The Palm Warbler
Location: Anchorage, AK – 4700 Elmore Road (The MOA Permit Office)
First Seen: October 18, 2012
Last Seen: October 19, 2012
Discovered by: Thede Tobish
Relative Rarity: Thede says Palm Warblers are “a common rarity” in Alaska. “1 or 2 are found every year all over the state.” This, however, is only the 2ndrecord in our part of the state. The first was 2 years ago when Luke DiCicco discovered a deceased Palm Warbler on the sidewalk of the Girdwood gas station.
Information: On Wednesday, October 17 2013, Thede posted on AK Birding: “I’ve started checking chickadee flocks for late migrants.” 21 hours later, he found a Palm Warbler.
Location: Kenai, AK – Kenai River Wildlife Viewing Platform at the mouth of the Kenai River
First Seen: June 22, 2012
Last Seen: June 30, 2012
Discovered by: Laura Burke?
Relative Rarity: First record for all of Alaska.
The Western Kingbird
Location: Anchorage, AK – Westchester Lagoon
First Seen: June 11, 2012 by Gavin Beiber. Re-located June 13, 2012 by Pat Pourchot
Last Seen: June 14, 2012
Discovered by: Gavin Beiber. Subsequently relocated by Pat Pourchot
Relative Rarity: Western Kingbirds have been seen in Southeast Alaska in Juneau and in the Hyder area, as well as along the Denali Highway. They are extremely unusual with less-than-annual sightings. A Western Kingbird was seen in Seward, AK for about 4 days in 2008.
The Franklin’s Gull
Location: Anchorage, AK – Mouth of Chester Creek, Mouth of Fish Creek
First Seen: June 7, 2012
Last Seen: June 10, 2012
Discovered by: David Sonneborn
Relative Rarity: Casual in South-coastal Alaska. Anchorage sightings in August, 2005 and September 2009. Extremely rare in spring, summer, and fall. Maybe 1 per year.
The Great Egret
Location: Anchorage, AK – 20 Mile River Marsh
First Seen: May 28, 2012
Last Seen: May 31, 2012
Discovered by: John Pearce and Elizabeth Manning. Word spread by Thede Tobish.
Relative Rarity: Accidental in South-central Alaska, this being the first reported sighting.
Additional Information: 1st Great Egret observed in south coastal Alaska. Adult in breeding plumage. Appeared to be feeding on Alaska Blackfish, catching several while observed. Periodically harassed by Mew Gulls.
This Great Egret …. is about the 20th occurrence of the species in Alaska and the first for the Anchorage area. Aside from one record in Cordova, another for Kodiak, and two for Barrow, most of Alaska’s records are split evenly between Southeast Alaska and the western and central Aleutians, where the Asian breeding race modesta is involved. –Aaron Lang
The Ivory Gull
Location: Anchorage, AK – Campbell Point Park near the Clithroe Center in Anchorage
First Seen: May 7, 2012
Last Seen: May 7, 2012
Discovered by: Luke DeCicco
Relative Rarity: Casual in South coastal, AK. Third local record. Last seen in Anchorage in May, 2006.