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5368RBA St. Paul Island June 21st – 27th: Steller’s Eider, Common Merganser

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  • stephanlorenz60
    Jul 1, 2010
      Howdy birders, this is the St. Paul Rare Bird Alert for the week of June 14th through 20th sponsored by St. Paul Island Tours. The following sequence of sightings is in taxonomic order; asterisks denote a species of less than annual occurrence or one of particular note.

      Birds Mentioned:
      Cackling Goose (B. h. leucopareia)
      Lesser Scaup
      *Steller's Eider
      White-winged Scoter
      Common Merganser
      Pacific Loon
      Whimbrel (N. p. variegatus)
      Herring Gull (L. a. smithsonianus)
      Parasitic Jaeger
      Long-tailed Jaeger
      Common Redpoll
      Hoary Redpoll
      South to southwest wind brought warm air and extensive fog. The majority of days saw overcast and moderate winds.

      A flock of 22 Cackling Geese was noted on (06/21). Among diving ducks Greater Scaups remained along with one pair of Lesser Scaup. Two White-winged Scoters were seen on Polovina Lake (06/25), King Eiders were noted in singles every day of the week and at least five Steller's Eiders remained in the harbor until (06/23). A Common Merganser was seen on Big Lake (06/23-06/25).


      A Herring Gull was seen until (06/23). Parasitic and Long-tailed Jaegers were seen on (06/25 and 06/22) respectively. Pacific Loons were seen (06/24-06/25).


      Wandering Tattlers were seen after a long absence on the (06/24 and 06/25). The Whimbrel (ssp. variegatus) stayed until the beginning of the week (06/21).


      Among songbirds only Common and Hoary Redpolls were seen on northeast (06/21).

      Regular occurring species currently on the island.

      Northern Pintail
      Green-winged Teal (A. crecca and A. carolinensis)
      Greater Scaup
      King Eider
      Harlequin Duck
      Long-tailed Duck
      Northern Fulmar
      Short-tailed Shearwater
      Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
      Red-faced Cormorant
      Pelagic Cormorant
      Semipalmated Plover
      Least Sandpiper
      Rock Sandpiper
      Wandering Tattler
      Red-necked Phalarope
      Red Phalarope
      Glaucous-winged Gull
      Black-legged Kittiwake
      Red-legged Kittiwake
      Common Murre
      Thick-billed Murre
      Ancient Murrelet
      Parakeet Auklet
      Crested Auklet
      Least Auklet
      Horned Puffin
      Tufted Puffin
      Common Raven
      Winter Wren
      Lapland Longspur
      Snow Bunting
      Gray-crowned Rosyfinch

      The St. Paul Island Tour Guides are wishing you good birding. Fall tours will run from September 1st through 30th, for more information on fall tours please contact Stephan Lorenz (slorenz@...).