Here s a relatively brief summary of the Fall of 2013 at Gambell, mostly 22 Aug - 1 Oct, when I was there. ASIAN RARITIES Baikal Teal: 1 (31 Aug-2 Sep;Message 1 of 134 , Oct 6View SourceHere's a relatively brief summary of the Fall of 2013 at Gambell, mostly
22 Aug - 1 Oct, when I was there.
Baikal Teal: 1 (31 Aug-2 Sep; first Gambell record)
Common Snipe: 1 (14 Sep)
Horned Lark: 4 (flava; 8-9 Sep)
Lanceolated Warbler: 1 (24 Sep; first Gambell record; first record of
a fall migrant in AK)
Siberian Chiffchaff: 1 (22-23 Sep; second or third Gambell and North
Willow Warbler: 2 (28 Aug, 29 Aug; brings fall total at Gambell to
Dusky Warbler: 1 (22 Aug; brings fall total at Gambell to 22 birds)
Yellow-browed Warbler: 1 (8-10 Sep; fourth Gambell record, all in fall)
Red-flanked Bluetail: 23 Sep (second Gambell record, both in fall)
Siberian Stonechat: 1 (10 Sep; fourth or fifth fall record at
Gambell; slightly more spring records)
Siberian Accentor: 3 (8 Sep, 8-9 Sep, 26 Sep; brings fall total at
Gambell to 19 birds)
Pechora Pipit: 1 (20 Sep; brings fall total at Gambell to 18 birds)
Little Bunting: 1 (16 Aug; record early bird anywhere in AK; brings
fall total at Gambell to 24 birds; only one spring record)
NORTH AMERICAN MAINLAND STRAYS
Definitely well below average for this group, with just two species of
wood-warblers (3 Orange-crowned, 1 Yellow) and average to below-average
numbers of various sparrows (with best being 1 Lincoln's [11th fall
record], 5 more Chippings [brings fall total to surprising 29 birds],
and 1 Dark-eyed Junco). Best bird was 'only' a Warbling Vireo (1 Oct;
6th Gambell record, all in fall); otherwise 1 Hermit Thrush....
Overall average to slightly below average for a number of species, but a
good year for Sharp-tailed (98) and Pectoral (485) Sandpipers. Rare
species included single Common Ringed Plover, Lesser Sand-Plover,
Red-necked Stint, Gray-tailed Tattler (low), and hudsonicus Whimbrel.
A good year for Emperor Goose, Kittlitz's Murrelet; but below average to
poor for Steller's Eider, Harlequin Duck, puddle ducks, all three
jaegers, Yellow-billed and Arctic Loons, Ancient Murrelet, and probably
Black-legged Kittiwake. I departed too early to say anything definitive
about eiders. Best seabirds/waterbirds were an early juvenile Ross's
Gull (29 Sep), Cackling Goose (first autumn record), Black Guillemot,
smithsonianus Herring Gull, and 2 Thayer's Gulls. Average number of
Slaty-backed Gulls (15). Nesting late-season alcid numbers seemed about
on par with recent years.
TRANS-BERINGIAN LANDBIRD MIGRANTS
Average to above-average year for White Wagtail (9), Red-throated Pipit
(24), Northern Wheatear (93), and Arctic Warbler (48); far above average
for japonicus [Siberian] American Pipit (38); but below average for
Bluethroat (8), Gray-cheeked Thrush (7), and Eastern Yellow Wagtail (38).
Six McKay's Buntings were pretty good, it was a record local season for
Snowy Owls, and the three Gyrfalcons included two returning white birds.
Thanks to all the other observers this year, including especially
Clarence Irrigoo, Aaron Lang, and James Huntington.
Hi Paul: 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 aMessage 134 of 134 , Oct 14View SourceHi Paul:
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