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Attu Island Bird Watching
Expedition (Proposed)

Minimum cost will be $100 000 for whole boat charter

Trips will be in May and only by special charter

In cooperation with High Lonesome BirdTours and the Grand Aleutian Hotel, we are offering an exciting new, inaugural trip to Attu Island at the far western end of the Aleutian Chain. This birding-emphasis trip will depart in May 2006 and will be out for about one month.

For details and registration materials. Please contact:
Forrest Davis
High Lonesome Birdtours,
or phone: 800 743 2668

The Alaskan Island of Attu's position (nearly 1,500 miles from the Alaskan mainland) gives it the designation of being the westernmost destination in the United States. Attu is every bird watcher's dream come true, as it claims more first and second ABA Checklist records than any other location on the continent. Rare and unforgettable birding opportunities abound in this remote and rugged place, which has been called the end of the earth.

Attu has become increasingly inaccessible over the past decades. Its position as the last island of the Aleutians makes it a hard to reach destination, susceptible to Pacific Ocean swells and frequently harsh weather. Although a landing strip does exist on the island, flights are impractically expensive and virtually impossible to arrange.

Custom Alaska Cruises would like to put this remarkable and legendary birding destination back on the map. From May to early June of 2006, we would like to take part in planning and executing expeditions to this bird watcher's paradise.

Our flagship, the M.V. Sikumi, is a sixty-seven foot luxury cruise ship, specifically designed and built to negotiate the harsh seas of Alaska. For the majority of the year the boat provides custom luxury cruising all the way from Seattle to Prince William Sound.

The Sikumi has the necessary facilities for hosting an expedition to Attu; state-of-the-art navigational equipment, adequate water and fuel capacities, plenty of storage space for equipment and bicycles for exploring the island, a full service galley and chef, comfortable staterooms, and a washer and dryer. His knowledge and experience of Alaskan waters make him an ideal candidate for skipper to this scarcely visited remote crowned-jewel of North American birding.

With the accompaniment of experienced and expert birding guides, our expeditions would offer birders unique experiences to navigate Attu island and it's famed birding grounds. We would also offer many of the comforts of home in the form of the Sikumi. From her tough steel hull to her handsome wood-trimmed interior, the M.V. Sikumi combines the ruggedness of an ocean-going commercial trawler with the elegance of a luxury cruise ship.

Contact us today for information on this exciting Attu birding expedition opportunity.


Birds known to frequent the Attu Island

Red-throated Loon
Arctic Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Yellow-billed Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Laysan Albatross
Northern Fulmar
Pelagic Cormorant
Red-faced Cormorant
Bean Goose
Grtr White-fronted Goose
Canada Goose
Green-winged Teal
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Eurasian Wigeon
American Wigeon
Tufted Duck
Greater Scaup
Common Eider
Spectacled Eider
Harlequin Duck
Black Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Common Goldeneye
Common Merg (Goosander)
Red-breasted Merganser
Northern Harrier
Peregrine Falcon
Rock Ptarmigan
Pacific Golden-Plover
Mongolian Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Common Greenshank
Wood Sandpiper
Wandering Tattler
Gray-tailed Tattler
Common Sandpiper
Far Eastern Curlew
Bar-tailed Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Great Knot
Long-toed Stint
Pectoral Sandpiper
Rock Sandpiper
Common Snipe
Pomarine Jaeger
Parasitic Jaeger
Black-headed Gull
Black-tailed Gull
Kamchatka (Mew) Gull
Herring Gull
Slaty-backed Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
River (Common) Tern
Aleutian Tern
Common Murre
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Kittlitz's Murrelet
Ancient Murrelet
Crested Auklet
Tufted Puffin
Horned Puffin
Common Cuckoo
Oriental Cuckoo
Snowy Owl
Short-eared Owl
Common Raven
Winter Wren
Midd Grasshopper-Warbler
Lanceolated Warbler
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Siberian Rubythroat
Rufous-tailed Robin
Eyebrowed Thrush
Dusky Thrush
Yellow Wagtail
Black-backed Wagtail
Olive-backed Pipit
Red-throated Pipit
Song Sparrow
Lapland Longspur
Rustic Bunting
Snow Bunting
Rosy Finch
Common Rosefinch
Common Redpoll
Hoary Redpoll
Eurasian Bullfinch

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