What Birds & When
Red-breasted Sapsuckers are a common sight (and sound) in spring and summer
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:
Great Blue Heron
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon race)