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03 Feb Yakutat Tern Festival May 28-31 ["soehlers AT hotmail.com [beringia_birders]" ]
19 May Shishmaref 3 Ruffs [3 Attachments] ["Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [beringia_birders]" ]
19 May Shishmaref 3 Ruffs ["Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [AKBirding]" ]
21 Jan Yakutat Tern Festival []
07 Dec White-throated Sparrow 12-6-2013 in Bethel Alaska [1 Attachment] []
24 Sep Shishmaref Mourning Dove [Ken Stenek ]
24 Sep Shishmaref Mourning Dove [Ken Stenek ]
20 Sep Mourning Dove [Ken Stenek ]
20 Sep Mourning Dove [Ken Stenek ]
12 Sep Short-tailed Shearwater Die Off [Ken Stenek ]
12 Sep Short-tailed Shearwater Die Off [Ken Stenek ]
30 Aug Cowbird [Ken Stenek ]
30 Aug Cowbird [Ken Stenek ]
17 Aug Wheatears [Ken Stenek ]
17 Aug Wheatears [Ken Stenek ]
16 Aug Western Wood-Pewee [Ken Stenek ]
16 Aug Western Wood-Pewee [Ken Stenek ]
26 Jun Nome area: Bald Eagle (June 25, 2013) ["Bente, Peter J (DFG)" ]
4 Jun White Wagtail [Ken Stenek ]
24 May early-May and May 22/23: Nome area ["pjbente" ]
22 May Unalakleet Birding [Ken Stenek ]
22 May Unalakleet Birding [Ken Stenek ]
14 May Ivory Gull [Ken Stenek ]
14 May Ivory Gull [Ken Stenek ]
07 May May 7, Nome ["Bente, Peter J (DFG)" ]
5 May Shishmaref Meanderings 2013 [Ken Stenek ]
08 Jan Yakutat Tern Festival ["susan.oehlers" ]
7 Nov Shishmaref House Sparrows [Ken Stenek ]
13 Oct Bethel Alaska Dickcissel Gone ["kgmnine6" ]
26 Sep Dickcissel in Bethel ["kgmnine6" ]
5 Aug Need Some Help [Ken Stenek ]
23 Jul Caspian terns in Nome [Beth Peluso ]
25 Jun Woolley Lagoon [Nick Hajdukovich ]
12 Jun Eurasian Bullfinch (Kougarok Rd MP12.8, Nome AK) - cross posting ["pjbente" ]
11 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
9 Jun Ruff in Brevig Mission [Ken Stenek ]
5 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
29 May Hawfinch, Adak Island 5/27/2012 ["merrymaxwell47" ]
28 May Nome Sightings 5/23 - 5/27: WOOD SANDPIPER and RED-NECKED STINT ["Nick Hajdukovich" ]
26 May Fwd: [AK Birding] Nome- Birds (Black-tailed Godwit, Gray-tailed Tattler, Says Pheobe) ect [Chris Maack ]
22 May NORTHERN HAWK OWL and Additional Post Correction [Nick Hajdukovich ]
21 May Minor Correction to Sightings ["Nick Hajdukovich" ]
21 May Nome Sightings 5/18-5/20 ["Nick Hajdukovich" ]
19 May Re: [AK Birding] Unknown Female Duck [4 Attachments] [Ken Stenek ]
17 May Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
16 May Nome Signs of Spring [Nick Hajdukovich ]
14 May Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
14 May Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
11 May behavioral observation & sightings [alice sullivan ]
11 May Nome area birds: April 22 - May 11, 2012 ["pjbente" ]
5 May Shishmaref Meanderings [Ken Stenek ]
24 Apr Re: spring [Ken Stenek ]
24 Apr spring [alice sullivan ]
18 Apr Shishmaref Meanderings ["Shishmaref Birder" ]
13 Apr Shemya [Bob Trotter ]
13 Apr SIGNS OF SPRING [Ken Stenek ]
13 Apr Elim Owl [Ken Stenek ]
13 Apr Elim Owl [Ken Stenek ]
02 Apr Slightly Off Topic ["Shishmaref Birder" ]
15 Dec mystery Adak duck ["Maas, Deborah F (DFG)" ]
22 Nov new sightings [alice sullivan ]
20 Oct Buntings [Ken Stenek ]
02 Oct Shishmaref Rarity ["Shishmaref Birder" ]
10 Jul Shishmaref Meanderings-Serpentine River [Ken Stenek ]
1 Jul Barrow [Andrew Bankert ]
24 Jun unusual sighting [alice sullivan ]
21 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings--Serpentine Trip 2 [Ken Stenek ]
20 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings-Up the Coast Trip [Ken Stenek ]
17 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings: Serpentine River and Pack Ice Trip [Ken Stenek ]
17 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings: Serpentine River and Pack Ice Trip [Ken Stenek ]
17 Jun Hawfinch in Chevak ["Ulric J." ]
15 Jun Shishmaref Meanderings--Kougaruk Trip [Ken Stenek ]
14 Jun Barrow- Red-necked Stint, Gray-tailed Tattler [Andrew Bankert ]
13 Jun Shishmaref Rare bird sighting [Ken Stenek ]
13 Jun Shishmaref Rare bird sighting [Ken Stenek ]
12 Jun Re: Aleutian terns at Nome [David K Weaver ]

Subject: Yakutat Tern Festival May 28-31
From: "soehlers AT hotmail.com [beringia_birders]" <beringia_birders-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 03 Feb 2015 17:34:08 -0800
 Mark your calendars!  
 The Fifth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is scheduled for May 28-31, 2015. The 
festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, 
Alaska. The festival is family friendly and offers activities for birders as 
well as non-birders, including field trips, seminars, kid’s activities, 
evening banquets and other programs, bird banding demonstration, and an art 
exhibit. This year's keynote speaker is John Marzluff, Professor of Wildlife 
Science at the University of Washington, and author of five books including; In 
the Company of Crows and Ravens, Dog Days, Raven Nights, and most recently 
Welcome to Subirdia. Please see www.yakutatternfestival.org, visit us on 
Facebook, or call (907) 784-3359 for more information. 

 
Subject: Shishmaref 3 Ruffs [3 Attachments]
From: "Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [beringia_birders]" <beringia_birders@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 23:40:19 -0800
My wife is pretty good at spotting Ruffs for some reason, tonight she found 
three males with different color ruffs (white, golden brown, and dark brown). 
This is about the 4th year I have seen Ruffs here beginning with a female 
“reeve” in 2008. 


This has been an unusual year. None of the sparrows I normally expect showed up 
(White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox, Dark-eyed Juncos etc.) and very few shore 
birds although there are many reports of dunlin and others on either island to 
the west or east. 


Lots of Herring Gulls at west channel earlier, which I believe are probably 
Vega ssp. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Shishmaref 3 Ruffs
From: "Ken Stenek kstenek AT shh.bssd.org [AKBirding]" <AKBirding@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2014 23:40:19 -0800
My wife is pretty good at spotting Ruffs for some reason, tonight she found 
three males with different color ruffs (white, golden brown, and dark brown). 
This is about the 4th year I have seen Ruffs here beginning with a female 
“reeve” in 2008. 


This has been an unusual year. None of the sparrows I normally expect showed up 
(White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Fox, Dark-eyed Juncos etc.) and very few shore 
birds although there are many reports of dunlin and others on either island to 
the west or east. 


Lots of Herring Gulls at west channel earlier, which I believe are probably 
Vega ssp. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Yakutat Tern Festival
From: <soehlers AT hotmail.com>
Date: 21 Jan 2014 17:21:50 -0800
The Fourth Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is scheduled for June 5-8 2014. The 
festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, 
Alaska. Yakutat hosts one of the largest and southern most known nesting 
colonies of Aleutian Terns, as well Arctic Terns and up to 200 other bird 
species that nest or migrate through the area. The festival is family friendly 
and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field 
trips, seminars, kid’s activities, evening banquets and other programs, bird 
banding demonstration, and an art show. 

 Other area activities include sight-seeing, hiking, fishing, surfing, canoeing 
and kayaking, and beach-combing. Please see www.yakutatternfestival.org, visit 
us on Facebook, or call (907) 784-3359 for more information. 
Subject: White-throated Sparrow 12-6-2013 in Bethel Alaska [1 Attachment]
From: <kevingmorgan AT hotmail.com>
Date: 07 Dec 2013 17:36:31 -0800
Hi All, 
 

 White-throated Sparrow 12-6-2013 in Bethel Alaska 99559  AT  Morgan feeder.

