Just a few bird photos

We saw several pairs of Steller's Eider at Barrow.

Steller's Eider

A female Common Goldeneye with her brood at Fairbanks

Common Goldeneye

Willow Ptarmigan -- feeding on willow, no less.

Willow Ptarmigan

Our one Horned Grebe was near Fairbanks. Except for the red eye, completely different colors from the winter plumage we're used to seeing them in.

Horned Grebe

The aptly-named Red-faced Cormorant has a restricted range, being found only from the Gulf of Alaska out the Aleutians to Kamchatka in Siberia, and to Japan, and on the Pribilofs.

Red-faced Cormorant

American Golden-Plover in the snow

American Golden-Plover

This Surfbird was far from any surf.


The male Ruff takes showy plumage to an extreme.

Ruff Ruff

Red-necked Phalarope

Red-necked Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Red Phalarope

Rock Sandpiper

Rock Sandpiper

Both the aptly named Black-legged and Red-legged Kittiwakes breed in the Pribilofs. The Black-legged Kittiwake has a wide distribution all around the northern hemisphere, while the entire world population of Red-legged Kittiwake breeds only here or nearby.

Guess which Kittiwake species this one is?

Black-legged Kittiwake

How about this one?

Red-legged Kittiwake

Thick-billed Murres (the Got Milk? bird) are common in the Pribilofs

Thick-billed Murres

Three closely related diminutive Alcids breed in the Pribilofs, and are a highlight of any trip there: Least Auklet, Parakeet Auklet, and Crested Auklet (no good photos of the latter).

Least Auklet

Least Auklet Least Auklet

Parakeet Auklet

Parakeet Auklet Parakeet Auklet

Both of the Pacific-coast species of Puffin breed on the Pribilofs

Horned Puffin

Horned Puffin

Tufted Puffin (with a Thick-billed Murre)

Tufted Puffin

At our stay at Sheep Mountain Lodge, our hosts informed us that they had a Boreal Owl nest nearby. We of course went to see it that evening; and we began the next day by checking it again, and then proceeded to a nearby campground where there was a Great Gray Owl nest. On the way we also saw a Northern Hawk Owl. It was very unusual to see all three of these prized owls in a span of a few hours!

Boreal Owl

Boreal Owl Boreal Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

Northern Hawk Owl

The Great Gray Owl nest was on this witch's broom on a spruce.

Great Gray Owl

The young had been out of the nest for four days.

Great Gray Owl Great Gray Owl

This Great Gray Owl lived up to its reputation of being pretty unconcerned about nearby humans.

Great Gray Owl Great Gray Owl

Almost too close for a scope.

Great Gray Owl

American Dipper. Note that when it blinks, it shows its white eyelid.

American Dipper American Dipper

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches are abundant on St. Paul. They nest in rock crevices, and like some other crevice nesters have adapted to nesting in buildings. The Pribilofs have a distinctive subspecies that is much larger than those found on the mainland; these birds are about the size of a Brown-headed Cowbird.

Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch

Snow Bunting

Snow Bunting

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