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20 Oct St. Paul Island bird report: October 13-17, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Oct Red-breasted Sapsucker in Seward! ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Oct McKay's & Gyr in Nome ["joe staab staabjoe AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Oct Kenai NWR BIG SIT Results ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
14 Oct Mystery bird at Spenard crossing area. ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Oct St. Paul Island bird report: October 6-12, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Oct Dusky Thrush, Common Pochard, Rustic Bunting, Siberian Rubythroat on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
13 Oct Gambell: early Oct highlights incl. Yellow-browed Warbler ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
12 Oct Re: Chickadee Deformed Beak ["Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" ]
12 Oct Chickadee Deformed Beak ["Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Oct Willow/Kashwitna Lake area Saturday & Anchorage Sunday ["swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Oct A few Sunday sightings ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
12 Oct Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Owling Trip ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
08 Oct Thayer's Gull at Cuddy Pond ["Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Oct Anna's Hummer ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
8 Oct Anchorage NW Crow ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
07 Oct Audubon Program: October 16 ["wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
7 Oct St. Paul Island bird report: September 29-October 5, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Oct Monday, October 6, 2014 Steller's Eider refound in new finery ["c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
06 Oct Peregrine falcon on M/V Kennicott ["greglyall AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
5 Oct Geese Migration ["Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
05 Oct Anchorage Audubon Fall Freeze-up Field Trip ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
5 Oct Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 10-4-14 ["'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
4 Oct Spotted Redshank in Kodiak ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
3 Oct WOOD THRUSH on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
1 Oct Anchor River ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Red-flanked Bluetail #2 on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Gambell: O-b Pipit, Rustic & Little, Spec Eider migration, more Red-leggeds, Arctic, McKay's ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Re: Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill? ["'George Matz' geomatz AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Re: Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill? ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Willow - 2 TUNDRA SWANS ["Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
30 Sep Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill? ["skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" ]
29 Sep Anchor River: Sky Lark-no; Red Phalarop-yes ["Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
29 Sep Gambell: Red-flanked Bluetail, Rustic Bunting, 2 Little Buntings ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
29 Sep St. Paul Island bird report: September 22-28, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Sep Gambell: Little Bunting, TEN RED-legged Kittiwakes, a million shearwaters ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
28 Sep Sky Lark ["David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Sep Anchorage-Clitherod Wetlands 9/28/2014 ["Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
28 Sep Cassin's Auklet in Kachemak Bay ["Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Sep Gambell: Pechora, Accentor #2, Kamchatka Mew, juvie Kittlitz's, Warbling ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
27 Sep Re: Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Sep Re: Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Sep Potter Marsh Swans ["catherinediehlrobbins AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
27 Sep Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage ["Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Sep Anchorage Potter Marsh Tundra Swan ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Sep Swans ["Eric Youngblood youngblood126 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
25 Sep 2 WOOD WARBLERS, 2 JACK SNIPES, Sharp-shinned Hawk and others on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
26 Sep Request for Help-Bohemian Waxwings ["Chris Feeney cfeeney03 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Sep Gambell: Tree & Olive-backed Pipits, McKay's #2, Bramblings ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
23 Sep Anchorage, Lake Hood Scoters and Canvasback ["ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
23 Sep St. Paul Island bird report: September 15-21, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Sep Re: You never know dept. ["Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
22 Sep You never know dept. ["Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" ]
22 Sep Correction to Sept 8 crossbills post ["Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Sep Siberian Accentor, Sky Larks, Wood Warbler, Jack Snipe(s), and others on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Sep Anchorage Audubon Fall Freeze-up Field Trip ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Sep Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Anchorage ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
21 Sep Advice needed: summer birding on Kenai Peninsula ["'Shelley Rutkin' shelleyr AT windstream.net [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep golden crowned kinglet ["loretta curgus llcurgus AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep WOOD WARBLER and continuing rarities on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep Gambell: Siberian Accentor, McKay's Bunting, Brambling ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep Carr-Gottstein Park American Golden Plover ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep Say's Phoebe ["Keith Confer kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep Say's Phoebe ["Keith Confer kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
20 Sep Sept 20 migrants ["Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Sep Dusky Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Jack Snipe, Taiga Flycatcher and friends on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
19 Sep Wood Warbler - Adak ["Frank Haas fbhaas AT ptd.net [AKBirding]" ]
19 Sep Gambell: another Tree Pipit (!), Kittlitz's, Sharp-tailed Phalarope ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
18 Sep Taiga Flycatcher, etc... on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
18 Sep Kasilof Shorebirds ["kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Sep Red-flanked Bluetail and friends on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
17 Sep Gambell: Tundra (?) Bean-Goose, Brambling, Thayer's, seabirds ["Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" ]
17 Sep Re: Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds ["davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep Garganey, Olive-backed Pipits, and Jack Snipe(s) on St. Paul Island ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep Westchester playground Rusty Blackbirds ["Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" ]
16 Sep St. Paul Island bird report: September 8-14, 2014 ["Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" ]

Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: October 13-17, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:51:59 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of October 
13th-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. 

 
***This will be the final St. Paul Island report for 2014 as the guides left 
the island on the 17th, reports will resume in mid-May 2015 when we return*** 


2014 Species Count: 178
2014 Fall Species Count: 137
Weekly Species Count: 71
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
*GADWALL
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
*COMMON POCHARD
*RING-NECKED DUCK
Greater Scaup
LESSER SCAUP
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
RED-THROATED LOON
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
MEW GULL (ssp. brachyrhynchus)
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
THAYER’S GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
**DUSKY THRUSH (ssp. eunomus)
American Pipit (ssp. japonicus)
MCKAY’S BUNTING
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis and oreganus)
*RUSTIC BUNTING
*RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
Weather early this week could be best described as wintery with regular snow 
and other solid precipitation on most days, light but increasingly chilly 
winds, and temperatures that barely reached 40 degrees.  A weak low passed to 
the south of the islands on the 16th providing increasingly strong east and 
then north winds on the 16th and 17th while the 13th-15th saw only light north 
or east winds below 15 MPH.  Most mornings included a dusting of snow and thin 
ice on freshwater ponds and lakes as winter’s grip was clearly being tightened. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
As has been the case of late this was the most productive category of birds 
with 24 species seen this week.  The continuing highlight was the COMMON 
POCHARD which remained through the 17th while the Gadwall and four RING-NECKED 
DUCKS also held on through the departure date.  Eurasian Wigeon numbers really 
built up this week with 66+ (!) noted on the 14th and 50+ remaining through the 
17th while American Wigeon numbers dropped to two to six seen daily.  Steller’s 
Eiders continued to increase along with other sea ducks, peaking at 13 on the 
15th, while scoter numbers increased to daily highs of 86+ n the 13th for 
White-wingeds and 117+ on the 15th for Blacks.  King Eider numbers remained 
lower than average with a high of 85 on the 16th while Buffleheads peaked at 
10+ on the 13th and 14th, up to six Common Goldeneyes were seen daily, single 
Red-breasted Mergansers were seen on the 13th and 16th, and Greater Scaup 
numbers were between four and seven daily all week.  Some ducks began to show 
signs of leaving the islands with Mallard numbers dropping from eight on the 
13th to none by the 16th while Northern Shovelers also dropped from six on the 
13th to none on the 16th, a single LESSER SCAUP continued to be seen daily all 
week.  An Emperor Goose on the 13th was the only sighting this week while up to 
five Brant were noted most days, a group of four small Cackling-type Geese were 
seen daily with a larger group of 18 “Aleutian” Cackling Geese seen on the 
17th, and the seven TUNDRA SWANS continued through at least the 16th. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
Loon numbers remained high through the 15th with single RED-THROATEDS on the 
13th and 15th, one to three COMMONS daily from the 13th-15th, and a high count 
of 37+ Pacifics on the 15th, though no individuals were noted after that date.  
Grebe numbers also peaked around the 15th, though they continued to be noted 
until the 17th, with a daily high of 17+ Horneds on the 14th and 11+ 
Red-neckeds on the 15th.  A MEW GULL (possibly a second individual) was seen on 
the 16th and 17th while a young THAYER’S GULL was noted on the 13th and one to 
two SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen on the 13th, 14th, and 16th.  A few 
Short-tailed Shearwaters and one Pomarine Jaeger were seen on the 13th while a 
few Herring and Glaucous Gulls were seen almost daily through the 17th. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
Lingering shorebirds continued to be found on the island through departure with 
a weekly high counts of 11 Pacific Golden-Plovers on the 13th, 30+ Ruddy 
Turnstones on the 13th, 14+ SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS on the 13th, three Dunlin 
on the 13th, 18 “non-Pribilof” Rock Sandpipers on the 17th, three Pectoral 
Sandpipers on the 14th, three Long-billed Dowitchers on the 13th, and 500+ Red 
Phalaropes on the 15th. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
The week’s highlight came early with a juvenile DUSKY THRUSH found on the 13th, 
becoming only the 3rd Pribilof record and 1st fall record.  Also of note on the 
13th was a RUSTIC BUNTING which is the first seen since 2011 and 4th fall 
record for the Pribilofs.  The RUSTY BLACKBIRD remained through the 13th while 
a trio of BRAMBLINGS was noted again on the 13th as well.  Single MCKAY’S 
BUNTINGS were seen on the 14th and 15th, it is difficult to say if they were 
the same or different individuals, while a “Siberian” American Pipit was seen 
on the 13th and last week’s Snowy Owl remained through the 13th.  A 
White-crowned Sparrow was found on the 15th, a “Slate-colored” Dark-eyed Junco 
remained to the 13th while a locally rarer “Oregon” Dark-eyed Junco was seen on 
the 16th and 17th, and the Savannah Sparrow from last week was noted on the 
13th.  Up to three BALD EAGLES were on the island this week with two adults 
seen simultaneously and the continuing sub-adult bird still present with the 
final sighting of Common Redpolls being three on the 13th. 

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

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


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Subject: Red-breasted Sapsucker in Seward!
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Oct 2014 11:45:33 -0700
Sunday, October 19, a male RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER hit a window in MY 
neighborhood near the hospital. Who knew we had another rare visitor??? The 
homeowner put him in a cardboard box to recover and after while, he flew away. 
Heck of a sampling method, but measures have been taken to prevent further 
accidents. 

 

 Other 'hood birds are more usual: CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, RED-BREASTED 
NUTHATCHES, DARK-EYED JUNCOS, PINE GROSBEAKS, PINE SISKINS, GOLDEN-CROWNED 
KINGLETS, BROWN CREEPERS, SONG SPARROWS, a few ROBINS and VARIED THRUSHES, 
peanut-fed STELLER'S JAYS, RAVENS, BLACK-BILLED MAGPIES, and BALD EAGLES. 

 

 Three DIPPERS at First Lake race around, following the phenomenal run of 
silver salmon, 5 GREAT BLUE HERONS fish around the beaches. BLACK-LEGGED 
KITTIWAKES are still here as well as lots of MEW GULLS, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS 
and a few HERRING GULL or hybrids. 

 

 Check out the Lagoon by Benny Benson Park off Dairy Hill Road. The birds, 
especially the gulls, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, MALLARDS, and COMMON 
MERGANSERS are feasting on the silver salmon carcasses and eggs. 

