This tour is offered in partnership with High Lonesome Birdtours.
Gambell is a small, timeless Yupik village on remote St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea. Located just off the Siberian coast, it is possible on clear days to see Siberia, 35 miles in the distance. This sites has been inhabited for some 2000 years now. Whales, Walrus, seals, Polar Bear and birds account for much of the local diet. High Arctic species and Asian vagrants are a big draw at Gambell. Most of the Asian species recorded in North America have been seen in Gambell and its environs. Being that there are no roads here, we spend the bulk of our time within a few of miles of town, but there is plenty to keep us busy. Huge colonies of Parakeet, Least and Crested Auklets nest on the cliffs and Northwest Point provides a “super-highway” for seabirds passing very close by the island on migration, and usually yields Arctic, Pacific, Red-throated and Yellow-billed Loons, Little Auk (Dovekie), Emperor Goose and even on occasion, Ivory Gull, not to mention other seabirds and ducks. The centuries old bone yards attract vagrant passerines, and with the right weather, stunners such as Eurasian Bullfinch, Hawfinch, and Common Cuckoo among a much longer list of other rare visitors. Many are the possibilities at this remote Bering Sea outpost, and the marsh and wetlands are often superb for shorebirds and typically yield several prime Asiatic shorebirds, and at times scarce breeding species such as Common Ringed Plover.
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Common or annual species – Emperor Goose, Least, Parakeet & Crested Auklets, Little Auk, Yellow-billed, Black-throated & Pacific Loons, Steller’s, Spectacled, King & Common Eiders, Ivory & Slaty-backed Gulls, Common Ringed Plover, Common Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Gray-tailed Tattler, Red-necked Stint, Red Phalarope, White Wagtail, Brambling.
Less common Asian vagrants – Green, Terek, Common Sandpipers, Long-toed & Temminck’s Stints, Common Greenshank, Great Knot, Little, Temminck’s & Long-toed Stints, Common Snipe, Common Cuckoo, Sky Lark, Dusky Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher, Siberian Rubythroat, Dusky & Eyebrowed Thrushes, Olive-backed Pipit, Rustic Bunting, Brambling, Common Rosefinch, Eurasian Bullfinch and Hawfinch.
Walrus, Harbour Seal, Arctic Fox, Grey & Killer Whales
high Arctic tundra; seaside
cold with high winds possible, can be wet
mega tour for twitcher and serious birders. Intense; some hiking through marsh and rough ground every day but ATV’s available
Local culture; scenery (you can see Russia on a clear day!)
What our clients say about tours to Alaska
The tour was very well organised and run. The guides, Stephan Lorenz and Dave Krueper, were excellent. They went out of their way to ensure that all the group members had a chance to see and identify the birds, especially concentrating on those they knew were life birds. Having two guides for 10 tour members…
Stephan Lorenz was great. He knew every bird and plant and was helpful to me in getting the photos that I wanted.
Stephen Lorenz and Dave Krueper were terrific guides. Complemented each other beautifully. Thanks so much for an incredible experience.
Forrest Rowland was a wonderful guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about birds and always takes the time to consider the wants, needs and priorities of the group. He works with his group to form a common goal. He was extremely professional and he had a remarkably positive attitude. His enthusiasm was infectious and admirable, as was…
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.