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)
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!)
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)
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 - 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 - 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)