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  • rknight@preferred.com
    - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * June 19, 2005 * AKSPI 1906.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June
    Message 1 of 10 , Jun 20, 2005
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      - RBA
      * Alaska
      * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
      * June 19, 2005
      * AKSPI 1906.05


      Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
      June 13-19, 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:

      Cackling Goose (leucopareia)
      King Eider
      *Red-throated Loon
      Horned Grebe
      Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
      Wandering Tattler
      Black-headed Gull
      Mew Gull (brachyrhynchus)
      Slaty-backed Gull
      Glaucous Gull
      Common Tern (longipennis)
      Rhinoceros Auklet
      *Common Cuckoo
      Snowy Owl
      *Cliff Swallow
      *Gray-streaked Flycatcher
      *McKay’s Bunting
      Brambling
      *HAWFINCH


      WEATHER
      South to southeast winds persisted through the 18th, then shifted to the
      southwest and blew briskly all day on the 19th , bringing a welcome wave of
      vagrants.

      WATERFOWL
      Cackling Geese continue to migrate through St. Paul, with 4 found on Antone
      Lake on the 13th , a flock of 18 flying past Ridge Wall on the 15th, and 4
      spotted at Northeast on the 16th. One female King Eider was spotted loafing
      around on the rocks at Reef on the 14th.

      SEABIRDS
      A breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon gave visitors good views from the 13th-
      17th, observed from the Reef seal blind. A late Horned Grebe was spotted at
      Southwest Point on the 16th. A lone Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel occurred off
      East Landing on the 13th. A Common Tern of the Asian subspecies longipennis
      was seen in the Salt Lagoon on the 13th and again on the 16th. Two Black-
      headed Gulls remained at Antone Lake through the 13th. One adult Mew Gull
      took up residence in the Salt Lagoon from 13th-15th, along with “Lucky” the
      Glaucous Gull who has not left the vicinity of the Salt Lagoon. An adult
      Slaty-backed Gull visited Rocky Lake on the 13th-14th. Rhinoceros Auklets
      continue to be seen as singles or pairs at Southwest Point, Ridge Wall, and
      Reef. One bird was observed disappearing into the cliffs at Southwest,
      hinting at potential breeding, which is unrecorded in the Pribilofs.

      SHOREBIRDS
      One Wandering Tattler was seen on Tattler Cove in Salt Lagoon on the 15th and
      16th , along with one at Marunich on the 16th.

      LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
      Two Common Cuckoos were seen on the 19th, at Zapadni ravine and in Kaminista,
      respectively. A Snowy Owl was found perched on a barabara near Polovina Lake
      on the 14th. An amazing SIX Gray-streaked Flycatchers were found late on the
      19th, occurring at Polovina cut, Webster Lake, and Hutchinson Hill. Probably
      the highlight of the week was a single HAWFINCH spotted on Hutchinson Hill on
      the 14th, which continued to be seen through the 16th. One Cliff Swallow was
      seen flying past Ridge Wall on the 15th. Our male MCKAY’S BUNTING continues
      to be seen at Crater Hill, but has been less cooperative as of late. A female
      Brambling was found at Hutchinson Hill on the 19th.

      Regularly occurring species now present on the island:

      Northern Pintail
      Green-winged (and Common) Teal
      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
      Pigeon Guillemot
      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@...) and Dylan Radin, the 2005 St. Paul Island Tour guides,
      wishing you good birding.


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    • davidsonne@aol.com
      Thanks for the update. Impressive that stuff is still showing up. Nothig of note in Anchorage. Dave S. ... From: rknight@preferred.com To:
      Message 2 of 10 , Jun 20, 2005
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        Thanks for the update. Impressive that stuff is still showing up. Nothig of note in Anchorage.
        Dave S.

