Alaska 2019: Adak. Aleutian & Asian Vagrants

Tundra Bean Goose
May 14 - 18, 2019
Tour Length: 5 days Est. Spaces Left: 8

Birding in the far Aleutian Islands amidst stunning volcanoes where we might find Asian vagrants along with Whiskered Auklets, Kittlitz’s Murrelets and Laysan Albatrosses.


Future Departures:
May 12, 2020
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
7 (+1 leader)
Birds; Pelagic; Marine Mammals;
Easy to Moderate ; Some hiking through marshes every day
Double Accommodation:
$ 3550
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 300
$1250 [per person]

Adak Island offers the farthest western air access to potential Asiatic species since Attu closed down in 2000. The old 1987 checklist from Adak lists 34 Asiatic species, but birding coverage in Adak has always been very sparse.

In recent years, we have found Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Tufted Duck, Smew, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Teal, Lesser Sand-Plover, Wood Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Long-toed Stint, Bar-tailed & Black-tailed Godwit, Hawfinch, Brambling and many thousands of Whiskered Auklets, and a dozen or more Laysan Albatross among other seabirds.

Resident birds include Cackling Goose; Red-faced and Pelagic Cormorant; Northern Fulmar, Short-tailed Shearwater; Black Oystercatcher; Common Snipe (species split); Black-footed and Laysan Albatross; Rock Ptarmigan; Ancient and Marbled Murrelet; Whiskered, Crested, Parakeet, Least and Rhinoceros Auklet; Horned and Tufted Puffin; and an outside chance for Mottled Petrel and Short-tailed Albatross.

Photo: Tundra Bean Goose  Adak, Alaska   by: Isaac Helmericks


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  • Meeting Location

    Coast International Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska


    Nice townhouses.


    From Anchorage, 8 nights lodging, all meals from first night dinner through final day’s lunch, transport, guides, taxes, most tips.


    alcohol, personal calls, laundry, pelagic boat trip, if available; other personal expenses.

  • Top Birds

    Bean Goose (rare); Smew (annual); Laysan Albatross; Northern Fulmar; Short-tailed Shearwater; Whiskered Auklet; Kittlitz’s, Ancient, Marbled Murrelet; Pigeon Guillemot; Rock Sandpiper; Gyrfalcon; Arctic & Pacific Loon; Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorant; Black Oystercatcher; Aleutain Tern; Parasitic Jaeger; Rock Ptarmigan; Gray-crowned Rosy-finch; Hawfinch (usually annual); Brambling; many other possible Asian vagrants

    Top Mammals

    Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions, Reindeer

    Habitats Covered

    Tundra, possible pelagic

    Expected Climate

    Cool, sometimes wet, temps 35 – 50 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Other Attractions

    Aleutian Museum, WW-II Museum. Excellent photographic opportunities.

    During your free time in Anchorage, don’t miss going to Wave Bookstores on Northern Lights or downtown on 5th Avenue. They have a great selection of Alaska fiction and non-fiction! In addition, there are some excellent restaurants downtown, including Orso, Glacier Brew House, Simon & Seafort’s, and Marx Brothers.

    Above birding books can be obtained from Madison Audubon Shoppe, (888) 505-9056, with a 10% discount by mentioning High Lonesome BirdTours. ABA Sales and the various web book dealers are also sources.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Warm hat with visor
    • Rain hat
    • Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
    • Warm winter jacket
    • Balaclava or full facial ski mask
    • Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
    • Glove liners
    • Long sleeve shirts (various weights)
    • T-shirts or undershirts (capilene or polypropylene)
    • Pants (fleece or wool; jeans NOT recommended)
    • Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    • GORE-TEX socks/liners for water protection and warmth
    • Sturdy, waterproof boots; NEOS are lightweight waterproof overboots
    • Moleskin for blisters
    • Foot powder for drying
    Recommended Reading
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan

      Wild Bird Society of Japan
    • A Field Guide to the Waterbirds of Asia

      Bharat Bhushan, et al. (1993)
      Wild Bird Society of Japan
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of China

      John MacKinnon & Karen Phillipps (2000)
      Oxford University Press
    • A Field Guide to the Rare Birds of Britain & Europe

      Ian Lewington, et al. (1991)
      Domino Books, Ltd.
    • Birds of Europe with North Africa & the Middle East

      Lars Jonsson (1992)
      Princeton University Press
    • Birds of Russia & Adjacent Territories

      V. E. Flint, et al. (1984)
      Princeton University Press
    • Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition

      Jon Dunn, et al. (2011)
      National Geographic Society
    • Seabirds of the World

      Peter Harrison (1997)
      Princeton University Press
    • Shorebirds of North America, Europe, & Asia: A Guide to Field Identification

      Don Taylor; illustrated by Stephen Message (2006)
      Princeton University Press
    • Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

      Dennis Paulson (2005)
      Princeton University Press
    • New Generation to the Guide Birds of Britain & Europe

      Christopher Perrins (1987)
      University of Texas Press
    • Birds of Europe

      Killian Mullarney, et al. (1999)
      Princeton University Press
    • The Sibley Guide to Birds

      David A. Sibley (2000)
    • The Shorebird Guide (North America)

      Miichael O'Brien, et. al. 2006
      Houghton & Mifflin Books
    • The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe & the Western Palearctic

      Mark Beaman and Steve Madge (1998)
      Princeton University Press



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