May 21-27, 2011
by Dave Krueper
Our Gambell I Tour group was regionally well-represented, with participants from Minnesota, California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Colorado, Texas, Virginia, New Mexico, and Sonora. Our overall totals for the tour were fairly good, although we certainly had to weather consistent wind from the northeast and east throughout the trip. This produced fewer than hoped for Asian landbirds and shorebirds on the island, but we did get to view spectacular concentrations of the breeding alcids as well as a few choice North American rarities. The camaraderie of the group was great, and the meals spectacular. Overall, a wonderful trip to one of the furthest outposts of North American birding destinations.