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        From: rknight@...
        To: akbirding@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Mon, 20 Jun 2005 16:14:08 -0400
        Subject: [AK Birding] This week at St. Paul Island




        - RBA
        * Alaska
        * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
        * June 19, 2005
        * AKSPI 1906.05


        Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
        June 13-19, 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:

        Cackling Goose (leucopareia)
        King Eider
        *Red-throated Loon
        Horned Grebe
        Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
        Wandering Tattler
        Black-headed Gull
        Mew Gull (brachyrhynchus)
        Slaty-backed Gull
        Glaucous Gull
        Common Tern (longipennis)
        Rhinoceros Auklet
        *Common Cuckoo
        Snowy Owl
        *Cliff Swallow
        *Gray-streaked Flycatcher
        *McKay?s Bunting
        Brambling
        *HAWFINCH


        WEATHER
        South to southeast winds persisted through the 18th, then shifted to the
        southwest and blew briskly all day on the 19th , bringing a welcome wave of
        vagrants.

        WATERFOWL
        Cackling Geese continue to migrate through St. Paul, with 4 found on Antone
        Lake on the 13th , a flock of 18 flying past Ridge Wall on the 15th, and 4
        spotted at Northeast on the 16th. One female King Eider was spotted loafing
        around on the rocks at Reef on the 14th.

        SEABIRDS
        A breeding plumaged Red-throated Loon gave visitors good views from the 13th-
        17th, observed from the Reef seal blind. A late Horned Grebe was spotted at
        Southwest Point on the 16th. A lone Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel occurred off
        East Landing on the 13th. A Common Tern of the Asian subspecies longipennis
        was seen in the Salt Lagoon on the 13th and again on the 16th. Two Black-
        headed Gulls remained at Antone Lake through the 13th. One adult Mew Gull
        took up residence in the Salt Lagoon from 13th-15th, along with ?Lucky? the
        Glaucous Gull who has not left the vicinity of the Salt Lagoon. An adult
        Slaty-backed Gull visited Rocky Lake on the 13th-14th. Rhinoceros Auklets
        continue to be seen as singles or pairs at Southwest Point, Ridge Wall, and
        Reef. One bird was observed disappearing into the cliffs at Southwest,
        hinting at potential breeding, which is unrecorded in the Pribilofs.

        SHOREBIRDS
        One Wandering Tattler was seen on Tattler Cove in Salt Lagoon on the 15th and
        16th , along with one at Marunich on the 16th.

        LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
        Two Common Cuckoos were seen on the 19th, at Zapadni ravine and in Kaminista,
        respectively. A Snowy Owl was found perched on a barabara near Polovina Lake
        on the 14th. An amazing SIX Gray-streaked Flycatchers were found late on the
        19th, occurring at Polovina cut, Webster Lake, and Hutchinson Hill. Probably
        the highlight of the week was a single HAWFINCH spotted on Hutchinson Hill on
        the 14th, which continued to be seen through the 16th. One Cliff Swallow was
        seen flying past Ridge Wall on the 15th. Our male MCKAY?S BUNTING continues
        to be seen at Crater Hill, but has been less cooperative as of late. A female
        Brambling was found at Hutchinson Hill on the 19th.

        Regularly occurring species now present on the island:

        Northern Pintail
        Green-winged (and Common) Teal
        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
        Pigeon Guillemot
        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@...) and Dylan Radin, the 2005 St. Paul Island Tour guides,
        wishing you good birding.


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      • rknight@preferred.com
        - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * June 26, 2005 * AKSPI 2606.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June
        Message 3 of 10 , Jun 27, 2005
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          - RBA
          * Alaska
          * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
          * June 26, 2005
          * AKSPI 2606.05


          Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
          June 20-26, 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:

          *Gadwall
          Greater Scaup
          *Steller’s Eider
          King Eider
          White-winged Scoter
          Red-breasted Merganser
          Short-tailed Shearwater
          *Bald Eagle
          Wandering Tattler
          Ruddy Turnstone
          Herring Gull (vegae)
          Glaucous Gull
          Rhinoceros Auklet
          *COMMON CUCKOO
          *ARCTIC WARBLER
          *DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER
          *GRAY-STREAKED FLYCATCHER
          *McKay’s Bunting
          Common Redpoll
          *Hoary Redpoll


          WEATHER
          Following brisk southwest winds on the 19th (which brought us some vagrants),
          winds this week resumed a generally east to southeast direction.

