What Birds & When

Red-breasted Sapsuckers are a common sight (and sound) in spring and summer

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As the seasons change, so does the variety of birds that can be found in the Hoonah area. See the local checklist (link above) for a detailed account of each species frequency in each season. Winter is characterized by a wealth of sea ducks, dabbling ducks, geese, grebes, alcids (murrelets, murres, guillemots, etc.), loons, cormorants, and gulls. Though some of those remain all year, most head north to breed, and the main attraction for birders becomes much more diverse and land-based, with warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, swallows, swifts, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, shorebirds, and thrushes.

See the "Gallery" page for photos of our most commonly seen species!

The most common species seen during the cruise season (late spring and summer) are the following, though many more are possible:

Bald Eagle

Common Raven

Northwestern Crow

Red-tailed Hawk

Great Blue Heron

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Steller's Jay


Glaucous-winged Gull

Herring Gull

Mew Gull

Black-legged Kittiwake

Bonaparte's Gull


Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Pelagic Cormorant

Greater Yellowlegs

Spotted Sandpiper

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Hairy Woodpecker


Tree Swallow

Barn Swallow

Vaux's Swift


Song Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Fox Sparrow

Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon race)


Golden-crowned Kinglet

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Brown Creeper

Pacific Wren

Rufous Hummingbird

American Robin

Varied Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Swainson's Thrush


Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Wilson's Warbler

Townsend's Warbler


Pacific-slope Flycatcher

Olive-sided Flycatcher


Red Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill

Pine Siskin


Rufous Hummingbird