2022 Alaska – Adak Island Asian Vagrants & Marsh Sandpiper

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  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Bird Watching, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Strenuous
  • Group Size Medium Group
All about the 2022 Alaska – Adak Island Asian Vagrants & Marsh Sandpiper Tour.

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 hot spots. 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), and multiple Gray-tailed Tattlers. Also 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, and Rock Ptarmigan. We should also see 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 Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.

We will take a maximum of seven participants. On rare occasion we may extend the maximum to ten participants.

Duration: 8 days
Group Size Limit: 4 – 8
Date: 06 September – 13 September 2022
Start: Adak Island, AK
End: Adak Island, AK

US$4810 per person sharing assuming 4 – 8 participants
Deposit: US$900
Single supplement: Not available for this tour

We can run the same trip at a price similar to the larger group price for 2 tour participants, if they rent their own vehicle and pay for fuel – please e-mail [email protected] for details.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Meals
  • Accommodation
  • Guiding fees
  • Entrance fees
  • All transport while on tour
  • Tolls
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Domestic and International flights
    • Client must arrive in Anchorage by Saturday, 07 September 2019.  The lodging
      in Anchorage is not included in the tour fee.   Client is responsible
      for the flight from Anchorage, AK to Adak Island.
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. gifts
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Personal insurance
  • Laundry Service
  • Gratuities
  1. Day 1 Anchorage to Adak Island

    You will depart Anchorage and arrive in Adak, with some pretty impressive scenery along the way. From the Adak Airport we’ll make the short drive to our lodging facilities, comfortable town houses that formerly housed naval officers when the base was active. They are well-equipped for your comfort. As soon as everyone is settled, we’ll begin birding.

    Our first stop is an overlook of Kulik Bay to look for alcids and cormorants. From there, we’ll continue to Clam Lagoon, THE hotspot on Adak. This location has yielded THREE of North America’s few Eastern Spot-billed Ducks and North America’s first Broad-billed Sandpiper. On previous fall tours we have found Marsh Sandpiper, Temminck’s Stint, Little Stint, Lesser Sand-Plover, Gray Wagtail, and other great birds at the lagoon. And you will enjoy the Sea Otters, guaranteed!

    Overnight: Adak Island

  2. Day 2 - 7 Clam Lagoon and Surrounding Areas

    We’ll make the rounds of the island, looking for seabirds, shorebirds, Asian vagrants, other migrants, and some of the island’s resident species such as Rock Ptarmigan, Snow Bunting, and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.

    We’ll check Clam Lagoon at least once every day, plus other areas such as the old Loran Station at the north end of the island to look for seabirds that may include Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses, and perhaps a pod of Orcas!

    We’ll visit Lake Andrew where we saw Gray-streaked Flycatcher on a previous tour, and the town itself where we once found a Common Cuckoo. Part of the excitement of birding on Adak Island is that you never know what we may find, sometimes in a totally unexpected location.

    Overnight: Adak Island

  3. Day 8 Heading Home

    We’ll take one more look at Clam Lagoon and perhaps a few other sites, then return to town to prepare for the return flight to Anchorage. Hopefully you will choose to stay on Adak for some extra time, for more exciting adventures.

Your Guide: Jacob Roalef

Tours: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas, Wyoming, Birding Ecotours (Worldwide)


24 Sep – 1 Oct 2009

Top 10 lists are voted upon by the participants at the completion of each tour.

1 – Gyrfalcon
2 – Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
3 – Bald Eagle
4 – Snow Bunting
5 – Peregrine Falcon
6 – Harlequin Duck
7 – Ancient Murrelet
8 – Winter Wren
9 – Eurasian Green-winged Teal
10 – Glaucous Gull
11 – Olive-backed Pipit

  1. Will we do any birding the first day?

    Yes! We have birding planned if time allows and everything is on schedule.

  2. How should I dress for the tour?

    Check the weather for the destination as close to your departure date as possible, and dress accordingly for your comfort level. You can also review our What to Bring page for more information.

  3. Besides clothes, what do I need to bring?

    There are many items the will be useful to you while on a Bird Treks tour. We have put together our list of recommendations on the What to Bring page.

  4. What language are tours conducted in?

    Our tours are all conducted in English, but we do have some experience working with client that don’t speak English well – Some English would be needed for safety reasons. In locations where another language is predominately spoken, a native guide may accompany the tour.

  5. Can you help me book flights?

    Yes, we will always try our best to help with anything at all! We’re here to serve you. However, it is usually easier if you book your flight through your own travel agent as we can’t always get the best deals from your particular country. But we will help whenever needed!

    It is quite possible for you to save money on your airfare by booking it all at one time, home to Adak and back again. In three consecutive years, I flew from Baltimore to Anchorage to Adak and home again, using frequent flyer miles. Each flight cost 25,000 miles and $25 on American Airlines. Also, Alaska Air sometimes has a sale on their tickets to Adak, another way to save money.

  6. Can you book accommodation for us the night before the tour starts or the night the tour ends?

    While Day 1 is usually a travel (arrival) day, and the last day of the tour is usually also a travel day (departure), many people do like to arrive early and/or leave late. We can indeed book extra nights before and after the trip, and we in fact recommend you let us book them, as it avoids confusion and allows us to book the accommodation that is most convenient for the tour.

    NOTE: Most often it is the same hotel or lodge that you use on the first night of the tour, but in some instances, it could be an airport hotel or an accommodation establishment where the guide is staying.

  7. Do you provide trip insurance?

    No, we do not. We find that it is better for trip participants to purchase their own medical, trip cancellation, and baggage insurance through their own insurance provider in the country they reside in. We expect all tour participants to have comprehensive insurance, and we encourage everyone to send us a copy of their insurance documents.

  8. Are meals included?

    For most tours, meals are included in the tour price. This may include a hotel-provided breakfast, or guide-provided box lunches. For dinners, we strive to find interesting and delicious local restaurants – this allows us to give back to the local economy, and find exciting new place to eat.

  9. Does the tour include the flight from Anchorage to Adak Island?

    The tour starts from the Adak Island Airport. You are responsible for your flight from Anchorage to Adak Island.

    It is quite possible for you to save money on your airfare by booking it all at one time, home to Adak and back again. In three consecutive years, I flew from Baltimore to Anchorage to Adak and home again, using frequent flyer miles. Each flight cost 25,000 miles and $25 on American Airlines. Also, Alaska Air sometimes has a sale on their tickets to Adak, another way to save money.