 

 I saw it today as well an took a pic in the daylight. The recent warm weather 
has melted most of the snow. 

 

 Good Birding All,
 

 Kevin
 

Subject: Shishmaref Mourning Dove
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:02:34 -0800
The MOURNING DOVE continues here in Shishmaref near local Albert Olanna's home 
(individual known for feeding McKay's Buntings though out the winter). Albert 
has been putting out some food for it and for now seems to be content even with 
the low temperatures and snow storms. This upcoming Thursday will mark two 
weeks since the original sighting by Richard Kuzuguk. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Shishmaref Mourning Dove
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Sep 2013 01:02:34 -0800
The MOURNING DOVE continues here in Shishmaref near local Albert Olanna's home 
(individual known for feeding McKay's Buntings though out the winter). Albert 
has been putting out some food for it and for now seems to be content even with 
the low temperatures and snow storms. This upcoming Thursday will mark two 
weeks since the original sighting by Richard Kuzuguk. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Mourning Dove
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:29:25 -0800
Another local described the MOURNING DOVE well to me yesterday so it continues 
to be seen here although I have yet to see it here in Shishmaref. We got a 
coating of snow last night with continued snow showers throughout the day. 
Wonder what the dove is thinking of his last turn now? 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org





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Subject: Mourning Dove
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:29:25 -0800
Another local described the MOURNING DOVE well to me yesterday so it continues 
to be seen here although I have yet to see it here in Shishmaref. We got a 
coating of snow last night with continued snow showers throughout the day. 
Wonder what the dove is thinking of his last turn now? 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org





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Subject: Short-tailed Shearwater Die Off
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:15:47 -0800
I took my last period out to assist me with a COASST survey of dead birds along 
our west beach here on Sarichef Island. The beach surveyed is just over a mile 
although the entire beach continues on to the West channel another 3 miles. 
Within the first 1/2 mile, we surveyed 10 dead SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS. We 
ended up running out of class time but came back with a fellow staff member and 
surveyed 10 more through the remaining length of beach so a total of 20 in 
various states of decay in total. 


Later in the evening my wife and I drove to the East channel (a much shorter 
length of beach) and I counted 4 more carcasses. 


This was a good teaching moment for my students to explain the importance of 
documenting these types of events and reporting them to proper scientists. 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org




Subject: Short-tailed Shearwater Die Off
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:15:47 -0800
I took my last period out to assist me with a COASST survey of dead birds along 
our west beach here on Sarichef Island. The beach surveyed is just over a mile 
although the entire beach continues on to the West channel another 3 miles. 
Within the first 1/2 mile, we surveyed 10 dead SHORT-TAILED SHEARWATERS. We 
ended up running out of class time but came back with a fellow staff member and 
surveyed 10 more through the remaining length of beach so a total of 20 in 
various states of decay in total. 


Later in the evening my wife and I drove to the East channel (a much shorter 
length of beach) and I counted 4 more carcasses. 


This was a good teaching moment for my students to explain the importance of 
documenting these types of events and reporting them to proper scientists. 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org




Subject: Cowbird
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:13:04 -0800
Continued sightings today of the female Black-headed Cowbird as I was heading 
back to work. She was catching flies on the sunny side of a house. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021


Subject: Cowbird
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 13:13:04 -0800
Continued sightings today of the female Black-headed Cowbird as I was heading 
back to work. She was catching flies on the sunny side of a house. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021





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Subject: Wheatears
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:22:36 -0800
While going home for lunch I spotted two fall migrating Northern Wheatears near 
my house. Usually I will see several hundred each spring and fall during 
migration periods. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org





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Subject: Wheatears
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sat, 17 Aug 2013 15:22:36 -0800
While going home for lunch I spotted two fall migrating Northern Wheatears near 
my house. Usually I will see several hundred each spring and fall during 
migration periods. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org





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Subject: Western Wood-Pewee
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:05:45 -0800
I believe this is a crazy find this far out, but I have had a Western 
Wood-Pewee hanging out eating insects outside my house lately. This is the 
first I have documented here and by some range maps well beyond their normal 
range. I may have had a couple of poor photos of one a couple years ago but 
they were unidentifiable. But the numerous photos I was able to take of this 
individual made it pretty easy to identify for some experts. 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org







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Subject: Western Wood-Pewee
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:05:45 -0800
I believe this is a crazy find this far out, but I have had a Western 
Wood-Pewee hanging out eating insects outside my house lately. This is the 
first I have documented here and by some range maps well beyond their normal 
range. I may have had a couple of poor photos of one a couple years ago but 
they were unidentifiable. But the numerous photos I was able to take of this 
individual made it pretty easy to identify for some experts. 



Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org




Subject: Nome area: Bald Eagle (June 25, 2013)
From: "Bente, Peter J (DFG)" <peter.bente AT alaska.gov>
Date: Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:15:19 +0000
Nome:  June 25, 2013
adult Bald Eagle reported to ADF&G along the Nome River upstream of Dexter, 
approximately Kougarok Road MP 10. 


-peter bente
Subject: White Wagtail
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 4 Jun 2013 23:32:20 -0800
I was able to see Aaron's White Wagtail near the city dump and sewer lagoon 
(where I also found one a few years ago). I was able to snap off one poor but 
identifiable photo. Although I did have great views of it flying around me 
about 10 feet away. 



Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021
Subject: early-May and May 22/23: Nome area
From: "pjbente" <peter.bente AT alaska.gov>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2013 07:02:45 -0000
May 1 - McKay's Bunting, departed except for lone individuals
May 5 - gulls arriving, slow migration period, cold

The following summarizes sightings (by me) and reports to ADF&G.
Includes road system and Safety area.

May 5-17 (approximate species list):
Greater White-fronted Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Willow Ptarmigan
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Peregrine Falcon
Sandhill Crane
Ivory Gull
Mew Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull
Parasitic Jaeger
Northern Shrike
Common Raven
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll

Strong weather change on May 20-22: wind, snow changing to rain
Somewhat sudden arrival, relatively low numbers, many, many species

May 22-23 (approximate species list):
Greater White-fronted Goose
Emperor Goose
Snow Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose
Tundra Swan
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
King Eider
Common Eider
Harlequin Duck
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Willow Ptarmigan
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Pelagic Cormorant
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk
Golden Eagle
Sandhill Crane
Pacific Golden-Plover
Wandering Tattler
Whimbrel
Bar-tailed Godwit
Black Turnstone
Surfbird
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper
Dunlin
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine's Gull
Mew Gull
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Aleutian Tern
Arctic Tern
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Crested Auklet
Horned Puffin
Short-eared Owl
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Wheatear
American Robin
Varied Thrush
American Pipit
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Hoary Redpoll

Thank you to those who share their observations.

Peter Bente, Nome 



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Subject: Unalakleet Birding
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 23:27:51 -0800
Went for a walk tonight around a loop here in Unalakleet along the river on the 
east side of town tonight. Lots of new species around today. 


In a pond along the road there were: 
GREATER SCAUP
NORTHERN PINTAIL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
MALLARD, 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT (wasn't sure until I saw the white rump when they flew)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
SOLITARY SANDPIPER (2nd one I have ever seen up here, 1st was in Shishmaref a 
couple years ago) 

RUDDY TURNSTONE
MEW GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
COMMON REDPOLL
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
TREE SWALLOWS (Many more today than previously seen this week)

Also saw a bird while driving in the willows that I didn't get a great look at 
but appeared to be a warbler of some type. I was thinking possibly an 
Orange-crowned, and there was also a Loon sp. that flew high over head that was 
not a Red-throated. And just as I type those words I hear a Red-throated Loon 
calling outside. It was a great night. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org






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Subject: Unalakleet Birding
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2013 23:27:51 -0800
Went for a walk tonight around a loop here in Unalakleet along the river on the 
east side of town tonight. Lots of new species around today. 


