Volume 4: The Birds of Gambell and St. Lawrence Island, Alaska


by Paul E. Lehman

Western Field Ornithologists announces the fourth monograph in its Studies of Western Birds series.

This work summarizes information on the avifauna at Gambell and the rest of St. Lawrence Island and surrounding waters through March 2019. Some 286 species have been recorded at Gambell, with an additional four species found only elsewhere on the island, for a total island list of 290 species. A substantial amount of important historical information dates back to the 1930s, with some additional sightings to the 1880s, but most data presented here come from about 1973 to the present.

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Nineteen first North American records have come from St. Lawrence Island, seven during the spring and 12 during the fall, plus many additional second and third sightings as well as records of a number of North American species previously unrecorded in the Bering Sea region. In chronological order, the first North American records in spring are Pechora Pipit (Anthus gustavi, 1937), Olive-backed Pipit (Anthus hodgsoni, 1962), Brown Shrike (Lanius cristatus, 1977), Dusky Warbler (Phylloscopus fuscatus, 1977), Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus, 1978), (Yellow-breasted Bunting (Emberiza aureola, 1978), sight record), and Common Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus collybita, 2012). First records from autumn are Yellow-browed Warbler (Phylloscopus inornatus, 1999), Willow Warbler (Phylloscopus trochilus, 2002), Lesser Whitethroat (Sylvia curruca, 2002), Spotted Flycatcher (Muscicapa striata, 2002), Pallas’s Leaf Warbler (Phylloscopus proregulus, 2006), Yellow-browed Bunting (Emberiza chrysophrys, 2007), Sedge Warbler (Acrocephalus schoenobaenus, 2007), Asian Rosy-Finch (Leucosticte arctoa, 2008), Blyth’s Reed Warbler (Acrocephalus dumetorum, 2010), (Common Chiffchaff (2011), see species account), Thick-billed Warbler (Arundinax aedon, 2017), River Warbler (Locustella fluviatilis, 2017), and Red-backed Shrike (Lanius collurio, 2017). Additional first photographically documented records for the state of Alaska involve Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla, 2004), Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii, 2007), and Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea, 2018).