Barrow, Alaska October 2020: Ross’s Gull Quest

October 09 - 14, 2020
Tour Length: six days Est. Spaces Left: Available

Joint tour with High Lonesome BirdTours and Rockjumper Tours

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States, perched at the meeting point of the Chukchi and Beaufort seas. The city offers some of the most productive access to high arctic tundra and the Arctic Ocean, while providing comfortable hotels, a variety of restaurants, and a thriving Iñupiaq community. This short trip is timed to witness one of the most special migrations in all of North America, that of the Ross’s Gull. Every fallthousands of Ross’s Gulls migrate along the coast near Barrow, offering an unrivalled spectacle of the rare and beautiful. The number of gulls varies per day and is usually higher during inclement weather, but we can expect to see singles to dozens.

Ross’s Gull, by Stephan Lorenz

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
October 08, 2021
Tour Leaders:
No Tour Leaders Listed.
Max # Birders:
8 plus one leader
Focus:
Birds; Photography; Alaska native culture;
Pace:
Relaxed ; Birding from road mostly with short hikes.
Double Accommodation:
$ 3300
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 450
Deposit:
$750 [per person]

Other species we hope for include Ivory Gull (rare), Spectacled, King, and Common eiders, plus a variety of other gulls and seabirds. We will spend most of our time at the base of the point and along various sea watching spots in town. If time permits we will explore the tundra along two roads. With great luck we may see Polar Bears and other marine mammals. The sun does not come up until 09:00 am and sets by 6:30 pm.during October in Barrow, so we will have quite a bit of time relaxing in the hotel and warming back up after sea watching vigils. We will also add a bit of bird watching in the Anchorage area before and after our Barrow adventure. Here we can add a number of sought after boreal specialties like White-winged Crossbills, Pine Grosbeak, Common Redpolls, Bohemian Waxwing, Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers, and Spruce Grouse to round out an amazing adventure.

 

TOUR AT A GLANCE

 

Day Birding Night
1 Arrival in Anchorage optional pre-dinner birding if arriving early Coast International Inn
2 Morning flight to Barrow and birding Barrow area  Airport Inn
3 Birding Barrow area Airport Inn
4 Birding Barrow area Airport Inn
5 Flight to Anchorage and afternoon birding Anchorage area Coast International Inn
6 Departures home

  

TOUR PRICE

 

The tour per person sharing costs US$3300. The single supplement for this tour is $450. Deposit is $750.

Deposit can be paid securely on our web-site. Remaining balance must be paid 90 days prior to departure by check to High Lonesome BirdTours. 

 

FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS


  • Round-trip air: Anchorage-Barrow
    • Pickup & drop-of at Barrow Airport
    • 5 nights lodging
    • All meals
    • Ground transportation
    • All land use fees & excursions
    • Taxes and local tips (guide tip optional)


The tour price excludes:

• Airfares except as noted above
• Drinks
• Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Download Itinerary

    No PDF is available at this time. See Below.

  • Meeting Location

    Coast International Inn, Anchorage

    Accomodations

    Comfortable.

    Included

    Excluded

  • Top Birds

    Ross’s Gull; Ivory Gull (uncommon);  Black-headed Gull; Sabine’s gull; Red-throated & Yellow-billed Loons; King, Common, & Spectacled Eider,  Short-tailed Shearwater, Red Phalarope, Black Guillemot, Snowy Owl,

    Top Mammals

    Polar Bear; Arctic Fox; Ringed Seal; Bearded Seal; Caribou; Brown Bear many others

    Habitats Covered

    Tundra; coastal plains

    Expected Climate

    Cold, possible snow

  • Other Attractions

    Native culture; Arctic Ocean; high north tundra

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • 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
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • 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
    • National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (7th Edition)

      Jon Dunn, et. al. 2017
      National Geographic Society
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan

      (1982)
      Wild Bird Society of Japan

     

  • Past Trip Reports

     

     


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