In a pond along the road there were: 
GREATER SCAUP
NORTHERN PINTAIL
GREEN-WINGED TEAL
MALLARD, 
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT (wasn't sure until I saw the white rump when they flew)
BAR-TAILED GODWIT
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER
WESTERN SANDPIPER
RED-NECKED PHALAROPE
SOLITARY SANDPIPER (2nd one I have ever seen up here, 1st was in Shishmaref a 
couple years ago) 

RUDDY TURNSTONE
MEW GULL
GLAUCOUS GULL
COMMON REDPOLL
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW
TREE SWALLOWS (Many more today than previously seen this week)

Also saw a bird while driving in the willows that I didn't get a great look at 
but appeared to be a warbler of some type. I was thinking possibly an 
Orange-crowned, and there was also a Loon sp. that flew high over head that was 
not a Red-throated. And just as I type those words I hear a Red-throated Loon 
calling outside. It was a great night. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org






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Subject: Ivory Gull
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 13:13:57 -0800
This morning the custodians of our school stopped by my room to ask me about a 
bird they saw at the dump. To my delight and jealousy they showed me a picture 
of an IVORY GULL. This will have been the first I have documented here. I was 
disappointed because the chances that it might still be there after school 
would probably be pretty small. So while going home for lunch, what do I see 
right next to my house but an IVORY GULL feeding with some GLAUCOUS GULLs at 
Herbie Nayokpuk's old dog lot still used by his son Jeffrey. I was able to take 
a few photos with my wife's camera and have posted them to my Flikr account. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org


Subject: Ivory Gull
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2013 13:13:57 -0800
This morning the custodians of our school stopped by my room to ask me about a 
bird they saw at the dump. To my delight and jealousy they showed me a picture 
of an IVORY GULL. This will have been the first I have documented here. I was 
disappointed because the chances that it might still be there after school 
would probably be pretty small. So while going home for lunch, what do I see 
right next to my house but an IVORY GULL feeding with some GLAUCOUS GULLs at 
Herbie Nayokpuk's old dog lot still used by his son Jeffrey. I was able to take 
a few photos with my wife's camera and have posted them to my Flikr account. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org





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Subject: May 7, Nome
From: "Bente, Peter J (DFG)" <peter.bente AT alaska.gov>
Date: Tue, 07 May 2013 22:28:29 +0000
Sightings at 2:08 PM, Nome, Alaska:
8 Canada Goose, flying W over Teller Rd near city field
5 Glaucous Gull, flying along shoreline at city center

P Bente
ADF&G
Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings 2013
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sun, 5 May 2013 21:34:03 -0800
My first report of the new year...The McKay's Buntings are all gone leaving 
only Snow Buntings, the male House Sparrow (still around), and Common Ravens. 


On April 24, I saw my first Glaucous Gull. Today while watching some Glaucous 
Gulls feeding on some scraps nearby at Herbie Nayokpuk's old dog lot, I also 
spotted a Herring Gull. It's darker gray stood out among the Glaucous Gulls as 
well as the black on the wing tips. 


The only other species I can report is a pair of Hoary Redpolls last month 
feeding on stink weed seeds near our home. 


I recently bought some feeders, so if anyone would like to donate some feed, I 
would be willing to accept anything anyone donates. 


Ken Stenek
The Shishmaref Birder
Check out Birds of Shishmaref on Facebook
kstenek AT shh.bssd.org
Subject: Yakutat Tern Festival
From: "susan.oehlers" <soehlers AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2013 01:21:31 -0000
The Third Annual Yakutat Tern Festival is scheduled for May 30-June 2 2013. The 
festival is a celebration of the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat, 
Alaska. Yakutat hosts one of the largest and southern most known nesting 
colonies of Aleutian Terns, as well Arctic Terns and up to 200 other bird 
species that nest or migrate through the area. The festival is family friendly 
and offers activities for birders as well as non-birders, including field 
trips, seminars, evening banquets and other programs, bird banding 
demonstration, and an art show. This year's keynote speakers are 
anthropologists Richard and Nora Dauenhauer. Other area activities include 
sight-seeing, hiking, fishing, surfing, canoeing and kayaking, and 
beach-combing. Please see www.yakutatternfestival.org, visit us on Facebook, or 
call (907) 784-3359 for more information. 




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Subject: Shishmaref House Sparrows
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2012 09:34:06 -0900
On Sunday while leaving the school I saw a male House Sparrow around the front 
entrance of the school. I saw the individual again yesterday. I had not seen 
House Sparrows since 2008 so it was interesting to see one again now. This is 
the 3rd sighting that I know of along the western coast of Alaska. One dead 
specimen nearly 20 years ago in Gambell and two sightings here in Shishmaref. 
Their origin is a mystery. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref School
Site Activities Coordinator
(907) 649-3021
Subject: Bethel Alaska Dickcissel Gone
From: "kgmnine6" <kevingmorgan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2012 06:23:31 -0000
Hey Everybody,

The Male Dickcissel which showed up at my feeder in, Bethel Alaska 99559, on 
8-14-2012 hasn't been seen for awhile now. 

The last sighting was on 10-06-2012, six days ago.
Hopefully, it realized that it wasn't in Venezuela and is heading south.
If it shows up again, I'll let you know, but I have a feeling that it moved on.
It's been fun having him in the yard and getting to share the experience with 
so many people. 

Until the next rare bird,

Kevin



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Subject: Dickcissel in Bethel
From: "kgmnine6" <kevingmorgan AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2012 23:30:26 -0000
Hi Everyone this is my first post.
A Dickcissel showed up at my feeder Aug.14th in Bethel Alaska 99559.
It's been here for over a month now. The most recent sighting was 9-26-2012. 
The local radio did a piece on it and APRN broadcasted it also. Here's a link 
to the story. The audio link is at the bottom of the transcript if you want to 
listen to it. 

http://www.alaskapublic.org/2012/09/21/ak-off-course/

I also posted a pic at Birdwatching Daily with a short description of the 
sighting. 

http://cs.birdwatchingdaily.com/brd/m/rarities/82911.aspx




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Subject: Need Some Help
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2012 15:42:18 -0800
Saw some larger shorebirds here the other night. It was too dark to get decent 
photos when I came back with a camera. They were a bit larger than the 
turnstones that were nearby. Kind of a sooty gray (not overly dark but not 
light either) back and wings with light breast through the flanks with NO 
streaking. Very stout bill about an inch or so long. Thought of the tattlers 
but photos I have seen don't really match. Somewhat reminded me of the Red Knot 
I had around this time of the year several years ago though. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Caspian terns in Nome
From: Beth Peluso <bpeluso AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Jul 2012 10:54:09 -0700 (PDT)
I received this birding report below from Petri Hottola, a birder from Finland 
wanting to report somewhere about the Caspian Terns seen on the trip. I said I 
would relay the sightings to the listserves. I've included an email if anyone 
wants to follow up with Petri. 





On Behalf Of petri.hottola AT oulu.fi
Sent: Friday,
July 20, 2012 9:05 AM
When in Nome
in early June I once recorded two Caspian Terns at Safety Sound. 

Here are the details: Caspian Tern, 2 adults at Safety
Lagoon, Nome, 6 AM on the 21st June 2012.

Birding was
great there. My search for Spectacled Eiders not only produced
2 drakes and 3
females in four and half days, but also a Steller's Eider and a total of 26
King Eiders.  
There were also a lot of Alcids, including Parakeet and
Least Auklets, and thousands of Crested Auklets. I guess the local birders do
not spend much time scanning the sea. The Bluethroats, White Wagtails, Arctic
Warblers, Tufted Ducks etc. were not so interesting for me because they are
common breeding species where I live...
 
all the best,
 
Petri Hottola 
University of
Oulu, Finland
   
-----Original
Message-----
On Behalf Of petri.hottola AT oulu.fi
Sent: Friday,
July 20, 2012 9:05 AM
To: Peluso,
Beth
Subject:
[Audubon Alaska] Caspian Terns in Nome
  

Hi,
 
when in Nome
in early June I once recorded two Caspian Terns at Safety Sound. Should I
report the details somewhere, with the digiscope photo I have?
Subject: Woolley Lagoon
From: Nick Hajdukovich <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2012 18:52:22 -0800
Hey all, this evening (25 June) around 5PM we had a single male WHITE WAGTAIL 
at Woolley Lagoon (about 39 miles out the Teller Road in Nome) about 50m before 
you get to the main row of houses at the lagoon. It flew over the road, landed 
~30m north of the road and foraged there for a while before flying parallel to 
the road about 100 m. We did not follow it but it was likely staying in the 
same area. There were also two BARN SWALLOWS, a male and a female of the 
American race, flying around near the houses with ~5 BANK SWALLOWS, 1 CLIFF 
SWALLOW, and 1 TREE SWALLOW. 


Shorebird broods are popping up everywhere but other then that, we have not 
seen anything notable. 


