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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island June 15th-21st: Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Common Snipe

RBA St. Paul Island June 15th-21st: Ring-necked Duck, Canada Goose, Common Snipe


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June 15-21, 2009 sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; asterisks denote a species of less than annual occurrence or one of particular note.

Birds Mentioned:

Cackling Goose (ssp. leucopareia)

*CANADA GOOSE (SSP. PARVIPES)

Eurasian Wigeon

Mallard

*RING-NECKED DUCK

RED-THROATED LOON

Pacific Loon

Short-tailed Shearwater

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

Bald Eagle

LESSER YELLOWLEGS

Whimbrel (ssp. hudsonicus)

Bar-tailed Godwit

Dunlin

COMMON SNIPE

Red Phalarope

Herring Gull (ssp. vegae)

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

Rhinoceros Auklet

Short-eared Owl

Bank Swallow

American Pipit (ssp. pacificus)

Common Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

Low pressure which left the Asian mainland and moved across the Bering Sea directly onto the Pribilofs controlled much of the weather this week with strong to moderate North and East winds ahead of it and light SE changing to W winds in its wake as the week ended. As is typical rain fell nearly every day though in small amounts while the ever-present morning fog burned off most days with clear skies for much of the week.

WATERFOWL

The continuing LESSER CANADA GOOSE was seen amongst a flock of 24 Cackling Geese at Reef Point on the 15th and a female RING-NECKED DUCK was in the company of a male Greater Scaup at Webster Lake on the 20th and 21st to highlight the waterfowl this past week. The only other notable species to be seen were a pair of Eurasian Wigeons at Icehouse Lake that continued until the 15th and a Mallard at Webster Lake on the 21st.

SEABIRDS & GULLS

Loons were finally re-sighted on the island after a month long absence when a single RED-THROATED was seen at the Webster seawatch and two Pacifics were seen off Tonki Point on the 21st. Also showing up for the first time this year Rhinoceros Auklets, with a pair along the low cliffs west of Marunich on the 17th, and Fork-tailed Storm-Petrels, with a single along North Beach east of Marunich on the 17th and hundreds passing by East Landing during a strong SE wind on the 18th. Also seen from East Landing in the strong SE wind were numerous Short-tailed Shearwaters, which were seen most days this week, while a few Vega Herring Gulls continue to hang on through the week and small numbers of both Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegers continue to be seen on occasion.

SHOREBIRDS

This week saw only a trickle of shorebirds reach the island with a LESSER YELLOWLEGS in Antone Slough on the 20th and a pair of winnowing COMMON SNIPES at Tonki Point on the 20th the highlights. Otherwise Webster Lake seemed to be the shorebird hotspot this week with a single American Whimbrel nearby on the 16th, a Bar-tailed Godwit on the 19th, two Dunlin on the 20th, and several Red Phalaropes on the 20th and 21st.

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

Land, and not water, associated birds were in short supply this week. The island’s Bald Eagle seen on the 15th and the Short-eared Owl at Telegraph Hill was re-found on the 20th after a short absence. Appearing this week were 3 Bank Swallows that were seen around Antone Lake from the 15th-17th, an American Pipit on Zapadni Point on the 16th, and single Hoary and Common Redpolls at Reef Point on the 17th.

Regularly occurring species currently present on the island:

Northern Pintail
Green-winged (and Common) Teal
Greater Scaup

King Eider

Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck
Red-necked Grebe

Northern Fulmar
Red-faced Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Semipalmated Plover

Least Sandpiper

Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Red-necked Phalarope

Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull

Black-legged Kittiwake
Red-legged Kittiwake
Common Murre
Thick-billed Murre
Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient Murrelet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet
Crested Auklet

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin
Common Raven

Winter Wren (ssp. alascensis)

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

For tour information or to make travel arrangements visit our website
http://www.alaskabirding.com or call 1-877-424-5637. This is Scott Schuette (sschuette01@hotmail.com), Sean Hegarty, and Stephan Lorenz, the 2009 St. Paul Island Tour guide, wishing you good birding.

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