 

 BARROW'S GOLDENEYE numbers are slowly increasing. Robin C reported the male 
STELLER'S EIDER at Spring Creek Beach yesterday. "Restricted Area" signs are 
now posted at the Seward Marine Industrial Center at mile 5 Nash Road around 
the boat basin in preparation for its expansion. Another important bird viewing 
area lost. Two COMMON LOONS spotted fishing at Fourth of July Beach. 

 

 The TRUMPETER SWAN family with 4 cygnets is still here, often resting on the 
nest site at mile 1 Nash Road. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
Subject: McKay's & Gyr in Nome
From: "joe staab staabjoe AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:21:47 +0000 (UTC)
Greetings all, In Nome for a while and am seeing groups of snow buntings with 
the ocaissional McKay's bunting mixed in. Watched a gyrfalcon rip apart a 
glaucous gull on the frozen part of safety sound, then a common raven cleaned 
up the last of the gull. Also found two boreal chickadees in an unusual spot, 
mile 25 of the TELLER road at the Sinuk bridge. Joe Staab of Seward, in Nome 
Subject: Kenai NWR BIG SIT Results
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 17 Oct 2014 19:11:44 -0700
                                                 KENAI NWR BIG SIT
 2014/10/11
 0800-1730
 
 On Saturday the fifth annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge BIG SIT, co-hosted 
by the refuge and the Keen Eye Birders, lasted from 8:00AM to 5:30PM at the 
Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch Campground. Four adults and 6 children scanned 
lake, forest, and sky for birds. An early morning low of 38 F was recorded as 
well as an afternoon high of 43 F. A cold but moderate rain at the start ended 
by 10:00AM. Skies were completely overcast all day long but there was a 
noticeable lightening of the skies during the middle of the day. Conditions 
were windless until 4:00PM when a 15 MPH wind developed from the southwest and 
continued through the remainder of the survey. A total of 29 species were 
observed from the 17' count circle. Four species were recorded for the first 
time. The most notable sighting was of two light phase Rough-legged Hawks 
flying in tandem north across the lake. A lone harbor seal was observed. * 
Denotes new count species. 

 
 10 Trumpeter Swan
 30 Mallard
 220 Greater Scaup
 16 White-winged Scoter*
 12 Bufflehead
 26 Common Goldeneye
 2 Common Merganser
 40 Red-breasted Merganser
 3 Common Loon
 1 Horned Grebe
 1 Double-crested Cormorant
 15 Bald Eagle
 2 Rough-legged Hawk*
 35 Bonaparte’s Gull
 2 Mew Gull
 10 Herring Gull
 3 Glaucous-winged Gull
 1 Belted Kingfisher*
 1 Hairy Woodpecker
 1 American Three-toed Woodpecker
 5 Gray Jay
 5 Black-billed Magpie
 2 Common Raven
 10 Boreal Chickadee
 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
 1 Varied Thrush*
 1 Rusty Blackbird
 60 White-winged Crossbill
 55 Common Redpoll
  
 Toby Burke
 Kenai, AK
Subject: Mystery bird at Spenard crossing area.
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:05:30 -0800
Heard a bird near the foot bridge this AM that reminded me of a Siberian
Accentor. Could not locate and did not hear very well. Was out looking
because Thede T. Saw a mystery bird fly past with gray underparts yesterday
evening.

Am out looking and will post from site if anything odd is found.

Aaron Bowman
Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: October 6-12, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 23:06:16 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of October 
6th-12th, 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: 176
2014 Fall Species Count: 135
Weekly Species Count: 77
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
*GADWALL
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
*COMMON POCHARD
*RING-NECKED DUCK
Greater Scaup
LESSER SCAUP
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
RED-THROATED LOON
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Red Phalarope
MEW GULL (ssp. brachyrhynchus)
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. pealei)
*SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT
American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)
MCKAY’S BUNTING
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
*SONG SPARROW
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
*RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
Well… it was windy.  From the 6th-12th, or the entire span of this report, 
there was not a single day where the winds did not average over 20 MPH, did not 
touch 35 MPH winds gusts, and from the 7th-11th the average wind speeds were 
over 30 MPH with a peak gust of 61 MPH on the 9th.  From Monday-Wednesday the 
winds were out of the east and temperatures were hovering around average (40-45 
degrees), however on Thursday the winds shifted to north where they remained 
through Sunday which meant the temperatures dropped (35-40 degrees) the wind 
chills dropped even further (into the high 10s and low 20s at night) and 
consistent squalls of snow, graupel, and occasional rain made time spent 
outside the car unpleasant.  All of this weather was thanks to a large low 
pressure system which passed south of the Aleutians mid-week and then sat in 
south-central Alaska for a couple days but due to its large size still 
controlled the weather throughout the Bering Sea region. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
Waterfowl migration really hit its stride this week with 24 species noted (20 
migrant species) with the most notable find being a female-type COMMON POCHARD 
from the 11th-12th providing the first fall and 15th overall record for the 
Pribilofs.  Last week’s GADWALL and RING-NECKED DUCKS continued through the 
12th while the LESSER SCAUP was last seen on the 11th and all seven TUNDRA 
SWANS were present through the 12th.  Geese this week included one to three 
individuals from the 7th-11th, three to nine Brant daily, the continuing flock 
of 16 “Aleutian” Cackling on the 7th and one “minima” Cackling Goose through 
the 12th while four as yet unidentified Cackling/Canada Geese were present from 
the 8th-12th.  Additional diving ducks noted this week included three to eight 
Greater Scaup daily, several Steller’s Eiders on the 11th and 12th, up to 70 
King Eiders intermittently all week, increasing numbers of White-winged Scoters 
late in the week from one on the 10th to 30+ on the 12th, Black Scoters peaking 
at 66 on the 12th, increasing Bufflehead numbers from four on the 9th to 20+ on 
the 12th, five to seven Common Goldeneyes on the 12th, and two Red-breasted 
Mergansers on the 12th.  Dabbling ducks were slightly less diverse with up to 
six Northern Shovelers seen daily, daily sightings of American Wigeon with a 
peak count of 11 on the 8th, and large numbers of both Eurasian Wigeon and 
Mallard which each peaked on the 12th with minimum counts of 48 Eurasian 
Wigeons and 21 Mallards. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
An “American” MEW GULL present from the 7th-12th was the first fall record in 
the Pribilofs of that species while single SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen most 
days this week.  A few Herring and Glaucous Gulls continued to be seen daily 
while Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen in small numbers on the 6th-8th, 10th, 
and 12th.  Single RED-THROATED LOONS were noted on the 11th and 12th while one 
COMMON LOON was also seen on the 12th.  A moderate-large influx of Pacific 
Loons and grebes was noted this week with daily Pacific Loons from the 7th 
peaking at 15-20 individuals on the 12th with a similar pattern for Red-necked 
and Horned Grebes which were seen daily this week and peaked on the 12th when 
20+ Horneds and 6 Red-neckeds were recorded. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
All shorebird species, except for Red Phalarope, continued to decline this week 
with Pacific Golden-Plover in the single digits by the 12th, Ruddy Turnstones 
were seen daily in numbers below 20, SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was typically seen 
in numbers below 10 per day, one to two Dunlin were seen most days, a handful 
of “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers were seen most days, less than 10 Pectoral 
Sandpipers were seen daily, two Western Sandpipers were last noted on the 7th, 
one to six Long-billed Dowitchers were seen most days, and Red Phalaropes were 
seen in good numbers with 300-600 seen most days during the wind storm. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
Much of this week saw few to no passerine migrants noted each day due to 
inclement weather though several highlights were noted early and late in the 
week.  The only Asian migrant of note was a SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT on the 12th 
which is the second this fall on St. Paul and the third fall occurrence for 
this species in the Pribilofs.  A MCKAY’S BUNTING was found on the 7th while a 
rare for the Pribilofs SONG SPARROW (the 15th local record) was found on the 
12th.  Also found on the 12th was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD which is the 11th local 
record while three BRAMBLINGS also appeared on, you guessed it, the 12th.  A 
Snowy Owl found on the 12th was the first seen during a fall tour season on St. 
Paul with more regular American migrants this week being a “Peale’s” PEREGRINE 
FALCON on the 6th-8th, an American Pipit on the 7th, a Savannah Sparrow on the 
12th, Fox Sparrows on the 7th and 12th, Golden-crowned Sparrows on the 8th and 
12th, and two Dark-eyed Juncos on the 12th.  Redpolls continue to be seen 
almost daily (Commons peaked at 13 on the 8th with a single Hoary on the 7th) 
while the continuing BALD EAGLES were last seen on the 11th. 

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

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


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Subject: Dusky Thrush, Common Pochard, Rustic Bunting, Siberian Rubythroat on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 21:45:03 -0800
We emerged from a week's worth of very strong east and north winds with what 
else but a nice little run of birds from the west, sometimes I just don't get 
it. 

On the 11th a female-type duck was found which was subsequently figured out to 
be a COMMON POCHARD representing the first fall record for the Pribilofs and 
first overall record since 2007 in the islands. Then yesterday (the 12th) a 
male SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT appeared at Hutchinson Hill, though it wasn't 
cooperative for everyone, which is the second individual found this fall of 
that species and the latest fall Pribilof record by nearly two weeks. 

Today (the 13th) the rubythroat was a no show but in its place was a DUSKY 
THRUSH which is the first fall, and only third overall, record for the 
Pribilofs. Shortly after that a RUSTIC BUNTING was located in one of our 
favored putchkie (Wild Celery) patches providing the first record in the Pribs 
since 2011. There have also been three BRAMBLINGS seen each of the past two 
days while small (5-15 individuals daily) numbers of SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS 
and large (45-55 individuals daily) numbers of EURASIAN WIGEONS kick around the 
island. 

Other notable finds lately from a local perspective include RING-NECKED DUCK, 
MEW GULL, THAYER'S GULL, MCKAY'S BUNTING, SONG SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Gambell: early Oct highlights incl. Yellow-browed Warbler
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:37:08 -0700
After I departed Gambell on 01 October, Georgia birder Chris Feeney 
remained for one more week, departing on 08 October.  Certainly the best 
Asian bird he saw during that time was a YELLOW-BROWED WARBLER in the 
far boneyard on 07 October. He obtained one photo, which I have posted a 
cropped version to Surfbirds.com (N. American Stop Press section). This 
is the second Yellow-browed at Gambell this fall and 6th overall (all in 
autumn), representing about half the North American records. The 
previously reported RUSTIC BUNTING remained a full week and was last 
seen on 06 Oct; and there was the 'final' BRAMBLING of the season on 07 
Oct. Other highlights of Chris's included an AMERICAN ROBIN (8th fall 
record) on 03 Oct, another YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, the latest-ever 
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, and a total of about 10 more MCKAY'S BUNTINGS, 
including a single group of 7 birds on 06 Oct associated with a migrant 
'hit' of Snow Buntings (typical at end of Sep or in early Oct). Pomarine 
Jaegers, Short-tailed Shearwaters (up to 200,000), and various late 
groupings of auklets continued to parade by the point, as did many 
hundreds but not thousands of Spectacled Eiders. A couple more 
Red-necked Grebes, a few lingering Pacific Golden-Plovers, and a white 
Gyrfalcon.

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Subject: Re: Chickadee Deformed Beak
From: "Bob Winckler winckler AT mtaonline.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:14:49 -0800
Hi Tom,

The folks at the Alaska Science Center (USGS) would like to have reports of any 
beak deformities. You can go to 

 and then 
click on the “Report a Deformed or Banded Bird” link on the left side of the 
page, and that will take you to the page for making reports. 

