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RBA St. Paul Island June 1st-7th: Siberian Rubythroat, Tundra Bean-Goose, Hawfinch


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island bird report for the week of June 1st-7th, 2015, 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.

 

2015 Species Count: 107

Weekly Species Count: 78

 

Birds Mentioned:

 

*TUNDRA BEAN-GOOSE

Brant

Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia)

Eurasian Wigeon

American Wigeon

Mallard

Northern Shoveler

Greater Scaup

Steller’s Eider

King Eider

White-winged Scoter

Black Scoter

Bufflehead

Common Goldeneye

*BARROW’S GOLDENEYE

COMMON MERGANSER (ssp. merganser)

Red-breasted Merganser

RED-THROATED LOON

*ARCTIC LOON

Pacific Loon

Common Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Short-tailed Shearwater

*DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT

Bald Eagle

Pacific Golden-Plover

COMMON SANDPIPER

Wandering Tattler

WOOD SANDPIPER

Whimbrel (ssp. variegatus)

Bar-tailed Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Dunlin

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Red Phalarope

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Sabine’s Gull

BLACK-HEADED GULL

MEW GULL (ssp. kamtschatschensis)

Glaucous Gull

Snowy Owl

Bank Swallow

*SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT

Northern Wheatear

Common Redpoll

PINE SISKIN

*HAWFINCH

 

WEATHER

 

There were no low pressure systems passing through the Pribilof region this week with a majority of the winds coming from the north.  Slight shifts in the weather occurred on the 2nd and 5th-7th with a break in the north winds bringing in southerlies on those days though the winds were light to moderate.  The strongest winds this week were from the north on the 4th at 30-40 MPH while temperatures were cooler for the week with most days barely reaching 45 and some days falling well short.  Precipitation was at a minimum this week with a little precipitation from the 1st-3rd and a little fog on the 6th and 7th.

 

WATERFOWL

 

The second TUNDRA BEAN-GOOSE of the season was found on the 7th with a single Brant on the 1st-4th and Cackling Geese on the 1st and 5th rounding out the geese seen this week.  The BARROW’S GOLDENEYE and COMMON MERGANSER continued into this week with the Barrow’s last seen on the 7th and the merganser on 3rd.  The spring’s second Steller’s Eider was seen on the 1st with single Mallards on the 4th and 6th and a Northern Shoveler being seen from the 1st-5th.  Regular migrant species noted this week included 1-3 Eurasian Wigeons daily, two American Wigeons daily, 1-5 Greater Scaup daily, 1-5 King Eiders daily, a couple White-winged Scoters on the 6th and 7th, two Black Scoters on the 4th, 1-3 Buffleheads from the 1st-6th, 1-7 Common Goldeneyes daily, and 1-10 Red-breasted Mergansers daily.

 

SEABIRDS & GULLS

 

Last week’s ARCTIC LOON was seen again on the 1st and 7th while two or three DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS also continued to be seen daily this week.  All other loon species appeared this week with a RED-THROATED seen on the 5th, single Pacifics on the 1st and 7th, a Common on the 2nd, and daily sightings of Yellow-billeds including three on the 4th and 5+ on the 6th.  A couple Red-necked Grebes were seen from the 1st-3rd while Short-tailed Shearwater was noted on the 4th and 6th.  The first BLACK-HEADED GULL in a couple years was found on the 7th with the continuing “Kamchatka” MEW GULL seen on the 1st and 2nd with a second individual found on the 7th.  Two Sabine’s Gulls were seen on the 2nd while a couple of Glaucous Gulls continue to be seen each day.  All three jaegers were noted this week with Pomarine on the 1st, 5th, and 6th, Parasitics on the 1st, 2nd, 4th, and 7th, and a single Long-tailed on the 2nd.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

This week’s highlight was a COMMON SANDPIPER found late on the 7th while a few WOOD SANDPIPERS were seen on the 1st and again on the 4th-6th.  The “Siberian” Whimbrel from last week remained until the 1st while a Bar-tailed Godwit appeared from the 1st-6th, a Dunlin was present on the 5th and 6th, a Western Sandpiper was seen on the 4th and 5th, and a Short-billed Dowitcher was present from the 4th-7th.  A few Pacific Golden-Plovers were around from the 3rd-5th, a few Wandering Tattlers were seen daily, Ruddy Turnstones were seen almost daily, and Red Phalaropes were seen from the 2nd-7th with a high of 13+ on the 3rd.

 

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

 

Same great birds as last week, but different individuals, was the theme of the week with a HAWFINCH appearing on the 3rd and a male SIBERIAN RUBYTHROAT being found on the 7th.  Also appearing this week were the spring’s first Northern Wheatear on the 5th-6th and a rare spring record of PINE SISKIN on the 1st.  Small numbers of Common Redpolls were seen daily with a few Bank Swallows seen on the 1st and 2nd and a Snowy Owl was seen from the 2nd-7th.  The lone Bald Eagle remains around the island this week.

 

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 Alison Világ, the 2015 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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