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 Whooper Swan, Taiga and Tundra Bean Geese, Tufted Duck, Smew, Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged “Common” Teal, Eastern Spot-billed Duck, Lesser Sand-Plover, Ruff, Terek Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Snipe, Long-toed Stint, Bar-tailed and Black-tailed Godwits, Hawfinch, Brambling, Rustic Bunting and many thousands of Whiskered Auklets, and a dozen or more Laysan Albatross among other seabirds.
Resident birds and spring visitors include Gyrfalcon, Cackling Goose, Red-faced and Pelagic Cormorants, Northern Fulmar, Black Oystercatcher, Common Snipe, Rock Sandpiper, Rock Ptarmigan, Ancient, Kittlitz’s and Marbled Murrelets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch, Pacific Wren and Song Sparrow.
Single Rooming is highly improbable on this tour.
This tour is operated by High Lonesome BirdTours in partnership with Rockjumper Birding Tours.
These are large group tours (up to 16 guests with multiple leaders), and will have guests from both Highlonesome and Rockjumper.
For any queries not related to a tour booking, please feel free to contact High Lonesome BirdTours directly Stephan Lorenz (Tour Director)
Taiga & Tundra Bean Geese (rare); Smew (nearly annual); Laysan Albatross; Northern Fulmar; Short-tailed Shearwater; Whiskered Auklet; Kittlitz’s, Ancient & Marbled Murrelets; Pigeon Guillemot; Rock Sandpiper; Gyrfalcon; Arctic, Pacific & Yellow-billed Loons; Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorants; Black Oystercatcher; Aleutian Tern; Parasitic Jaeger; Rock Ptarmigan; Gray-crowned Rosy-finch; Hawfinch (nearly annual); Brambling; many other possible Asian vagrants Top Mammals
Sea Otters, Harbour Seals, Steller’s Sea Lions Habitats Covered
maritime tundra, lakes, wetlands, coastline, pelagic Expected Climate
cool, sometimes wet and windy, temps 35 – 50 degrees Fahrenheit Max Group Size
14 with 2 Tour Leaders Tour Pace & Walking
easy to moderate; some hiking through marshes every day Accommodation
comfortable and fully equipped townhouses Ease of Birding
easy Number of Species Expected
170 -180 Other Attractions
remote volcanic landscapes of the Aleutian Islands, history Photographic Opportunities
excellent photographic opportunities
Stephan Lorenz is an outstanding guide. His knowledge of birds - including their identification, behaviours and biology - is exceptional. He and his partner Claudia provided excellent service to the clients. They made sure all our interests and needs were attended to, and they actively engaged in making the trip both educational and fun.
Stephen Lorenz and Dave Krueper were terrific guides. Complemented each other beautifully. Thanks so much for an incredible experience.
Stephan Lorenz is an exceptional guide, being both a wizard at finding and identifying birds and also dealing with people. He has a kind and funny manner that puts everyone at ease. I am glad that Rockjumper has hired him and look forward to being on some of his trips in the future.
The weather adversely affected the Gambell visit such that hoped for vagrants were minimal during our stay. The Siberian Express mostly failed to stop there. That was beyond anyone’s control and, thanks to the efforts of the guides, the birding experience was still very good. Stephan Lorenz did an exceptional job. Between Covid and the weather his job seemed unusually difficult but he handled things extremely well. I would definitely go on another tour with Mr. Lorenz as guide.
Gambell was great, an adventure I’ll not soon forget.