Best regards,
Bob Winckler
Wasilla
On Oct 12, 2014, at 7:59 PM, Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 


Had a black-capped chickadee at my bird feeder over the weekend with a deformed 
(overgrown) beak. I am not sure if these deformities are still being reported. 
If anyone knows of a contact to report this, please let me know. 


Thanks.

Tom Murtiashaw
Eagle River

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Subject: Chickadee Deformed Beak
From: "Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 19:59:10 -0800
Had a black-capped chickadee at my bird feeder over the weekend with a deformed 
(overgrown) beak. I am not sure if these deformities are still being reported. 
If anyone knows of a contact to report this, please let me know. 


Thanks.

Tom Murtiashaw
Eagle River

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Subject: Willow/Kashwitna Lake area Saturday & Anchorage Sunday
From: "swinak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 12 Oct 2014 20:55:27 -0700
MP 76.5 of the Parks Hwy at Kashwitna Lake there are two loons, one a chick 
that I'm not sure is big enough to fly yet & pushing the envelope on winter. 
The ospreys at MP 76 finally left last weekend. Prior to this weekend and all 
the rain, the lake was about 1/2 covered with new ice and low temps in the area 
were down to around 9 degrees. 


Orange Crowned Warbler near Huffman & Birch in Anchorage w/a flock of mixed 
chickadees & nuthatches. 


Steve W.
 

Subject: A few Sunday sightings
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 13:33:04 -0800
Mid day Sunday I saw a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull at the Ship Ck dam, 2 
Yellow-rumped Warblers on the south bluff at Gov't Hill, and a red Fox Sp at 
the R St Alley. Very little else. 


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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Birders' Owling Trip
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 10:13:32 -0800
Seven of us night owls met at the Wynn Nature Center on East Skyline Drive 
last night, Oct. 11, at 8:30 pm, for about an hour. The weather forecast was 
not the best but the actual weather turned very nice, 30 F with moderating 
West wind and dissipating clouds, it even got starry. We had vocal responses 
three separate times from Saw-whet Owls and one time from a Great Horned 
Owl. Some of us had fleeting visuals two times of what was most likely 
Saw-whets.

After leaving the Wynn three of us went to Jason Sodergren's house for owl 
banding. He had earlier that night banded two Saw-whets. We did not manage 
to catch any owls but had plenty of Saw-whet vocal activity in the 
surrounding spruce trees. Jason showed us the procedure, photos and the 
banding technology. Thank you Jason for your generous hospitality!

Altogether it was a............"Great Night to Owl!"

Owl-on!
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Subject: Thayer's Gull at Cuddy Pond
From: "Aaron ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 21:02:44 -0800
In case word has not made its way around sufficiently a 4th cycle 
THAYER'S GULL continues at Cuddy Pond and was there again this afternoon.
Look for a rather small nearly adult gull with a darkish eye, relatively 
fine bill, rounded head, and fairly heavily smudged head, neck and 
chest. Also, in the presence of 60+ BUFFLEHEADS were two WHITE-WINGED 
SCOTERS at Westchester Lagoon.

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Subject: Anna's Hummer
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 17:41:29 -0800
Just had what looked like an imm male Anna'a Hummingbird flash around the yard 
checking fading flowers. It headed away to the north. It will likely stay in 
the area if there's some viable flowers. On Foraker Drive in Turnagain -- Weds 
~ 5:30 


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Subject: Anchorage NW Crow
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 10:41:07 -0800
There was a Northwestern Crow feeding on mt. ash berries at the Spenard
McDonald's this morning at 10:30 AM.

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Audubon Program: October 16
From: "wkeys AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Oct 2014 23:54:55 -0700
 Our October 16 Program is going to be a real treat. Kate McLaughlin is an 
independent environmental consultant and writer who lives in the remote island 
community of Chenega Bay in western Prince William Sound, Alaska. Kate spends 
her summers operating the Chenega Bay Hummingbird Banding Project, the 
northern-most, and only season-long hummingbird banding station in the world." 

 The Fish & Game website contains this quote: "Dietrich caught and banded a 
one-year-old female rufous hummingbird on Jan. 13, 2010, near his home in 
Tallahassee, Florida. McLaughlin captured the bird on June 28, at Chenega Bay, 
Alaska, about 75 miles southeast of Anchorage in Prince William Sound. She 
didn’t realize it at the time, but this 3,500 mile-plus trip marks the 
longest migration of a hummingbird ever documented." 

 Kate is coming into town from Prince William Sound to share her incredible 
tale with us. We'll even sweeten the pot with fabulous prizes and cookies! 

 

 7:00 pm. At the BP Energy Center. Everyone is invited, and we hope to see you 
there. 

  
 

Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: September 29-October 5, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 16:01:17 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of 
September 29th-October 5th, 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: 171
2014 Fall Species Count: 127
Weekly Species Count: 98
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
*GADWALL
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
**GARGANEY
*RING-NECKED DUCK
Greater Scaup
LESSER SCAUP
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Yellow-billed Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
BALD EAGLE
*BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER
Pacific Golden-Plover
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
Wandering Tattler
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. pealei)
**WARBLING VIREO
Bank Swallow
**RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL
Hermit Thrush
***WOOD THRUSH
*WHITE WAGTAIL
RED-THROATED PIPIT
American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)
***TENNESSEE WARBLER
Orange-crowned Warbler (ssp. lutescens)
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler (ssp. hooveri)
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER
*CHIPPING SPARROW
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
**LINCOLN’S SPARROW
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
High pressure dominated this week with no true storms passing through, or in 
close proximity to the Pribilofs.  While a small low pressure system did pass 
well to the north of the island’s early in the week the high pressure situated 
near the Aleutians was what influenced local weather the most.  There was E 
wind on five of the seven days this week with the other two having NE or N 
winds (the 3rd and 4th), winds were moderate (15-25 MPH) from the 29th-1st 
before turning strong on the 2nd and 3rd, and then turning light on the 4th and 
5th.  Temperatures remained at or just above normal early in the week though 
the 4th and 5th were cooler with the temps on the 5th reaching down to 28 
degrees at night, the only period below freezing yet this fall.  Most days were 
dry or nearly so with occasional rain squalls on the 4th and 5th. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
The GARGANEY was re-sighted on the 1st after an extended absence while two rare 
American species, GADWALL and RING-NECKED DUCK, were found this week.  The 
GADWALL was present on the 3rd and 4th providing the 2nd fall record for the 
Pribilofs while a group of five RING-NECKED DUCKS on the 5th were the 1st fall 
record, 11th overall record, and highest total ever for the Pribilofs.  A flock 
of four Emperor Geese remained were seen through the 4th while five to six 
Brant were seen daily, and the flock of 19 “Aleutian” Cackling Geese and a 
single “minima” Cackling Goose remained through the 5th.  The six long-staying 
TUNDRA SWANS were last seen on the 5th with an additional individual present 
with the group that day as well.  A LESSER SCAUP was seen from the 1st-5th 
while two Red-breasted Mergansers were seen on the 5th, four to eight Northern 
Shovelers were seen daily, one to five Mallards were seen daily through the 
4th, and five or six Greater Scaup were seen daily through the week.  Wigeon 
numbers increased significantly through the week with one to six Eurasians, one 
to 18 Americans, and a total of 25-35 total individuals present by week’s end 
with a flock of 90 King Eiders present on the 29th and increasing numbers of 
scoters with White-wingeds numbering 25-30 individuals on the 5th and Blacks up 
to 29 on the 3rd. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
Fall loon migration picked up this week with Pacifics (five on the 30th, two on 
the 2nd, four on the 4th, and four on the 5th), COMMONS (three on the 4th and 
two on the 5th), and Yellow-billeds (three on the 30th, one on the 2nd, and one 
on the 4th) noted while both Horned and Red-necked Grebes were seen almost 
daily though normally in ones and twos.  Short-tailed Shearwater continued to 
be seen only sparingly and in small numbers (high count was 200 on the 2nd) 
while a few Pomarine Jaegers (one on the 2nd, one on the 4th, two on the 5th) 
were seen late in the week.  A few Herring, SLATY-BACKED, and Glaucous Gulls 
were noted around the island this week, though no more than two or three 
individuals were seen of any species each day. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
As is the case in the later part of the fall shorebird migrants have become to 
wane.  The only new species added this week were a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER on the 
30th, providing the 2nd fall record and latest by 5 weeks, and a Wilson’s Snipe 
from the 1st-3rd.  The last GRAY-TAILED TATTLER sighting was on the 29th while 
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS continue to be seen daily in numbers of 5-15 
individuals.  Regular shorebird species include Pacific Golden-Plovers which 
continue to be seen daily in numbers under 20, the last Wandering Tattler was 
noted on the 1st, Ruddy Turnstone numbers remain at 25-75 daily, a Dunlin was 
noted on the 4th and 5th, up to seven “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers were seen on 
the 5th, Pectoral Sandpipers remain with daily sightings of 5-15 individuals, 
two Western Sandpipers remained through the 5th, Long-billed Dowitchers were 
seen daily in numbers of 5-15 individuals, and Red Phalaropes continue to be 
seen with a low day count of 20+ and a high of 450 on the 2nd this week. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
The most exceptional record this week, month, or year, and perhaps the most 
unlikely American bird species to ever be found in the Pribilofs was a WOOD 
THRUSH found on 3rd providing the first Alaskan sighting, this record is 
perhaps 2,000-2,500 miles to the northwest of the next closest sighting of this 
species.  Also of major note was a TENNESSEE WARBLER seen briefly on the 5th 
which could not be found subsequently, this provides the 1st Pribilof record 
for this rare Alaskan breeder.  The most notable Asian passerine of the week 
was the fall’s second RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL which was seen sporadically on the 
30th (this is the 7th Pribilof record) with BRAMBLINGS continuing through the 
2nd (25 on the 30th and two on the 2nd), a WHITE WAGTAIL on the 5th providing 
the 13th Pribilof record, and a RED-THROATED PIPIT on the 30th.  Other rare 
American species found this week included a WARBLING VIREO on the 29th-30th 
which is the 5th Pribilof record, a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER on the 30th, a CHIPPING 
SPARROW on the 5th, and a LINCOLN’S SPARROW on the 29th and 30th which is the 
6th Pribilof record.  More typical American migrants/vagrants seen this week 
included two Bank Swallows from the 1st-3rd (providing the latest fall record 
for the Pribilofs), a Hermit Thrush on the 30th, one to three American Pipits 
most days this week, an Orange-crowned Warbler on the 1st, one or two Yellow 
Warblers on the 29th-1st, one or two Yellow-rumped Warblers daily from the 
30th-5th, one to three “Sooty” Fox Sparrows daily, one or two White-crowned 
Sparrows daily, one to four Golden-crowned Sparrows daily, Dark-eyed Juncos on 
the 1st and 5th, daily Common Redpolls with a max of 12 on the 3rd, and a few 
Hoary Redpolls with a high count of three on the 2nd.  Both BALD EAGLES remain 
on the island through this week with a single “Peale’s” PEREGRINE FALCON seen 
on the 29th and 2nd this 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
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Parakeet Auklet
Least Auklet
Crested Auklet
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

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


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Subject: Monday, October 6, 2014 Steller's Eider refound in new finery
From: "c_griz AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Oct 2014 18:55:36 -0700
Seward, Alaska The immature male STELLER EIDER was refound this afternoon at 
Fourth of July beach, hanging out with HARLEQUIN DUCKS and GLAUCOUS-WINGED 
GULLS. He is now wearing white wings with a brilliant blue speculum bordered in 
white. The rest of the adult plumage is yet to come. 

