and a possible Sanderling.  But these were really far out 
and in the wind.  I would have considered a slog to get a closer look 
but I forgot my rubber boots! While watching the distant shorebirds I 
had to account for the wind's influence on their posture as so many of 
them appeared short and hunched over only to stand up tall and turn into 
a yellowlegs.
An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was also way out there, thankfully in 
surprisingly bright plumage to make a distant ID possible.
Groups of waterfowl and SANDHILL CRANES were gathering toward the 
Campbell Creek estuary area.

A rainy tool around on the bike at the little guy's nap time this AM 
produced a good variety of birds in mixed flocks in the N corner of 
Westchester, ORANGE-CROWNED, BLACKPOLL, WILSON'S, and YELLOW WARBLERS 
seemed to be the most common with a few SWAINSON'S THRUSHES in the flock 
as well.  The nap-time was short and thus my flock checking ended abruptly.

Aaron


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Subject: RE: Homer: Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Solitary Sandpipers
From: "'Field, Carmen M (DFG)' carmen.field AT alaska.gov [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 20:42:01 +0000
Thanks for the birding report, Aaron. I found a single Spotted Sandpiper near 
the mouth of Beluga Slough at 11:30am today (8/15), to add to your shorebird 
tally. And a lone Trumpeter Swan hanging out with cranes in a tidal creek just 
east of the Islands & Ocean boardwalk. ☺ 


Carmen Field
Homer


From: AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com [mailto:AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding] 

Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 11:02 AM
To: AK Birding
Subject: [AK Birding] Homer: Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Solitary Sandpipers


It was a good morning for shorebirds at this morning's high tide in Homer. The 
highlight was a juvenile STILT SANDPIPER at Mariner Lagoon! It was feeding in 
the open in a small pool near the edge of some dense vegetations. I heard 
fly-over, but did not see, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER. 


At Mud Bay were: 12 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER, a distant flock of 20 peeps 6 SHORT-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS. 

There was a flock of 11 SANDERLINGS at the end of the Spit and a walk through 
Beluga Slough produced one SOLITARY SANDPIPER. 


Three ALDER FLYCATCHERS were still around in the elderberries at the edge of 
Beluga Slough near the Islands and Oceans trail. 


Good birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer

Subject: Homer: Stilt Sandpiper, Sanderlings, Solitary Sandpipers
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:02:13 -0800
It was a good morning for shorebirds at this morning's high tide in Homer.
The highlight was a juvenile STILT SANDPIPER at Mariner Lagoon! It was
feeding in the open in a small pool near the edge of some dense
vegetations. I heard fly-over, but did not see, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

At Mud Bay were: 12 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 6 LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 1 PECTORAL
SANDPIPER, 1 WESTERN SANDPIPER, a distant flock of 20 peeps 6 SHORT-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, 1 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and 2 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.

There was a flock of 11 SANDERLINGS at the end of the Spit and a walk
through Beluga Slough produced one SOLITARY SANDPIPER.

Three ALDER FLYCATCHERS were still around in the elderberries at the edge
of Beluga Slough near the Islands and Oceans trail.

Good birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Tuesday August 12, 2014 Storm Birds: Red-necked Phalaropes and a Sanderling
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Aug 2014 01:05:03 -0700
Seward, Alaska

 
 A series of storms rolled in from the Pacific this week delivering heavy rain, 
sullen gray clouds, rough seas, and… storm birds. I ventured out around 8 pm 
to have a look at the dramatic weather and swollen streams. Snug in my car, I 
scanned the little beach just south of the harbor uplands, windshield wipers 
banging away. A few rugged fishermen were still flailing away at the tide's 
edge at the mouth of Scheffler Creek, trying to snag a big one for the Silver 
Salmon Derby. 

 
 I had to roll down the window despite the rain to get a better look at about a 
dozen RED-NECKED PHALAROPES packed into the corner of the beach by the 
breakwater below, busily feeding in the surging wrack. Whenever a wet fisherman 
walked over, they blew away, but returned as soon as the coast was clear. It 
was really fun to watch them, and I was grateful for the big towel to wipe 
things down. 

