Alaska 2010 Day Eight

Saturday, June 12, 2010, Led by Ashok Khosla

Photos by Bill Walker

45 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Stercorariidae (Skuas and Jaegers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Strigidae (Owls)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Gyrfalcon [2] TR
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Calcariidae (Longspurs and Snow Buntings)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Teller, AK = T
Teller Road, AK = TR

45 Species at 2 Locations

Anatidae (Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl)
Phasianidae (Pheasants, Grouse, and Allies)
Gaviidae (Loons)
Phalacrocoracidae (Cormorants and Shags)
Charadriidae (Plovers and Lapwings)
Scolopacidae (Sandpipers and Allies)
Laridae (Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers)
Stercorariidae (Skuas and Jaegers)
Alcidae (Auks, Murres, and Puffins)
Strigidae (Owls)
Falconidae (Falcons and Caracaras)
Gyrfalcon [2] TR
Corvidae (Crows, Jays, and Magpies)
Alaudidae (Larks)
Turdidae (Thrushes and Allies)
Motacillidae (Wagtails and Pipits)
Calcariidae (Longspurs and Snow Buntings)
Emberizidae (Buntings and New World Sparrows)
Fringillidae (Siskins, Crossbills, and Allies)
Legend
Teller, AK = T
Teller Road, AK = TR

Trip Map

Trip Notes

Teller afforded us views of real sea ice and several bird species standing on said ice -- Kittiwakes, gulls, cormorants, and Harlequin Ducks. Revisiting the Teller Road allowed us to take side trips to find the Golden Plovers (Pacific and American). Twenty marvelous minutes with a Short-eared Owl coursing over the tundra near Milepost 26. Photo opportunities with a mated pair of banded Bar-tailed Godwits K1 (female) and J9 (male). Our most unexpected sighting was a Gyrfalcon pair around Milepost 28.

Mammals: small herd of 9 Musk Ox; three different herds of Reindeer; Arctic Ground Squirrel.