 

 Happy Birding!
 Carol Griswold
 Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter
 

 For photos please visit my blog at http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/ 
http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com/ 

 
  
 (Please excuse if duplicated. I'm having trouble sending...)
Subject: Peregrine falcon on M/V Kennicott
From: "greglyall AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 06 Oct 2014 05:44:51 -0700
We took the Alaska State Ferry from Whitttier to Bellingham 9/22-27. In 
addition to the albatrosses, shearwaters, puffins, etc., the most unusual 
sighting was a peregrine falcon who hitched a ride on the upper deck of the 
ferry near the solarium for about 3 hours. 
Subject: Geese Migration
From: "Tom Murtiashaw tmurtiashaw AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 22:24:52 -0800
Could not see them, but tonight (Sunday, October 5th) at approximately 10:15 pm 
we could hear geese flying overhead. Migrating by the light of the silvery 
moon. 


Tom Murtiashaw
Eagle River

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Subject: Anchorage Audubon Fall Freeze-up Field Trip
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 05 Oct 2014 22:10:51 -0800
Yesterday we had a blustery but well attended fall freeze-up field trip, 
focusing on waterfowl locations around town. We visited Spenard 
Crossing, Westchester Lagoon, Lake Hood and wrapped up at the Campbell 
Creek Estuary Natural Area. Some highlights were a female LONG-TAILED 
DUCK and BLACK SCOTER at Lake Hood along with a flock of a dozen HORNED 
GREBES.

Below is an eBird output from a report I made of the day.  If you 
attended the field trip, and would like me to share this with your eBird 
account send me and email with your eBird account name and I will share 
it with you.

While I was hammering away at a construction project today I saw many 
hundred geese flying high overhead to the SE.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage


Lake Spenard  and  Lake Hood, Anchorage, US-AK
Oct 4, 2014 9:15 AM - 1:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
18.0 mile(s)
Comments: Anchorage Audubon Fall freeze-up field trip. Included stops at 
Spenard Crossing, Westchester Lagoon, Lake Hood, and Campbell Creek Estuary 
Natural Area. 

31 species (+3 other taxa)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)  55
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)  2
Gadwall (Anas strepera)  15
American Wigeon (Anas americana)  25
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)  150
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)  2
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)  2
Greater Scaup (Aythya marila)  50
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)  25
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)  1
Black Scoter (Melanitta americana)  1
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)  1
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)  25
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)  50
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)  5
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)  8
Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus)  15     good sized group at Lake Hood
Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena)  1
Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)  1
Wilson's/Common Snipe (Gallinago delicata/gallinago) 1 quick flight view of 
snipe with rather wide white band on secondaries. 

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia)  10
Mew Gull (Larus canus) 250 Large gathering fling over Turnagain from Campbell 
Creek Estuary 

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)  2
Herring x Glaucous-winged Gull (hybrid) (Larus argentatus x glaucescens)  10
gull sp. (Larinae sp.)  2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon)  1
Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)  1
Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri)  4
Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia)  8
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)  10
Boreal Chickadee (Poecile hudsonicus)  3
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)  3
White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera)  10
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)  10

View this checklist online 
athttp://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20031937 


This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
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Subject: Homer/Kachemak Bay Bird Alert Information: 10-4-14
From: "'Lani Raymond' lani67 AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 13:03:35 -0800
KACHEMAK BAY BIRD ALERT INFORMATION
October 4, 2014

Nice fall weather so far down here in Homer.  Nice color on the hillsides 
with terminal dust creeping down the mountains.  Many interesting birds 
recently.

A SKYLARK was seen at the Anchor River on September 28th. This species is 
listed as native to North Africa and Eurasia, introduced to the San Juan 
Islands and Vancouver Island. No records for Kachemak Bay, but one was seen 
at Deep Creek in 2012. There have been no further reports of this bird.

Also at the Anchor River ...on October 1st a Golden Plover, BLACK-BELLIED 
PLOVER (2), LAPLAND LONGSPUR, AMERICAN PIPIT, AND SAVANNAH SPARROWS were 
seen.  A juv. RED PHALAROPE was seen in the river on the 30th.  On the 
September 12th a juv. BLUE-WINGED TEAL was seen; (the report said or 
possibly was a Cinnamon Teal).  On the 13th on the Kachemak Bay Birders' 
trip some species seen there were GREAT BLUE HERON, PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, 
SANDERLING, WILSON'S SNIPE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BELTED KINGFISHER, SAVANNAH 
SPARROW, HORNED  and TUFTED PUFFIN, KITTLITZ'S and MARBLED MURRELETS, 
BONAPARTE'S GULL, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.

At Bishop's Beach on the 30th a SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was seen and 
photographed.  Several people got to see it and the photo is posted on the 
Kachemak Bay Birders' website 
http://kachemakbaybirders.org/phpBB3/viewforum.php?f=2

On the 28th a CASSIN'S AUKLET was seen near Cohen Island.  LONG-TAILED 
DUCKS, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and PACIFIC LOONS were also seen in that 
area.

On the 26th out at Alpine Meadow Rd near Eveline Park (15 miles out East End 
Rd.), a family of 5 SPRUCE GROUSE was seen.

There was a report of a NORTHERN FLICKER across from the Old Tern Colony on 
Kachemak Drive last week.

As far as we know, except for one crane with a broken wing, all the cranes 
have left, but just in case here is the contact number for Cranewatch, 
235-6262 or reports AT cranewatch.org.  (Or you can just keep it for next 
year...only 6 months and they'll be back!)


As always, IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BIRD!! 



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Subject: Spotted Redshank in Kodiak
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 4 Oct 2014 07:34:22 -0800
Rich MacIntosh found and photo'd a SPOTTED REDSHANK at Womens Bay, Kodiak
Island yesterday (10/3)--a first for the island! He an others will be
looking again this morning.

Good birding,
Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: WOOD THRUSH on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2014 12:22:05 -0800
Typically I'm reporting Asian birds out here on the western edge but this 
morning the first Alaskan record of WOOD THRUSH was located and photographed on 
St. Paul Island. Now to get back out there and see what else might be hiding 
out here. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Anchor River
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 02:01:19 -0800
Saw Phil and Janet but no sign of the Sky Lark
DA

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Subject: Red-flanked Bluetail #2 on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:15:00 -0800
The second RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL of the fall was located today on St. Paul 
Island though it was not the most cooperative bird unfortunately. This is the 
6th or 7th record for the Pribilofs. BRAMBLINGS continue to be found about the 
island with 25-30 individuals seen in recent days. 

The other notable sightings since Sunday have been of American species with a 
WARBLING VIREO on the 29th-30th which is the 5th Pribilof record, a LINCOLN'S 
SPARROW on the 28th-30th which is the 6th Pribilof record, a BLACK-BELLIED 
PLOVER on the 30th which is the 15th local record and a full five weeks later 
than the previous late date for the islands, and a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER on the 
30th which is about annual in the fall in the Pribilofs. A single GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLER was noted on the 29th and a RED-THROATED PIPIT was seen on the 30th. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Gambell: O-b Pipit, Rustic & Little, Spec Eider migration, more Red-leggeds, Arctic, McKay's
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 22:57:13 -0700
On Tuesday, Sep 30, my last full day at Gambell for Autumn 2014, a new 
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT turned up (along base of mountain), the second this 
fall but only the third overall in autumn here. Yesterday's RUSTIC 
BUNTING and one of the two LITTLE BUNTINGS continued. The first day with 
a sizable push of SPECTACLED EIDERS saw at least 550 birds pass the 
point, including one single, tight flock of 300 birds. Also the first 
ARCTIC LOON of the season, yet 8 more RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, and yet 
another good day for Pomarine Jaegers this late in the season, with 60 
birds. After our recent day with 10 Red-leggeds, I heard from seabird 
researcher Declan Troy who said that earlier in September he recorded 
unusually large numbers of Red-legged Kittiwakes north of usual during a 
research cruise in the central Bering Sea (just south of St. Matthew 
Island), and that fish people were finding greater numbers of small fish 
(e.g., young pollock) farther north up on to the shallow continental 
shelf near there than is usual--so it appears that this phenomenon has 
probably extended all the way north to here in the northern Bering at 
St. Lawrence Island. A few Steller's Eiders and Yellow-billed Loons 
continue past the point as well.

Other miscellanea today include the third MCKAY'S BUNTING of the month, 
a Gyrfalcon, a getting-late Lapland Longspur, the second Red-necked 
Grebe of the season (slightly below normal), and a couple more Ancient 
Murrelets--a post-breeding disperser from well to the south that is 
doing fairly poorly this year (and last year as well) following a number 
of years in a row with increasing numbers.

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Subject: Re: Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill?
From: "'George Matz' geomatz AT alaska.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:51:28 -0800

From: mailto:AKBirding-noreply AT yahoogroups.com 
Sent: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 4:26 PM
To: skesler AT gci.com ; AkBirding 
Subject: Re: [AK Birding] Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill?

 Ruffed Grouse were introduced into the Susitna Valley by ADF&G a number of 
years ago. 

George

Stephanie, 
You got it right, Ruffed Grouse it is. 
I do not believe they are native to the Anchorage bowl area (they are, however, 
farther north in the interior) but it does seem that they are nesting in some 
places in the Anchorage bowl. 


Aaron Bowman
  

On 09/30/2014 01:49 PM, skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding] wrote:

    
  Oh Wise Birding Ones,




 I saw a most peculiar bird Saturday up on Government Hill at the East End of 
Suzan Nightingale-McKay Park. It looked like the love child of a ptarmigan 
(really big fuzzy feet) and a tall skinny chicken with a crest. I took several 
pictures of it, three of which I just posted on the Yahoo Photo site. 





 I looked in my National Geographic bird book but couldn't see anything that 
came close. I looked in my Sibley Bird app - and again nothing was very close. 
I gave up thinking that it must have been someone's escaped exotic. We have 
lots of chickens up on the hill. Although I have to admit, it was a very skinny 
looking chicken. All our chickens are all fat, squatty, and red. 





 Then today it dawned on me to check my Sibley book and voila! The Sibley book 
illustrations really showed what I saw: strong barring on the sides, the funny 
little whoopy-di-do crest, a short but strong tail and overall coloration. Plus 
Sibley said, "Slender with a long neck and slightly crested." 





  Bingo - I think.




 Could you guys take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. 
They're posted under Stephanie Kesler's Bird Pictures. 



Subject: Re: Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill?
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:26:50 -0800
Stephanie,
You got it right, Ruffed Grouse it is.
I do not believe they are native to the Anchorage bowl area (they are, 
however, farther north in the interior) but it does seem that they are 
nesting in some places in the Anchorage bowl.

Aaron Bowman


On 09/30/2014 01:49 PM, skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding] wrote:
>
> Oh Wise Birding Ones,
>
>
> I saw a most peculiar bird Saturday up on Government Hill at the East 
> End of Suzan Nightingale-McKay Park. It looked like the love child of 
> a ptarmigan (really big fuzzy feet) and a tall skinny chicken with a 
> crest. I took several pictures of it, three of which I just posted on 
> the Yahoo Photo site.
>
>
> I looked in my National Geographic bird book but couldn't see anything 
> that came close. I looked in my Sibley Bird app - and again nothing 
> was very close. I gave up thinking that it must have been someone's 
> escaped exotic. We have lots of chickens up on the hill. Although I 
> have to admit, it was a very skinny looking chicken. All our chickens 
> are all fat, squatty, and red.
>
>
> Then today it dawned on me to check my Sibley book and voila! The 
> Sibley book illustrations really showed what I saw: strong barring on 
> the sides, the funny little whoopy-di-do crest, a short but strong 
> tail and overall coloration. Plus Sibley said, "Slender with a long 
> neck and slightly crested."
>
>
> Bingo - I think.
>
>
> Could you guys take a look at the pictures and let me know what you 
> think. They're posted under Stephanie Kesler's Bird Pictures.
>
> 
Subject: Willow - 2 TUNDRA SWANS
From: "Chuck ciliff2 AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:11:34 -0800
Willow side of Hatcher Pass road - flat part of road before it starts to climb 
to the tundra - shallow beaver pond on right 

Chuck Iliff 


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Subject: Ruffed Grouse on Government Hill?
From: "skesler AT gci.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 30 Sep 2014 14:49:59 -0700
Oh Wise Birding Ones,
 

 I saw a most peculiar bird Saturday up on Government Hill at the East End of 
Suzan Nightingale-McKay Park. It looked like the love child of a ptarmigan 
(really big fuzzy feet) and a tall skinny chicken with a crest. I took several 
pictures of it, three of which I just posted on the Yahoo Photo site. 

 

 I looked in my National Geographic bird book but couldn't see anything that 
came close. I looked in my Sibley Bird app - and again nothing was very close. 
I gave up thinking that it must have been someone's escaped exotic. We have 
lots of chickens up on the hill. Although I have to admit, it was a very skinny 
looking chicken. All our chickens are all fat, squatty, and red. 

 

 Then today it dawned on me to check my Sibley book and voila! The Sibley book 
illustrations really showed what I saw: strong barring on the sides, the funny 
little whoopy-di-do crest, a short but strong tail and overall coloration. Plus 
Sibley said, "Slender with a long neck and slightly crested." 

 

 Bingo - I think.
 

 Could you guys take a look at the pictures and let me know what you think. 
They're posted under Stephanie Kesler's Bird Pictures. 
Subject: Anchor River: Sky Lark-no; Red Phalarop-yes
From: "Aaron Lang birdingak AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:36:00 -0800
Dave Sonneborn and I checked the Anchor River beach today, hoping to
relocate the Sky Lark he found yesterday. We didn't find the Sky Lark, but
as a very nice consolation prize we did find a juvenile RED PHALAROPE which
was actually in the river! The bird was about 1/3 of the way from the
parking lot to the mouth of the river in an area where people commonly camp
along the river.

Good birding,

Aaron Lang
Homer
Subject: Gambell: Red-flanked Bluetail, Rustic Bunting, 2 Little Buntings
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:39:45 -0700
A moderate west wind all last night and today was certainly instrumental 
in today's (Sep 29) appearance of Gambell's third-ever (all in late Sep) 
RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL, a RUSTIC BUNTING (only the third here in fall, but 
about a dozen spring records locally), now TWO LITTLE BUNTINGS (together 
in a mini-flock for a time), and 3 new BRAMBLINGS--and all of them in 
the Far Boneyard area! Unfortunately, none of our other landbird spots 
around the village produced much today. A photo of the R-f Bluetail (as 
well as Little Bunting) has been posted on Surfbirds.com (N. American 
Stop Press section).

Before the landbirding commenced, our seawatch produced a moderate 
late-season northward surge of 850 Common Murres, all in basic plumage.  
Such northbound movements in late Sep and early Oct--a couple weeks 
after the local breeders have disappeared--occur annually and are 
thought to largely involve prospecting sub-adult non-breeders (and 
perhaps by post-breeding dispersers from the south). In contrast, the 
75+ Thick-billed Murres with them were almost all still in alternate 
plumage. A nice push--for late September--of 45 Pomarine Jaegers, and a 
continuing late adult Parasitic.

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Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: September 22-28, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:42:03 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of 
September 22nd-28th, 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: 162
2014 Fall Species Count: 116
Weekly Species Count: 91
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Yellow-billed Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
***SHARP-SHINNED HAWK
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
Wandering Tattler
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Sanderling
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
**JACK SNIPE
Red Phalarope
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. tundrius and pealei)
*SKY LARK
Bank Swallow
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET
***WOOD WARBLER
*ARCTIC WARBLER
**TAIGA FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
AMERICAN ROBIN
*OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT
RED-THROATED PIPIT
American Pipit (ssp. japonicus)
Yellow Warbler
***PALM WARBLER
Yellow-rumped Warbler (ssp. hooveri)
TOWNSEND’S WARBLER
*AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
*CHIPPING SPARROW
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
PINE SISKIN
 
WEATHER
 
This week saw mostly light weather with building high pressure late in the week 
that left the island under partly sunny skies most of the week and pleasant 
conditions most of the time.  Winds this week were always light-moderate from 
the east mostly to start the week and then from the west at the end while the 
only day with appreciable rain was the 25th when a half inch fell.  Daily 
temperatures remain above average with highs between 50 and 54 each day and 
lows at night from the mid-30s to mid-40s. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
Geese began to arrive in larger numbers this week with a flock of four Emperor 
Geese present from the 23rd on while Brant number fluctuated daily from two to 
six.  Cackling Geese also increased slightly in numbers with a high of 18 seen 
on the 28th.  The first Red-breasted Mergansers of the fall were seen from the 
23rd-25th while Black Scoter numbers increased to 19 on the 27th, King Eider 
numbers held firm around 50, and Greater Scaup had increased to five on the 
28th.  A handful of Northern Shovelers and Mallards were seen daily (high count 
of five for each species), both Eurasian and American Wigeons were see daily, 
and the only White-winged Scoters seen this week were five to seven on the 23rd 
and 24th.  The long-staying six TUNDRA SWANS continues through the 28th. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
A few loons and grebes were noted this week with six Pacific Loons on the 23rd, 
single COMMON LOONS on the 25th and 27th, and single Yellow-billed Loons on the 
23rd, 24th, and 28th, while Horned Grebes were seen sporadically in singles 
with four on the 27th and a couple Red-necked Grebes were seen daily.  Jaegers 
were noted a few time with a single Parasitic on the 22nd and two Pomarines on 
the 23rd and 27th.  Large gull numbers remain high with a few Herring Gulls 
seen each day this week along with some Glaucous Gulls and between one and four 
SLATY-BACKED GULLS from the 24th-28th. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
Only 14 shorebird species were noted this week, a clear decline, with many of 
the more common species greatly reduced in numbers by week’s end.  One to two 
JACK SNIPES continued through the 26th with single GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS noted 
on the 22nd and 25th-27th.  SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER numbers peaked on 25th this 
week with 20+ and had dropped to single digits by the 28th while Pectoral 
Sandpipers were seen daily in numbers of 5-15, and Long-billed Dowitchers 
remained in similar numbers to last week with 28 still noted on the 28th.  
Pacific Golden-Plovers were seen in largest numbers early this week (21+ on the 
22nd) and had dropped into the single digits by the 28th with only a few 
Wandering Tattlers noted daily all week, Ruddy Turnstone numbers dropping well 
below 100 by the 28th, only one Western Sandpiper remaining on the 28th, and a 
handful of Red Phalaropes present late in the week.  Single Dunlin were seen on 
the 22nd and 23rd, a “Mainland” Rock Sandpiper was noted on the 25th, and a 
high count of 13 Sanderling were found on the 22nd with only two birds 
remaining on the 27th. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
It was another exceptional week in the landbird category with two first island 
records and a 6th North American individual found this week among others.  Both 
of this week’s firsts came from North America with a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK on the 
22nd providing the first record for that species offshore in the Bering Sea 
while on the 28th a PALM WARBLER was located which is the first Pribilof record 
and second record for the Bering Sea islands.  From the other direction, last 
week’s WOOD WARBLER continued through the 26th with a second (!) individual 
found on the 25th, it remained through the 28th.  Other birds of note included 
the TAIGA FLYCATCHER which continued through the 22nd, two OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS 
on the 22nd and 26th, two SKY LARKS on the 25th-27th and 28th, and continuing 
BRAMBLINGS with 25 still present on the 28th.  American passerines of note this 
week included another CHIPPING SPARROW on the 25th, two AMERICAN TREE SAPRROWS 
on the 28th (the 10th Pribilof record), an ARCTIC WARBLER on the 23rd, a 
RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET on the 27th, a TOWNSEND’S WARBLER on the 24th, and a few 
PINE SISKINS on the 26th and 27th.  Two or three GRAY-CHHEKED THRUSHES were 
seen during the week with AMERICAN ROBINS on the 26th and 28th, a Bank Swallow 
on the 27th (record late for the Pribilofs), a RED-THROATED PIPIT on the 22nd, 
and a couple American Pipits on the 22nd, 23rd, and 27th also seen. A few 
regular American warblers and sparrows were also seen this week with two or 
three Yellow Warblers from the 24th-28th, 8+ Yellow-rumped Warblers from the 
25th-28th, a couple Savannah Sparrows on the 22nd-23rd and one on the 28th, 
daily Fox Sparrow sightings covering four to seven individuals, one or two 
White-crowned Sparrows from the 23rd-28th, 5-10 Golden-crowned Sparrows seen 
daily all week, and two or three Dark-eyed Juncos from the 25th-28th.  Redpolls 
continued this week with daily sightings of Commons and a couple Hoaries noted 
on the 26th and 27th while the continuing BALD EAGLES were still present on the 
28th and about four PEREGRINE FALCONS were seen this week of both subspecies. 

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

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


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Subject: Gambell: Little Bunting, TEN RED-legged Kittiwakes, a million shearwaters
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:03:24 -0700
On 28 September, a LITTLE BUNTING appeared in Gambell's far boneyard. 
I've posted a photo on Surfbirds.com (N. American Stop Press). This is 
the 25th LIBU at Gambell in autumn since 1993, constituting well over 
half the North American records.  There is just one spring record here, 
but it is the sole spring record for the continent.  Also new today were 
2 more BRAMBLINGS, which ties the single-season record of 9 individuals. 
And a new HERMIT THRUSH. The winds abruptly shifted to 25-30 mph out of 
the WNW last night, and today a huge mass of a MILLION Short-tailed 
Shearwaters passed the point, heading east to west, and very, very close 
to shore. The mass of birds was about a half mile wide and continued at 
300,000/hour for the entire morning, then slacked off but continued all 
afternoon.  There was also an appreciable movement of Black-legged 
Kittiwakes going the same direction, and associated with them were a 
total of TEN RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKES (adults and 2nd-cycles);  given that 
the single 2nd-cycle bird back in August was my first one here ever, and 
there is only one definite spring record, today's event was quite a 
shock. Related to probably more fish up here this year? Or, the 
several-day southerly winds (coming at us from the Pribilofs) abruptly 
turning westerly? A random event?  None of the above?

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Subject: Sky Lark
From: "David Sonneborn davidsonne AT aol.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 18:02:28 -0800
Dave Erickson and I had a Sky Lark at the Anchor River today
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Subject: Anchorage-Clitherod Wetlands 9/28/2014
From: "Enric Fernandez somateriafischeri AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 17:03:04 -0700
A large concentration of WILSON'S SNIPEs were present this morning at the 
Clitherod Wetlands. 

