Sooty Grouse above Paradise (Mt. Rainier NP, 08/11/07)

This Sooty Grouse was a great consolation price for not finding any White-tailed Ptarmigans that day. Mike did find a Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch.



Steens Mtn, OR, 07/28-29/2007)

Khanh Tran and I took a whirlwind trip to the Steens. The highlight was a small flock of Black Rosy-Finches that we didn’t get any pictures of. Oh well.

Here a juvie Vesper Sparrow at the East Rim.


We did find about 8 Greater Sage-Grouse near the top.


A young Horned Lark was near the Kiger Gorge parking lot.


AK07 (07/25-08/17/2007)


This was a 16-day organized trip. Trip leader: Bill Drummond. Pictures are at: (copy link into your browser)

06/29: Arrived in Anchorage at around 8pm and transferred to the Super8
06/30: Flight to Barrow; stay at Airport Inn; cold with temps in the mid-upper 30s; brisk wind; Lapland Longspurs and Snow Buntings everywhere in town; found a flock of 13 Steller’s Eider near Point Barrow; no Polar Bear
07/01: Worked hard on/for the Hoary Redpoll; jaeger galore; 4 male Spectacled Eiders in the ice; 4 more Steller’s; Barrow is depressing
07/02: Flight back to Anchorage
07/03: Flight to Nome; sunny and record heat (near 80) for 3 straight days; Safety Lagoon for Aleutian Tern; no Arctic Loon for the trip, but the first of several Yellow Wagtails
07/04: Kougarak Rd: Arctic Warbler and Bluethroat before the sun come across the crest; then miserable slog for Bristle-thighed Curlew at Coffee Dome; got 2 adults with 2 chicks thanks to Bill Drummond’s masterful orchestration; Willow Ptarmigan that was misid’ed as Rock at first
07/05: Teller Rd: Only Steve and I got on the Gyr; Northern Wheatear female feeding a chick; finally, the Rock Ptarmigan; an evening search for Red-throated Pipit at Anvil Mtn yielded nothing, I was “charged” by a band of Muskox
07/06: Another failed attempt for Arctic Loon; another failed attempt for Red-throated Pipit at high point of Counsil Rd, but more Wheatears; never saw the conifers
07/07: Flight back to Anchorage
07/08: Seward boat trip: ~25 Kittlitz Murrelets in Northwestern Sound near the glacier; Ancient Murrelets; Red-faced Cormarant
07/09: Drive from Seward to Healy – Denali NP: Pine Grosbeaks near Seward on the ground; 3 failed Spruce Grouse attempts between Seward and ANC; but we got the Sprucie along the Parks Hwy later
07/10: Denali NP – bus to Wonder Lake: Felt sluggish all morning; got the Gyr at its usual spot near Polychrome Ridge; large mammal galore; found a Hawkowl on the way back, but only 2 others were able to get on the bird
07/11: Team Smith blazing through the Denali Hwy at 55mph; lifer #700 with White-winged Crossbill (working a cone at eye level!); a pair of Upland Sandpipers doing the wolf whistle; no Smith’s Longspur
07/12: In the morning we made another Smith’s attempt near Brushkina CG and failed; Least Sandpiper pearched on top of a spruce; then both cars got flats
and I had to toughen it out with Clint&Jeff; after the situation got
unbearable later, I switched to Robin’s car; rolled into ANC later that evening
07/13: Flight to the Probilofs; stayed at the airport at the King Eider Hotel; food good, but expensive; ate way too much though; all kittiwakes and alcids were present within 2 hours
07/14: More stops at the cliffs for seabirds; 2 Gray-tailed Tattlers with 1 Wandering for best comparison, all birds were calling; an easy Winter Wren; a long awaited ABA Black-headed Gull lifer
07/15: Red-necked Stint and asian Common Tern; more seabird rookeries; fur seal rookeries
07/16: A final search yielded a couple of Pribilof Island Shrew in the morning; no more vagrants; flight back to ANC and the back home

P=Pribilof Islands

Mammals Seen:

Ermine (B)
Brown Lemming (B)
Gray Whale (B)
Spotted Seal (B)
Pribilof Island Shrew (P)
Arctic Fox (P)
Northern Fur Seal (P)
Minke Whale (P)
Orca (P)
Arctic Ground Squirrel
Muskox (N)
Red Fox (N, D)
Gray Wolf (D)
Grizzly Bear (D)
Caribou (D)
Moose (D)
Humpback Whale (S)
Harbor Seal (S, P)
Dall Sheep (D)
Mountain Goat (A)

