Anchorage Area Rarity – Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Terek Sandpiper

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Mouth of Chester Creek south to Earthquake Park

First Seen:  June 3, 2015

Last Seen:  July 8, 2015

Discovered by:  Franklin Clemens

Relative Rarity:  The summer, 2015 Terek Sandpiper represents the 8th record for the Upper Cook Inlet Region (previous Anchorage records included singles along tidal flats 18 June 1977, 10-16 June 1979, 14 August 1982, 27-28 June 1984, 6 July to 1 August 1987, 8-9 June 1990, and 8-15 July 1998). Further, and most incredible, all but one of the previous records were of birds found on the mudflats between Fish Creek and Chester Creek – must be some choice mud!

The Terek Sandpiper

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Mouth of Chester Creek south to Earthquake Park

First Seen:  June 3, 2015

Last Seen:  July 8, 2015

Discovered by:  Franklin Clemens

Relative Rarity:  The summer of 2015 Terek Sandpiper represents the 8th record for the Upper Cook Inlet Region (previous Anchorage records included singles along tidal flats 18 June 1977, 10-16 June 1979, 14 August 1982, 27-28 June 1984, 6 July to 1 August 1987, 8-9 June 1990, and 8-15 July 1998). Further, and most incredible, all but one of the previous records were of birds found on the mudflats between Fish Creek and Chester Creek – must be some choice mud! (that last bit from Buzz Sher)

Anchorage Area Rarity – Wilson’s Phalarope

Wilson's Phalarope

Wilson’s Phalarope

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Campbell Point Park near the Clithroe Center in Anchorage

First Seen:  May 11, 2015

Last Seen:  May 11, 2015

Discovered by:  Declan Troy

Relative Rarity:  Some reports in South central, AK including the Kenai Peninsula and the Goose Bay area in 2014 and 2015.  Last seen in Anchorage in 2007, prior to that 2006, and prior to that in 1985.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Common Murre

The Common Murre

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Mouth of Ship Creek/Port of Anchorage

First Seen:  March 6, 2015

Last Seen:  March 6, 2015

Discovered by: Peter Scully

Relative Rarity:  Casual in Anchorage (except seemingly in 2015).  Another group of eight birds reported by Peter Scully off Pt. Woronzoff on March 7, 2015, Another group of two birds reported by Peter Scully off the Kincaid Park Motocross Track on March 8, 2015.  Between three and ten birds seen by many off Pt. Woronzoff on July 17, 2015 and finally another single bird off the Audubon Bench on the Anchorage Coastal Trail on July 29, 2015.  2015 was a banner year for Common Murre in Anchorage, AK!

Anchorage Area Rarity – Cassin’s Finch

The Cassin’s Finch

Cassin's Finch

Cassin’s Finch

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Chester Creek Nature Trail upstream from Spenard Crossing.

First Seen:  January 18, 2015 (positively identified on January 19, 2015)

Last Seen:  Early April, 2015

Discovered by:  Aaron Bowman, Pat Pourchot, and Jennifer Johnson

Relative Rarity:  First Anchorage Record

Anchorage Area Rarity – American Redstart

The American Redstart

American Redstart

American Redstart


Location:
  Anchorage, AK – R Street Alley

First Seen:  August 23, 2014

Last Seen:  August 25, 2014

Discovered by: A friend of Christine Maack.  First positively identified by Thede Tobish?

Relative Rarity:  Rare for Anchorage and South Central, AK.  One previous record on June 23, 2002 by Nathan and Stanley Senner.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Stilt Sandpipers

The Stilt Sandpipers

Stilt Sandpiper

Stilt Sandpiper

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Carr Gottstein Park

First Seen:  August 17, 2014

Last Seen:  August 18, 2014

Discovered by:  Peter Scully

Relative Rarity:  Casual.  Previous reports of one (1) on September 13, 2013 at Carr Gottstein Park, one (1) on July 23, 2013 at Westchester Lagoon by Dick Prentki, and one (1) in 1998 by Nathan and Stanley Senner.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Red Knot

The Red Knot

Red Knot

Red Knot


Location:
  Anchorage, AK – Coastal Trail at the Audubon Bench

First Seen:  May 25, 2014 by Peter Scully

Last Seen:  May 25, 2014

Discovered by: Peter Scully

Relative Rarity:  Second Alaska mainland record and the first record for the Anchorage area.  Most others reported at Gambell in western Alaska.

Information:  Don’t laugh at the picture!  The bird was over 600 meters away.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Lazuli Bunting

The Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Lazuli Bunting

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Campbell Creek Estuary Park

First Seen:  October 11, 2013

Last Seen:  October 15, 2013

Discovered by:  Aaron Bowman

Relative Rarity:  A few reports from Southeast Alaska.  Most notably in 2008 in Juneau and again in 2009 in Ketchikan.  First reported sighting in mainland Alaska and any part of Alaska north of Juneau.

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Anchorage Area Rarity – American Coot

The American Coot

American Coot

American Coot

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Lake Hood

First Seen:  October 6, 2013 by Aaron Bowman, subsequently see by many

Last Seen:  October 21, 2013

Discovered by: Aaron Bowman

Relative Rarity:  Generally less than annual, but previous reported at Lake Hood in 2012, 2007, and 2004.  A few other reports at Potter Marsh in 2010 and 1980.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Siberian Stonechat

The Siberian Stonechat

Location:  Anchorage, AK – Carr Gottstein Park

First Seen:  September 24, 2013 by Aaron Bowman

Last Seen:  September 24, 2013

Discovered by: Aaron Bowman

Relative Rarity:  Second Alaska mainland record and the first record for the Anchorage area.  Most others reported at Gambell in western Alaska.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Palm Warbler

The Palm Warbler

Palm Warbler

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.

Anchorage Area Rarity – Willet

The Willet

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.

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