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255This week at St. Paul Island

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  • rknight@preferred.com
    Jul 18, 2005
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      - RBA
      * Alaska
      * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
      * July 17, 2005
      * AKSPI 1707.05


      Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
      July 11-17, 2005 sponsored by St. Paul Island Tour. The following sequence of
      sightings is in taxonomic order; an asterisk denotes a species of less than
      annual occurrence or one of particular note.

      Birds Mentioned:

      Eurasian Wigeon
      *Steller’s Eider
      King Eider
      White-winged Scoter
      Short-tailed Shearwater
      *Bald Eagle
      Wandering Tattler
      *GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
      Ruddy Turnstone
      Pectoral Sandpiper
      Red Phalarope
      Parasitic Jaeger
      *Black-headed Gull
      Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
      Slaty-backed Gull
      Rhinoceros Auklet
      *Common Raven
      *McKay’s Bunting
      Common Redpoll


      WEATHER
      The only weather of note was moderate northwest winds on July 16 and light NW
      winds the following day.


      WATERFOWL
      A drake Eurasian Wigeon at the Salt Lagoon on the 12th was a surprise in mid-
      summer. One to three female Steller’s Eiders lingered around the harbor and
      Salt Lagoon this week. One female King Eider lingered around the harbor all
      week and another was seen at Ridge Wall on the 12th. Four White-winged
      Scoters remained at Webster Seawatch through the period.

      SEABIRDS
      Over a hundred Short-tailed Shearwaters passed Southwest Point on the 16th,
      with small numbers seen at Northeast Point that day and the next. A Parasitic
      Jaeger was spotted at Crater Hill on the 16th. An alternate-plumaged Black-
      headed Gull was observed at Big Lake on the 11th and 13th. An adult Herring
      Gull (smithsonianus) was noted at the harbor on the 15th. A third-year Slaty-
      backed Gull was seen on the 17th at East Landing. Only one Rhinoceros Auklet
      was seen this week, at Ridge Wall on the 14th.

      SHOREBIRDS
      Single Wandering Tattlers were at Lake Hill on the 14th and at the Salt Lagoon
      on the 17th. The season’s first GRAY-TAILED TATTLER appeared on the 11th at
      the Salt Lagoon; 1-3 were seen there from the 15th – 17th. The number of
      Ruddy Turnstones skyrocketed to 500+ by week’s end. One to three Pectoral
      Sandpipers were seen at Pumphouse Lake through the 16th. Fifty Red
      Phalaropes, some still in alternate plumage, were spotted at Ridge Wall on the
      14th & 15th, while over 200 were seen at Southwest Point on the 17th.

      LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
      The lingering immature Bald Eagle was noted several times this week. One to
      three Common Ravens were seen at various sites around the island this week.
      Our male MCKAY’S BUNTING was seen through the 15th at Crater Hill. Small
      numbers (1-3) of Common Redpolls were seen around the island all week.

      Regularly occurring species now present on the island:
      Northern Pintail
      Green-winged (and Common) Teal --- all now in eclipse plumage
      Harlequin Duck
      Long-tailed Duck
      Northern Fulmar
      Red-faced Cormorant
      Pelagic Cormorant
      Semipalmated Plover
      Least Sandpiper
      Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
      Red-necked Phalarope
      Glaucous-winged Gull
      Black-legged Kittiwake
      Red-legged Kittiwake
      Common Murre
      Thick-billed Murre
      Ancient Murrelet
      Parakeet Auklet
      Least Auklet
      Crested Auklet
      Horned Puffin
      Tufted Puffin
      Winter Wren (ssp. alascensis)
      Lapland Longspur
      Snow Bunting
      Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (ssp. umbrina)

      For tour information or to make travel arrangements visit our website
      http:www.alaskabirding.com or call 1-877-424-5637. This is Rick Knight
      (rknight@...), Dylan Radin, and Brandon Percival, the 2005 St. Paul
      Island Tour guides, wishing you good birding.



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