I updated the labels on my January 1, 2016 Whiskered Auklet photos to Crested Auklet after review by experts including Martin Renner in Homer, and Thede Tobish in Anchorage.
Martin noted: the cristatella grin or “smiling line” at the gape, from the bill towards the eye, is diagnostic for Crested Auklet. The crest is thin and flimsy in a Whiskered Auklet and the plumes start in front of the eye. In the field, the Whiskered is only a third the size of a Crested.
Thede noted that the Whiskered Auklet rarely moves between favored tiderip passes west of Unimak Pass in the Aleutians, and there are no Seward or North Gulf records.
It was a huge storm, so anything is possible, but not apparently, a Whiskered Auklet. Yet.
Many thanks to Martin, Thede, and Dave S. for your interest in these photos, and for your expertise!
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter