Of all the world's birding destinations, it is Alaska that conjures up visions of remote wild places and the splendour of untouched wildlife. The Probilof Islands support perhaps the largest colony of nesting sea birds in the world as well as a rookery of almost two million Northern Fur Seals. Here these giants spar for precious space amongst a spectacle of thousands of alcids in the Bering Sea. Species such as Parakeet, Crested and Least Auklets, Thick-billed Murre, quizzical Tufted Puffins, cliff-nesting Red-faced Shags and Red-legged Kittiwakes can be encountered. Rarities include Bean Goose, Smew, Great Grey Owl and McKay's Bunting.

Travelling inland birders can explore the vast spruce forests and mirror lakes of the central coast where the bird rookery islands of the Gulf of Alaska and the taiga tundra majesty of the interior's Alaska Range offer perhaps the best wildlife-viewing in all North America.

Denali National Park offers the chance of Gyrfalcon, Rock Ptarmigan, Northern Hawk-Owl as well as Grizzly Bear and Grey Wolves. At Kenai Fords National Park where stupendous peaks rise vertically from icy water, there's the chance of sighting Killer and Humpback Whales and Horned Puffins.

Nome, a small Eskimo village, on the treeless shore of the Bering Sea offers an impressive selection of nesting birds along the Seward Peninsula. Barrow, the northernmost point in Alaska above the arctic circle hosts an astonishing assemblage of high arctic fauna. Asian species such as Bluethroat and Northern Wheatear share this landscape with Gyrfalcon, Snowy Owl, all four species of eider and Yellow-billed Loon.

Text kindly provided by Rockjumper – leading bird tour operators with worldwide destinations including Alaska.


Gyrfalcon © Claude Auchu

Showing the 25 Most Recent Trip Reports Posted

Alaska, 1st June - 5th July 1999 (including detailed site maps), author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Western Alaska, Spring 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Alaska, 26th July - 16th August 2001, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Attu Island - The last frontier - May 1998, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Attu - September 2000, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Alaska, Nome and Gambell, June 2004, author Surfbirds Admin (added September 8, 2004)

Alaska - May 23rd to June 13th, 2010 , author Paul Jones (added September 3, 2010)
(Auklets and Albatrosses - The Western Aleutians)

Alaska: The Last Frontier - May - June 2019, author Mike Hunter (link created September 15, 2019)
(Stunning scenery, enviable array of waders, the best looking owls, a gull fest, a ‘full house’ of eiders and memorable mammals...)

Southeast Alaska Cruise Ship - August 24 - 31, 2008, author Jim Holmes (added October 6, 2008)

An unforgettable Attu adventure aboard the Spirit of Oceanus, author Barry Lyon (link created October 6, 2006)
(Mottled Petrel, Whiskered Auklet, Short-tailed Albatross and Yellow-browed Warbler, and much more!)

We're back - birding Attu, Fall 2006, author Marshall Iliff (link created November 29, 2006)
(For this endeavor we brought together 100 participants and a veteran team of tour leaders)

Alaska - 24th July - 12th August 2007, author Alan Whitehead (added November 21, 2007)
(The idea of visiting Alaska was obviously to try and boost my ABA total towards the 600 mark.)

Alaska: 28th May to 13th June 2016, author Ian Merrill (link created May 9, 2017)
(Spectacled Eider, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Parakeet and Crested Auklets, Horned and Tufted Puffins, Red-legged Kittiwake, Aleutian Tern, Smith’s Longspur and three Polar Bears)

Gambell, Alaska Fall 2003 Trip Report August 26 –September 10, 2003, author Phil Davis (added March 28, 2005)
(Eurasian Wryneck, Common Rosefinch, Reed Bunting, Middendorff’s Grasshopper-Warbler)

United States of America - Alaska - May/June 2010, author Scott Bowers (link created March 2, 2011)
(St. George Island, Denali)

Alaska May-June 2001, author Mark G. Telfer (added March 18, 2008)
(Nome, Barrow, St Paul, Aleutians, Denali and Kenai Peninsula)

USA/Alaska: Denali, Kenai, Nome, Barrow, Dutch Harbor - June 2008, author Gina Nichol (link created March 13, 2009)
(Whiskered Auklet, Red-legged Kittiwake, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Short-tailed Albatross, Spectacled Eider, Smith's Longspur, Kittlitz’s Murrelet)

Alaska and British Columbia - Birding on a 14-Day Holland America Cruise - June 2012, author April Grunspan (added July 9, 2012)
(Ketchikan, Tracy Arm, Juneau, Icy Strait Point, Anchorage, Homer, Seldovia, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka, Saint Lazaria Island, Victoria, pelagic, birding from a cruise ship)

USA - Alaska Comprehensive May-June 17, author Rockjumper Birding Tours (link created July 26, 2017)
(Nome, Seward Peninsula, The Pribilofs, Pribilofs, Denali, Kenai, Barrow, Smith's Longspur, Ross's Gull, Bluethroat, Gyrfalcon, King Eider, Northern Hawk-Owl, Spruce Grouse, Tufted Puffin, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Spectacled Eider)

Alaska - 25th May - 14th June 2006, author Pete Morris (link created July 24, 2007)
(With a grand total of 200 species of birds, and 25 species of mammals, this was our fifth tour to Alaska.)

Alaska - June 1 to 10, 2012, author Charles Spagnoli (added July 20, 2012)
(Gambell, Nome, possible SIBERIAN CHIFFCHAFF, white-tailed eagle, red-necked stint, bluethroat)

Alaska - August 10th-20th, 2007 - The quest for Dippers, author Mike Nelson (added August 25, 2007)
(Alaska, Denali, Seward, Pelagic, Gyrfalcon)

Alaska - BC - Inside Passage Cruise - August 3rd - 10th 2007, author Ben Weinstein (added August 15, 2007)
(albatrosses, petrels, shearwaters)

Alaska - 8th - 23rd June 2016, author Glyn Sellors (link created August 14, 2016)
(Some stunning images of Sabine's Gull, Arctic Warbler, Pacific Diver and many others)

Alaska - Korea Cruise - September 5th to September 26th, 2011, author Gail Mackiernan (added April 21, 2012)
(with photos of vagrant Middendorff's Grasshopper Warbler and Grey-streaked Flycatcher)

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Shishmaref, Alaska, 2 House Sparrows (listed as Casual visitor to author Kenneth Stenek (added February 22, 2008)