 
 Looking up the beach, I spotted two well-camouflaged juvenile SEMIPALMATED 
PLOVERS standing stoically, looking ready for bedtime. A dark gray, almost 
invisible WANDERING TATTLER poked through the intertidal rocks. Then, a little 
light-colored ball appeared, foraging up and down the piles of wave-tossed 
seaweed. At least the belly was white; the back was a mixture of grays and 
browns. But in the dim and fading light, the shorebird really showed up. I shot 
off a bunch of photos, and managed to get a few of the bird next to a LEAST 
SANDPIPER for size (bigger), and a SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (about the same.) At one 
point, a similar-sized RED-NECKED PHALAROPE body bumped the bird, just bonked 
it out of his way! 

 
 I wasn't sure who this one was, so I sent a bunch of photos to the experts on 
the 'net. Thanks to Buzz and Dave for letting me know it was a SANDERLING. 
Seward just doesn't get this species very often, and in molt, it's confusing. 
Look for the size, bold white wing stripe when it flies, black legs and 
straight black bill. 

 
 The next day, I went back twice to try to relocate the storm birds, but the 
little beach was absolutely empty of birds, and full of fishermen and visitors. 

 
 In other news, at noon I watched a female or juvenile HARRIER flying over the 
roiling surf at Fourth of July beach, and then head to the safety of the shore 
where it disappeared. The STELLER'S EIDER male blended in (almost) with his 
HARLEQUIN friends. A DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT dove, then surfaced, looking huge 
and black with an upturned golden bill. Tiny MARBLED MURRELETS piped and dove 
nearby. Two SPOTTED SANDPIPERS worked along the tide's edge. A female BELTED 
KINGFISHER flew high above with a giant fish in her bill, bigger than her head. 
I don't know how she will ever eat it! 

 
 In town, a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK spiraled up until it became a speck bird. 
TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS chipped from the spruce trees with CHESTNUT-BACKED 
CHICKADEES. All in all, despite the bouts of heavy, hard rain, it was quite an 
exciting birdy day. 

 
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 for photos of the storm birds, please visit my blog at
 http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/ http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/  

 
 
Subject: Barrens trip
From: "Ginger Moore ginger AT kbaywhales.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:34:27 -0800
So just in case no one go my email, the Barren Island trip was cxl. I would 
like to thank all interested and we will try again next year hopefully in July 
when there is better weather. 



Ginger Moore
Rainbow Tours
ginger AT kbaywhales.com











Subject: No Girdwood eagle
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:56:01 -0800
I took a rather rainy trip down to Girdwood and Twenty Mile River today 
in search for the eagle. I turned up nothing like what I saw in the 
photo.  A number of Bald Eagles, a Harlan's Red-tailed Hawk around 
Gridwood and a very dark western Red-tailed Hawk like bird a bit farther 
down the road toward Twenty-Mile.  There were a good number (15+) of 
eagles across the arm toward Hope, but with the distance and in the poor 
visibility I could only make out that most were certainly Bald Eagles.
Better luck with the Hubble on a clear day.

In other news, yesterday's Audubon walk starting at Westchester turned 
some interesting sightings.  A WESTERN WOOD PEWEE was in the wet wooded 
area near the playground and in the same area we looked up just in time 
to see an OSPREY fly over.  Other than the typical selection of 
shorebirds, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS were in probably some of the largest 
numbers I have ever seen at the Chester Creek outflow. I estimated 20+.  
Unseen, but likely Pectoral Sandpipers called in the vicinity as well.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage




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Subject: Seward Caspian Tern and Sanderling
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 14 Aug 2014 16:50:41 -0700
I spotted a CASPIAN TERN this afternoon in the rain; watch for this large 
gull-like bird with a red bill and black on the wings anywhere along the 
waterfront. 

 
 On Tuesday, the big storm delivered a SANDERLING and a dozen RED-NECKED 
PHALAROPES to the little beach between the harbor uplands and Scheffler Creek. 
Also spotted in the pouring rain along the beach was a WANDERING TATTLER, 2 
SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, and several MARBLED MURRELETS just 
offshore. 

 
 The STELLER'S EIDER is still at Fourth of July Beach with the Harlequins as of 
today. 

