Sponsored by High Lonesome BirdTours
Gambell is a small, timeless Eskimo village subsisting much as it has for thousands of years. It lies on St. Lawrence Island, in the Bering Sea just off the Siberian coast. On clear days, Siberia can be seen clearly 35 miles in the distance. Whale, walrus, seal, polar bear and birds account for most of the native diet.
High Arctic and Asian vagrants are the draw at Gambell. Most of the Asian species recorded in North America have been seen in Gambell and its environs. This tour allows participants to spend much of their time within a couple of miles of the Yupik village. There are huge colonies of Parakeet, Least and Crested Auklets on the cliffs within walking distance.
Northwest Point provides a “super-highway” for seabirds passing very close by the island in migration and usually yield Arctic Loon, Yellow-billed Loon , Dovekie, Emperor Goose and Ivory Gull as well as many other seabirds and ducks. The centuries old bone yards often hide vagrant passerines, e.,g, Eurasian Bullfinch, Hawfinch, and Common Cuckoo. The marsh about two miles from town is superb for shorebirds and typically yields several of the Asiatic shorebirds.
You won’t want to miss this tour, which includes an Alaskan bird expert and personal chef! Being remote is no excuse to not eat well!
Start Date: May 26, 2016
Length: 9 days
Max 18 birders
Focus: Birds; Marine Mammals; Siberian Yupik culture
Pace: Intense; some hiking through marsh and rough ground every day but ATV’s available