255This week at St. Paul Island
- Jul 18, 2005- RBA
* 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.
Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
The only weather of note was moderate northwest winds on July 16 and light NW
winds the following day.
A drake Eurasian Wigeon at the Salt Lagoon on the 12th was a surprise in mid-
summer. One to three female Stellers 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.
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.
Single Wandering Tattlers were at Lake Hill on the 14th and at the Salt Lagoon
on the 17th. The seasons 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 weeks 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 MCKAYS 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:
Green-winged (and Common) Teal --- all now in eclipse plumage
Rock Sandpiper (ssp. ptilocnemis)
Winter Wren (ssp. alascensis)
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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