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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island August 25th-31st: WILLOW WARBLER, Gray-streaked Flycatcher, Bluethroat

RBA St. Paul Island August 25th-31st: WILLOW WARBLER, Gray-streaked Flycatcher, Bluethroat


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of August 25th-31st, 2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of less than annual occurrence or one of particular note.

 

2014 Species Count: 135

Weekly Species Count: 70

 

Birds Mentioned:

 

Brant

TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

King Eider

Black Scoter

Bufflehead

Short-tailed Shearwater

BALD EAGLE

Pacific Golden-Plover

LESSER SAND-PLOVER

GRAY-TAILED TATTLER

Wandering Tattler

Ruddy Turnstone

RUFF

SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER

Dunlin

Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)

Pectoral Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

COMMON SNIPE

Red Phalarope

Parasitic Jaeger

RHINOCEROS AUKLET

Herring Gull (ssp. smithsonianus)

SLATY-BACKED GULL

Glaucous Gull

PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. pealei)

Bank Swallow

**WILLOW WARBLER

*GRAY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER

BLUETHROAT

Northern Wheatear

Eastern Yellow Wagtail

American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (ssp. hooveri)

Wilson’s Warbler

*CHIPPING SPARROW

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow (Sooty)

White-crowned Sparrow

Golden-crowned Sparrow

Common Redpoll

 

WEATHER

 

Two weak low pressure systems passed through the central Bering Sea this week, one on the 27th and the other on the 30th.  Winds shifted around considerably in association with the systems and the high pressure in between with a couple days of NW (strong on the 25th), a few days of E/SE, and a day or so of N.  Temperatures continued to be well above average most days, though overnight temperatures dropped considerably a few days in which clear skies dominated.  Rain fell in traceable amounts on the 26th and 29th with light mist or fog on most other days, though the 25th and 31st saw mostly sun.

 

WATERFOWL

 

A few fall migrant waterfowl were found this week with a Brant on the 29th, a Mallard on the 26th, a Northern Shoveler on the 30th, and a Black Scoter on the 30th.  The long-staying Bufflehead was noted again on the 30th while King Eider numbers had increased to 24 by the 30th.  There were six TUNDRA SWANS which remained through the week, three “Whistling” and three “Bewick’s.”

 

SEABIRDS & GULLS

 

SLATY-BACKED GULLS continue to be seen sporadically with three seen on the 30th and sightings on several other days this week while Herring Gull numbers remain low with only one or two present and the last Glaucous Gull sightings were on the 25th.  Single Parasitic Jaegers were noted on the 29th and 31st while small numbers (<200 individuals) of Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen daily.  A RHINOCEROS AUKLET was noted on the 25th.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Shorebirds continued to arrive in small to moderate numbers this week with the LESSER SAND-PLOVER last noted on the 27th, between two and four GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS noted daily, a juvenile RUFF on the 29th and 30th, and at least two COMMON SNIPES on the 30th and 31st among the Asian species recorded.  SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER numbers also began to build this week with daily counts in the double digits and a high of 26 on the 28th.  Regularly occurring American species this week included up to a dozen Pacific Golden-Plovers daily, small numbers of Wandering Tattlers, several hundred Ruddy Turnstones, a juvenile Dunlin from the 28th-31st, a handful of “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers, small numbers (less than a dozen daily) of Pectoral Sandpipers, up to 18 Western Sandpipers daily, up to five Long-billed Dowitchers daily, and several hundred Red Phalaropes most days this week.

 

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

 

The first Asian vagrants of the fall for this category were found on the 25th when the 3rd Pribilof WILLOW WARBLER was found, shortly preceding the locating of a GRAY-STREAKED FLYCACTHER in the same general area.  Also found on the 25th were two separate BLUETHROATS providing the 14th Pribilof record and a second CHIPPING SPARROW joining one from last week as the 10th Pribilof record.  Trans-Beringian migrants continued to be located daily with daily sightings of one to three Northern Wheatears, one Eastern Yellow Wagtail on the 26th, 27th, and 28th, and daily sightings of one to six American Pipits.  Many rare, but regular, American species continued to be seen this week as well with a “Peale’s” PEREGRINE FALCON noted on the 28th and 30th, a Bank Swallow from the 26th-29th, a “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped Warbler providing the second August record for the Pribilofs on the 25th,  a single Wilson’s Warbler on the 25th which was followed by up to four on the 29th and 30th, a single Savannah Sparrow on the 27th, at least two Fox Sparrows on the 25th and 26th which were followed by six-plus on the 30th and 31st, a White-crowned Sparrow on the 28th which tied the early date for the Pribilofs, and large numbers of Golden-crowned Sparrows continued this week with a daily high count of 13 or 14 on the 30th and up to 15-20 for the week.  A few Common Redpolls also continued from previous weeks along with the long-staying BALD EAGLE.

 

Breeding or resident species present on/around the island:

 

Northern Pintail

Green-winged (and Common) Teal

Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Northern Fulmar

Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant

Semipalmated Plover

Least Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)

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

Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient Murrelet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin

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

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

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