Total ABA Species Recorded During 2010 - 731

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Gambell - III

This morning was to have begun with a walk to the bird cliffs to look for Dovekie. However, as we were getting ready to leave after our breakfast, the word came in that there was a Red-necked Stint in the near bone yard. We hoofed it down there and although there was no one there to give us any information, quick-eyed Sean spotted a shorebird which turned out to be the bird. We all had great looks (photo). That made our start to the east a little late, but we did get there. However, we didn’t get to see any Dovekies. We did the far bone yard and got a couple of Gray-cheeked Thrushes before heading south on the mountainside road. We walked the whole way to the sewage lagoon, through the marshes, with nothing new. Just as we were heading back word came in that there was a Brambling in town. We got a little confused about where the bird was, but Bob got it arranged that Gloria would bring her wagon out and take us in to town. Sean and I walked one way while John walked the other. When Gloria arrived we got everyone into the cart and went in to town where Paul and Jon had the bird and showed it to us. It moved around a bit, and we got some pictures (photo). John and I went back to the house for a cup of coffee and the call came in that a Stonechat had been found along the mountainside road. Bob called for a taxi and John and I rode to the site where all the birders on the island were gathered. The bird was in view but a bit distant (photo). Good scope views were had and we hired Gloria again for a ride back home. Dinner was a great stew with bread and salad. We did a little sea watch for an hour or so and then went to bed. The three great birds today brought the year’s list to 609.

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