Part II begins in Anchorage, but our first destination from there is wonderful Nome, famous as the spot where the Iditarod sled-dog race terminates. We will take the easier route: we fly. Nome is also famous for its gold and associated gold rush, but it is also legendary with birders. Nome is where many Siberian species which nest only in a small part of Alaska are found, such as Bar-tailed Godwit, Pacific Golden-Plover, Red-throated Pipit, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail, and this beautiful Bluethroat. Often we find this bird by listening for its song, an elaborate warble which includes much mimicry.
[photo © guide Dave Stejskal]