Great Egret. Seen first on the wing over
Point Louisa on May 7 (GB), the bird was subsequently
seen sitting in a tree near the Mendenhall Wetlands
the next morning (KB). Attempts to find the bird
after that were unsuccessful until May 10 when the
bird was found (m.obs.), and photographed (RA), at
the Mendenhall Glacier Campground. It was seen there
again on the morning of May 11 (GV, RG).
Trumpeter Swan. Occasional sightings of
"swans" were reported from several
locations throughout the spring period. Birds
reported to be Trumpeter Swans were sighted on the
Mendenhall Wetlands on March 20, (one bird
DR); and at Mendenhall Glacier forelands--Moose Lake
on May 10 (one birdRA,SZ); and Norton Lake on
May 15 (two birds-DM).
White-fronted Goose. Birds were reported on the
Mendenhall Wetlands from May 1 (DM) though at least
May 24. The high number reported was 24 on May 8 (SZ,
Snow Goose. A flock of approximately 40 birds was
seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on April 28 (GV) and
on several occasions during the first three weeks of
May (m.obs.). Smaller numbers were seen on Mendenhall
Lake (LS), and on the Mendenhall Wetlands. One of
the birds had a light red neck-collar numbered 8N7.
Data from USFWS indicated that this bird was a male,
banded on Wrangle Island July 14, 2001 when it was
one year old (GV).
Brant. Two birds were seen on the Mendenhall
Wetlands May 14 21 (PS, m. obs.). One was a
male bird that had been banded on Banks Island
(Canada) on August 1, 1992. It had previously
been sighted during the 1997 spring migration in
Nanvak Bay, Alaska, and during the winter in Baja
California in 1998.
Mallard x Pintail hybrid. This bird was
seen and photographed at Fish Creek on March 11-16,
(PS). It was also seen on a pond on the north side of
the airport dike on March 24 (LFC). Photo
by Paul Suchanek Photo by Paul Suchanek
Green-winged Teal. A Eurasian bird (A. c.
crecca) was seen at Fish Creek on March 12 and
two were seen March 24 and 27 (PS). A possible
hybrid A. c. crecca x A. c. carolinensis was seen with
the two Eurasian birds on March 27 (PS) and through
at least April 13 (NM).
American Wigeon. Approximately 225 birds, a large
number for Juneau in the winter, were seen at Fish
Creek on March 11 (PS).
Eurasian Wigeon. Two males were seen at Fish
Creek, March 11-April 24 (PS, GV). Three birds were
seen at Fish Creek on April 19 (BC, LC). The last one
was seen May 3 on the Mendenhall Wetlands (PS).
Blue-winged Teal. First one was seen on Moose Lake
on April 14 (DM). Another was seen on the Mendenhall
Wetlands on May 2 (PS) and May 10 (GV, SZ).
Blue-winged Teal x Cinnamon Teal hybrid. An
apparent hybrid of these two species was photographed
on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 2 (PS)
Cinnamon Teal. A female was seen on May 2
accompanying a hybrid male on the Mendenhall Wetlands
(PS). A male was seen there on May 17 (GV).
Canvasback. Two were at Fish Creek on March 11
Redhead. A pair were seen at Fish Creek on April
13 (PS, BA).
Ring-necked Duck. A female was seen on Twin Lakes
on March 15 (NM). Many sightings were made at Dredge
Lakes, along the Mendenhall River or on the wetlands
in April and May. A flock of 12 was seen on the golf
course side of the river for much of the month of
Red-tailed Hawk. A very dark-phase bird was seen
near the Temsco Helicopter base on April 12 (BA). A Kriders
Hawk was observed perched and in-flight on April
18 at the Mendenhall Wetlands (GV). This is perhaps
only the second Kriders Hawk record for Alaska.
The other record occurred on April 6, 1998 at
Brotherhood Bridge Trail
American Kestrel. One adult male was seen on March
18 at the Mendenhall Wetlands (GV). This is the
second consecutive over-wintering record for Alaska.
Merlin. Two birds were observed calling to each
other on Kelly Court on April 15 (DM). They are
believed to be nesting in that area.
American Coot. A single bird was seen on the
Mendenhall Wetlands on April 14 (BA) and continued
through April 23 (BA, GV, PS). This is a rare early
record for Alaska.
Sandhill Crane. A bird in flight over the
Mendenhall Wetlands was seen on April 20 (LFC).
Pacific Golden Plover. Two were seen at Point
Bridget on May 18 (BA). A single bird, showing a
primary tip projection with three staggered primary
tips was photographed at Eagle Beach on May 22 (PS).
