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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island June 26-July 2, Rhinocerous Auklet, Gray-tailed Tattler

RBA St. Paul Island June 26-July 2, Rhinocerous Auklet, Gray-tailed Tattler


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Welcome birders, this is the St. Paul Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 13 through June 19 sponsored by St. Paul Island Tours. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; asterisks denote a species of less than annual occurrence, and species in all capitals are one of particular note.

Birds:  Species count to date – 132

Greater White-fronted Goose

Cackling Goose (Aleutian)

Eurasian Wigeon

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal (spp. crecca)

Green-winged Teal (spp. carolinensis)

Greater Scaup

Steller’s Eider

King Eider

Harlequin Duck

Long-tailed Duck

Bufflehead

Pacific Loon

Northern Fulmar

Short-tailed Shearwater

Red-faced Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

Semipalmated Plover

*Gray-tailed Tattler*

Ruddy Turnstone

Rock Sandpiper

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Black-legged Kittiwake

Red-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull

Herring Gull ssp. vegae

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger Common Murre Thick-billed Murre Pigeon Guillemot Ancient Murrelet Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

*Rhinocerous Auklet*

Tufted Puffin

Horned Puffin

Common Raven

Pacific Wren

Lapland Longspur

Snow Bunting

Gray-crowned Rosy Finch

Common Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

WEATHER  

This week we had West winds 4 of 7 days. Some rain accumulated during a major Western Low weather event, and the wetland aspects on the island were renewed. Alaska Poppy, Moss Campion, all Saxifrage, Wormwood, Capitate Valerian, Nootka Lupine, Wild Geranium, Scurvygrass, Draba, Whorly Lousewort, Cordialis, Sulphury Buttercups, Rock Jasmine, Short Jacob’s Ladder, Tall Jacob’s Ladder, Strawberry, and Chukchi Primrose are all in bloom.

 

WATERFOWL

 

A flock of 6 Cackling Geese flew over the wetlands this week. A lone, late, Greater White-fronted Goose appeared on Rocky Lake for a day. The pair of Eurasian Wigeon frequenting Pumphouse Lake and Rocky Lake continued. Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Long-tailed Duck are at the average numbers that occur on-island for breeding. Greater Scaup numbers are waning, with only a few left on the Island. A group of (4-6)Steller’s Eider has been in Salt Lagoon sporadically, and seen from Reef Seal Blind. A flock of 4 White-winged Scoters were off of Reef Point Seal Blind on June 24. A wayward female Bufflehead has lingered at Marounick Pond all week.

 

SEABIRDS and GULLS

 

Huge numbers of Fulmars near East Landing attracted some pelagic birds this week. High numbers of Short-tailed Shearwater were recorded among the Fulmars. A few Sabine’s Gulls turned up in the same area. Pigeon Guillemots have been seen almost daily from most cliff vantage points but have been concentrated around Reef Cliff and Zapadni Cliff. All three Jaegers were seen this week as fly-bys, with no fewer than 7, perched, Long-tailed Jaegers putting on a show at Novastorshna one afternoon! Pacific Loons were seen this week near Marounick (North) Point. Two Rhinocerous Auklets turned up off of North Point, as well, this week and the FWS are in search of the pair in hopes of another nesting record.

 

SHOREBIRDS

 

Very few shorebirds were encountered this week, save for our largest flock of Ruddy Turnstones of the year, and the Gray-tailed Tattlers near East Landing.

  

LANDBIRDS and PASSERINES

 

Common Redpolls continue, in pairs, in the North. Hoary Redpolls are present, but scarce while Snow Bunting and Rosy-Finch fledglings are becoming ubiquitous.

 

This is Forrest D. Rowland, 2011 St. Paul Island Guide, wishing you productive, exciting birding wherever you may be. Until next week!!!

 St. Paul Island Tourswww.alaskabirding.com

(877) 424 - 5637

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