Birds seen:

* denotes lifer
** denotes ABA lifer

Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon (B)
Red-necked Grebe (A)
Northern Fulmar (P)
Short-tailed Shearwater (N,P)
Double-crested Cormorant
*Red-faced Cormorant (S,P)
Pelagic Cormorant
Greater White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Brant (B)
Trumpeter Swam (D)
Tundra Swan (B,D)
American Wigeon
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Common Teal (P)
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup (D)
*Steller’s Eider (B)
*Spectacled Eider (B,P)
King Eider (B)
Common Eider (B,N)
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter (S)
White-winged Scoter (D)
Black Scoter (D)
Long-tailed Duck
Common Goldeneye (D)
Common Merganser (A)
Red-breasted Merganser
Bald Eagle
Northern Harrier
Rough-legged Hawk (D,N)
Golden Eagle (D)
American Kestrel (D)
Merlin (D)
Gyrfalcon (N,D)
Peregrine Falcon (P)
Spruce Grouse (D & along Parks Hwy)
Willow Ptarmigan (N,D)
*Rock Ptarmigan (N)
Sandhill Crane (N)
Black-bellied Plover (P – status casual)
American Golden Plover (B,N,D)
Pacific Golden Plover (B)
Semipalmated Plover
Black Oystercatcher (S)
Wandering Tattler (N,P)
*Gray-tailed Tattler (P)
Upland Sandpiper (D)
Bar-tailed Godwit (N)
*Bristle-thighed Curlew (N)
Ruddy Turnstone (N,P)
Black Turnstone (N)
Semipalmated Sandpiper (B)
Red-necked Stint (P)
Least Sandpiper (D)
Baird’s Sandpiper (B)
Pectoral Sandpiper (B)
Rock Sandpiper ptilocnemis (P)
Dunlin (B)
Long-billed Dowitcher (B)
Red-necked Phalarope
Red Phalarope (B)
Pomarine Jaeger (B)
Parasitic Jaeger (B,N)
Long-tailed Jaeger (B,N,D)
**Black-headed Gull (P)
Bonaparte’s Gull (S)
Mew Gull
Herring Gull (Vega at P)
Slaty-backed Gull (N)
Glaucous-winged Gull
Glaucous Gull (B,N)
Sabine’s Gull (N)
Black-legged Kittiwake
*Red-legged Kittiwake (P)
Common Tern longipennis (P)
Arctic Tern
*Aleutian Tern (N)
Common Murre
*Thick-billed Murre (P)
Black Guillemot (B)
Pigeon Guillemot (S,P)
Marbled Murrelet (S)
*Kittlitz’s Murrelet (S)
Ancient Murrelet (S,P)
*Parakeet Auklet (P)
*Least Auklet (P)
*Crested Auklet (P)
Rhinoceros Auklet (S)
Tufted Puffin (N,S,P)
Horned Puffin (S,P)
Rock Pigeon
Great Horned Owl (D)
Snowy Owl (B)
Northern Hawk Owl (D)
Rufous Hummingbird (S)
Alder Flycatcher (N)
Northern Shirke (N,D)
Gray Jay (D)
Steller’s Jay (S)
Black-billed Magpie
Northwestern Crow (A)
Common Raven
Horned Lark (D)
Tree Swallow (N)
Violet-green Swallow (A)
Bank Swallow (D)
Cliff Swallow (N)
Barn Swallow (3 at B – out of range)
Black-capped Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (S)
Boreal Chickadee (S,D)
Red-breasted Nuthatch (S)
Winter Wren alascensis (P)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (S,D)
*Arctic Warbler (N)
**Bluethroat (N)
**Northern Wheatear (N)
Gray-cheeked Thrush (N,D)
Swainson’s Thrush (D)
Hermit Thrush (S)
American Robin
Varied Thrush (S)
**Yellow Wagtail (N)
American Pipit (N,D)
Bohemian Waxwing (D)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Townsend’s Warbler (S)
Blackpoll Warbler (D)
Northern Waterthrush (N)
Wilson’s Warbler (N)
American Tree Sparrow (N,D)
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow (Red at N)
Song Sparrow
Lincoln’s Sparrow (S)
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow (N)
Dark-eyed Junco
Lapland Longspur (B,N,P,D)
Snow Bunting (B,N)
Rusty Blackbird (N)
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch umbrina (P)
Pine Grosbeak (S)
*White-winged Crossbill (D)
Common Redpoll (N,B,D)
*Hoary Redpoll (B)
Pine Siskin (S)