Outstanding outpost for North American Birders
Paul’s been writing of rather gripping exploits once again on his favourite autumn patch on Gambell. And if you fancy an ID challenge there’s one of those giant Bean Geese thrown in to the mix. Of course it’s ‘carrier’ species isn’t the same as ours 😉 read on…
“We have all sorts of good photos of stuff this fall both Asian and North American…
There has also been a slug of good birds farther to the south at the Pribilofs, also with excellent photos, (things like Siberian Chiffchaff, Red-flanked Bluetail, Gray-streaked Flycatcher, Taiga Flycatcher, Dusky Warbler, Jack Snipe, Garganey, Common Rosefinch, etc.–though not any great North American strays like we have had).
BTW, we’ve had some very good Asian species this year (e.g., 2 Tree Pipits, Yellow-browed and 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Brown Shrikes, Common Rosefinch, Eurasian Hobby, the goose, juvenile Red-necked Stints) and even some better North American waifs–which would obviously make big Eastern Palearctic news if someone ever saw them in Russia: NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD, Red-eyed Vireo, Mourning Warbler, Least and Alder Flycatchers, Rusty Blackbird, Townsend’s Warbler, etc.
Then on 30th September on the ABA blog:
“News from western Alaska, Paul Lehman and company found a number of noteworthy birds highlighted by an ABA Code 4 Red-flanked Bluetail and also including Rustic Bunting (3) and two Little Buntings (4), at Gambell, on St. Lawrence Island. Read more
Bean Goose Identification:
We found a Bean-Goose this afternoon (16th September), below Troutman Lake, flying by
with an Emperor Goose. See one of my photos, attached. The bird was
HUGE–seemingly 1-1/2 times the size of the Emperor in both body bulk
and wingspan when observed in the field. And the bill shape looks