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Birding Alaska's Rainforest

 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.


All year round can be found:

Great Blue Heron
Mallard
Common Merganser
Sharp-shinned Hawk (uncommon)
Northern Goshawk (uncommon)
Bald Eagle
Merlin (uncommon)
Mew Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Black-legged Kittiwake
Pigeon Guillemot
Marbled Murrelet
Belted Kingfisher
Hairy Woodpecker (uncommon)
Downy Woodpecker (uncommon)
American Three-toed Woodpecker (very uncommon)
Steller's Jay
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch (uncommon)
Brown Creeper
Pacific Wren
American Dipper
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon subspecies year-round, Slate-colored in winter)
Red Crossbill (during irruptions)
White-winged Crossbill (during irruptions)
Pine Siskin (during irruptions)