 
 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 Seward, Alaska
Subject: Re: the putative eagle
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:28:10 -0800
I am going to head out tomorrow (Thursday) AM to look around the 
Girdwood/Turnagain arm area for the eagle.  I will post on location 
should I see anything.
If anyone wants to come and help entertain my 14month old son let me know!

Aaron Bowman




On 08/13/2014 09:10 PM, cathyfoerster AT yahoo.com [AKBirding] wrote:
>
> I was in Girdwood yesterday and heard a call that I wanted to be “the 
> eagle” (but I didn’t see the bird). I have since convinced myself it 
> was a Red-tailed.  BUT that doesn’t mean the eagle wasn’t also there.
> And, as Dave knows, I couldn’t have counted it anyway since my 
> personal rule is that, for lifers, I have to see them not just hear 
> them (since my bird ear is so bad).
> I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the eagle to be there.
>
> *From:* davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding] 
> 
> *Sent:* ‎Wednesday‎, ‎August‎ ‎13‎, ‎2014 ‎7‎:‎48‎ 
‎PM 

> *To:* AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com 
>
> Thede looked at the pictures and wondered if it was one of the 
> Harlan's Hawks that have been there all summer and  are presumably 
> breeding. Hasn't anyone bothered to go down there to look?
> DS
>
> 
Subject: Re: the putative eagle
From: "cathyfoerster AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 14 Aug 2014 05:10:43 +0000
I was in Girdwood yesterday and heard a call that I wanted to be “the 
eagle” (but I didn’t see the bird). I have since convinced myself it was a 
Red-tailed. BUT that doesn’t mean the eagle wasn’t also there. 


And, as Dave knows, I couldn’t have counted it anyway since my personal rule 
is that, for lifers, I have to see them not just hear them (since my bird ear 
is so bad). 


I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the eagle to be there.






From: davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]
Sent: ‎Wednesday‎, ‎August‎ ‎13‎, ‎2014 ‎7‎:‎48‎ ‎PM
To: AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com




  





Thede looked at the pictures and wondered if it was one of the Harlan's Hawks 
that have been there all summer and are presumably breeding. Hasn't anyone 
bothered to go down there to look? 


DS


Subject: the putative eagle
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 23:48:34 -0400 (EDT)
Thede looked at the pictures and wondered if it was one of the Harlan's  
Hawks that have been there all summer and  are presumably breeding.  Hasn't 
anyone bothered to go down there to look?
DS
Subject: MIXED FLOCKS
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 13 Aug 2014 10:29:48 -0700
The Mixed Flocks are Back! This morning, the yard flock in the lilacs included 
Wilson's Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, White-crowned Sparrows, and the usual Juncos, Nuthatches, & 
Chickadees. So watch for the Mixed Flocks--Anything could happen. 

 
 The Merlin family has also been extremely vocal for the last few 
days--teaching the kids the ropes is loud work. 

 
 w keys
 Spenard
Subject: interesting eagle
From: "davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2014 23:45:56 -0400 (EDT)
A friend from California, Steve Hampton, sent me a picture of an  
interesting eagle that he took in Girdwood today. It is probably nothing but 
may be 

an adult White-tailed. I wouldn't make a special trip yet, but if your  're 
down there anyway you might keep an eye out.
Dave  S
Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: August 4-10, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2014 21:39:20 -0800
Hello
Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of August 
4th-10th, 

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: 123

Weekly
Species Count: 52

 

Birds
Mentioned:

 

TUNDRA
SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Mallard

Greater
Scaup

King
Eider

Bufflehead

Pacific
Loon

Yellow-billed
Loon

*MOTTLED
PETREL

Short-tailed
Shearwater

Fork-tailed
Storm-Petrel

BALD
EAGLE

Pacific
Golden-Plover

GRAY-TAILED
TATTLER

Wandering
Tattler

Ruddy
Turnstone

SHARP-TAILED
SANDPIPER

RED-NECKED
STINT

Pectoral
Sandpiper

*SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER

Western
Sandpiper

Wilsons
Snipe

Red
Phalarope

Parasitic
Jaeger

Long-tailed
Jaeger

Herring
Gull

SLATY-BACKED
GULL

Glaucous
Gull

PEREGRINE
FALCON

 

WEATHER

 

The
first major low pressure system of the year passed the island this week passing
by on the 6th-8th. 
Along with the system were strong southern and southwesterly winds on
the 6th and 7th while the rest of the week saw more
light-moderate northerly winds.  While
the weeks temperatures remained above average this week the fog and rain
returned with approx. an inch and half of rain and at least patchy fog each day
of the week.

