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ALASKA

Saturday 31st May - Thursday 19th June 2014

Craig Robson

Tufted Puffin (Craig Robson)

Tufted Puffin (Craig Robson)

The seventh Birdquest tour to this amazing and beautiful land, was another fantastic experience. As usual, there were numerous special birds, with some of the most memorable being: Emperor Goose, Steller’s, Spectacled and King Eiders, Harlequin Duck, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Red-faced Cormorant, Gyr Falcon, Black Oystercatcher, Hudsonian Godwit, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Rock Sandpiper, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Sa-bine’s Gull, Red-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Long-tailed Jaeger, Marbled, Kittlitz’s, and Ancient Murre-lets, Parakeet, Least, Crested and Rhinoceros Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Snowy Owl, Northern Hawk-Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, two distinct forms of Pacific Wren, Varied Thrush, Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, Sooty Fox Sparrow, and the impeccable Smith’s Longspur. Eurasian rarities and rare North American breeding birds were really forthcoming this year, with: Bewick's Swan, Common Snipe, Bar-tailed Godwit, Wood and Common Sandpipers, Long-toed and Red-necked Stints, Ruff, Vega Gull, Common and Oriental Cuckoos, Arctic Warbler, Bluethroat, Alaska (or Eastern Yellow) Wagtail, and Brambling. Among the mammals that we found were Grey Wolf, Brown (or Grizzly) Bear, Sea Otter, Minke, Humpback, Grey and Killer Whales, Moose, Caribou (or Reindeer) and Musk Ox. We had good weather everywhere (even sunshine at St Paul), and smooth-running logistics, enab-ling us to reach a very good total of 192 birds and 27 mammals.

Smith's Longspur was once again seen well (Craig Robson)

Smith's Longspur was once again seen well (Craig Robson)