I counted 53 of them. About 2/3 of them feeding in the open water near grass 
tussocks or resting on them. 

The rest I flushed while walking around the grassy area. I think that the 
actual number of snipes may be 1/2 to double what I saw. Mixed with them there 
were 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERs actively feeding. 

Other birds seen in the area:
16 TRUMPETER SWANS (on flight as a single group)
21 MALLARDS
12 GREATER YELLOWLEGS
1 BLACK-BILLED MAGPIE
2 COMMON RAVEN
2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE
1 AMERICAN TREE SPARROW


 
Enric Fernandez
Anchorage, AK
Subject: Cassin's Auklet in Kachemak Bay
From: "Martin Renner great.auklet AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:50:36 -0800
A Cassin’s Auklet was in Kachemak Bay yesterday morning, near Cohen Island. 
Karl Stoltzfus says it’s about ten years that he saw one last around here. Also 
saw one Double-crested Cormorant, a Pacific Loon, and a (my FOS) couple of 
molting Long-tailed Duck males. 


Martin

 


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Homer, AK






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Subject: Gambell: Pechora, Accentor #2, Kamchatka Mew, juvie Kittlitz's, Warbling
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:05:11 -0700
It's Saturday the 27th, and we're currently in the warm slot of a fairly 
vigorous low to our NNW--so there's a 25 mph SSW wind blowing and the 
low temp last night was a balmy 48 degrees (the high today is a 
near-record 52). New birds include a PECHORA PIPIT in a small wormwood 
patch along the north base of the mountain (19th Pechora here in fall 
since the first in 2003, and ties the latest record), a SIBERIAN 
ACCENTOR (second this fall, 22nd overall for St Lawrence Is., all in 
fall), but also a WARBLING VIREO in the far boneyard (7th Gambell 
record, all in fall). The late fall date of the vireo, and of several of 
the previous records of this species here, suggests it did NOT originate 
from the closest point in the species' normal range, which is in 
Southeast Alaska and the southern Yukon. Yesterday, the 26th, an adult 
KAMCHATKA MEW GULL was at the point, the 4th fall record here, where 
also several spring records. Also yesterday, from the mainland came a 
very rare duo of (MYRTLE) YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS (together) and a 
LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Four more BRAMBLINGS recently brings the season total 
this year to 7 birds--above normal here. Miscellanea includes an 
increase in the numbers of Steller's and male Spectacled Eiders, 4 
Eurasian Wigeon, a late-season moderate flight of 74 Pomarine Jaegers 
(24 Sep), Savannah and several more Golden-cr. Sparrows, and actually 
larger numbers of Pacific Golden-Plovers than we had back a month ago 
when they SHOULD have been fairly common.

Two days ago I photographed a juvenile KITTLITZ'S MURRELET swimming 
along close to shore (most KIMUs here are fly-bys at the point--as 2 
more birds were today). I am told that juvie Kittlitz's typically don't 
disperse too far from the nesting areas, so this would suggest this bird 
was raised here on St. Lawrence Island, where nesting has never been 
proven but has been hinted at by local residents. If anyone would like 
to see a couple photos of this bird, drop me an e-mail message and I'll 
send them.

The mild weather this fall up here to date may or may not have something 
to do with some late-lingering species still present the past couple 
days at this northerly latitude: 2 Parasitic Jaegers (including an 
adult) and daily numbers of Pomarines, a few Sharp-tailed and Pectoral 
Sandpipers, and 2 Peregrine Falcons.

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Subject: Re: Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:31:00 -0700
Photos of the darker mantled Herring-type gull can be seen here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/scullybirds/



________________________________
 From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" 
 

To: Peter Scully  
Cc: AK Birding  
Sent: Saturday, September 27, 2014 2:21 PM
Subject: Re: [AK Birding] Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage
 


  
Went out and met Peter on the mudflats. It took some time to make our way out 
to the Campbell Creek outflow where he was. At first the Rock Sandpipers were 
not in sight but after some scanning we re-found 4 ROCK SANDPIPERS resting on 
the large driftwood log in the middle of the outlet. If they hang around it may 
be possible to see them at high tide from the Beluga overlook at the Campbell 
Creek Estuary Nature area. To me it looked like two were the Pribilof form and 
two were Aleutian or mainland type. The Pribilof being somewhat larger, 
lighter, and with less distinctive spotting on front and underside. 


Peter also alerted us (Enric and I) to the presence of an adult Herring type 
gull with a rather dark mantel. To me this looked good for a Vega subspecies. 
It appeared darker backed than the other nearby Herring type gulls, nice bright 
pink legs and a somewhat flattened off top of a rather big head. At least it is 
fun for me to turn it into a Vega for nostalgic reasons! 


A mud spotted Aaron Bowman    
Anchorage


On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com 
[AKBirding]  wrote: 


 
>  
>4 at CarrGott now.
>
>Sent from my iPhone
>
Subject: Re: Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:21:44 -0800
Went out and met Peter on the mudflats.  It took some time to make our way
out to the Campbell Creek outflow where he was. At first the Rock
Sandpipers were not in sight but after some scanning we re-found 4 ROCK
SANDPIPERS resting on the large driftwood log in the middle of the outlet.
If they hang around it may be possible to see them at high tide from the
Beluga overlook at the Campbell Creek Estuary Nature area. To me it looked
like two were the Pribilof form and two were Aleutian or mainland type. The
Pribilof being somewhat larger, lighter, and with less distinctive spotting
on front and underside.

Peter also alerted us (Enric and I) to the presence of an adult Herring
type gull with a rather dark mantel. To me this looked good for a Vega
subspecies. It appeared darker backed than the other nearby Herring type
gulls, nice bright pink legs and a somewhat flattened off top of a rather
big head. At least it is fun for me to turn it into a Vega for nostalgic
reasons!

A mud spotted Aaron Bowman
Anchorage

On Sat, Sep 27, 2014 at 9:16 AM, Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com
[AKBirding]  wrote:

>
>
> 4 at CarrGott now.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>  
>
Subject: Potter Marsh Swans
From: "catherinediehlrobbins AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 27 Sep 2014 14:27:01 -0700
Please be mindful where you park and/or stand along Seward Highway at Potter 
Marsh. There are 3 pullouts on the east side of the highway and 1 small one on 
the west side that runs along the Marsh. Stopping or parking along the highway 
is illegal, and dangerous, except for emergencies. This area is the start of a 
"Designated Safety Corridor" and if the police were to start citing drivers for 
parking violations, the fine would be doubled. 



 

Subject: Rock Sandpipers - Anchorage
From: "Peter Scully peterandrewscullyii AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:16:15 -0800
4 at CarrGott now.

Sent from my iPhone


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Subject: Anchorage Potter Marsh Tundra Swan
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Sep 2014 18:00:53 -0700
The Tundra Swan was still at Potter Marsh this afternoon from 3-4pm. I counted 
20 adult Trumpeters with seven juveniles (six seemed to be one brood) along 
with a dozen each Mallards and American Wigeon as well as a male and two 
juvenile Ring-necked Ducks. 

 

 Frank Clemens
Subject: Swans
From: "Eric Youngblood youngblood126 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 15:21:40 -0400
This morning there were 20+ Trumpeter swans along with 1 Tundra swan being 
followed by the usual Mallards, Am. Wigeons and 1 Goldeneye off the Seward 
Highway pullout at Potter's Marsh. They could also be seen across the railroad 
tracks on the mud flats at a distance. 

Eric YoungbloodAnchorage 		 	   		  
Subject: 2 WOOD WARBLERS, 2 JACK SNIPES, Sharp-shinned Hawk and others on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:33:56 -0800
This afternoon a second (!) WOOD WARBLER was found on the north side of St. 
Paul Island, AK, while the first one (found on the 20th) remains in place on 
the south side meaning both the 5th and 6th individuals found in North America 
are currently present on the island. 

Two JACK SNIPES are still being seen in one wetland complex on the island while 
a flock of 15+ BRAMBLINGS continue as well. This morning a SKY LARK was located 
in the northeast portion of the island looking a bit wet and unhappy as it 
moved about it's roadside home. 

However, of greatest local note in recent days was a juvenile SHARP-SHINNED 
HAWK that was found near town on the 22nd which is the first Pribilof record 
and the first record for that species in the offshore Bering Sea islands. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour  		 	   		  
Subject: Request for Help-Bohemian Waxwings
From: "Chris Feeney cfeeney03 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 01:56:48 -0400
I am a birder from Georgia currently at Gambell.  I will be in
Anchorage on October 10th and am interested in finding my nemesis
bird-the Bohemian Waxwing.  I would like any sightings in October to
help me plan a search.  I realize they probably are not flocking by
then, but any info would be helpful.  My e-mail is:
cfeeney_03 AT yahoo.com.

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Subject: Gambell: Tree & Olive-backed Pipits, McKay's #2, Bramblings
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:35:38 -0700
On Tuesday the 23rd we found and photo'd (one is posted on 
Surfbirds.com--"N. American Stop Press" section) an OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT 
in the far boneyard. This is only the second fall record at Gambell, 
where there are about 9 spring records, and it is likely a spinoff from 
a larger mini-incursion which arrived to the south on the Pribilofs this 
past week. Also in patches of wormwood along the base of the 
mountain-slope bordering the far boneayrd was a TREE PIPIT 
(!)--presumably the same bird that was photo'd back on the 18th not too 
far away but which had gone AWOL for five days until today, despite 
repeated daily checking of this area. So, we had TWO species of "tree 
pipits" for a time today only about a hundred feet from each other! Also 
today was the second McKAY'S BUNTING of the week--this one along the 
lower mountain slope in a flock of Snows. (Today was also the first day 
we saw zero Lapland Longspurs, which is close to their usual departure 
date.) Two more single BRAMBLINGS the past two days brings the season 
total to an above-average four birds (but still far below the typical 
numbers in fall farther south in the Aleutians/Pribilofs).

Eider numbers are clearly increasing just offshore, and today the first 
drake Spectacled Eider of the season passed by--hopefully the precurser 
of another huge flight (over 10,000+) of birds we've documented here the 
last several years at the end of Sep and in early Oct. More Steller's 
Eiders and Yellow-billed Loons.

A selection of "low-end" Alaska mainland strays the past three days has 
included Hermit Thrush, Yellow Warbler, and Red Fox, Sooty Fox, 3 
Golden-cr., and White-cr. Sparrows. Six more japonicus American Pipits. 
A total of 90 N. Pintail here yesterday was a new record one-day count 
(yes, I know you are all just thrilled!).

