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#ABArare – Gambell vagrants – Alaska

Birders at Gambell, Alaska had a great run last week with four Code 4 Asian vagrants representing three species. After the Baikal Teal was found on Aug 31, there was a week-long dry spell as the winds turned northerly, bad conditions for bringing Asian species to Gambell. But then the north winds eased, and Asian species again made a good showing.

First found was a Siberian Accentor on Sep 8. It was discovered by James Huntington and Norm Budnitz south of Troutman Lake. Later that day, Paul Lehman found a Yellow-browed Warbler in the Far Boneyard. Then while trying to refind that bird, he also turned up another Siberian Accentor. One of the Accentors stuck around an additional day, and the Warbler stayed until Sep 10 for a three-day stay.

Yellow-browed Warbler at Gambell, AK on Sep 10. This photo shows several key field marks: the crown pattern, bold wingbars, and dark tertials with bold white edges. Photo by Clarence Irrigoo.

Yellow-browed Warbler at Gambell, AK on Sep 10. This photo shows several key field marks: the crown pattern, bold wingbars, and dark tertials with bold white edges. Photo by Clarence Irrigoo.

On Sep 10, James Huntington struck again with a Stonechat in the Far Boneyard. Also on that day, a Lesser Sand-Plover made a fly-by appearance at the seawatch. This Code 3 species is usually seen several times in the fall, but this was the first, and so far only, one this season.

Stonechat at Gambell, AK on Sep 10. Photo by Jay Lehman (Yes, Jay Lehman, not Paul).

Stonechat at Gambell, AK on Sep 10. Photo by Jay Lehman (Yes, Jay Lehman, not Paul).