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. . . . . 2014 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .



ADAK ISLAND, ALASKA

Alcids, Asian Strays & Best Time for Marsh Sandpiper
14 September 2014 - 21 September 2014, 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 houses 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. John Puschock will lead these exciting tours. The tour fee remains unchanged from 2011.

Price: $3495.00 from Adak, Alaska    

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. . . . . 2015 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .



ATTU, ALASKA

We’re Going Back!!
10 May 2015 - 24 May 2015, 15 days & 14 nights

Attu!  A legendary place that needs little introduction to birders. Closer to Russia than mainland Alaska and located in the Eastern Hemisphere, it's been the site of many first North American records. The island has been seldom visited by birders since the last Attour trip in 2000. We will travel to Attu aboard the M/V Pukuk, a 72-foot boat custom built for Alaska charter cruises, giving us ample opportunity for pelagic birding.  We should see almost all of Alaska's alcid species including Whiskered Auklet.  Short-tailed Albatross is very likely, while Red-legged Kittiwake and Mottled Petrel are possible. The tour begins from Adak Island, Alaska.  A fuel surcharge will be added to the price of the tour.  The amount is dependent on the price of fuel and the number of participants.  Expect a surcharge of approximately $500 to $900.

Price: $7975.00 from Adak Island, Alaska    

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ATTU, ALASKA

We’re Going Back!!
24 May 2015 - 7 June 2015, 15 days & 14 nights

Attu!  A legendary place that needs little introduction to birders. Closer to Russia than mainland Alaska and located in the Eastern Hemisphere, it's been the site of many first North American records. The island has been seldom visited by birders since the last Attour trip in 2000. We will travel to Attu aboard the M/V Pukuk, a 72-foot boat custom built for Alaska charter cruises, giving us ample opportunity for pelagic birding.  We should see almost all of Alaska's alcid species including Whiskered Auklet.  Short-tailed Albatross is very likely, while Red-legged Kittiwake and Mottled Petrel are possible. The tour begins from Adak Island, Alaska. A fuel surcharge will be added to the price of the tour. The amount is dependent on the price of fuel and the number of participants. Expect a surcharge of approximately $500 to $900.

Price: $7975.00 from Adak Island, Alaska    

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ADAK ISLAND, ALASKA

Alcids, Asian Strays & Best Time for Marsh Sandpiper
10 September 2015 - 17 September 2015, 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. John Puschock will lead these exciting tours. The tour fee remains unchanged since 2011. 

Price: $3495.00 from Adak, Alaska    

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ST. PAUL ISLAND, ALASKA

RED-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, SEA BIRD NESTING CLIFFS & ASIAN STRAYS
18 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.

Price: $4385.00 from Anchorage, Alaska    

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