--Paul Lehman


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Subject: Anchorage, Lake Hood Scoters and Canvasback
From: "ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 23 Sep 2014 17:17:40 -0700
On the north end, from the public ramp across from the Airmens Association 
building there were two female Black Scoter and six female/juvenile Surf 
Scoter. From the end of Floatplane Drive in the last row of slips was a couple 
of Canvasbacks. 4:00pm 9/23. Frank Clemens 
Subject: St. Paul Island bird report: September 15-21, 2014
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:52:59 -0800
Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of 
September 15th-21st, 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: 157
2014 Fall Species Count: 109
Weekly Species Count: 95
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
**GARGANEY
Greater Scaup
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Yellow-billed Loon
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
**NORTHERN HARRIER
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
LESSER SAND-PLOVER
GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
Wandering Tattler
Whimbrel (ssp. hudsonicus)
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Sanderling
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
**JACK SNIPE
COMMON SNIPE
Red Phalarope
Parasitic Jaeger
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
*THAYER’S GULL
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. tundrius and pealei)
*SKY LARK
**HORNED LARK (ssp. flava)
***WOOD WARBLER
**DUSKY WARBLER
**RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL
**TAIGA FLYCATCHER
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
*SWAINSON’S THRUSH
AMERICAN ROBIN
**SIBERIAN ACCENTOR
*OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT
RED-THROATED PIPIT
American Pipit (ssp. japonicus and pacificus)
Orange-crowned Warbler (ssp. lutescens)
Yellow Warbler
**BLACKPOLL WARBLER
Yellow-rumped Warbler (ssp. hooveri)
Wilson’s Warbler
*CHIPPING SPARROW
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty and iliaca)
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
The major cyclonic storm from last week had mostly passed by the Bering Sea as 
this week began with light rain from Monday (the 15th) through Friday (the 
19th) and cloudy skies most days.  Temperatures remained above average with 
highs in the low-mid 50s and lows in the mid-40s most days.  There was no real 
system to speak of this week with a steady barometric pressure each day early 
in the week and rising pressure late in the week.  Winds were a bit variable 
all week with light conditions on Monday and Tuesday from the SW and then the 
N, increasingly strong N/NW winds from late Wednesday into Friday peaking on 
Thursday night in the 25-35 MPH range, and then slackening winds from the 
N-E-SE through the rest of the week into Sunday. 

 
WATERFOWL
 
The duck find of this year occurred on the 15th when a female-type GARGANEY was 
located late in the evening providing the 11th Pribilof record and first St. 
Paul record since 1998.  Fall duck migration also began to pick up this week 
with up to four Mallards present after the 16th, five to seven Northern 
Shovelers around starting to on the 16th, a Greater Scaup arrived on the 20th, 
two Black Scoters on the 16th, and up to seven daily White-winged Scoters this 
week.  Wigeons began to arrive on the 17th with one to eight Americans and one 
to 11 Eurasians daily through the rest of the week.  A trio of Emperor Geese 
were seen on the 17th with two seen on the 18th and 21st while Brant were 
scattered around the island all week being seen in daily numbers of two to 
seven.  A small flock of four “Aleutian” Cackling Geese appeared on the 18th 
with 15 found on the 19th through the rest of the week that included at least 
12 “Aleutian” birds, one “minima” bird, and a couple unknowns.  The six TUNDRA 
SWANS remain on the island this week with daily King Eider sightings peaking at 
45 on the 16th. 

 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
The first Yellow-billed Loon of the fall was seen on the 21st, the first COMMON 
LOONS (2) of the fall were seen on the 15th, while single Pacific Loons were 
noted on the 16th, 18th, and 20th.  Grebes also began to appear in better 
numbers with several Red-neckeds seen on the 16th and 20th and three Horneds 
noted on the 20th.  Large gull numbers continue to increase with an adult 
THAYER’S seen on the 16th, one to three SLATY-BACKED GULLS seen daily, a 
scattering of Herring Gulls seen each day, and a few Glaucous Gulls noted 
daily.  Small numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters were recorded most days while 
a single Parasitic Jaeger was found on the 20th. 

 
SHOREBIRDS
 
Overall arrivals were generally limited this week though species like Pacific 
Golden-Plover (high count of 45+ on the 19th), SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER (high 
count of 88+ on 16th), and Long-billed Dowitcher (high count of 48+ on the 
19th) remained in good numbers through the week.  The clear highlight remains 
the JACK SNIPE(S) which continue to be found on a daily basis through the week 
with the first confirmation of two birds made on the 21st.  Also of interest 
was a continuing LESSER SAND-PLOVER through the 16th, single GRAY-TAILED 
TATTLERS on the 16th, 19th, and 20th, and a couple COMMON SNIPES which were 
seen from the 16th-20th.  More typical migrants this week included small 
numbers of Wandering Tattlers daily, a lingering Whimbrel on the 16th, ever 
smaller numbers of Ruddy Turnstones with 100-125 daily being the maximum, a 
growing flock of Sanderlings which went from one on the 19th to 12 on the 21st, 
a single Dunlin on the 20th, a scattering of “non-Pribilof” Rock Sandpipers 
throughout the week, relatively small numbers of Pectoral Sandpipers with a 
daily high count of 26+ on the 20th, daily sightings of two to seven Western 
Sandpipers, and some Red Phalaropes hanging around the coast and a few of the 
freshwater lakes. 

 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
Well this is going to be a long write-up, as this week was likely the most 
diverse group of rare (especially Asian) passerines I have ever had on St. Paul 
at one time.  But we will begin with the rarest and go from there. 

 
The standout of this week’s group was a WOOD WARBLER found on the 20th and 
still present on the 21st which provides the 5th North American record of that 
species (it is the 2nd Pribilof record) equaling the earlier Siberian 
Chiffchaff in overall rarity.  But that was just the tip of the iceberg as 
other outstanding species found this week included RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL (seen 
from the 17th-19th providing the 6th Pribilof record), TAIGA FLYCATCHER (seen 
from the 18th-21st providing the 6th Pribilof record), DUSKY WARBLER (seen on 
the 19th providing the 3rd Pribilof record), and SIBERIAN ACCENTOR (seen on the 
21st providing the 7th Pribilof record).  Of course other not-quite-so-rare 
species were also seen including two SKY LARKS on the 20th and 21st, daily 
OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS with a high count of three in one day and a total of 
perhaps eight for the week, and many BRAMBLINGS with the single day high being 
50 (!) on the 19th with perhaps 55-65 individuals seen over the course of the 
week.  Also of great local interest and from Asia though admittedly not as 
spectacular a find was a HORNED LARK of the subspecies flava on the 21st which 
is only the 4th record of that subspecies and 5th overall record for the 
species from the Pribilofs.  The only RED-THROATED PIPITS seen this week were 
two birds on the 15th and two birds on the 21st. 

 
From the American side this week there were still many highlights though 
clearly not quite as spectacular as from the other side of the Bering Sea.  Of 
greatest interest was the 4th Pribilof record of BLACKPOLL WARBLER (and second 
this fall) on the 17th while a NORTHERN HARRIER found on the 19th was only the 
6th Pribilof record.  Other species seen this week which are of notable 
occurrence in the islands were a SWAINSON’S THRUSH on the 15th (9th Pribilof 
record), AMERICAN ROBIN on the 21st (20th Pribilof record), and CHIPPING 
SPARROW on the 15th (the 12th or so Pribilof record).  More typical migrants 
were also plentiful including PEREGRINE FALCON (two or three birds on the 15th, 
20th and 21st), GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH (three birds from the 16th-21st), American 
Pipit (seen daily though mostly japonicus birds were seen with two or three 
present by the 21st), Orange-crowned Warbler on the 20th, Yellow Warbler on the 
15th-17th and 20th, Yellow-rumped Warbler on the 17th-18th and 21st, Wilson’s 
Warbler on the 16th, Savannah Sparrow (a record high count of 19 on the 15th 
with diminishing numbers through the rest of the week), Fox Sparrow (daily with 
a high of 6+ on the 15th including one iliaca bird), Golden-crowned Sparrow 
(daily high of 19 on the 15th with a few present at week’s end), Dark-eyed 
Junco on the 21st, and increasing numbers of redpolls with 20+ Commons present 
at the end of the week and a few Hoaries seen on the 19th and 20th.  The two 
BALD EAGLES continued as of this week as well. 

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

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


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Subject: Re: You never know dept.
From: "Frank Clemens ak.naturalist.frank AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:48:55 -0800
There was a photo of one, apparently stunned by a window, posted to the FB 
group Birds of Alaska 9/21 from Anchorage. Sounds like a wild fall migration. 



> On Sep 22, 2014, at 5:38 PM, Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding] 
 wrote: 

> 
> Too late for this particular bird, a common nighthawk found fatally injured 
in Wasilla and sent to Bird TLC, but keep your eyes open. 

> 
> 
> Chris Maack
> Anchorage
> 
> 
Subject: You never know dept.
From: "Chris Maack cmaack AT gci.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:38:46 -0800
Too late for this particular bird, a common nighthawk found fatally injured in 
Wasilla and sent to Bird TLC, but keep your eyes open. 


Chris Maack
Anchorage
Subject: Correction to Sept 8 crossbills post
From: "Beth Peluso bpeluso AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:09:34 -0700
I wanted to make a correction to my Sept. post about the white-winged 
crossbills (we had some crossed wires about the lake name at the Audubon 
office). It should have been Red SHIRT Lake, not Redfish Lake. 



Thanks,
Beth Peluso
Subject: Siberian Accentor, Sky Larks, Wood Warbler, Jack Snipe(s), and others on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:45:55 -0800
The streak continues, so for a sixth straight day I will regale everyone with 
today's sightings on St. Paul Island. The "best" new bird to add to the list 
was a SIBERIAN ACCENTOR found this afternoon while we also located a SKY LARK 
this afternoon and determined a bird seen yesterday was of that species as well 
which means there are a couple of them popping around the island. The following 
birds from recent days continue: 

JACK SNIPE- possibly two birdsTAIGA FLYCATCHEROLIVE-BACKED PIPIT- one 
individual in a new spotWOOD WARBLERBRAMBLING- many 

Also found today was a flava HORNED LARK which is the Asian subspecies of that 
species and has only been seen three times previously (four total previous 
records of Horned Lark for the Pribilofs) on the island while an AMERICAN ROBIN 
was the first of the fall for this rare migrant to the islands. 

Other interesting though not rare species included EMPEROR GOOSE, YELLOW-BILLED 
LOON, SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, SLATY-BACKED GULL, and RED-THROATED PIPIT. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Anchorage Audubon Fall Freeze-up Field Trip
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 22:02:08 -0800
Just wanted to pass this info along to everyone. Hope you are enjoying 
the fall!

Aaron Bowman

*Anchorage Audubon Fall Freeze-up Field Trip
*

*When: Saturday, October 4^th , 9:00 AM*

*Where: Meet at the fountain in front of the Loussac Library*

*Come watch waterfowl and other birds at hotspots around town before the 
lakes freeze. Aaron Bowman will lead this outing to a number of good 
waterbird locations around town that may include Westchester Lagoon and 
Lake Hood. Enjoy searching for the less usual waterbird species during 
this exciting time of year or just enjoy the typical species that are 
still with us.*

*Bring binoculars and a scope if you have one and dress for the weather.*

*We will meet at the fountain in front of the Loussac Library at 9:00am 
where we will go over plans for the day and consolidate into fewer cars 
by carpooling as much as possible. The field trip typically concludes at 
about 1:00pm, but do bring snacks and/or a lunch if you want to keep 
birding with others afterwards.*


*
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Subject: Fwd: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Anchorage
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 18:38:48 -0800
Just wanted to pass this on to the AK birding group.
Eastern Yellow Wagtails at Carr-Gottstein observed and photographed by
Daniel Parsons.
I was out this afternoon and unfortunately did not see them, but may just
try again tomorrow!

