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#ABArare – Eurasian Hobby, Yellow-browed Warbler – Alaska

We’re not intentionally turning the blog into the Alaska rarity report, it only feels that way of late. Two more noteworthy records come from Paul Lehman and company at Gambell, St. Lawrence Island, Alaska in the last two days. The first, a Code 4 Eurasian Hobby was found yesterday evening as it flew in to roost on a tower in town. It left this morning and has not been seen since.

Eurasian Hobby flying to roost in late evening. Photo by Neil Hayward

Eurasian Hobby flying to roost in late evening. Photo by Neil Hayward

Eurasian Hobby is rare both in spring and fall in the Aleutians and the Bering Sea islands of Alaska, with a few spotty records on the Alaskan mainland, the northwest and northeast parts of the continent.

Found at Gambell this evening, a Code 4 Yellow-browed Warbler was hanging out in the “Far Boneyard”, and seen well by all birders there.

This Yellow-browed Warbler is the 4th for Gambell and one of fewer than 10 for the ABA Area. Photo by Neil Hayward

This Yellow-browed Warbler is the 4th for Gambell and one of fewer than 10 for the ABA Area. Photo by Neil Hayward

Yellow-browed Warbler has occurred in western Alaska 7 times previously, 3 times at Gambell, 3 on St. Paul, and once on Attu in the western Aleutians. Additionally, there are two remarkable records elsewhere on the continent, one a mind-blowing sight record from near Milwaukee, Wisconsin (2006), and the second an likely overwintering bird in Baja Peninsula Sur, Mexico (2007).

In addition to these two great birds, Lehman reports yet another ABA Code 5 Willow Warbler, the third in the last two weeks in Alaska and Gambell’s second for the year.

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