Nick

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Subject: Eurasian Bullfinch (Kougarok Rd MP12.8, Nome AK) - cross posting
From: "pjbente" <peter.bente AT alaska.gov>
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2012 03:48:22 -0000
(delayed due to Yahoo Calendar rebuild closed access to group site)

2012-06-09  approx 10:30 AM  ad male Eurasian Bullfinch
Location: Kougarok Road MP12.8 bridge; (also known as Beam Road)
Lat/Lon: 64.6470 N / 165.2925 W
Note: "... bright white tail markings." is better described as "... bright 
white rump markings." 

_______________________________________________

Post on birdalerts.com:

To: birdalerts AT nomebirds.com
Subject: [Birdalerts] Eurasian Bullfinch (Kougarok Road MP 12, Nome AK)

2012-06-09 approx 10:30 AM NW Campus field trip class was at Nome River Bridge 
on the Kougarok Rd (MP12). An adult male Eurasian Bullfinch flew up river and 
landed in upper portion of willow below the bridge support for a few seconds 
(observed by majority of class). Then it departed up river and was joined by a 
second bird which many class members noted had bright white tail markings. I 
did not see the second bird. Flying bird(s) out of sight between the cabin and 
trestle area 1/3 mi upstream on west bank. Other contributing or confirming 
observations from the group are welcome. –peter bente 

_______________________________________________
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Birdalerts AT nomebirds.com
http://nomebirds.com/mailman/listinfo/birdalerts_nomebirds.com




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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2012 05:21:00 -0800
Today (Sunday) I spotted a pair of Bar-tailed Godwits on the island. I don't 
often see them on this island in general but fairly common up and down the 
coast. Shorebirds have diminished to the main breeders Dunlin, Western and 
Semipalmated Sandpipers as well as the usual passerines a few White-crowned 
Sparrows, many Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Yellow Wagtails, Snow Buntings, 
Lapland Longspur, and both species of Redpolls. Many sightings of Green-winged 
Teal, Northern Pintail, Common Eiders, Brant, and Greater White-fronted Geese. 


This evening my brother-in-law and I went to Egg Island just to the Southeast 
of the main island (about a mile) crossing over ice on foot and scow. Many 
Black Turnstones, Glaucous Gulls, Arctic Terns and other various shorebirds. It 
got hard to identify birds as the fog rolled in. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Ruff in Brevig Mission
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 15:05:19 -0800
My brother-in-law took a photo of a male Ruff in Brevig Mission this week. He 
posted a photo on his Facebook page, which was easily identifiable. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2012 01:50:42 -0800
I have been moving into a new house here in Shishmaref so my opportunities to 
bird have been fewer, although my new house allows me a great view of birding 
habitat great for observing shorebirds and waterfowl. Here is a list of birds I 
have documented in the past week. Nothing out of the ordinary. 


Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
Sandhill Crane
Canada Goose
Brant
Snow Goose (a flock of about 70 flew over town while installing my satellite 
dish) 

Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck
Red-breasted Merganser
Semipalmated Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Pacific Golden Plover
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope (several pairs have been observed, saw none last year)
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Rudy Turnstone
Dunlin
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper (decreasing numbers)
Parasitic Jaeger
Herring Gull
Glaucous Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Arctic Tern
Common Raven
Northern Wheatear (after quite a few around May 14-20th one last one was seen 
Friday) 

Eastern Yellow Wagtail
Wilson's Warbler (seen and photographed by a local resident Sharon Nayokpuk, 
this is about the 4th or 5th I have documented here) 

Savannah Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow (many males singing in town, one constantly outside my 
door) 

Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll

Also a large drooping-billed shorebird which I couldn't positively ID as a 
Whimbrel or Bristle-thigh), and a raptor that had the shorebirds in a frenzy 
along the lagoon edge south of my new house. 


My goal once again is at least 80 species, I am currently up to 49.

Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new Facebook page
"Birds of Shishmaref"
Just hit "like" to receive postings on what I am seeing in and around 
Shishmaref. 



Subject: Hawfinch, Adak Island 5/27/2012
From: "merrymaxwell47" <merrymaxwell47 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 29 May 2012 19:17:07 -0000
Two Hawfinch seen at Navy Administration building, Adak Island 5/27/2012



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Subject: Nome Sightings 5/23 - 5/27: WOOD SANDPIPER and RED-NECKED STINT
From: "Nick Hajdukovich" <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 28 May 2012 09:38:38 -0000
Here are our notable bird sightings around Nome for the last couple of days:

27 May
WOOD SANDPIPER (1) - Seen for ~ 2 min near the ADF&G bunkhouse on the corner of 
E H St. and E 5th Ave. in Nome around 10PM tonight. The bird flew in from the 
east, dropped into a small snowmelt pond for 2 min and then flew off and out of 
sight towards the west. Several photos showing diagnostic barred flanks and 
white tail barred black were obtained. The bird has not been seen since ~10PM. 


26 May
RED-NECKED STINT (1) - Seen ~ MP 32 of the Teller Road in a small snowmelt pond 
right off the road. Stopped for a short time to obtain photos and we left the 
bird as it foraged with Western and Pectoral Sandpipers just off to the east of 
the road. Checked the same area today and did not re-sight the bird. 

SANDERLING (1) - Seen just west of the Nome River Mouth on the beach along the 
Frontage/Council Road. 


23 May
SHARP-SHINNED HAWK (1) - Immature bird seen briefly and photographed near the 
Penny River Bridge on the Teller Road. 


Additional breeding species have been showing up daily with birds like 
Gray-cheeked Thrushes, Blackpoll Warblers, and Yellow Warblers just recently 
(5/26-5/27) arriving in small numbers, and Bluethroats, Yellow Wagtails, many 
shorebirds, and waterfowl now here in good numbers. Several large flocks of 
Snow Geese seen flying NW along the Teller Road on 5/25 and 5/26 were notable. 
Our internet will become much less readily available for the remainder of the 
summer, but I will post if we find any other notable species. 


We would love to chase any vagrants that other people find around Nome so if 
you hear of or see any it would be great if you posted about them on Beringia 
Birders. We do not always have time to get into town to check the local 
sightings sheets, but I almost always get emails on my phone. Thanks! 


Nick Hajdukovich
Nome



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Subject: Fwd: [AK Birding] Nome- Birds (Black-tailed Godwit, Gray-tailed Tattler, Says Pheobe) ect
From: Chris Maack <cmaack AT gci.net>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 18:13:22 -0700
In case this wasn't posted to you.

Chris Maack
Anchorage

Begin forwarded message:

> From: tjbluebird 
> Date: May 26, 2012 6:19:20 PM PDT (CA)
> To: AKBirding AT yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [AK Birding] Nome- Birds (Black-tailed Godwit, Gray-tailed  
> Tattler, Says Pheobe) ect
>
> A group of 4 went to Nome,AK Saturday-Monday night.
>
> This posting is a bit late but didn't have internet access.
> better late then never? Maybe some one can find it useful.
> The highlights are listed below. You can find the full list on ebird.
>
> Teller Rd. (Nome), Nome, US-AK
> May 21, 2012 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
>
> Gray-tailed Tattler 1-foraging on Sinuk River called, sounded  
> whistle like, white belly to tail, no scaling on the sides.
>
> Wandering Tattler 1
> Bar-tailed Godwit 2-male had a black flag with white writing "26" on  
> Sinuk River
>
> Black Turnstone 1
> Horned Lark 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Cliff Swallow 1
> Northern Wheatear 1
>
> Beach of Council Rd, Nome, US-AK
> May 20, 2012 10:30 PM - 1:00 AM
> Comments:camping on the beach, birding using scopes to view birds in  
> the ice pack
>
> Spectacled Eider 5 Flying out in the pack-ice
> King Eider 4
> Common Eider 3
> Black Scoter 1
> Long-tailed Duck 2
> Red-throated Loon 2
> Pacific Loon 1
> Pelagic Cormorant 1
> Merlin 1
> Whimbrel 1
> Bonaparte's Gull 1 Resting on a large ice berg
> Herring Gull 2
> Glaucous-winged Gull 13
> Glaucous Gull 8
>
> Nome River mouth, Nome, US-AK
> May 20, 2012 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM
> Comments:using scopes,lots of ice in the river, great evening light
>
> Black-tailed Godwit 1 Bill was orange-pink base and dark tip  
> straighter bill and longer legs than the 2 Bar-tailed Godwits it was  
> foraging with , saw it fly twice bold black and white wing-bar all  
> white under-wing lining. Foraging on a island in the middle of the  
> river with other shorebirds.
>
> Bar-tailed Godwit 2
> Ruddy Turnstone 2
> Least Sandpiper 1
> Wilson's Snipe 2
>
> Kougarok Road (Nome), Nome, US-AK
> May 20, 2012 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM
>
> Merlin 1
> American Golden-Plover 2
> Whimbrel 2
> Least Sandpiper 2
> Wilson's Snipe 5
> Red-necked Phalarope 2
> Long-tailed Jaeger 2
> Short-eared Owl 1
> Say's Phoebe 1 At Carter Creek Bridge
> Northern Wheatear 1
> Varied Thrush 2
> White Wagtail 1
> Orange-crowned Warbler 2
>
> Teller Rd. (Nome), Nome, US-AK
> May 20, 2012 8:00 AM - 8:03 AM
>
> Willow Ptarmigan 4
> Rock Ptarmigan 1
> American Golden-Plover 2
> Bar-tailed Godwit 1
> Red Knot 2 one bird had a green flag on left leg FWS metal band on  
> right mile 34
>
> Western Sandpiper 2
> Pectoral Sandpiper 1
> Wilson's Snipe 1
> Parasitic Jaeger 1
> Long-tailed Jaeger 4
> American Pipit 1
>
> Teller Rd. (Nome), Nome, US-AK
> May 19, 2012 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM
> Comments: Traveled to mile 40 got out and hiked around at different  
> locations
>
> Northern Harrier 1
> Red-tailed Hawk (Western) 1 seen at mile 25 clear red tail, white  
> chest flying
> Gyrfalcon 2
> Peregrine Falcon 1
> American Golden-Plover 4
>
> Red Knot 2 both birds banded and flagged one had a geo-locator at  
> mile 38 3/4 mile hike up ridge
>
> Parasitic Jaeger 2
> Long-tailed Jaeger 2
> Short-eared Owl 3
> Common Raven 4
> Arctic Warbler 2 calling in the willow bushes
>
> Nome Treated us well!
> Tasha, Sadie, Sean and Seth (Seward, AK)
> PS all banded birds have been reported
>
> 
Subject: NORTHERN HAWK OWL and Additional Post Correction
From: Nick Hajdukovich <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 02:50:52 -0800
Hey all,

