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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island May 19th-25th: Tundra Bean-Goose, Dovekie, Barrow’s Goldeneye

RBA St. Paul Island May 19th-25th: Tundra Bean-Goose, Dovekie, Barrow’s Goldeneye


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of May 19th–25th, 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: 75

Weekly Species Count: 72

 

Birds Mentioned:

 

*TUNDRA BEAN-GOOSE

Greater White-fronted Goose

Emperor Goose

Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia)

TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. columbianus)

EURASIAN WIGEON

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Greater Scaup

LESSER SCAUP

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

*BARROW’S GOLDENEYE

Red-breasted Merganser

RED-THROATED LOON

Pacific Loon

COMMON LOON

Yellow-billed Loon

Horned Grebe

Red-necked Grebe

BALD EAGLE

Pacific Golden-Plover

Greater Yellowlegs

Whimbrel (ssp. variegatus)

Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Wilson’s Snipe

Red Phalarope

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

*DOVEKIE

Ancient Murrelet

RHINOCEROS AUKLET

Herring Gull

Snowy Owl

Short-eared Owl

Peregrine Falcon (ssp. pealei)

BARN SWALLOW

American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

 

WEATHER

 

Overall conditions remained fairly stagnant this week as high pressure continued to dominate the Bering Sea region though the long-term pattern began to break down late in the week with light north winds on the first five days of the week shifting to the south on Saturday and the southeast on Sunday, though there remained little to no precipitation each day of the week.

 

WATERFOWL

 

Last week’s TUNDRA BEAN-GOOSE was last seen on the 19th while the TUNDRA SWAN continued to be seen daily through the week.  The rarest new find of the week was a young male BARROW’S GOLDENEYE seen on the 23rd and 24th which provided the 10th record for the Pribilofs.  This week’s geese sightings included one or two Greater White-fronted Geese on the 21st, 23rd, and 24th, five Emperor Geese on the 24th, and two to nine Cackling Geese daily.  Dabbling duck sightings this week included daily EURASIAN and American Wigeons, Northern Shovelers, and Mallard.  A pair of LESSER SCAUP were present from the 22nd-24th while daily sightings of 5-10 Greater Scaup were also noted while Buffleheads were seen daily from the 21st on, Common Goldeneye were noted every day except the 25th with a high count of 15 on the 23rd, Red-breasted Merganser were seen on the 23rd and 24th, White-winged Scoters were seen daily, and Black Scoters were seen on the 22nd and 24th.

 

SEABIRDS & GULLS

 

The rarest find was a DOVEKIE that was seen briefly on the 20th while the only other new alcid was a RHINOCEROS AUKLET that was noted on the 24th. Single RED-THROATED LOONS were seen on the 19th, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th this week while a Yellow-billed Loon appeared on the 24th, a COMMON LOON was seen on the 24th, and a Pacific Loon was seen on 20th.  Grebes were seen on occasion with a Horned on the 21st and Red-neckeds on the 19th, 23rd, and 24th.  Jaeger numbers were up slightly with single Long-taileds on the 19th and 24th while Parasitics appeared on the 23rd and 24th.  A Herring Gull was seen on the 23rd.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Small numbers of shorebird migrants were seen daily with the only sighting of an Asian shorebird being a “Siberian” Whimbrel on the 23rd.  The rarest spring shorebird noted was a “mainland” Rock Sandpiper found on the 25th while more typical spring shorebirds included a Greater Yellowlegs on the 21st, Western Sandpipers on the 22nd-24th, Short-billed Dowitchers on the 20th, 24th, and 25th, a Red Phalarope on the 19th, Pectoral Sandpipers on the 23rd and 25th, Pacific Golden-Plovers on the 19th-22nd, and Wilson’s Snipes daily with a high count of four on the 23rd.

 

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

 

This week continued to be light on landbirds with last week’s BARN SWALLOW continuing until at least the 20th, single Snowy Owls seen on the 19th, 23rd, and 25th, a Short-eared Owl on the 22nd, and at least 4-6 American Pipits that were seen daily starting on the 20th.  A “Peale’s” Peregrine Falcon was noted on the 20th while perhaps the most exciting sighting was a fly-by small falcon on the 25th which appeared to be a MERLIN, a species previously un-recorded in the Pribilofs during the spring.  The Bald Eagle seen throughout the winter was seen on 24th and 25th.

 

Regularly occurring species currently present on the island:

 

Northern Pintail

Green-winged (and Common) Teal

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

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin

Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

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

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