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3294Gambell: Wood Sand, BLACK Turnstone, B-h Gull

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  • Paul Lehman
    May 26, 2008
      Today, MAY 26, continues well, with a Wood Sandpiper in the "northeast
      corner marsh" and a fly-by adult Black-headed Gull near Old Town. But
      even combined with the morning's 7 Ivory Gulls and the total now of 14
      Spectacled Eiders for the day, the Lesser Sand-Plover, etc., actually
      the "rarest" bird here today is clearly the BLACK Turnstone, also near
      the northeast corner marsh. This species is strictly casual on the
      offshore Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, and it is my first-ever here
      at Gambell. Otherwise, another dozen Yellow-billed Loons today, 3
      Red-necked Grebes (rare but regular), only one Slaty-backed Gull so far
      for the four days, another flock of Emperor Geese. In the landbird
      department, two Northern Wheatears and 2 Eastern Yellow Wagtails arrived
      today, the latter singing.

      --Paul Lehman
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