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.
The Evening Grosbeak
Location: Palmer, AK – The Butte area
First Seen: January 12, 2012
Last Seen: March 25, 2012 (with additional undocumented sightings as late as mid-May, 2012)
Discovered by: Bob and Chariie Sartor
Relative Rarity: One prior record from the Anchorage area. Up to twenty (20) additional records from South east, Alaska.
The Dusky Thrush
Location: Anchorage, AK – Turnagain Subdivision
First Seen: December 10, 2011
Last Seen: March 17, 2012 (but also seen in subsequent years in the winter up through 2014)
Discovered by: Thede Tobish
Relative Rarity: Most reports from the Western Aleutians. Outside of Alaska there have been 4 North America sightings. This was the first sighting in South Central Alaska. – ABA
Information: Frequently associating with a winter flock of American Robins
Location: Seward, AK – Lowell Point Beach
First Seen: November 16, 2011
Last Seen: November 26, 2011
Discovered by: Jim Hebert
Relative Rarity: Carol Griswold sent a photo to Buzz Scher who positively identified it. Thanks to Carol, Jim, and Peregrine Joe for hosting out of town and out of state seekers.