Killdeer. A small flock (6 10 birds) was
seen at the mouth of Fish Creek during much of March
Black Oystercatcher. The first two birds were seen
at the Shrine of St. Therese on March 30 (BA).
Greater Yellowlegs. One over-wintered on the
Mendenhall Wetlandsa rare over-wintering record
for Alaska (m.obs.)
Spotted Sandpiper. A bird seen at Point Louisa on
March 2 (BA, DM) was the first winter record for
this species in Juneau.
Whimbrel. Varying numbers were seen during much of
the month of May. The high number reported was 40 on
May 15 (BA, DM).
Hudsonian Godwit. Numbers of godwits were low this
year. Only Hudsonian Godwits were seen. The first was
seen on May 7 (SZ, RG). The highest number reported
was two on May 15-18 (PS, BA).
Red Knot. A peak of four were seen on the
Mendenhall Wetlands on May 13 (PS).
Photo by Paul Suchanek
Dunlin. A large mixed flock of approximately 400
Dunlin (2/3) and Rock Sandpipers (1/3) were seen
during much of the spring period along Egan
Expressway between Salmon and Vanderbilt Creeks (BA).
Western Sandpiper. Among the many peeps seen
during migration in Juneau were two banded Western
Sandpipers on May 17 and 18 (PS, BA). Preliminary
data indicate that the birds were banded in Panama.
Pectoral Sandpiper. Large numbers were seen on the
Mendenhall Wetlands during mid-May. The largest
estimates were 150 (BA) and 300+ (RG). Both sightings
were made on May 17.
Wilsons Snipe. Two birds that exhibited
possible mating behavior were seen on the Mendenhall
Wetlands on March 10 (BA, DM).
Ring-billed gull. One adult on April 17 at Fish
California gull The first immature was seen
May 14 at Eagle Beach (PS).
Glaucous gull An immature was seen at Eagle
Beach on May 22, and probably a different bird was
seen on May 25 (PS).
Black-legged kittiwake. The first was seen on
April 14 at Point Bridget (PS). Large numbers were
first reported on May 14 when 150 at Eagle Beach
(PS). At least 10 different color banded kittiwakes
were observed through the end of May.
Marbled Murrelet. 1,500 or more birds were seen on
March 2, off 33 Mile Cliffs (GV).
Short-eared Owl. Two birds were seen hunting on
the Mendenhall Wetlands on March 19 (DDR). Four were
reported on March 20 (DR).
Northern Pygmy Owl. One was heard calling on March
2 at 36 mile, another was heard calling on March 16
at 25 mile, and another was heard calling on March 19
and 21 at Auke Bay (GV).
Northern Saw-whet Owl. One was heard calling in
March 25 at Auke Bay (GV).
Downy Woodpecker (glacialis supspecies). A
male was seen on March 19 and 31 at Auke Bay with
barred white dorsal stripe, dingy gray breast with
slightly darker gray streaking (including flanks),
and dark barring on undertail (GV).
Cassins Vireo. First found on May 27
at Sandy Beach (MS), this bird continued to sing and
be seen through the end of the count period (m.obs).
Other single birds were heard singing in Bonnie Brae
Subdivision (PS) and near Moose Lake (RG) on May 30.
Three widely-spaced birds in Juneau at the same time
is a remarkable occurrence.
Warbling Vireo. A single bird was seen at Sandy
Beach May 27 and 29 (MS), and May 31 (PS).
Mountain Bluebird. Peak of 5 on April 14 at Pt
Bridget (PS), one female on April 15 on the
Mendenhall Wetlands (GV) and 4 on April 25 (PS) and 2
on April 27 at Point Bridget (PS, BA, RG, DM)
Townsend's Solitaire. A peak of 9 on April 25 at
Point Bridget (PS), but also 4 on April 27 (PS, BA,
RG, DM) and 2 on April 14 at Point Bridget (PS) and 1
at Fish Creek on April 23 (PS).
Bohemian Waxwings. Four were heard on March 15 at
Auke Bay (GV), a quite rare late winter record for
Spotted Towhee. The bird that was first
seen on November 11 (BA) continued coming to the same
feeder on Douglas Island through April 10 (PS). On
that day it sang from the top of a tree for the first
time, and was not seen thereafter.
Red-winged Blackbird. First male was seen at Pt
Bridget on April 14 (PS). A singing male was seen on
April 20 in the marsh near the Pioneers Home where
this species is believed to have bred in the past
(NM). Three birds were seen at the Community Garden
on May 26 (BA).
Rusty Blackbird. One on March 2 at 25 mile (GV). Photo
by Paul Suchanek
Evening Grosbeak. This bird was heard
giving both types of calls at Auke Bay on April 2,
but it was not seen (GV).
Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills were numerous
throughout the season.