          WATERFOWL
          Duck numbers and variety increased this week. A female Gadwall was seen in
          the Salt Lagoon on the 25th. Three Greater Scaup were noted on the 20th,
          split between Rocky Lake and Webster Lake. A lone female Steller’s Eider
          occurred with the large flock of Harlequin Ducks in the harbor on the 25th.
          Small numbers of King Eiders still linger around the island. Three White-
          winged Scoters were spotted at Marunich on the 23rd, along with two Red-
          breasted Mergansers.

          SEABIRDS
          Four Short-tailed Shearwaters were spotted off Southwest Point on the 20th,
          while another sat on the water close to shore at Marunich on the 23rd. An
          adult vegae Herring Gull was seen on the 23rd at Marunich. The injured
          Glaucous Gull (“Lucky”) remains around the Salt Lagoon. Rhinoceros Auklets
          continue to be seen as singles or pairs at Southwest Point and Ridge Wall.

          SHOREBIRDS
          One Wandering Tattler was seen at Marunich on the 21st. Three Ruddy
          Turnstones on the 23rd likely indicate the beginning of southward migration
          here by that species.

          LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
          The lingering immature Bald Eagle was noted twice this week. One COMMON
          CUCKOO was seen on the 20th at Polovina Hill, probably a holdover from the
          preceding day. An ARCTIC WARBLER and a DARK-SIDED FLYCATCHER were seen on the
          20th at Hutchinson Hill. Numbers of GRAY-STREAKED FLYCATCHERS decreased to
          four on the 20th, three on the 21st, and the last one on the 22nd, with
          sightings at Polovina Hill and Hutchinson Hill. Our male MCKAY’S BUNTING
          continues to be seen at Crater Hill. Three Common Redpolls were spotted on
          the 25th near Crater Hill and six Hoary Redpolls occurred at Hutchinson Hill
          on the 21st.

          Regularly occurring species now present on the island:
          Northern Pintail
          Green-winged (and Common) Teal
          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
          Pigeon Guillemot
          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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        • rknight@preferred.com
          - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * July 3, 2005 * AKSPI 0307.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of June 27
          Message 4 of 10 , Jul 4, 2005
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            - RBA
            * Alaska
            * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
            * July 3, 2005
            * AKSPI 0307.05


            Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
            June 27 – July 3, 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:

            Cackling Goose
            Greater Scaup
            *Steller’s Eider
            King Eider
            White-winged Scoter
            Red-breasted Merganser
            *Common Loon
            Red-necked Grebe
            Short-tailed Shearwater
            *Bald Eagle
            Wandering Tattler
            Ruddy Turnstone
            Parasitic Jaeger
            Glaucous Gull
            Rhinoceros Auklet
            *Barn Swallow (Eurasian form)
            *McKay’s Bunting
            Common Redpoll


            WEATHER
            The only notable weather event for this week was west winds on June 28th,
            which shifted to the southwest on the following day. Wind velocity both days
            was less than 10 mph.

            WATERFOWL
            Six Cackling Geese were reported on the 28th at Kittiwake Lake. Three Greater
            Scaup drakes were in the Salt Lagoon from June 29 to July 1. A lone female
            Steller’s Eider remained through the period with the Harlequin Ducks in the
            harbor, while another female Steller’s was seen on the 29th and 1st at Webster
            Seawatch. Small numbers (1-3) of King Eiders lingered around the harbor all
            week. Four White-winged Scoters were noted at Webster Seawatch from the 29th
            to July 1 and three Red-breasted Mergansers were also there on the 29th.

            SEABIRDS
            A basic-plumaged Common Loon was an unexpected sight on the 29th at
            Northeast. Two Red-necked Grebes were seen at Marunich on the 1st & 2nd of
            July. Six Short-tailed Shearwaters were spotted off Northeast Point on the
            1st. A light-morph Parasitic Jaeger appeared at Northeast on the 28th and a
            dark-morph Parasitic was seen there the next day. The injured Glaucous Gull
            (“Lucky”) remains around the Salt Lagoon. Rhinoceros Auklets continue to be
            seen as singles and pairs at Southwest Point and Ridge Wall.

