May 13 – 18, 2022
Tour Length: 6 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available
Birds, Pelagic, Marine Mammals
Double Accommodation: $4,200/person
Single Supplement: + $350
Max Group Size
12 (2 leaders)
Easy to Moderate ; Some hiking through marshes every day
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.
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
Sea Otters, Harbor Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions, Reindeer
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.
Coast International Hotel, Anchorage, Alaska
From Anchorage, 5 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.
Tundra, possible pelagic
Cool, sometimes wet, temps 35 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Suggested Clothing and Gear
Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Small day pack / fanny pack
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
Warm hat with visor
Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
Warm winter jacket
Balaclava or full facial ski mask
Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
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
- A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan (1982), 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), Knopf
- 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