In my last post all of the birds that I said were seen on the Taylor Highway 
were actually seen along the Teller road. Not sure why I thought it was called 
the Taylor Highway in the first place... 


Today, 21 May there was a single NORTHERN HAWK OWL hanging out on the ridge at 
MP 34 of the Teller Road. We watched it for a short time and took photos but 
then did not see it again on our return through the area. 


Checked Safety Sound today and the east end has opened up quite nicely. The 
road is also open along the whole lagoon. Lots of waterfowl (including many 
swans), and shorebirds, but we did not see anything of note. New shorebirds and 
waterfowl are arriving daily and neither are close to peak numbers. A pair of 
PEREGRINE FALCONS are nesting at the Safety Bridge. 


Nick

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Subject: Minor Correction to Sightings
From: "Nick Hajdukovich" <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 08:44:14 -0000
Small correction, but that should be EASTERN YELLOW WAGTAIL and not YELLOW 
WAGTAIL! I'm sure you still got the gist of it though. 


Nick
Nome



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Subject: Nome Sightings 5/18-5/20
From: "Nick Hajdukovich" <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2012 08:40:17 -0000
Hey all,

Quick update on the highlights we've been seeing around Nome:

18 May
KING and COMMON EIDERS - Present in small numbers all along coast to Cape Nome.
YELLOW-BILLED LOON - (3) several miles west of Cape Nome.
POMARINE JAEGER - Single flock of (68) birds seen several miles west of Cape 
Nome flying west along the coast. 

BAR-TAILED GODWIT - (2) at Nome River Mouth.
YELLOW WAGTAIL - (1) First of year heard at MP 22 Taylor Highway. Several other 
singles heard and seen at Dexter, MP 24 Taylor, and Penny River since then. 


20 May
LESSER SCAUP - (4; 2 pair) at pond just west of the bridge over the Snake River 
on Taylor Highway. 

SOLITARY SANDPIPER - (1) just north of the Woolley Lagoon road on the Taylor 
Highway. 

BLUETHROAT - (1) ~ MP 68 Taylor Highway. Flushed from side of road and seen 
foraging around on tundra. Obviously a migrating bird. 


Hopefully we'll have some hot vagrant to report on soon, but for now, that's 
all we've got. 


Nick Hajdukovich



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Subject: Re: [AK Birding] Unknown Female Duck [4 Attachments]
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sat, 19 May 2012 14:27:15 -0800
<*>[Attachment(s) from Ken Stenek included below]

I found the female bird again and got better photos I think.



<*>Attachment(s) from Ken Stenek:

<*> 4 of 4 Photo(s) 
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/beringia_birders/attachments/folder/911420848/item/list 

  <*> IMG_4399.jpg
  <*> IMG_4395.jpg
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  <*> IMG_4388.jpg

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Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"



On May 19, 2012, at 10:32 AM, Derek wrote:

> It is the key photo, because it shows both the wings and the leg color. Blue 
winged teal is a good rare record for your part of the world. 

> 
> Sent from my iPhone
> 
> On May 19, 2012, at 9:39 AM, Ken Stenek  wrote:
> 
>> I am not sure that this photo would help any.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Ken Stenek
>> Shishmaref Science Teacher
>> Site Activities Director
>> (907) 649-3021 Phone
>> (907) 649-3031 Fax
>> 
>> Shishmaref School
>> "Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"
>> 
>> 
>> 
Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 08:18:03 -0800
Yesterday morning brought warmer southerly winds and a number of passerines 
that blew in with the wind. All FOS yesterday were: 

20 NORTHERN PINTAIL
2 BLACK TURNSTONE
2 VARIED THRUSH
WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW
AMERICAN TREE SPARROW
DARK-EYED JUNCO
SAVANNAH SPARROW (many)
FOX SPARROW
COMMON REDPOLL

Continued sightings of about 300 GLAUCOUS GULLs, COMMON RAVENS, NORTHERN 
WHEATEAR, SNOW BUNTINGS. My wife and I found an active Common Raven nest at the 
"light house" a Coast Guard beacon on the East end of the island. Ravens have 
used this site in the past but its been a few years. They did not stray far 
from the nest as we neared with our snow machine. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Nome Signs of Spring
From: Nick Hajdukovich <upupa_epops200 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 22:48:43 -0800
Hey all,

Luke DeCicco and myself arrived in Nome yesterday for a season of fieldwork. We 
will be around until early July. Today we drove out towards Teller and had a 
WANDERING TATTLER near the Sinuk River bridge, a small group of AMERICAN PIPITS 
along the road before that and then a "SLATE-COLORED" DARK-EYED JUNCO around 
some old reindeer corrals several miles out of town. Other species such as 
AMERICAN ROBINS, FOX SPARROWS, and LAPLAND LONGSPURS were present in small 
numbers. 


Around 9PM we did a seawatch just east of town and came up with the following 
birds of note: EURASIAN WIGEON (3, with flock of N. PINTAIL), SHORT-EARED OWL 
(1), RED-NECKED GREBE (2), and at least 50 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES all heading 
east. 


Yesterday, 15 May, we took a trip out to Safety Sound only to find it 
completely frozen and the road blocked off at the bridge. A very small patch of 
open water on the lagoon held a good group of gulls including one 2nd-cycle 
GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL. A single WESTERN SANDPIPER was the only shorebird seen. 
On the drive back three PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVERS flew across the road and a flock 
of 16 POMARINE JAEGERS flying east along the coast at the Nome River mouth was 
a pleasant surprise. 


Several new inches of snow in the surrounding hills today but there are still 
some birds around! 


Nick Hajdukovich
Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 23:29:48 -0800
Went to pick up my brother-in-law yesterday along the coastline. Saw WILLOW 
PTARMIGAN on the way up. When we turned around there was a flock of 8 SANDHILL 
CRANES and 3 others following shortly after. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL flying 
back towards Shishmaref and on the way home a pair flying back to the mouth of 
Serpentine River. When I picked up my wife's brother there was a passerine 
flying around in the willows. A lone female NORTHERN WHEATEAR. It had dropped 
whatever it had picked up in the willows on the snow and it was almost comical 
as it chased its query as it rolled back into the willows. A former student 
reported shooting at a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE usually one of the first 
water fowl to arrive. 


Saw another NORTHERN WHEATEAR in town later last night and tonight I saw three 
flying around near the cemetary. 