            SHOREBIRDS
            A Wandering Tattler was seen at Southwest Point on the 27th. Up to 15 Ruddy
            Turnstones were seen at Marunich on the 1st & 2nd.

            LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
            The lingering immature Bald Eagle was noted several times this week.
            Evidently blown in by the light west winds, a white-bellied Barn Swallow
            (apparently of a Eurasian race) was seen around the airport buildings and
            settling pond from June 29 through July 2. Our male MCKAY’S BUNTING
            continues to be seen at Crater Hill. Small numbers (1-8) of Common Redpolls
            were seen around the island this week.

            Regularly occurring species now present on the island:
            Northern Pintail
            Green-winged (and Common) Teal
            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
            Pigeon Guillemot
            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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          • rknight@preferred.com
            - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * July 10, 2005 * AKSPI 1007.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of July 10,
            Message 5 of 10 , Jul 11, 2005
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              - RBA
              * Alaska
              * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
              * July 10, 2005
              * AKSPI 1007.05


              Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
              July 10, 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:

              Greater Scaup
              *Steller’s Eider
              King Eider
              White-winged Scoter
              Red-necked Grebe
              Short-tailed Shearwater
              *Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
              *Bald Eagle
              Pacific Golden-Plover
              Ruddy Turnstone
              Pectoral Sandpiper
              Long-tailed Jaeger
              *Black-headed Gull
              Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
              Slaty-backed Gull
              Glaucous Gull
              Rhinoceros Auklet
              *Common Raven
              *Barn Swallow (Eurasian form)
              *McKay’s Bunting
              Common Redpoll


              WEATHER
              We had light west winds on the 6th, brisk west winds on the 9th, and moderate
              west / southwest winds on the 10th.


              WATERFOWL
              One Greater Scaup was spotted at Sheep Lake on the 5th. The female Steller’s
              Eider remained through the period with the Harlequin Ducks in the harbor and
              was joined by a second there on the 4th, while another female Steller’s was
              seen at Marunich on the 7th. One to two King Eiders lingered around the
              harbor all week. Four White-winged Scoters were noted at Webster Seawatch
              through the period.

              SEABIRDS
              A Red-necked Grebe was seen at Marunich on the 7th. A few (10+) Short-tailed
              Shearwaters were spotted off Northeast Point on the 4th & 9th, with 100+ there
              on the 10th. A Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel sitting on the water at Southwest
              Point allowed close study on the 8th, while two were seen at East Landing on
              the 9th. A Long-tailed Jaeger appeared at Webster Seawatch on the 10th. An
              alternate-plumaged Black-headed Gull was observed at Pumphouse Lake and the
              harbor on the 10th. A Herring Gull (smithsonianus) was noted at Pumphouse
              Lake on the 5th. A third-year Slaty-backed Gull was seen on the 4th at
              Northeast Point. The saga of the lingering injured Glaucous Gull (“Lucky”)
              came to a conclusion on the 9th when it was found dead. Only one Rhinoceros
              Auklet was seen this week at Ridge Wall.

              SHOREBIRDS
              An alternate-plumaged Pacific Golden-Plover appeared at Pumphouse Lake on the
              4th and remained through the 7th; it was replaced by a transitional-plumaged
              plover on the 9th. The number of Ruddy Turnstones grew to 45+ by week’s end.
              One to four Pectoral Sandpipers were seen at Pumphouse Lake from the 8th –
              10th.

              LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
              The lingering immature Bald Eagle was noted several times this week and the
              adult was seen on the 4th. A Common Raven was seen at Reef on the 10th. The
              white-bellied Barn Swallow (of a Eurasian race) lingered around the airport
              buildings and settling pond through July 6th. Our male MCKAY’S BUNTING
              continues to be seen at Crater Hill. Small numbers (1-10) 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
              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
              Pigeon Guillemot
              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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            • rknight@preferred.com
              - 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
              Message 6 of 10 , 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)

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                http:www.alaskabirding.com or call 1-877-424-5637. This is Rick Knight
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                - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * July 24, 2005 * AKSPI 2407.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of July
                Message 7 of 10 , Jul 25, 2005
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                  * Alaska
                  * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
                  * July 24, 2005
                  * AKSPI 2407.05


                  Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
                  July 18-24, 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:

                  *Steller’s Eider
                  King Eider
                  White-winged Scoter
                  Red-necked Grebe
                  Short-tailed Shearwater
                  Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
                  *Bald Eagle
                  Wandering Tattler
                  *GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
                  Ruddy Turnstone
                  Red Phalarope
                  Parasitic Jaeger
                  Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
                  Slaty-backed Gull
                  Rhinoceros Auklet
                  *Common Raven
                  *McKay’s Bunting
                  Common Redpoll


                  WEATHER
                  Light southwest winds on the 20th were followed by light west winds on the
                  21st.


                  WATERFOWL
                  One to three female Steller’s Eiders continued to linger around the harbor and
                  Salt Lagoon this week. Two female King Eiders were seen in the harbor on the
                  21st. A White-winged Scoter was spotted from town cliffs on the 18th and
                  19th.

                  SEABIRDS
                  Two Red-necked Grebes were seen at Marunich on the 24th. One to three Short-
                  tailed Shearwaters at East Landing all week allowed close study, as did a Fork-
                  tailed Storm-Petrel there on the 20th. Single Parasitic Jaegers were spotted
                  at Reef on the 18th and 22nd, with another seen on the 24th at Ridge Wall. A
                  Herring Gull (smithsonianus) was noted on the 20th and 23rd around the
                  harbor. A third-year Slaty-backed Gull was seen from July 20-22 at either
                  East Landing or Pumphouse Lake. Two Rhinoceros Auklets were seen at East
                  Landing on the 19th.

                  SHOREBIRDS
                  One to three Wandering Tattlers were seen at various sites on the island this
                  week. Up to three GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS were seen daily at the Salt Lagoon,
                  sometimes with Wandering Tattlers visible simultaneously. The number of Ruddy
                  Turnstones increased to 1000+ by week’s end. Over 200 Red Phalaropes occurred
                  between Reef and Tolstoi Point all week.

                  LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
                  The lingering immature Bald Eagle was noted again this week. One or two
                  Common Ravens were seen at various sites around the island this week. The
                  male MCKAY’S BUNTING was seen on the 22nd at Crater Hill. Single Common
                  Redpolls were spotted at various sites around the island this 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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                  - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * July 31, 2005 * AKSPI 3107.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of July
                  Message 8 of 10 , Aug 1, 2005
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                    * Alaska
                    * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
                    * July 31, 2005
                    * AKSPI 3107.05


                    Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
                    July 25-31, 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:

                    *Steller’s Eider
                    King Eider
                    Short-tailed Shearwater
                    Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel
                    Pacific Golden-Plover
                    Wandering Tattler
                    *GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
                    Ruddy Turnstone
                    *Red-necked Stint
                    *Wilson’s Snipe
                    Red Phalarope
                    Long-tailed Jaeger
                    Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
                    Slaty-backed Gull
                    *Common Raven


                    WATERFOWL
                    Two female Steller’s Eiders were seen in the Salt Lagoon on the 27th. One or
                    two female King Eiders were seen in the harbor all week.

                    SEABIRDS
                    Small numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters occurred at Northeast Point on the
                    28th and 31st. A Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel was seen on the 25th at Reef. An
                    adult Long-tailed Jaeger was spotted at Polovina Lake on the 28th. A first-
                    year Herring Gull (smithsonianus) was noted at Pumphouse Lake on the 29th,
                    while a second-year bird was seen twice this week at Zapadni Beach and East
                    Landing. A third-year Slaty-backed Gull was seen at Pumphouse Lake on the
                    25th and 29th.

