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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island June 4th-10th: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, American Robin, Black Guillemot

RBA St. Paul Island June 4th-10th: WHITE-TAILED EAGLE, American Robin, Black Guillemot


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June 4th–10th, 2012, 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.
 
2012 Species Count: 104

 

Birds Mentioned:

 

Greater White-fronted Goose

Emperor Goose

Brant

Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)

TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. columbianus)

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

Red-breasted Merganser

Pacific Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Red-necked Grebe

***WHITE-TAILED EAGLE

Pacific Golden-Plover

Red Phalarope

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

BLACK GUILLEMOT

Bank Swallow

BARN SWALLOW

*AMERICAN ROBIN

 

WEATHER

 

The funk which we have seen all season long continues with very little strong weather but instead we are only receiving the movement of air that flows between systems that are present on the mainlands or to the south of the Aleutians.  This created N and NE winds early in the week which shifted around to the S and eventually spent the last few days of the week moving between SW and NW.  Overall weather has been fairly good due to the lack of low pressure systems with fog some mornings/evenings but little precip and at least some sun most days.

 

WATERFOWL


The most interesting waterfowl sighting of the week was an “American” TUNDRA SWAN which was found in the northern corner of Big Lake on the 5th and still remained on the 10th.  Geese numbers were still good as well with a group of 4 Greater White-fronteds on the 5th and 6th, the single Emperor Goose at Zap Beach until the 6th, a long Brant on Antone Lake through the week, and two groups of Cackling Geese (5 leucopareia at Hutchinson Hill through the 4th and a group of 9 minima in Novastoshna on the 8th).  Otherwise waterfowl sightings remain about the same with small numbers of Eurasian Wigeon, Mallard, Bufflehead, and Common Goldeneye still present while the season’s first Red-breasted Mergansers were found at Antone Lake on the 6th and increased numbers of both White-winged and Black Scoters were seen around a few of the southern promontories.

SEABIRDS & GULLS

 

Pacific Loon numbers were solid this week with 2 present at Webster seawatch most days along with scattered others throughout the week seen from other viewpoints on the south side of the island while the first Yellow-billed Loon in a while was noted at the Webster seawatch on the 10th.  Red-necked Grebe numbers remain good with daily counts exceeding 5 individuals towards the end of the week.  Glaucous Gull numbers remain above average with 8 recorded on the 10th while an unidentified tern on the 10th was either an Arctic or Common.  Jaeger numbers remain about the same with several Parasitics seen over 3 days this week while single Long-taileds were noted on the 6th and 10th.  BLACK GUILLEMOTS still remain in a few spots with up to 4 seen off the Zap Seal Blind on the 5th and a single bird off of Reef Point on the 10th.


SHOREBIRDS

 

To be honest, this week’s shorebird migration was pitiful.  The ONLY migrant shorebirds noted all week were single Pacific Golden-Plovers on the 4th and 9th and single Red Phalaropes seen in various locations on 4 days.

 

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

 

Continuing in all of its glory the WHITE-TAILED EAGLE is still present with sightings on the 4th and 5th around Antone Lake and on the 7th and 8th at Kittiwake Lake.  The other landbird highlight was an AMERICAN ROBIN found near Tsamanna on the 7th which represents the 1st or 2nd spring record for the Pribilofs while single Bank Swallows seen on the 5th and 6th and a BARN SWALLOW at the Salt Lagoon on the 9th (which was not identified to subspecies) rounded out this week’s passerines.

 

Regularly occurring species currently present on the island:

 

Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal (ssp. crecca and carolinensis)

Greater Scaup
King Eider

Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck

Northern Fulmar

Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Semipalmated Plover

Wandering Tattler

Ruddy Turnstone

Least Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)

Red-necked Phalarope
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull

Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient Murrelet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

This is Scott Schuette, Doug Gochfeld, and Ryan O’Donnell, the 2012 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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