I am sure migratory birds are out of sorts this year. There is so much snow 
still on the ground. Normally I would have 15 or more different species but 
this year only 7 species. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 14 May 2012 23:29:48 -0800
Went to pick up my brother-in-law yesterday along the coastline. Saw WILLOW 
PTARMIGAN on the way up. When we turned around there was a flock of 8 SANDHILL 
CRANES and 3 others following shortly after. There was a GLAUCOUS GULL flying 
back towards Shishmaref and on the way home a pair flying back to the mouth of 
Serpentine River. When I picked up my wife's brother there was a passerine 
flying around in the willows. A lone female NORTHERN WHEATEAR. It had dropped 
whatever it had picked up in the willows on the snow and it was almost comical 
as it chased its query as it rolled back into the willows. A former student 
reported shooting at a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE usually one of the first 
water fowl to arrive. 


Saw another NORTHERN WHEATEAR in town later last night and tonight I saw three 
flying around near the cemetary. 


I am sure migratory birds are out of sorts this year. There is so much snow 
still on the ground. Normally I would have 15 or more different species but 
this year only 7 species. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Remember -- Be nice!
Subject: behavioral observation & sightings
From: alice sullivan <sullyinnome AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:38:18 -0700 (PDT)
Nome is suffering through a frigid spring. The tundra ponds are all still 
frozen. It snowed again this morning. A few days ago I went to the town 
landfill to check on the possible arrival of gulls. On arrival I observed about 
two hundred Ravens literally crawling over each other and fighting over scraps 
of food in the portion of the landfill where garbage had just been dumped. It 
looked as though the ground was boiling with Ravens. On a small snowy hill just 
above this scene was a group of about thirty Glaucus Gulls. They were sitting 
in the snow their eyes fixed on the mass of Ravens. They were absolutely silent 
and did not move a feather. This continued for the fifteen minutes I spent 
observing the scene. My thought is that the gulls had just arrived and were too 
outnumbered and exhausted to take on the ravens. 

 
Last night, the 10th, observed two swans flying South (smart birds).  The same 
day Red Polls came to the feeding area behind the house.  Alice 
Subject: Nome area birds: April 22 - May 11, 2012
From: "pjbente" <peter.bente AT alaska.gov>
Date: Fri, 11 May 2012 14:59:27 -0000
Some notes and observations reported to ADF&G, Nome:

April 22 - Glaucous Gull, calling at Cape Nome
April 24 - Glaucous Gull, 2 perched near road at Nome 
May 5    - swan flying over ice
May 5    - Sandhill Crane, 1 vocalizing
May 6    - Sandhill Crane, flocks in local area
May 7    - American Robin, 1 alarm call
May 7    - Golden-crowned Sparrow,
May 9    - Northern Pintail, along Nome River
May 9    - snipe, along Nome River
May 10   - American Robin, 1 in full song near Icy View
May 11   - White-crowned Sparrow, 1 singing near Icy View
May 11   - Common Raven, adult carrying food, Front St.(yng hatched)

Other resident species observed during the week:
  Northern Shrike
  Common Redpoll
  American Dipper

Thanks for including Nome ADF&G in your reports.  -peter bente



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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 22:37:21 -0800
Took my family towards the mouth of the Serpentine River for a sliding trip 
along the coast line. Saw two SANDHILL CRANES as we arrived at the little creek 
valley that we always go into. Saw plenty of sign of ptarmigan (or as my 3 year 
old calls them ptargiman) but personally didn't see any but my brother-in-law 
said he saw one. 


Saw there foxes and on the way home saw two cranes on the ground and a flock of 
9, later on saw a flock of 8. So at least 11 cranes quite probably many more. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Re: spring
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 19:25:37 -0800
Alice, I spied a SNOWY OWL 5 miles from Serpentine Hot Springs on my way home 
from there Sunday as well as plenty of WILLOW PTARMIGAN there. Was told of 
another snowy owl near Grayling Cabin about 18 miles from the hot springs 
towards Shishmaref as well. 


A friend from Koyuk posted a photo on Facebook today of a CANADA GOOSE there on 
the ice along the Koyuk River. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page on Facebook





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Subject: spring
From: alice sullivan <sullyinnome AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:39:47 -0700 (PDT)
Awake and live! The song of the Snow Bunting is heard in the land! Actually the 
snow birds were much fewer than usual this winter. The only birds currently on 
view are the extra tough Ravens. With several weeks of -30 degree weather this 
winter they are true survivors. It is very interesting watching them rebuilding 
their nests after the winter storms. One pair is already incubating. Eagerly 
awaiting the first migrants. Alice 
Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings
From: "Shishmaref Birder" <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2012 05:50:57 -0000
Still a few McKay's left, maybe 25 buntings of either species here around. 
Normally a few pairs of Snow Buntings will stay and breed. 


I was able to take a trip to Serpentine Hot Springs with the kids this weekend 
and saw a large flock of Willow Ptarmigan along the coastline between 7 miles 
and 18 miles outside of town, so a "FOS" species to count for me for the year. 


While at the hot springs the normal huge flock of ptarmigan was absent. All 
that was observed were a pair of ravens and I heard redpolls (most likely 
Hoaries). 


Heard reports of gulls and pintails in Unalakleet from several friends there.



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Subject: Shemya
From: Bob Trotter <rtrotter56 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:20:05 -0700 (PDT)
Early Spring is here. The ponds are mostly thawed out and only snow drifts are 
left. During this past week we have had 6 Wooper Swans which still continue, 
had a 2 day showing of a Great Egret, several days of a Merlin, which was a 
first for Shemya, and a fly by Northern Harrier going east to west. The FOS 
Cackling Geese showed yesterday, and the Emperor Geese are down from 390 to 
about 90. 

 
Bob Trotter
Shemya
Subject: SIGNS OF SPRING
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:31:45 -0800
I heard my first male Snow Bunting calling this afternoon. Not seeing too many 
McKays left, I will have to check to see if I can find any period. Hoping to 
take a ride in the country this weekend and hope to see some of our other 
wintering birds. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Elim Owl
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:47:17 -0800
Another teacher and birding friend In Elim told me yesterday that students 
brought him a dead Boreal Owl. The students had told him that the owl was alive 
when they found it but behaving pretty sickly. After he had examined it a bit 
more closely its breast muscles were very emaciated. This was the second such 
Boreal Owl brought to him in the same condition. Signs of a long tough winter 
evidently. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Elim Owl
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 07:47:17 -0800
Another teacher and birding friend In Elim told me yesterday that students 
brought him a dead Boreal Owl. The students had told him that the owl was alive 
when they found it but behaving pretty sickly. After he had examined it a bit 
more closely its breast muscles were very emaciated. This was the second such 
Boreal Owl brought to him in the same condition. Signs of a long tough winter 
evidently. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Remember -- Be nice!
Subject: Slightly Off Topic
From: "Shishmaref Birder" <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 05:42:11 -0000
Some of you have followed my WordPress Birds of Shishmaref blog and have 
commented over the past few years about my posts here. I have found 
difficulties this past year with loading photos on my blog site. So I decided 
to start a Facebook page titled the same. It is much easier to add photos and 
will be easier for my fellow interested friends to receive updates about what I 
have been seeing. 


If you are a Facebook user, just search Birds of Shishmaref. You will find my 
page, just hit "Like" and you will receive updates about sightings and photos. 


Currently I have only posted photos from 2010, since all I have been seeing 
here locally are McKay's Buntings and Ravens. McKay's will be leaving soon for 
their breeding grounds and then the first gulls will begin to arrive. 


Hope to hear from some of you soon. If you ever find yourself on the Seward 
Peninsula, and want to visit, just send a message. 




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Subject: mystery Adak duck
From: "Maas, Deborah F (DFG)" <debbie.maas AT alaska.gov>
Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:36:36 -0900
I've just joined this group, primarily to help with identification of a
duck I saw on Adak Island (photo at
http://takudebbie.com/homestead2011/Adak/1/9_Adak_duck.jpg).  I took
this photo on Heart Lake (a small lake in the middle of the island) on
August 25, 2011.  Any thoughts?

 

Debbie Maas

AKSSF Assistant Program Manager

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811

907-465-6134

 
Subject: new sightings
From: alice sullivan <sullyinnome AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 15:34:20 -0800 (PST)
The hurricane we had in Nome, Alaska brought us some visitors. Four Fork-tailed 
Storm Petrals were observed the day after the storm at Cape Nome. Other birding 
notes:  a week prior to the storm a Bluethroat was seen right on the main 
street poking about in some frozen grass looking for something to eat. Fewer 
than usual McKays Buntings and Snow Buntings have been observed in their local 
feeding spot in Icy View. Alice 
Subject: Buntings
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Thu, 20 Oct 2011 19:11:19 -0800
I was dropping students off after their arrival home from the Elders & Youth 
Conference in Anchorage this week and feeding on seed where I usually see them 
were two McKay's Buntings feeding along the ridge of the small shack where a 
local throws seed. Nice to see them but know that also means the end of my 
birding season until next spring. 


