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3330Gambell: LITTLE BUNTING, McKay's, etc.

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  • Paul Lehman
    Jun 3, 2008
      On Monday afternoon (6/2) I found a LITTLE BUNTING in Gambell's Far
      Boneyard, which is still present this morning (6/3), and enjoyed by all
      birders present. This is the FIRST spring record for Alaska and the
      U.S., although the species has proven to be a regular visitor in fall,
      with 20 found here at Gambell since the late 1990s. Also present at the
      same time at the nearby Circular Boneyard was a good-looking male
      McKay's Bunting. A third Red-necked Stint turned up, there was a
      japonicus-type American Pipit (very rare in spring, regular in small
      numbers in fall). Also today (6/3) was a briefly seen small falcon that
      was probably a Merlin (casual offshore) and a Varied Thrush (also casual
      offshore). Still one Ivory Gull seen today.

      From the AK mainland also has come two North American-type Mew Gulls on
      6/2, 3 Snow Geese on 6/2 (very rare in spring), an adult male Common
      Goldeneye (perhaps the first ever here of that age/sex), still a fair
      number of Black Guillemots and Steller's Eiders, but only one more
      Spectacled Eider. Also a couple more Bluethroats, Hermit and several
      Gray-cheeked Thrushes, Wheatear, continuing White Wagtails.

      --Paul Lehman
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