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#ABArare – St. Paul rarities – Alaska

The ABA’s first rarity hunting event on St. Paul has struck gold in its first several days. On Sep 19, the first full day of the event, two Code 4 species were found: Fork-tailed Swift and Gray-streaked Flycatcher. The Fork-tailed Swift was found at Webster Lake. It is the seventh record for the Pribilofs. The Flycatcher was at Polovina Hill, and is about the 13th Pribilof record (representing approximately 25 individuals).

Gray-streaked Flycatcher. Photo by Robike Noll-Faries.

Gray-streaked Flycatcher. Photo by Robike Noll-Faries.

 

Fork-tailed Swift. Photo by Laura Keene.

Fork-tailed Swift. Photo by Laura Keene.

The second day of the tour was a bit of a washout with heavy rain, but then on Sep 21, two more Code 4 species were found. Seen by the entire group was the long-staying White-tailed Eagle. Then very late in the day, Scott Schuette and Doug Gochfeld saw a Common Rosefinch. They got the group out of the hotel but could not refind it. However, the Gray-streaked Flycatcher was also refound that day.

Other goodies on the island the past several days have included Emperor Goose, Red-necked Stint (Code 3), Common Snipe (Code 3), Red-throated Pipit (Code 3), Brambling (Code 3), and the rarest bird for the island, a Lincoln’s Sparrow (only three previous records).

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John Puschock

John Puschock

John Puschock reports ABA rare bird alerts and manages #ABArare for the American Birding Association. John is a frequent participant in rare bird forums around the web and has knack for gathering details necessary to relocate birds. He has been a birder since 1984 and now leads tours for Bird Treks, as well as for his own company Zugunruhe Birding Tours. He has led tours to locations across North America, from Newfoundland to New Mexico and from Costa Rica to Alaska. He specializes in leading tours to Adak in the Aleutian Islands.
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