There were also a flock of 25 low-flying dark birds over the water spread out 
in a line that must have been cormorants, not quite sure what else they would 
have been. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref Science Teacher
Site Activities Director
(907) 649-3021 Phone
(907) 649-3031 Fax

Shishmaref School
"Where Northern Lights Shine Bright"





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Subject: Shishmaref Rarity
From: "Shishmaref Birder" <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sun, 02 Oct 2011 21:01:56 -0000
I spied with my own eyes yesterday not one, not two, but three BLACK-CAPPED 
CHICKADEES. In my time here I have only documented two other individuals in the 
Spring. Still seeing Glaucous Gulls, a few young Herring Gulls, Dunlin, Pacific 
Golden Plovers, etc. Also hearing some Snow Buntings in the morning although 
the skies are too dark to see them when going to work. 




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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings-Serpentine River
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:06:18 -0800
My wife and I took her sister up to the Serpentine River to look for molted 
Northern Pintail, which are called izza here and are hunted as they are fairly 
easy to catch when they can be found, not one could be found at all tonight. 


But two new species to report for the year. Along the main river I found a 
RED-NECKED GREBE. For some reason, I usually see one a year always around the 
same area this year was no exception although a slightly different location 
just down river from where I normally find them. 


The biggest surprise were a few NORTHERN SHRIKE up a tributary known as Middle 
Fork. I had been told by one individual a couple years ago that they had seen 
shrike so it was nice to confirm that individual’s specie sighting. These make 
82 and 83 on the year and the shrike put me closer to 110 documented species in 
this area. 


Also of note were many young Anseriformes with several Tundra Swan cygnets and 
many Canadian and Greater White-fronted Geese goslings. 


While I have been cutting fish at the beach lately mixed in with the 
kittiwakes, Glaucous Gulls, and jaegers have been a few Herring Gulls, which 
may be Vega gulls. If I had time to stop cutting to take photos I would but 
alas too much work to be done putting up the fish. Great close-ups of these 
birds though. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page at:
http://shishmaref.bssd.org/birdsofshishmaref/


Subject: Barrow
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2011 23:42:46 -0800
The season is well under way and I have been too busy to send any
updates from the top of the world. I think we are between 250 and 300
shorebird nests on our study plots which I think is about average. The
birds are acting like it is a decent lemming year, although we are not
seeing many lemmings in the field.

Steller's and Spectacled Eiders are nesting with somewhere around 15
of each found so far. Freshwater Lake had a pair of Greater Scaup
tonight and Northern Pintails are here in decent numbers.

All three jaegers are around with at least 3 known Pomarine nests. I
have heard reports of Glaucous-winged and Thayer's Gulls here, but a
Vega Gull was the only large gull I have seen that was not a Glaucous.

For shorebirds, we have a White-rumped Sandpiper nest on our study
plot. I have not seen a Baird's for about a week and all
Buff-breasteds I heard about did not stick around. We already have
Semipalmated and Pectoral Sandpiper and Red Phalarope babies and we
are expecting some Dunlin tomorrow.

Good Birding!

Andy Bankert
Barrow


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Subject: unusual sighting
From: alice sullivan <sullyinnome AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2011 17:27:24 -0700 (PDT)
Unluckily for me I have had to miss most of the migration season. But came back 
to Nome on time for some nice sightings.  Drove up Wooley Lagoon road this 
afternoon.  When we arrieved at the Plover nesting area we were amazed to see 
large numers of Jaegars flying and walking about on the ground. A tour guide, 
who we met there, said he counted over seventy Jaegars, mostly Long tails. He 
said he saw one Black-bellied Plover some distance off on the other side of the 
road and a Wandering Tattler rather distantly on the other side, the creek 
side. There were no sightings of American or Pacific Golden Plovers. Other 
birders told me they saw American Goldens who were taking care of newly hatched 
chicks just the day before.  

It appeared the Jaegars were eating some kind of insect off the ground and 
flying. 

It will be interesting to make a trip up there in a few days to see what has 
survived . Alice 
Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings--Serpentine Trip 2
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2011 09:31:34 -0800
Two more species found along the Serpentine River. BANK SWALLOWS were helping 
us out by catching some of the many mosquitoes along the river bank. And near 
the mouth of Tunu (North Fork) there were three AMERICAN WIGEON feeding in a 
pond. This makes 80 species currently for the year with several more that I 
know I should find through the fall. I have met my goal already and its not 
even July. 


A pretty windy night and possibly a couple thousand Kittiwakes were taking 
shelter and loafing in ponds and the river. Many of the same species seen as 
the past trip to the river. 


Also of note were three little cute Semipalmated Sandpiper chicks near our 
cabin. Their parents were trying hard to lure us away from the nest pretending 
to be injured and giving us the broken wing dance. I did get some photographs 
of a chick and the parents. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page at:
http://shishmaref.bssd.org/birdsofshishmaref/


Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings-Up the Coast Trip
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Jun 2011 10:31:25 -0800
Our family took Bobby (dental) and Mamie (classroom aide) for a ride up the 
coastline to get some firewood for our cabin during berry picking time. One new 
species to document to our area and for the year. 


While out in the pack ice there were several THICK-BILLED MURRE. Although its a 
new species for my list, I am sure its not a new species, just one I finally 
ran into. 


Also identified were Red-throated Loons, Common Eiders, Long-tailed Ducks, 2 
Tundra Swans, Northern Pintail, Green-winged Teal, Sandhill Cranes, Glaucous 
Gulls, Arctic Terns, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Murres, Dunlin, Western 
Sandpipers, Savannah Sparrows, and Lapland Longspurs. 


This makes the 78th species I have documented this year and 6th new species 
bringing me ever closer to my annual goal of 80 species and all before July. 


Looking at my list of birds I haven’t seen, I should easily get four more 
species (Northern Harrier, Red Phalarope, Peregrine Falcon, and Slaty-backed 
Gull) either in the next few weeks or during the fall migration. 


Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page at:
http://shishmaref.bssd.org/birdsofshishmaref/


Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings: Serpentine River and Pack Ice Trip
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:24:25 -0800
Several sightings of new documented species for me this year yesterday (6/16) 
two were first documentations. 


I took my summer school students out on the beach to scout for dead birds for a 
COASST survey and spotted a PELAGIC CORMORANT flying low over the water. A very 
good start to the day. 


After summer school let out our family took my sister-in-law's boys to the 
Serpentine River to pick suzra (young willow greens). As we entered the river 
there were a flock of BRANT as well as many other birds flying around. At a 
good place to pick suzra there were singing White-crowned Sparrows, American 
Tree Sparrows, Hoary Redpolls and Eastern Yellow Wagtails. 


I climbed up on top of the hill to get a better look of the land and saw 
several male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a MEW GULL, and PACIFIC LOONS flying or 
in nearby ponds. There was even a swallow that I didn't see a "bankers" vest on 
so believe it might have been a Tree Swallow but I would have preferred to have 
photos for a positive ID. 


After picking we took a ride up my favorite part of the river and stopped by a 
cabin to let the kids get out and stretch. Many passerines were calling some I 
recognized and some I didn't. There were several Redpolls and even a couple 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH but there was a song I didn't recognize and found an 
individual. It was a YELLOW WARBLER. At first I thought it was a Wilson's but 
it was missing the black crown and other features, and the faint streaking 
along the flanks was pretty unmistakable. This is a new documented species for 
me here. At that same location we flushed a Wilson's Snipe off its nest and 
found two little chicks playing possum. 


On the way back out of the river many water fowl and several HUDSONIAN GODWITS 
along the mud flats showing as the tide had gone out. 


On the way home it was very calm so we decided to see what we might see out 
around the pack ice. We didn't see walrus but we did see many Ringed and 
Spotted Seals and even a couple Bearded Seals. I also saw several Pelagic 
Cormorants and Common Murres but I also was able to document a BLACK GUILLEMOT. 
A species I have suspected but had yet to confirm. 


Here is a list of the 39 species identified.

