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#ABArare – Tree Pipit – Alaska

We check in again with Paul Lehman and company at Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island, Alaska, with what is the find of the season thus far. An ABA Code 5 Tree Pipit was found in the boatyard in the northern part of the “Old Town”. This is the fourth record of Tree Pipit for the ABA Area and the third for Gambell.

This Tree Pipit, the ABA Area's 4th record, was photographed at Gambell, Alaska, yesterday. Photo by David Govatski

This Tree Pipit, the ABA Area’s 4th record, was photographed at Gambell, Alaska, yesterday. Photo by David Govatski

Tree Pipit is a small, streaky, pipit that, as the name suggests, more readily purchases in trees than other pipits. It breeds across Eurasian into the Russian Far East, and two subspecies, trivialis and haringtoni, winter in sub-Saharan African and India, respectively. The subspecies are reportedly not field-identifiable.

As mentioned before, there are three prior records of Tree Pipit in the ABA Area, all from Alaska. The first occurrence of the species came from the western tip of the Seward Peninsula, on mainland Alaska, in June 1972. Two subsequent records both come from St. Lawrence Island, one in June 1995 and the other in September 2002.

Earlier this week a Brown Shrike was photographed on the island as well. Lehman reports that a Brown Shrike found later in the week and assumed to be the same bird may, in fact, be a second individual as determined by comparing photos with those of the original find. Analysis is still ongoing.

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