Date: 9/22/19 8:55 pm From: Paul Lehman <lehman.paul...> [AKBirding] <AKBirding-noreply...> Subject: [AK Birding] Gambell: TREE Pipit, 2 white Gyrfalcons, Marbled Murrelet
A slow few days recently here at Gambell for landbird migrants, in mostly north winds (although one day of light and variable failed to produce), came to an end today (22 Sep) with the discovery of a TREE PIPIT along the road south of Troutman Lake near ???the revetments.??? This cooperative bird was well photo???d. This is the fourth fall record at Gambell (1 or 2 in 2002, 2 in 2014), where also one late spring record in 1995. The only other North American record, and the first one, was from Wales, at the western tip of the Seward Peninsula in late spring. The second MARBLED MURRELET of the season (only several fall records) flew by on 22 Sep. An adult ???THAYER???S??? GULL is hanging around, averaging about 1 per fall. High on the aesthetics list were the two WHITE-morph Gyrfalcons present, at least one of which is an annual fall fixture in recent years. Landbirds from the mainland included a Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Yellow Warbler, both of which average a couple or so per fall. Also up to 3 Snowy Owls are now in residence. Miscellaneous waterbirds include 17 Eurasian Wigeon, 4 Red-necked Grebes (scarce but annual in small numbers), 3 more Kittlitz???s and a dozen more Ancient Murrelets, and Short-tailed Shearwater numbers are up to around 400,000 per day, which is impressive but fewer than half the usual peak numbers.