Congrats to you on another great season at Gambell !
Sorry, it took me several weeks to reply to your earlier message,
below ... but it brought up a vivid memory ...
You may not remember this but in Fall 2004, Dave McKay and I kicked
up a small brown streaky-backed warblerish-bird just above the top of
the "revetments," south of Troutman Lake. The bird flushed right next
to a rivulet that ran much further uphill. The bird headed uphill and
flew very low and only a short distance, along the rivulet, then it
dropped down next to the rivulet. Our group of 4-5 folks immediately
worked uphill along that rivulet until it ended, way beyond where the
bird had landed. No sign of the bird! We did not see it fly off and
we did not find it lurking along the rivulet. We "officially" wrote
it off as an unknown; however, my immediate suspicion at the time was
that it fit the profile of a Lanceolated, which I had studied up on
in preparation for earlier trips to Attu. I only mentioned the
possibility of a Lanceolated to Dave and to you. I think you later
told me you went down and checked the same area, without success.
We will, of course, never know for sure what it was, but I still
would wager that it was a Lanceolated.
At 01:29 09/25/2013, Paul Lehman wrote:
>In the mid-afternoon on 24 Sep I found a LANCEOLATED WARBLER at
>Gambell--specifically in a 30-foot-wide patch of wormwood and
>adjoining boulder field at the base of the mountain slope near the
>north end of the mountain. (For those of you who have birded at
>Gambell in late spring, this spot is very close to where one sets up
>one's scope to look up on the mountain slope for the nesting
>Dovekies.) The bird would flush short distances in to crevices
>between rocks and be seen briefly mousing (er....vole-ing!) its way
>along vole runways under the wormwood. It finally flushed up the
>adjoining slope about 25 feet to another patch of wormwood and rocks
>where I could not re-find it. This is the first record for Gambell,
>and I believe it is the first fall record for Alaska (someone
>correct me if I'm wrong), although there is a fall record for the
>Farallon Islands in CA. No photos.
Phil Davis Davidsonville, Maryland USA