RBA St. Paul Island June 21st 27th: Stellers Eider, Common Merganser
- 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.
Cackling Goose (B. h. leucopareia)
Whimbrel (N. p. variegatus)
Herring Gull (L. a. smithsonianus)
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).
SEABIRDS and GULLS
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).
LANDBIRDS and PASSERINES
Among songbirds only Common and Hoary Redpolls were seen on northeast (06/21).
Regular occurring species currently on the island.
Green-winged Teal (A. crecca and A. carolinensis)
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@...).