 

WATERFOWL

 

The
continuing TUNDRA SWANS were still seen through the 10th while last
weeks Mallard was last noted on the 7th. The long-staying Bufflehead and 
Greater Scaup 

were last seen on the 7th and 8th respectively, while
King Eiders were seen through the week.

 

SEABIRDS
& GULLS

 

The
years first incursion of MOTTLED PETRELS occurred this week with individuals
seen on the 6th-9th and in the largest numbers on the 6th
(20+) and 7th (50+).  Also
seen this week were Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels on the 6th and 9th
and numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters all week with a peak count of 1180 on
the 9th.  A Yellow-billed Loon
was noted on the 4th while three were seen on the 10th
along with a Pacific Loon that day. 
Small numbers of jaegers were also seen with single Parasitics on the 5th,
6th, 8th, and 9th, and single Long-taileds on
the 6th and 7th. 
SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen daily with two or three present this week
while a couple Herring Gulls were noted mid-week and Glaucous Gulls were seen
on the 4th.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Migrant
shorebirds continued to trickle in this week with a SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER seen
from the 5th-7th being the rarest arrival of the
week.  Also seen were a juvenile
RED-NECKED STINT on the 10th, daily GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS (up to
four) through the 8th, and an adult SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER on the 5th,
6th, and 7th.  A
Wilsons Snipe was seen on the 8th while an adult Western Sandpiper
was seen on the 8th and three juveniles were noted on the 10th. A few Pectoral 
Sandpipers were seen daily 

with counts of one to eight Pacific Golden-Plovers each day this week. 
Wandering Tattlers were seen in average 

numbers this week (five to ten daily) with low hundreds of Ruddy Turnstones
seen daily as well.  Most days saw small
numbers of Red Phalaropes though upwards of 10,000 were seen rafting on the 5th
and hundreds were passing by during the storm on the 6th.

 

LANDBIRDS
& PASSERINES

 

The
only landbird migrant seen this week was a PEREGRINE FALCON noted on the 10th
while the BALD EAGLE was seen again this week.

 

Breeding
or resident species currently present on 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 Glen
Davis, 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. 		 	   		  
Subject: Northern Wheatear - Arctic Valley
From: "Buzz Scher bscher AT rmconsult.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 10 Aug 2014 16:11:03 -0800
Today along the ridge between the radar facility and Mt Gordon Lynn: 3 n 
wheatear (all juvs), 6+ horned larks, am pipits, 5 rock ptarmigan (family), 1 
n. harrier, sav sparrows. 


If you dont have wheatear on your anchorage or year list this is the time of 
year you can find them easily along the ridge top - plus snacks are plentiful 
on the hike up and down from the ridge (blue berries) 


rls

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Subject: Re: Steller Eider update
From: "Jen Nafzgar jenlinkhart AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 21:51:36 -0800
I also spied the STELLER'S EIDER this evening (August 9) at 4th of July
Beach, Seward. It was with 17 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, acting very Harlequin
Duck-like. I watched, from the dunes, for about 30 minutes (7:30-8:00 pm)
as the flock incessantly dove, each time re-surfacing with great buoyancy.
What fun!

Jen Nafzgar
Seward, AK
Subject: Steller Eider update
From: "collman AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 19:38:37 -0700
STELLER'S EIDER still in Seward AK at 4th of July beach.
 Robin C Seward AK.
 8/9/14
Subject: Seward Steller's Eider update
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 09 Aug 2014 11:56:27 -0700
Update: pouring rain, surfers, beach walkers and their dogs, and now the Silver 
Salmon Derby have conspired to disturb the birds at Fourth of July beach. No 
sign of the Eider since Thursday. 

