10312Gambell: arrival (mine), 2 C. Ringed Plovers, regular migrants
- Aug 16, 2014I arrived at Gambell AK yesterday, after a 24-hour fog delay--for my
annual, protracted fall stay--this year scheduled to last for over 6
weeks, until October 1. This arrival is about a week earlier than my
usual. In addition, about 10 other independent birders will come and go
during the season for various lengths of time, and there will be one
tour group here in early September as well. While delayed in Nome on
Thursday we had 2 ARCTIC LOONS at the usual stretch of Safety Sound,
near mile 28, and there's still an active colony of 40+ Aleutian Terns
near the airport. But overall bird numbers seemed fairly low compared
to normal for mid-August.
Here at Gambell, today (16 Aug) we've had 2 separate juvenile COMMON
RINGED PLOVERS (with close-up photos), which are pretty much annual in
August (but rarer than in late spring, given the adults have all
departed already), one-year-old Slaty-backed Gull, and an OK number of
typical "trans-Beringian" migrants for mid-August: 9 Arctic Warblers, 1
Bluethroat, 27 Northern Wheatears, 26 Eastern Yellow Wagtails, 8 White
Wagtails (local breeders), and 2 Red-throated Pipits. Before we
arrived, local resident Clarence Irrigoo photo'd a rare-but-annual
hudsonicus WHIMBREL on 5 August and record-early local arrival migrant
American Pipits on 10 August.
And it's a balmy 52 degrees.
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