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Alaska Rare Bird Alert » Blog Archive » RBA St. Paul Island June 6-12, Eyebrowed Thrush, American Tree Sparrow, Brambling

RBA St. Paul Island June 6-12, Eyebrowed Thrush, American Tree Sparrow, Brambling


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Welcome birders, this is the St. Paul Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 6 through June 12 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 - 125

Greater White-fronted Goose

*Brant*

Cackling Goose (Aleutian)

*Tundra Swan*

Eurasian Wigeon

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal (spp. crecca)

Green-winged Teal (spp. carolinensis)

Greater Scaup

Lesser Scaup

Steller’s Eider

King Eider

*Common Eider*

Harlequin DuckLong-tailed DuckCommon Goldeneye

Pacific Loon

Yellow-billed Loon

Red-necked Grebe

Northern Fulmar

Short-tailed ShearwaterRed-faced Cormorant

Pelagic Cormorant

*Bald Eagle*

Semipalmated Plover

Wandering Tattler

Whimbrel (ssp. hudsonicus)

Whimbrel (ssp. variegatus)

Bar-tailed Godwit

Least Sandpiper

Rock Sandpiper

Red-necked Phalarope

Red PhalaropeBlack-legged Kittiwake

Red-legged Kittiwake

Glaucous-winged Gull

Glaucous Gull

*COMMON TERN (ssp. longipennis)*

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed JaegerCommon MurreThick-billed Murre

Pigeon Guillemot

Ancient Murrelet

Parakeet Auklet

Least Auklet

Crested Auklet

Tufted Puffin

Horned Puffin

Short-eared Owl

Common Raven

Bank Swallow

Pacific Wren

*Northern Wheatear*

EYEBROWED THRUSH

Lapland Longspur

Snow Bunting

Wilson’s Warbler

*American Tree Sparrow*

BRAMBLING

Gray-crowned Rosy FinchCommon Redpoll

Hoary Redpoll

 WEATHER  

Last week was highly variable, with 2 days of sun, many days of rain, and mostly North winds. Several inches of rain accumulated, and changed the wetland aspects on the island a great deal, but returned to normal after the last two days of sun. Lupines, Scurvygrass, and Hoary Lousewort are all in bloom. We saw the first blooming Tchuchki Primroses today, as well.  

 

WATERFOWL

 

A lone Greater White-fronted Goose has been seen at various lakes on the island throughout the week. Black Brant was also seen this week from the Webster Seawatch area. One Aleutian Cackling Goose frequented the Salt Lagoon early in the week and the seemingly sick Tundra Swan was up and about, flying to Webster Lake, late in the week. Pintail, Green-winged Teal, and Long-tailed Duck numbers have fallen to the average number that occur on-island for breeding. Greater Scaup have been regular on most ponds, with one remaining Lesser Scaup at Boraboras Ponds. Eider numbers dropped dramatically this week with only a handful of groups seen sporadically off of various cliffs.  A group of (6)Steller’s Eider has been in Salt. A lone, seemingly injured, hen Common Eider has been on Big Lake and Webster Lake recently. One hen Common Goldeneye lingers near Maurunick Point.

 

SEABIRDS and GULLS

Ancient Murrelets showed up in Village Cove on May 13 and have been feeding in the cove early mornings since.  Pigeon Guillemots have been seen almost daily from most cliff vantage points but have been concentrated around Reef Cliff and Zapadni Cliff. Horned Puffins returned on May 22nd, to the island, and are now in large numbers. All three Jaegers were seen this week as fly-bys, chasing ducks. Both Pacific and Yellow-billed Loons were seen this week, along with Red-necked Grebes.  SHOREBIRDS  Shorebirds were barely present this week. Both ssp. of Whimbrel have been recorded in the Southwest, and Northeast, parts of the island. Bar-tailed Godwit numbers have fluctuated wildly over the period, but were seen almost daily.   

LANDBIRDS and PASSERINES

 

One Short-eared Owl appeared over the period. Bank Swallows were in various locations. A Northern Wheatear appeared at the end of the Runway. Eyebrowed Thrush was the star of the week. One female was found at Polovina Cut. Single American Tree Sparrow and Wilson’s Warblers were seen near town. Brambling were found at two locations on the island, including a gorgeous male singing very close to the Reef Seal Blind. Common and Hoary Redpolls continue, in pairs, in the North crabpots. 

 

This is Forrest D. Rowland and D. Sean Hegarty, 2011 St. Paul Island Guides, 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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