Tours & Destinations Alaska
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. . . . . 2015 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
ST. PAUL ISLAND, ALASKA
RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, SEA BIRD NESTING CLIFFS & ASIAN STRAYS18 September 2015 - 25 September 2015, 8 days & 7 nights
A tiny speck of land in the midst of the vast Bering Sea, St. Paul Island and the few other small islands that make up the Pribilofs are the only refuge for off-course migrants for hundreds of miles. Traditionally a spring tour, birders have been staying later into the fall over the past several years, and they've been finding some amazing Asian vagrants. Just in the past few years during fall migration, birders have found Common Redstart, Pin-tailed Snipe, Asian Brown Flycatcher, Fork-tailed Swift, and White-tailed Eagle, among other rarities. Shorebird migration begins winding down in mid-September, but Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Gray-tailed Tattler are likely, and Common Snipe, Lesser Sand-Plover, Red-necked Stint, and other species are possible. Also, Arctic Foxes are common and Northern Fur Seals will be present. John Puschock, owner of Zugunruhe Birding Tours, is your scheduled tour leader.
. . . . . 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
ADAK ISLAND, ALASKA
Alcids, Asian Strays & Best Time for MARSH SANDPIPER!11 September 2016 - 18 September 2016, 8 days & 7 nights
Located in the Aleutian Islands 1200 miles southwest of Anchorage and only 400 miles east of Attu is Adak, a 280-square mile island. It is the westernmost outpost in all of North America that is accessible by commercial jet airline. Until recently, Adak was the site of a naval base and access was restricted. Now the Navy has left the island, opening it to birders and leaving behind an infrastructure and modern facilities not found at other western Alaska birding hotspots. We'll stay in comfortable accommodations that formerly were housing for naval officers when the base was active. They are all well equipped and furnished. We'll travel in vans for some of the most comfortable birding that you can experience in the Aleutians. Our previous fall tours to Adak have yielded some incredible birds: FOUR Marsh Sandpipers, a flock of at least 23 Fork-tailed Swifts, Eurasian Kestrel, Little, Red-necked, and Temminck’s Stints, Gray Wagtail, Oriental Greenfinch, Garganey and Baikal Teal, several Lesser Sand-Plovers, a Common Tern of the east Asian race (a potential split), multiple Gray-tailed Tattlers and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Ruff, several Common Snipe, Eyebrowed Thrush, Brambling, Siberian Rubythroat, several Olive-backed Pipits, and Gray-streaked Flycatcher. Some of the regular species that we expect to see include Red-faced Cormorant, "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal, Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Gyrfalcon, Rock Ptarmigan, Black Oystercatcher, Rock Sandpiper, Parasitic Jaeger, Glaucous-winged Gull, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled and Ancient Murrelets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, and the Aleutian races of Pacific Wren, Song Sparrow, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. Bob Schutsky will lead this exciting tour!
. . . . . 2017 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
ADAK ISLAND, ALASKA
for Horned & Tufted Puffins & Asian Strays!14 May 2017 - 21 May 2017, 8 days & 7 nights
Located in the Aleutian Islands 1200 miles southwest of Anchorage and only 400 miles east of Attu is Adak, a 280-square mile island. It is the westernmost outpost in the Aleutians in the entire ABA area that is accessible by commercial flights. Until recently, Adak was the site of a naval base, and access was restricted. The Navy has left the island, opening it to birders and leaving behind an infrastructure and modern facilities not found at other western Alaska birding hot spots. We'll stay in comfortable townhouses that formerly were housing for naval officers when the base was active. The houses are all furnished, well-equipped, and comfortable. We'll travel in vans or trucks for some of the most comfortable birding that you can experience in the Aleutians. Birding coverage of Adak has been sparse through the years due to the former restricted access, so its birding potential is still being discovered. But based upon recent reports from other islands in the Bering Sea region and our own Adak trips, we know that Adak gets its share of Asian vagrants. A great bird that we certainly hope to see is Whiskered Auklet, a species that you cannot see at Gambell or St. Paul. There's a chance for a view from shore, along with other alcids, Laysan Albatross, Short-tailed Shearwater, and other seabirds. We cannot make any predictions about what vagrants we'll see, though we'll have an excellent chance for Wood Sandpiper and maybe Lesser Sand-Plover, Gray-tailed Tattler, Olive-backed Pipit, Siberian Rubythroat, Hawfinch, and additional Asian species. Past spring tours have also yielded Eyebrowed Thrush, Long-billed Murrelet, Common Greenshank, Brambling, and Eastern Yellow Wagtail. Some of the regular birds that we expect to find include Red-faced Cormorant, Eurasian Green-winged Teal, Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, Gyrfalcon, Rock Ptarmigan, Black Oystercatcher, Rock Sandpiper, Parasitic Jaeger, Glaucous-winged Gull, Aleutian Tern, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled, Kittlitz's, and Ancient Murrelets, Parakeet Auklet, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, Pacific Wren, and the Aleutian races of Song Sparrow and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch. The Adak birding adventures are scheduled to be led by Bob Schutsky. This tour has a maximum of eight participants.