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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island June 22nd-28th: Dark-sided Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Black-tailed Godwit

RBA St. Paul Island June 22nd-28th: Dark-sided Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Black-tailed Godwit


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Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June 22-28, 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)

Mallard

*RING-NECKED DUCK

TUFTED DUCK

White-winged Scoter

Red-breasted Merganser

RED-THROATED LOON

Pacific Loon

COMMON LOON

Yellow-billed Loon

Short-tailed Shearwater

Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel

COMMON SANDPIPER

**BLACK-TAILED GODWIT

RED KNOT

Dunlin

Red Phalarope

Herring Gull (ssp. vegae)

COMMON TERN (SSP. LONGIPENNIS)

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger

**DOVEKIE

***PURPLE MARTIN

Bank Swallow

***DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER

*EYEBROWED THRUSH

RED-THROATED PIPIT

BRAMBLING

The weather was dominated by a series of weak low pressure systems this week which brought winds from the west most days with a couple days this week having light or variable winds. The fog seemed to stay clear of the island this week but overcast skies and light rain most days created still gave a Bering Sea feel.

WATERFOWL

Last week’s female RING-NECKED DUCK was last seen at Webster Lake on the 22nd while a male TUFTED DUCK was found on Webster Lake on the 22nd and a pair was present on Little Polovina Lake on the 27th. Other waterfowl this week included the flock of 20+ Cackling Geese which were last seen around Polovina Hill on the 23rd while the Webster Lake Mallard continued until the 26th, meanwhile a pair of White-winged Scoters were seen at Tonki Point and Marunich throughout the week while a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers arrived on the 23rd at Big Lake and remained around the island through the 28th.

SEABIRDS & GULLS

Headlining this group for the week was a DOVEKIE which was seen flying past Zapadni Wall on the morning of the 27th. Present in relatively large numbers for the week were loons with a RED-THROATED at Tonki Point on the 28th, a pair of COMMONS at Big Polovina Lake from the 24th-28th, a Yellow-billed at the Webster seawatch from the 24th-27th, and several Pacifics on the 22nd, 23rd, and 24th. Also appearing in larger than average numbers this week were jaegers with 6 Parasitics at Big Lake on the 27th, single Long-tailed Jaegers on the 22nd and 26th and 3 along the High Cliffs on the 28th, and large numbers of Pomarines with a single at Southwest Point on the 22nd, 4 at Big Polovina Lake on the 23rd, 1 at Reef Point on the 25th, 1 at Big Polovina Lake on the 26th, and 1 at Marunich on the 28th. In small numbers but still present this week were Short-tailed Shearwaters on most days, while a Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel was at Reef Point on the 28th, a few Vega Herring Gulls were at scattered sites through the week while a LONGIPENNIS COMMON TERN was seen in the harbor on the 23rd.

SHOREBIRDS

The season’s second and a remarkably late BLACK-TAILED GODWIT was seen in the Little Polovina Lake area on the 27th while a COMMON SANDPIPER was found along the shoreline at Marunich on the 28th to highlight the week’s shorebirds. Also of note this week was a RED KNOT at the Webster seawatch on the 23rd. Other migrant shorebirds this week included Dunlin at Antone Slough on the 23rd and Webster Lake on the 26th, several Red Phalaropes through the week on at Webster Lake, single Least Sandpipers in the Polovina Wetlands on the 24th and 27th, and the first Wandering Tattler in some time at Marunich on the 28th.

LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES

Passerine highlights from both sides of the ocean arrived this week with the first being a PURPLE MARTIN which was found along the harbor seawall on the afternoon of the 22nd, the second was a DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER which was found in the large cut at Polovina Hill on the evening of the 27th. Also arriving from the west this week were a Bank Swallow at the Kaminista Quarry on the 28th, a RED-THROATED PIPIT at the Webster House on the 27th, an EYEBROWED THRUSH at the Kaminista Quarry on the 28th, and a BRAMBLING at Little Polovina Lake on the 26th.

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

Wandering Tattler

Ruddy Turnstone

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

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), Stephan Lorenz, and Sean Hegarty, the 2009 St. Paul Island Tour guides, wishing you good birding.

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