Yes, there is a pack of feral dogs that roam around Gambell on a daily basis. despite them following you through the boneyards and potentially flushing birds before you're ready.

Some of them might actually be pets, evidenced by collars, but most of them seem to survive only by rummaging through trash and following people around. This particular one was so amped up every single day, it was hard not to be impressed by the never-ending energy and friendliness: After 18 days, our stay in Gambell had come to an end.

This category was often highlighted by falcons; we saw PEREGRINE FALCONS many days along with a few GYRFALCONS.

Sometimes we even saw them interacting; here's a Peregrine looking small compared to the beefier Gyr that was giving it a bit of a chase: September really isn't the right season to hope for rare shorebirds in Gambell.

So, brace yourself, massive quantities of photos are about to materialize in front of your very own eyes.... Simply put, if you've been to Gambell, you've been to Nome.

Because all of the flights to Gambell start/end through this hub in western Alaska, many birders opt to bird Nome a bit as well.

Lawrence Island (meaning it's found nowhere else on earth). Paul Island has an endemic shrew as well but this is a different kind.

Despite a fair bit of looking, this is the only one we saw.A mind-boggling stream of shearwaters will pass by for hours on end: The eiders were a lot of fun!All four species were seen while we were there (although I personally missed the Spectacled).I'm also very happy to say that after several days of this, I DID finally connect with a few of these Alaskan alcids!As it turns out, this would be my one-and-only new lifer on the trip (and you can see it updated on the right side-bar here on my blog as well).Lawrence Island has quite a bit more diversity in this category compared to St. For instance, we saw ARCTIC GROUND SQUIRRELS just about every day along the mountainside.