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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island October 6th-12th: Common Pochard, Siberian Rubythroat, McKay’s Bunting

RBA St. Paul Island October 6th-12th: Common Pochard, Siberian Rubythroat, McKay’s Bunting


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of October 6th-12th, 2014, sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of less than annual occurrence or one of particular note.
 
2014 Species Count: 176
2014 Fall Species Count: 135
Weekly Species Count: 77
 
Birds Mentioned:
 
Emperor Goose
Brant
Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia and minima)
TUNDRA SWAN (ssp. bewickii and columbianus)
*GADWALL
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
*COMMON POCHARD
*RING-NECKED DUCK
Greater Scaup
LESSER SCAUP
Steller’s Eider
King Eider
White-winged Scoter
Black Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Red-breasted Merganser
RED-THROATED LOON
Pacific Loon
COMMON LOON
Horned Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater
BALD EAGLE
Pacific Golden-Plover
Ruddy Turnstone
SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER
Dunlin
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. tschuktschorum)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Red Phalarope
MEW GULL (ssp. brachyrhynchus)
Herring Gull (ssp. vegae and smithsonianus)
SLATY-BACKED GULL
Glaucous Gull
Snowy Owl
PEREGRINE FALCON (ssp. pealei)
*SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT
American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)
MCKAY’S BUNTING
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Sooty)
*SONG SPARROW
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (ssp. hyemalis)
*RUSTY BLACKBIRD
BRAMBLING
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
 
WEATHER
 
Well… it was windy.  From the 6th-12th, or the entire span of this report, there was not a single day where the winds did not average over 20 MPH, did not touch 35 MPH winds gusts, and from the 7th-11th the average wind speeds were over 30 MPH with a peak gust of 61 MPH on the 9th.  From Monday-Wednesday the winds were out of the east and temperatures were hovering around average (40-45 degrees), however on Thursday the winds shifted to north where they remained through Sunday which meant the temperatures dropped (35-40 degrees) the wind chills dropped even further (into the high 10s and low 20s at night) and consistent squalls of snow, graupel, and occasional rain made time spent outside the car unpleasant.  All of this weather was thanks to a large low pressure system which passed south of the Aleutians mid-week and then sat in south-central Alaska for a couple days but due to its large size still controlled the weather throughout the Bering Sea region.
 
WATERFOWL
 
Waterfowl migration really hit its stride this week with 24 species noted (20 migrant species) with the most notable find being a female-type COMMON POCHARD from the 11th-12th providing the first fall and 15th overall record for the Pribilofs.  Last week’s GADWALL and RING-NECKED DUCKS continued through the 12th while the LESSER SCAUP was last seen on the 11th and all seven TUNDRA SWANS were present through the 12th.  Geese this week included one to three individuals from the 7th-11th, three to nine Brant daily, the continuing flock of 16 “Aleutian” Cackling on the 7th and one “minima” Cackling Goose through the 12th while four as yet unidentified Cackling/Canada Geese were present from the 8th-12th.  Additional diving ducks noted this week included three to eight Greater Scaup daily, several Steller’s Eiders on the 11th and 12th, up to 70 King Eiders intermittently all week, increasing numbers of White-winged Scoters late in the week from one on the 10th to 30+ on the 12th, Black Scoters peaking at 66 on the 12th, increasing Bufflehead numbers from four on the 9th to 20+ on the 12th, five to seven Common Goldeneyes on the 12th, and two Red-breasted Mergansers on the 12th.  Dabbling ducks were slightly less diverse with up to six Northern Shovelers seen daily, daily sightings of American Wigeon with a peak count of 11 on the 8th, and large numbers of both Eurasian Wigeon and Mallard which each peaked on the 12th with minimum counts of 48 Eurasian Wigeons and 21 Mallards.
 
SEABIRDS & GULLS
 
An “American” MEW GULL present from the 7th-12th was the first fall record in the Pribilofs of that species while single SLATY-BACKED GULLS were seen most days this week.  A few Herring and Glaucous Gulls continued to be seen daily while Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen in small numbers on the 6th-8th, 10th, and 12th.  Single RED-THROATED LOONS were noted on the 11th and 12th while one COMMON LOON was also seen on the 12th.  A moderate-large influx of Pacific Loons and grebes was noted this week with daily Pacific Loons from the 7th peaking at 15-20 individuals on the 12th with a similar pattern for Red-necked and Horned Grebes which were seen daily this week and peaked on the 12th when 20+ Horneds and 6 Red-neckeds were recorded.
 
SHOREBIRDS
 
All shorebird species, except for Red Phalarope, continued to decline this week with Pacific Golden-Plover in the single digits by the 12th, Ruddy Turnstones were seen daily in numbers below 20, SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was typically seen in numbers below 10 per day, one to two Dunlin were seen most days, a handful of “Mainland” Rock Sandpipers were seen most days, less than 10 Pectoral Sandpipers were seen daily, two Western Sandpipers were last noted on the 7th, one to six Long-billed Dowitchers were seen most days, and Red Phalaropes were seen in good numbers with 300-600 seen most days during the wind storm.
 
LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
 
Much of this week saw few to no passerine migrants noted each day due to inclement weather though several highlights were noted early and late in the week.  The only Asian migrant of note was a SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT on the 12th which is the second this fall on St. Paul and the third fall occurrence for this species in the Pribilofs.  A MCKAY’S BUNTING was found on the 7th while a rare for the Pribilofs SONG SPARROW (the 15th local record) was found on the 12th.  Also found on the 12th was a RUSTY BLACKBIRD which is the 11th local record while three BRAMBLINGS also appeared on, you guessed it, the 12th.  A Snowy Owl found on the 12th was the first seen during a fall tour season on St. Paul with more regular American migrants this week being a “Peale’s” PEREGRINE FALCON on the 6th-8th, an American Pipit on the 7th, a Savannah Sparrow on the 12th, Fox Sparrows on the 7th and 12th, Golden-crowned Sparrows on the 8th and 12th, and two Dark-eyed Juncos on the 12th.  Redpolls continue to be seen almost daily (Commons peaked at 13 on the 8th with a single Hoary on the 7th) while the continuing BALD EAGLES were last seen on the 11th.
 
Breeding or resident species present on/around the island:
 
Northern Pintail
Green-winged (and Common) Teal
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Northern Fulmar
Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Ancient Murrelet
Parakeet Auklet
Least Auklet
Crested Auklet
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Pacific Wren (ssp. alascensis)
Lapland Longspur
Snow Bunting
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

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

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