Yellow-billed Loon
PACIFIC LOON
Red-throated Loon
PELAGIC CORMORANT
Sandhill Crane
Tundra Swan
Canada Goose
BRANT
Greater White-fronted Goose
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Red-necked Phalarope
Wilson's Snipe
Western Sandpiper
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger (dark and light morph)
Long-tailed Jaeger
Mew Gull
Glaucous Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine's Gull
Arctic Tern
Common Murre
BLACK GUILLEMOT
Common Raven
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
YELLOW WARBLER
Savannah Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Hoary Redpoll

Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page at:
http://shishmaref.bssd.org/birdsofshishmaref/


Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings: Serpentine River and Pack Ice Trip
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 15:24:25 -0800
Several sightings of new documented species for me this year yesterday (6/16) 
two were first documentations. 


I took my summer school students out on the beach to scout for dead birds for a 
COASST survey and spotted a PELAGIC CORMORANT flying low over the water. A very 
good start to the day. 


After summer school let out our family took my sister-in-law's boys to the 
Serpentine River to pick suzra (young willow greens). As we entered the river 
there were a flock of BRANT as well as many other birds flying around. At a 
good place to pick suzra there were singing White-crowned Sparrows, American 
Tree Sparrows, Hoary Redpolls and Eastern Yellow Wagtails. 


I climbed up on top of the hill to get a better look of the land and saw 
several male RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, a MEW GULL, and PACIFIC LOONS flying or 
in nearby ponds. There was even a swallow that I didn't see a "bankers" vest on 
so believe it might have been a Tree Swallow but I would have preferred to have 
photos for a positive ID. 


After picking we took a ride up my favorite part of the river and stopped by a 
cabin to let the kids get out and stretch. Many passerines were calling some I 
recognized and some I didn't. There were several Redpolls and even a couple 
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH but there was a song I didn't recognize and found an 
individual. It was a YELLOW WARBLER. At first I thought it was a Wilson's but 
it was missing the black crown and other features, and the faint streaking 
along the flanks was pretty unmistakable. This is a new documented species for 
me here. At that same location we flushed a Wilson's Snipe off its nest and 
found two little chicks playing possum. 


On the way back out of the river many water fowl and several HUDSONIAN GODWITS 
along the mud flats showing as the tide had gone out. 


On the way home it was very calm so we decided to see what we might see out 
around the pack ice. We didn't see walrus but we did see many Ringed and 
Spotted Seals and even a couple Bearded Seals. I also saw several Pelagic 
Cormorants and Common Murres but I also was able to document a BLACK GUILLEMOT. 
A species I have suspected but had yet to confirm. 


Here is a list of the 39 species identified.

Yellow-billed Loon
PACIFIC LOON
Red-throated Loon
PELAGIC CORMORANT
Sandhill Crane
Tundra Swan
Canada Goose
BRANT
Greater White-fronted Goose
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Black Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
RED-BREASTED MERGANSER
HUDSONIAN GODWIT
Red-necked Phalarope
Wilson's Snipe
Western Sandpiper
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger (dark and light morph)
Long-tailed Jaeger
Mew Gull
Glaucous Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Sabine's Gull
Arctic Tern
Common Murre
BLACK GUILLEMOT
Common Raven
GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
Eastern Yellow Wagtail
YELLOW WARBLER
Savannah Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Hoary Redpoll

Ken Stenek
Shishmaref

Check out my new "Birds of Shishmaref" page at:
http://shishmaref.bssd.org/birdsofshishmaref/





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Remember -- Be nice!
Subject: Hawfinch in Chevak
From: "Ulric J." <kash44ulroan AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2011 04:04:04 -0000
The last tour group that was here in Chevak spotted a Hawfinch in the bushes 
near some houses. That is a rare bird and the first time I ever seen the bird. 
Had a wonderful time birding this year. Seen many and were able to get the 
perfect photo opp. with the male and female Spectacled Eider's, Emperor Geese, 
Sabine's Gulls, Sandhill Cranes, Black Turnstones, Bar Tailed Godwits, Long 
Tailed Jeagers, Aleutian Terns, etc... A professional photographer was here 
from Baltimore MD. and is making a new book about the birds of North America. 
The book will be out in a couple of years, but when it's done I get a free 
copy. There should be breathtaking shots of the birds seen around my camp. Seen 
20 white wing scooters yesterday while I was getting some herring out at the 
Bay. But nature is calling and going back out to camp. Happy Birding. 


Ulric J. Ulroan
Chevak Bird & Culture Tours
PO Box 325
Chevak, AK 99563
email: kash44ulroan AT yahoo.com or uulroan AT hotmail.com




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Subject: Shishmaref Meanderings--Kougaruk Trip
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 11:56:57 -0800
To start there have been continued sightings of the male Ruff. Would be 
interesting if the pair nested here on the island. We will see if that happens. 


My wife and I finally have our boat in the water and were able to take our 
family and my sister-in-law and her boys for a ride looking for eggs. Quite a 
number of Arctic Terns, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Glaucous Gulls flying 
around the ocean. We saw all of our ice seals Ringed Seal, Spotted Seal, and 
Bearded Seal (Ugzruk). On the way home there was even a COMMON MURRE. 


In the Kougaruk River there were many individual birds and many species as 
well. I will list the 26 species I identified taxonomically. 


Red-throated Loon
Sandhill Crane
Tundra Swan
Canada Goose
Emperor Goose
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
NORTHERN SHOVELER
GREATER SCAUP
Common Eider
BLACK SCOTER
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Phalarope
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson’s Snipe
Black Turnstone
Western Sandpiper
Parasitic Jaeger
Glaucous Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
SABINE’S GULL
Arctic Tern
COMMON MURRE
Willow Ptarmigan
Savannah Sparrow
Lapland Longspur

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Subject: Barrow- Red-necked Stint, Gray-tailed Tattler
From: Andrew Bankert <abankert AT my.fit.edu>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:40:10 -0800
We had a nice little fallout of shorebirds in Barrow today including 2
Red-necked Stints and a Gray-tailed Tattler at the pond at the beach
road and Cakeeater Road.  Both birds were found by a tour group this
morning, but the Gray-tailed Tattler flew off around 9:30 PM and was
not seen at midnight.  Both stints were seen when we last checked the
pond at midnight.  The pond also had at least 2 Baird's Sandpipers and
about 15-20 Sanderlings for most of the day as well as a Red Knot and
Dark-eyed Junco that dropped in for a few minutes.

Most groups seem to be able to locate all the eiders, and I have been
hearing that the Freshwater Lake area is the best for them.  Snowy
Owls are still a little harder to find this year, but I saw a
beautiful male on Gaswell Road tonight.  I think there are more over
on the Freshwater Lake side of town but I haven't been over there in a
while.  Both Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers are around in decent
numbers, but we have only seen one Long-tailed.

That is all that I can think of for now.

Good Birding!

Andy Bankert
Barrow


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Subject: Shishmaref Rare bird sighting
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:25:42 -0800
I give my wife the credit for this one as she found it first and came back to 
let me know about it. A pair of RUFFs. 


The male is quite interesting. The majority of the photos and drawings I have 
seen with this darker plumage have a dark ruff but this one has a light ruff 
with a dark crown which there are no photos of that I have seen. Individuals 
with a light ruff usually have a light crown. So a couple oddities as far as 
that goes. 


This is the second Ruff sighting I have documented, the other a female June 5, 
2008 (A few days earlier than what I reported to my birding mentors earlier). I 
also know that there is a Ruff specimen in the UAF Museum of the North 
collection taken from here as well. 


I wish the photos were better but at 4:30 AM the light you get is what you get. 
Still two exciting birds. 





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Subject: Shishmaref Rare bird sighting
From: Ken Stenek <kstenek AT shh.bssd.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Jun 2011 05:25:42 -0800
I give my wife the credit for this one as she found it first and came back to 
let me know about it. A pair of RUFFs. 


The male is quite interesting. The majority of the photos and drawings I have 
seen with this darker plumage have a dark ruff but this one has a light ruff 
with a dark crown which there are no photos of that I have seen. Individuals 
with a light ruff usually have a light crown. So a couple oddities as far as 
that goes. 


This is the second Ruff sighting I have documented, the other a female June 5, 
2008 (A few days earlier than what I reported to my birding mentors earlier). I 
also know that there is a Ruff specimen in the UAF Museum of the North 
collection taken from here as well. 


I wish the photos were better but at 4:30 AM the light you get is what you get. 
Still two exciting birds. 





IMG_2749
 



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Subject: Re: Aleutian terns at Nome
From: David K Weaver <cygnus-dkw AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 19:44:41 -0400

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