Alaska Mainland: Pribilof Islands Pre-trip: Jun 08—13, 2006

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Departs: Anchorage
Tour Limit: 14
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Marshall-iliff

Marshall Iliff

Marshall Iliff, a lifelong nature lover, began birding at age 11 after attending a National ...


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A short tour which may be taken by itself or as a pre-trip to Alaska Mainland, the Pribilof Islands offer an incomparable seabird experience. Thousands of Least, Crested, and Parakeet auklets, murres, puffins, fulmars, and kittiwakes nest along its towering cliffs and can be observed almost within touching distance.

The colorful Red-faced Cormorants and Red-legged Kittiwakes, easily observed here, are local specialties practically restricted to the Bering Sea. Between the stretches of sea cliffs, huge herds of northern fur seals come ashore each summer to raise their pups on the beaches. Snow Buntings, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches, and Lapland Longspurs are nesting here, too.

The neat and brightly painted town of St. Paul makes a picturesque base for exploring these islands.

Early June in the Pribilofs often brings an assortment of Asian rarities. There is no way of knowing what might turn up. Previous trips have seen such Palearctic birds as Siberian Rubythroat, Common Cuckoo, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, and Mongolian Plover, to name a few. Added to the nesting wonders, St. Paul Island is always an exciting June destination.

See also Alaska Mainland and the Barrow Extension.