 

 Thursday, August 7, 2014 Steller's Eider
 Seward, Alaska
 

 Thanks to Tasha DiMarzio of the Alaska Sealife Center for spotting, 
recognizing, and reporting the amazing discovery of a second year male 
STELLER'S EIDER right here in Resurrection Bay. She and other ASLC researchers 
initially discovered the bird yesterday about a half mile south of the beach 
while doing a routine bay survey by boat. Today, she refound the bird feeding 
with about dozen HARLEQUIN DUCKS just off Fourth of July beach on the east side 
of Resurrection Bay at the end of Nash Road. 

 

 Even though the light was dim even at midday due to the heavy cloud cover, the 
Eider really stood out from his companions. He was slightly larger, with a flat 
head compared to the round Harlequins', a longer, thicker bill, and was much 
lighter in color. Through the spotting scope, the varying shades of tans and 
browns was quite stunning. 


Tasha noted that he is still molting, so he might be here until the primary 
flight feathers are in. 

 

 The raft of Harlequins and the Eider dove in synchrony, allowing a brief time 
to sneak closer before they popped up. They were wary, and paddled farther off 
shore when they noticed movement, but soon returned to chase small fish. The 
Eider swam compatibly with the Harlequins; there was no apparent problem with 
this visitor mingling and feeding with them. 

 

 Tasha reported November 28, 2007 was the last time a Steller's Eider, a 
female, was reported in Resurrection Bay. It is quite unusual; perhaps his 
arrival was influenced by the big storm that was moving in. Watch for this 
special visitor and any other wayward storm birds. 

   
 Note: If you want to stay dry, visit the Alaska Sealife Center to see and hear 
King Eiders up close in the bird habitat. Bring your binocs to view the Common, 
Spectacled, and Steller's Eiders in the outdoor enclosures. The scientists at 
the ASLC are doing outstanding pioneering research on Eiders. 


 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 
 for a few "unstellar" photos please visit my blog at 
http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/ http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/ 


 

Subject: Barren Island trip
From: "Ginger Moore ginger AT kbaywhales.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 8 Aug 2014 19:48:05 -0800
So on August 17 Rainbow Tours is attempting a Barren Island trip aboard the M/V 
Rainbow Connection. Cost is $155person. Leave at 7am and try to be back by 
5:30. 

Need a minimum of 25 to go. Please email me if interested and please spread the 
word!!!! 

Need to know by August 14 for all wanting to go.
Focus is whales, auklets, murrelets, red-faced cormorants, puffins, northern 
fulmars, sooty/short-tailed shearwaters and of course more whales. 

This is a great trip. Bring your own food but there is a snack bar on-board.
Maximum number is 50 people. 

Ginger Moore
Rainbow Tours
ginger AT kbaywhales.com






On Aug 7, 2014, at 6:47 PM, Otto Lake erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding] 
wrote: 


> 
> My apologies - I was cleaning up my AK Birding album - adding and deleting 
some photos, and adding captions (I was using the photos while reviewing an 
earlier post on AK Birding). 

> 
> Apparently, when I add photos, or change a caption, Yahoo recognizes the 
photo as "new". The Bristle-thighed Curlew photos all have a caption that says: 
Anchor Point, May 27, 2012. 

> 
> Erik Hendrickson
> Healy, AK
> 
> 
Subject: Re: BT Curlew
From: "Otto Lake erik.hendrickson755 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 18:47:16 -0800
My apologies - I was cleaning up my AK Birding album - adding and deleting
some photos, and adding captions (I was using the photos while reviewing an
earlier post on AK Birding).

Apparently, when I add photos, or change a caption, Yahoo recognizes the
photo as "new".  The Bristle-thighed Curlew photos all have a caption that
says: Anchor Point, May 27, 2012.

Erik Hendrickson
Healy, AK
Subject: Steller's Eider Seward AK
From: "tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Aug 2014 16:56:10 -0700
 7/8/2014 12:30pm-1:30pm  4th July Beach (past the dry dock out Nash RD)
 

 A group of 6 birders watched a Steller's Eider (2nd year male) forage and then 
come to shore and preen with 18 Harlequin Ducks. It seems as though it only has 
2 primaries left to molt so, it might stick around a while as it completes its 
primary flight feather re-growth. 

 Since the birds are flightless they spook easily, its best to view with a 
spotting scope from the rye grass sand dunes. Otherwise they will move further 
off shore and make them very hard to view. 

