• Probably the rarity of the spring (in a spring with MANY rarities) was this stunning male Pallas's Bunting, the first spring record for Gambell! Photo Aaron Lang.
  • The showy Western Sandpiper breeds on the tundra at Gambell. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Most years at Gambell we find Red-throated Pipits on our spring tours. Some, like this bird, are quite accommodating! Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Always a crowd-pleaser, Red-necked Stints are regular migrants at Gambell. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • The aptly named Red-necked Stint. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Lesser Sand-Plovers are regular at Gambell in both spring and fall. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • One of the most incredible birds of the spring was this adult Red-legged Kittiwake. Our group studied it at the point for about 10 minutes before it flew off to the east. This is just the second spring record for Gambell of this fascinating gull. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Note the medium gray under wing that contrasts little with the black wing tip. The underwing of a Black-winged Kittiwake is much paler than this and shows marked contrast with the wing tip. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • This drab little bird caused quite a lot of excitement on the island...Common Chiffchaff! Photo Aaron Lang.
  • We had two Common Chiffchaffs at Gambell this spring, making a total of nine records for Gambell. All of these since 2012. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Common Sandpiper in flight. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • A Red-throated Pipit tries hard to blend in on the tundra. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • At least two Common Sandpipers were around during our stay. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • This Eyebrowed Thrush was shy, but with effort both of our groups got great views of this Asian thrush. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • This cooperative Gray-tailed Tattler was one of at least three around during our stay at Gambell this spring. Photo Aaron Lang.
  • Our first group experienced Hawfinches everyday of the trip, with at least ten different birds around the village. Photo Aaron Lang.

Gambell, Alaska, is one of the hotspots in North America for rare birds. We lead trips to this remote village in the Bering Sea each spring and fall hoping to find a few birds more commonly sighted in the Old World. 2017 was an incredible spring for rarities at Gambell and both of our spring tours were loaded with great birds! Rarity highlights included Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Gray-tailed Tattler, Lesser Sand-Plover, Red-legged Kittiwake, Eyebrowed Thrush, Common Chiffchaff, Pallas’s Bunting, Brambling, and Hawfinch!

All photos by Aaron Lang, tour leader.

Information on future spring tours to Gambell can be found here.