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 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. It was written for Juneau (40 miles away), but most of the information is the same for Hoonah.

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 have headed north to breed by May 15th, and the main attraction for birders becomes much more diverse and land-based, with warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, swallows, swifts, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, sapsuckers, crossbills, and thrushes. Shorebirds are often seen during spring and fall migration.

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

American Crow (formerly Northwestern)

Red-tailed Hawk

Great Blue Heron

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Steller's Jay


Glaucous-winged Gull

Herring Gull

Short-billed Gull (formerly Mew)

Black-legged Kittiwake

Bonaparte's Gull


Pigeon Guillemot

Marbled Murrelet

Pelagic Cormorant

Greater Yellowlegs

Spotted Sandpiper

Wilson's Snipe

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


Western Flycatcher (formerly Pacific-slope)

Olive-sided Flycatcher


Red Crossbill (Type 3)

White-winged Crossbill

Pine Siskin


Rufous Hummingbird

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