Whiskered Auklet

Aethia pygmaea

A recent arrival to the Pribilofs, there have been a few recent records of individuals arriving to St. George Island in the spring with other alcids (namely Least Auklet Aethia pusilla) and continuing into the summer period in some cases. The other record is an early summer individual on St. Paul Island that appeared to be a non-breeding individual. Recent increases of the population in the eastern Aleutians are perhaps responsible for these arrivals and could suggest a continued pattern of increasing regularity in the future.

Photo by Nat Drumheller
Whiskered Auklet (upper) with Least Auklets by Nat Drumheller