St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Island group of the Bering Sea is a seabird nesting paradise. Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorants; Red-legged & Black-legged Kittiwakes; Northern Fulmars; Parakeet, Crested, Least Auklets; Horned & Tufted Puffins all nest along the cliffs where they can be approached closely and photographed. Asian vagrants often show up as well.
Comments on 2016 trip:
I recently participated in the Pribilof/Gambell/Nome segments of your Alaska birding trips. I selected your company based specifically on birding these three areas and the fact that each spent a day or so longer in each area than did other companies. I figured that I was only going to the Bering Sea once, so it had to be as thorough as possible. I am pleased to report that the trip was perfect in all respects. You and your team were fantastic.
Your experience with this area was evident in how you managed the airlines, hotels and other logistics. We listened to some of your stories of earlier problems and it was clear that you were determined not to let it happen to us.
Stephan Lorenz and Dave MacKay were superb guides. They are skilled birders and naturalists, but also incredibly attentive to their clients. Everyone got a chance to see birds. They were able to keep track of who needed what bird. Somehow Stephan knew that I was interested in seeing White-winged Crossbill. When one was spotted at Gambell one evening, he came by and gave me the option to get out of bed and head out there. Dave had already put a key in one of the ATVs and I was off. In my haste, I forgot my camera battery in its charger so Stephan raced back to grab it while I watched the bird. At Nome, we failed to see the Bristle-thighed Curlew on our first try. Dave was willing to haul us out there early one morning for another shot, and we saw a couple. In the meantime, Stephan was taking care of the members of the group who passed on the curlew.
Dave’s meals on Gambell were excellent. Hearty breakfast, hot soup and sandwich for lunch, great dinners and plenty of salad and veg. I had mentally written off plants in my diet for this trip, but Dave really came through. So did the cafeteria at St. Paul for that matter, with a nice salad bar to supplement their cooked offerings.
Less under your control, but I will credit you nonethess, were a group that got along well, great weather and a whole bunch of birds. Especially on St. Paul, we thought we had won the lottery.
Thank you for a wonderful experience.
W.P. Corvallis, OR
To Stephan Lorenz: Thanks for the great trip report……very well done! I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip. I had very high expectations for the tour and it far far exceeded them. You and Dave were terrific; I was amazed by your energy, persistence and patience. I have just started going through my many photos, but I will share some with you later.I hope to take another tour that you lead someday……in the mean time….keep up the great work!Good birding!J C. Elkhart, Indiana