Aaron Bowman

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Date: Sun, Sep 21, 2014 at 5:22 PM
Subject: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Anchorage 
To: ampbowman AT gmail.com


*** Species Summary:

- Eastern Yellow Wagtail (1 report)

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report below shows observations of species you have not seen in Anchorage,
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Eastern Yellow Wagtail (Motacilla tschutschensis) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2014 14:04 by Daniel Parsons
- Carr-Gottstein Park, Anchorage, Alaska
- Map:

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=61.1148058,-149.938488&ll=61.1148058,-149.938488 

- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19890558
- Comments: "More
photos, in less friendly format here.

There was a group of 5, and they kept flying up together, settling for a
bit, and taking off, like Pipits do.
The markings seem a lot more consistent with a 1st Winter Yellow Wagtail,
according to the big Sibley book. When they flew, some of them seemed
yellow-ish.

These were moving around quite a bit, but mostly near the first little
"river" when you walk north from Carr-Gottstein. The pictures I got were
when they were near the 2 large drift-woods. If you find the Grizzly Bear
tracks near that "river", that's the general area.


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Subject: Advice needed: summer birding on Kenai Peninsula
From: "'Shelley Rutkin' shelleyr AT windstream.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:17:25 -0400
Alaska Birders,

I am excited to be planning my first trip to Alaska next summer.  After
birding some other areas, a friend and I will be spending a week on the
Kenai Peninsula.  We will spend some time in Homer and Seward.  We are
thinking of spending one night in between so that we can bird in another
part of the peninsula.  Even with both the birding guide and wildlife guide,
it's difficult to figure out which spots are best.  Suggestions for where to
stay (both town and specific accommodations) and where to go birding would
be most welcome.  Our dates are June 28 to July 4.  We don't have specific
targets, but would like to see both birds and habitats that might be
difficult to find near Homer or Seward.  We'll appreciate any advice.

Shelley Rutkin
Winston-Salem, NC
Subject: golden crowned kinglet
From: "loretta curgus llcurgus AT yahoo.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 21:26:14 -0800
Seen in my yard Sat. morning near Hillside and O'Malley.

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Subject: WOOD WARBLER and continuing rarities on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 22:15:31 -0800
Not sure how many days in a row everyone will be getting a message from me, but 
it will at least be five after we were able to locate a WOOD WARBLER this 
afternoon on St. Paul Island. The bird was found late this afternoon and then 
enjoyed for an extended period of time as it fed in the open along a vegetated 
slope. This is the 2nd record for the Pribilofs and goes down as the fifth 
North American record with the fourth coming just yesterday! 

Not all of the the rarities seen recently were seen again today though the JACK 
SNIPE and TAIGA FLYCATCHER remained in their respective spots while a new 
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT (the eight in the last week) and 20-30 BRAMBLINGS were also 
noted. GRAY-TAILED TATTLER and COMMON SNIPE also continue today. 

I wonder what tomorrow holds?
Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Gambell: Siberian Accentor, McKay's Bunting, Brambling
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 18:05:28 -0700
And then there were two......  two birders remaining here at Gambell for 
the rest of the month--Chris Feeney (from GA) and I.  And unfortunately 
no Wood Warblers locally, at least not yet. The best new bird the past 
couple days was a nice SIBERIAN ACCENTOR yesterday (Friday) in the far 
boneyard. This charismatic species has now been found here an impressive 
20 times in fall since 1999. A good photo of the bird taken by Chris has 
been posted on Surfbirds.com (N. American Stop Press). Today the best 
birds included a good-looking male McKAY'S BUNTING in a large Snow 
Bunting aggregation; this species is a somewhat regular migrant here in 
small numbers in very late September and October. Also a new BRAMBLING.  
Other miscellanea include Slaty-backed and continuing Sabine's Gulls, 
Steller's Eider (continues a very poor year for this declining species), 
several Yellow-billed Loons (their main migration should start in about 
a week), 2 Tundra Swans, 3 new Red-throated and 3 japonicus American 
Pipits, 2 continuing White Wagtails (getting a bit late), a few 
Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, and an influx of redpolls (ca. 60 Hoaries and 
15 Commons).

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Subject: Carr-Gottstein Park American Golden Plover
From: "Aaron Bowman ampbowman AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:48:34 -0800
From the mound at Carr-Gott Park I spotted a plover about 0.5 mile out to
the W of the mound.
After edging my way that direction on the mud I had decent looks at a young
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER.
Other than that there were plenty of NORTHERN HARRIERS in the area and the
eastern part of the Campbell Creek Estuary Nature area trail loop continues
to be productive for sparrows, warblers and a number of RUBY-CROWNED
KINGLETS.

Aaron Bowman
Anchorage
Subject: Say's Phoebe
From: "Keith Confer kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:28:26 -0800
That was at noon today at Gov't Hill.

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Subject: Say's Phoebe
From: "Keith Confer kconfer12 AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 12:22:27 -0800
There was a Say's Phoebe hawking insects at the fence line between Gov't Hill 
and the port just east of Susan Nightingale Park in Gov't Hill. 


Last I saw him he was flying west along the fence line towards the port past 
the road closed barricade. 


KC

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Subject: Sept 20 migrants
From: "Thede Tobish tgtljo AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:29:12 -0800
Plenty of migrants over the yard this AM finally: mostly robins, 
yellow-rumpeds, and a flyby N Shrike. Big numbers of passerines at the Gov't 
hill parks including lots of Fox and Am Tree Sparrows and Yellow rumpeds, 
robins juncos and V Thrush. 


Thede Tobish

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Subject: Dusky Warbler, Red-flanked Bluetail, Jack Snipe, Taiga Flycatcher and friends on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 23:36:44 -0800
Yep it's me again for the fourth day in a row, as new birds keep getting found 
daily out here on St. Paul Island. Today's key find was a DUSKY WARBLER (3rd 
Pribilof record) tracked down this afternoon and eventually "enjoyed" by all 
though the views left something to be desired. Also of interest was a TAIGA 
FLYCATCHER found at a new location which seems to be a second individual though 
we could not be certain of this. The RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was still present in 
the same basic area for a third day while a JACK SNIPE and the GARGANEY are 
holding firm at their respective lakes. There were three OLIVE-BACKED PIPITS 
found today and with one of those being a new bird and the confirmation of a 
bird seen last evening there have now been a total of at least seven (!) found 
since the first one was located on the 14th, one has to wonder just how many 
other ones are lurking around the island. Not to be outdone in the numbers 
department, today's BRAMBLING count was 50 individuals with flocks of 23, 15, 
5, 4, and 3 found. 

A good fall count of 15 CACKLING GEESE (including one minima-type bird) along 
with a few EURASIAN WIGEONS continue while a single GRAY-TAILED TATTLER and 
COMMON SNIPE were also seen today. SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPERS continue in healthy 
numbers (40-60 individuals). The most interesting American vagrants around were 
a NORTHERN HARRIER (6th Pribilof record) this evening and a continuing 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH which is annual in small numbers. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Wood Warbler - Adak
From: "Frank Haas fbhaas AT ptd.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:18 -1000
We found a Wood Warbler (Phylloscopus sibilatrix) on Adak today.

This is the fourth North American record.

Photos and details can be found at  http://www.franklinhaas.com/wordpress/

Frank & Barb Haas

Frank Haas   fbhaas AT ptd.net   Churchtown, PA

         "Wisdom begins with putting the right name to a thing."
                 www.FranklinHaas.com

Subject: Gambell: another Tree Pipit (!), Kittlitz's, Sharp-tailed Phalarope
From: "Paul Lehman lehman.paul1 AT verizon.net [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 04:59:30 -0700
Yesterday (Thursday) evening, just after sunset, local Gambell resident 
and periodic photographer of rare birds, Clarence Irrigoo, stopped by to 
show us photos he'd taken that day of "a pipit."  We'd seen a couple 
japonicus American Pipits recently, so were half-expecting that, but lo 
and behold he produced a couple nice photos of a TREE PIPIT! This bird 
is slightly more boldly marked than the early September bird, and it was 
photo'd bordering the far boneyard. I'll post a photo on surfbirds.com 
at some point in the future when I get copies from Clarence.  We'll hope 
that it is still present today!

Seawatch yesterday produced the first KITTLITZ'S MURRELET of the season. 
This rare-but-annual fall visitor now averages about 1-4 birds/season. 
Also finally the first (and getting late) Sabine's Gull of the fall as 
well--an uncommon species here. Still single Chipping, Golden-crowned, 
and Savannah Sparrows hanging on. Backed-up Snow Buntings total over 
1200 around town.

Fine entertainment at the Point was provided by the Sharp-tailed 
Sandpiper which had joined a "Are you my Mother?" small flock of Red 
Phalaropes. It would happily fly along with the phalaropes, but each 
time the latter landed for a short while on the water, the poor 
Sharp-tailed would have to madly hover in the air above them until they 
once again took flight until their next brief stop.  Not sure how long 
this went on until the Sharp-tailed (hopefully) figured out something 
was wrong....

Lastly a note on the weather here in the northern Bering Sea, where we 
have been sitting on the north side of slow-moving, meandering lows (as 
well as just south of the wind-funneling effect of the Bering Strait). 
The past 14 days may well have been the longest period of UNfavorable 
winds I have ever seen here. I count "favorable" as anything in the 
southwest quadrant, anything in the southeast quadrant, and anything 
from ANY direction under 8 mph! Well, after Sept 4, we have had exactly 
ONE day with favorable wind, and that day was Sep 13 with light 
southeast, overnight rain, and the day with the Northern Mockingbird, 
Mourning Warbler, Rusty Blackbird, and bright, lutescens Orange-crowned 
Warbler.  We get week-long periods of unfavorable weather up here fairly 
regularly in latter Sep or Oct, but these longer periods can get a bit 
frustrating nonetheless.

--Paul Lehman



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Subject: Taiga Flycatcher, etc... on St. Paul Island
From: "Scott Schuette SSchuette01 AT hotmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:45:42 -0800
Sorry if this is getting old, well not really, but today's new arrival on St. 
Paul was a very obliging TAIGA FLYCATCHER which spent most of the afternoon 
patrolling his own section of roadway. A new OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT also provided 
marginal looks while yesterday's RED-FLANKED BLUETAIL was being particularly 
cooperative allowing very close views to all. There was also a brief JACK SNIPE 
sighting this morning to round out the vagrant fun. 

BRAMBLINGS continue in good numbers with sightings at six locations accounting 
for 43 individuals while a few EURASIAN WIGEONS have appeared over the past 
couple days along with a three of four EMPEROR GEESE. 

Scott SchuetteSt. Paul Island Tour 		 	   		  
Subject: Kasilof Shorebirds
From: "kenaibirder AT gmail.com [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 18 Sep 2014 17:36:01 -0700
 
 There have been moderate numbers of shorebirds at the Kasilof River. The past 
week or so the number of Pectoral Sandpipers seem to be slowly building. There 
were 26 on 9/13 and 61 today, 9/18. I have not been seeing any Sharp-Tailed 
Sandpipers, though one was present yesterday and seen by local birder Chet 
Vincent. Chet also reported seeing 3 Fork-Tailed Storm Petrels at Kenai City 
Dock yesterday. 

 
 Other shorebirds today at Kasilof were Greater Yellowlegs (22), Short-Billed 
Dowitchers (7), Western Sandpipers(2), and Wilson’s Snipe(6). 

 
 Pectoral Sandpipers have been completely absent from the Kenai Flats, neither 
present near City Dock nor at the end of Cannery Road. 

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

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

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

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

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

--Paul Lehman


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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