 

 Tasha
 Seward,AK
 

 2 poor iPhone digi-scoped photos can be viewed in Tasha's album
 



 

Subject: Steller's Eider Currently in Seward
From: "tjbluebird AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Aug 2014 15:25:34 -0700
7/8/2014 12:30pm-1:30pm
 

 A group of 6 birders watched a Steller's Eider (2nd year male) forage and then 
come to shore and preen with 18 Harlequin Ducks. It seems as though it only has 
2 primaries left to molt so, it might stick around a while as it completes its 
primary flight feather re-growth. 

 Tasha
 Seward,AK
 

 2 poor iPhone digi-scoped photos can be viewed in Tasha's album
Subject: snipes
From: "Louann Feldmann louannf AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 07 Aug 2014 14:00:11 -0800
Went to Potter Marsh this AM, still looking for my Anchorage flicker, 
and counted about 15 Wilson's Snipes scattered around the flock of 50 
Herring X GW Gulls feasting on the dead fish on the mud at low tide.  I 
also counted about 10 Alder Flycatchers and watched a Merlin chasing and 
being chased by a Raven and then a couple Magpies for quite a while.  It 
was amusing, but probably not to them.  Other sightings: a Spotted 
Sandpiper in non breeding plumage, several Yellowlegs, and a weasel like 
animal with light brown above, white underparts, and black tail tip 
scurrying after the mallards and shorebirds that beat a hasty retreat 
whenever it came near, altogether a very busy place.  Wish I could 
figure out the mammal. Doesn't exactly fit any common descriptions.   
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Subject: Feral Rock Doves in Anchorage
From: "gary_rasmussen2002 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Aug 2014 10:28:50 -0700
About 5 PM on 8/6/2014 I observed a pair of Pigeons (Rock Doves) at Windy 
Point, on the Seward Hwy. I believe it is time to admit there are feral Rock 
Doves in the Municipality of Anchorage. In reality there are hundreds, of feral 
Rock Doves, living under bridges and railroad overpass throughout the 
Municipality, and now they are moving down Turnagain Arm. These birds are not 
in any way dependent on humans for their existence! I maintain these birds are 
in fact feral, and can no longer be considered escapees. I hope this post will 
start a discussion leading to officially recognize reality: 

 There are feral Rock Doves in the Municipality.
  
 Gary Rasmussen
 
 Anchorage       
 

Subject: BT Curlew
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Aug 2014 05:06:57 -0800
Where and when were the photos of BT Curlew taken

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Subject: Anchor River
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Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2014 20:47:57 -0800
Lots of birds on the beach
Only thing of note that I found today was a single Caspian Tern
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Subject: STELLER'S EIDER hen- Seward
From: "sadie.ulman AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Aug 2014 18:23:12 -0700
I observed a STELLER'S EIDER hen with a flock of 28 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, about 1/2 
mile south of the Fourth of July Beach area. The bird was observed from a boat, 
and would not have been visible from the Fourth of July Beach at that time. 
Maybe the birds will make their way a bit more north, and able to observed from 
the shore. 

 

 The last reported STELLER'S EIDER in the Seward area was first seen on Nov 28, 
2007. That hen was seen in the same general area, off Spring Creek Beach, for 
several days. 

 

 -Sadie Ulman, John Maniscalco, Sarah Tanedo
 Seward, Alaska
Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: July 28-August 3, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 5 Aug 2014 11:01:02 -0800
Hello
Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of July 
28th-August 

3rd, 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: 123

Weekly
Species Count: 46

 

Birds
Mentioned:

 

TUNDRA
SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Mallard

Greater
Scaup

King
Eider

Bufflehead

Pacific
Loon

Short-tailed
Shearwater

BALD
EAGLE

Pacific
Golden-Plover

GRAY-TAILED
TATTLER

Wandering
Tattler

Ruddy
Turnstone

Rock
Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral
Sandpiper

Red
Phalarope

Parasitic
Jaeger

Long-tailed
Jaeger

Herring
Gull

SLATY-BACKED
GULL

Glaucous
Gull

American
Pipit

Common
Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

The
warm temperatures and high pressure continued to dominate this week with the
continuation of a light weather period for the Pribilofs. Daily temperatures 
were consistently five to 

ten degrees above average with highs of 60 or above on the 31st and
1st, a very rare event for the islands. The rest of the week continued in 
normal 

fashion for these types of weather patterns with light winds (south early in
the week and north later on), no rain, and generous amounts of fog at times.