                    SHOREBIRDS
                    Two Pacific Golden-Plovers were found at the Salt Lagoon on the 31st, with
                    four more seen at Novastoshna that day. One to four Wandering Tattlers were
                    seen daily at various sites on the island this week. GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS were
                    seen daily at the Salt Lagoon, with numbers increasing to eight on the 29th.
                    The number of Ruddy Turnstones continued to grow, reaching 1500+. An adult
                    Red-necked Stint, still in alternate plumage, was spotted at the Salt Lagoon
                    on the 31st. A Wilson’s Snipe was flushed from the Tonki Point wetlands on
                    the 25th. Small numbers of Red Phalaropes were seen all week.

                    LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
                    One or two Common Ravens were seen at various sites around the island this
                    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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                    - RBA * Alaska * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs * Aug. 14, 2005 * AKSPI 1408.05 Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of Aug.
                    Message 9 of 10 , Aug 15, 2005
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                      * Alaska
                      * St. Paul Island, Pribilofs
                      * Aug. 14, 2005
                      * AKSPI 1408.05


                      Hello Birders, this is the St. Paul Island rare bird alert for the week of
                      Aug. 8-14, 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:

                      *Steller’s Eider
                      King Eider
                      White-winged Scoter
                      *Yellow-billed Loon
                      Short-tailed Shearwater
                      Pacific Golden-Plover
                      Wandering Tattler
                      *GRAY-TAILED TATTLER
                      *Whimbrel (variegatus)
                      Ruddy Turnstone
                      *Sanderling
                      Western Sandpiper
                      *Red-necked Stint
                      *LONG-TOED STINT
                      Baird’s Sandpiper
                      Red Phalarope
                      Herring Gull (smithsonianus)
                      Slaty-backed Gull
                      *Common Raven
                      American Pipit
                      Savannah Sparrow
                      Common Redpoll


                      WATERFOWL
                      A female Steller’s Eider reappeared in the Salt Lagoon on the 10th. Two
                      female King Eiders lingered in the harbor all week. Four White-winged Scoters
                      were seen again on Aug 11th at Webster Seawatch.

                      SEABIRDS
                      A basic-plumaged Yellow-billed Loon was spotted at Marunich on the 9th and
                      13th. Small numbers of Short-tailed Shearwaters were seen this week. A first-
                      year Herring Gull (smithsonianus) was noted on the 10th at Rocky Lake and on
                      the 14th at the Salt Lagoon. A third-year Slaty-backed Gull was seen
                      periodically all week at Rocky Lake.

                      SHOREBIRDS
                      Pacific Golden Plovers were seen from the 12th – 14th, with a max of 16 at
                      three sites on the latter date. Two to four Wandering Tattlers were seen
                      daily at various sites on the island. One to three GRAY-TAILED TATTLERS were
                      seen daily at the Salt Lagoon, with another seen at Antone Slough on the 9th.
                      A white-rumped Whimbrel (ssp. variegatus) was seen in the crowberry flats near
                      High Bluffs on the 8th and 10th. Ruddy Turnstone numbers dipped slightly to
                      1000+. A juvenile Sanderling was seen at the Salt Lagoon on the 13th.
                      Western Sandpipers were seen daily at the Salt Lagoon and/or Pumphouse Lake,
                      with a max of nine on the 13th. An adult Red-necked Stint, still in alternate
                      plumage, lingered at the Salt Lagoon through the 14th, while a juvenile was
                      noted there on the 13th. A LONG-TOED STINT appeared briefly at the harbor on
                      the 13th. A Baird’s Sandpiper was last seen at Pumphouse Lake on the 10th.
                      Small numbers of Red Phalaropes were seen all week.

                      LANDBIRDS & PASSERINES
                      Two Common Ravens were seen around the island all week. An American Pipit
                      flew over Black Diamond Hill and a Savannah Sparrow was seen at the Salt
                      Lagoon, both on the 14th. Small numbers of Common Redpolls were seen on the
                      9th-11th.


                      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
                      Parakeet Auklet – most have departed
                      Least Auklet – most have departed
                      Crested Auklet – most have departed
                      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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