Gambell: Middendorff's may be an Acrocephalus warbler?
- Oops. The "adult Middendorff's Grasshopper-Warbler" reported here on
9 September MIGHT instead be a bird of the genus Acrocephalus and be a
first North American record (if we can figure out what species it is!!),
with Eurasian Reed, Blyth's Reed, and Marsh Warblers the closest
matches, with also Blunt-winged, Paddyfield, and Manchurian Reed also
needing to be considered. We are trying to work it out, but would love
to receive feedback from anyone who knows anything about this genus.
Aaron Lang is posting additional photos on his
website--www.birdingak.com--tonight, at least he is trying to do so but
is currently experiencing "Gambell technical difficulties." He had
already posted some 12 photos yesterday evening. Folks can right-click
on these photos and download them for study and forwarding to others.
The bird was NOT present today, 10 Sept, so we can't add any additional
details or photos, although there are a good number of photos of the
bird taken yesterday, both perched and in flight. So..... please take a
look at Aaron's site, though it is uncertain when all the new photos
will be up and running.
- Following my departure from Gambell on October 8, the dominant weather
has been moderate north winds (finally dropping off a couple days ago,
though still mostly now NE) and temps down in the mid-30s, and local
Gambell resident Clarence Irrigoo has continued to poke around a bit on
most days with his Canon super-zoom camera. He has documented the
following during this past week:
WOOD WARBLER: the very long-staying bird was still present on Oct 14
(now in residence for 14 days !)
GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 1 on Oct 12 is only the third Gambell and
fourth St Lawrence Island record
OLIVE-BACKED PIPIT: 1 from Oct 10-13 is the second this fall and only
fifth overall in autumn here
SIBERIAN ACCENTOR: 1 on Oct 15 is the EIGHTH here this fall, and the
29th overall since 1999
Orange-crowned Warbler: yet another record-late bird, on Oct 13
Dark-eyed (Slate-colored) Junco: 1 on Oct 15 is the only one found this
fall, but typically average about 2 per season
And the hits keep coming.....
And if a crew of birders had been present the past two weeks, sweeping
--Paul Lehman, San Diego