 

WATERFOWL

 

The
only new arrival this week was a Mallard found on the 3rd with
continued sightings of seven TUNDRA SWANS, Greater Scaup, King Eiders, and the
lone female Bufflehead rounding out the migrant waterfowl list for the week.

 

SEABIRDS
& GULLS

 

A
slight increase in jaegers was noted on the 1st and 2nd
with a couple Parasitics and five or six Long-taileds seen over those two
days.  Large gull numbers have continued
to increase with sightings of Herring Gull on the 29th, 1st,
and 2nd, SLATY-BACKED GULL on the 30th and 2nd,
and Glaucous Gull on 29th, 1st, and 2nd. The first movement of Short-tailed 
Shearwaters 

occurred on the 2nd, though light, with a few hundred seen that day.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Migrant
shorebird numbers dwindled this week with two-plus GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS seen on
the 2nd and 3rd being the highlight. Other migrants included the continuing 
large 

numbers of early Pacific Golden-Plovers with up to 10 seen on the 31st,
numbers of Wandering Tattlers with up to 10 on the 2nd, a handful of
Pectoral Sandpipers which continued from previous weeks, a non-Pribilof Rock
Sandpiper on the 28th, and building numbers of Ruddy Turnstones with
a daily high count of 300 on the 2nd.  The first large concentrations of Red
Phalaropes were also noted this week with 5,000-15,000 birds noted between
Marunich and Northeast Point from the 29th-31st. 

 

LANDBIRDS
& PASSERINES

 

The
first fall migrant passerines were noted on the 2nd when a pair of American
Pipits were found, these add to continuing sightings of Common Redpoll and Bald
Eagle as the only landbirds found on St. Paul for the week.

 

Breeding
or resident species currently present on 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 Glen Davis, 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. 		 	   		  
Subject: Cordova Report
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 04 Aug 2014 11:38:09 -0700
A quick trip to Cordova this weekend was fabulous even with limited birding 
time. The Fast Ferry trip over produced Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, two 
pairs of Kittlitz's Murrelets, one Parasitic Jaeger harassing a Kittiwake, Red 
Necked Phalaropes, one Humpback Whale, two pods of Harbor Porpoise, a couple of 
sea lions, Harbor Seals, and bazillions of Otters. 

 In Cordova, the 50-70 Caspian Terns previously reported were scattered 
throughout the loafing million-gull flock that stretched the entire length of 
Hartney Bay. One here, two there, five over yonder, and on and on. 
Surprisingly, the only shorebirds in sight were Yellowlegs and a couple of peep 
fly-bys. 

 Out the airport road, Trumpeter Swan families were doing quite well in 
numerous ponds. The Rufous Hummingbirds are regularly attending the feeders at 
the airport, but another surprise was the lack of ducks. Hardly any in the 
millions of ponds out the airport road. 

 And then.....as we walked a ways on the road shoulder near the Gazebo Pond, 
two birds flushed from the alders, landed in front of us in a touch and go, and 
were off in seconds. It was a perfect display of a Bohemian Waxwing and a CEDAR 
Waxwing side by side. Big and Small, Tannish and Gray--it was the ultimate 
comparison. 

 Another short hike up the Eisner Lake trail was like walking through the fruit 
buffet line: Blueberries, raspberries, and Salmon Berries in an all-you-can-eat 
serving line. Birds were in very short supply until the baby Swainson's Thrush 
landed 6 feet away. Even at that distance, it took examination of the photos to 
see the fleecy down still sticking out of his feathers. This guy was not long 
out of the nest. 

 And then it was back on the ferry for a couple of Parakeet Auklets, one Tufted 
Puffin, a Common Murre, and TWO pairs of Parasitic Jaegers (three dark morph 
and one light) harassing gulls and forcing them down into the water. They're 
definitely the Bad Boys of the Sound. 

 

 w keys
 spenard