Juneau Audubon Society

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Juneau, AK 99802-1725

Spring Bird Migration Observations

Juneau, Alaska

2004

 

This report on migratory birds and other birds of note observed in Juneau during Spring, 2004 was prepared by Steve Zimmerman.

 

JUNEAU SPRING MIGRATION REPORT - 2004

The Spring migration period extends from March 1 through May 31.

OBSERVERS

BA = Bev Agler

RA = Robert Armstrong

GB = Gwen Baluss

LB = Liz Blecker

KB = Koren Bosworth

MB = Matt Brooks

RG = Richard Gordon

KH = Karla Hart

DJ = Doug Jones

MK = MaryLou King

DM = Deanna MacPhail

BM = Blake Maybank

JM = Joe McCabe

EM = Ed Mills

DR = Deborah Rudis

JS = Jeff Sauer

SU = Sally Urvina

LV – Linda Vallie

GVV = Gus VanVliet

SZ = Steve Zimmerman

PBSP = Point Bridget State Park

Double-crested Cormorant. An immature bird was seen on Auke Bay on May 25 (GV).

Snow Goose. The first sighting of this species was of two birds at Point Bridget State Park (PBSP) on April 16 (PS). One or two birds were seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands starting on April 26 (BA) and extending through at least May 14 (m. obs.).

Ross’s Goose. First found on May 10 (PS), this bird appeared to be traveling with a Snow Goose. The two were seen through May 14 on the Mendenhall Wetlands (m.obs).

Green-winged Teal (Eurasian race). A pair was sighted March 20 to April 19 at Fish Creek (PS). Another pair seen at Eagle Beach on May 5 (PS). Possibly another male was seen at the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 9 (PS).

Eurasian Wigeon. Up to 3 males were observed near Fish Creek in March and April. Sightings of a single male Eurasian Wigeon were made at several locations around the Mendenhall Wetlands during April and through May 4 (BA). A pair of birds at Fish Creek was photographed on April 14 (PS) and a different pair was observed April 19-23.

Cinnamon Teal. A pair were seen on the Mendenhall River on May 5 (MB) and sightings of this species along the Mendenhall River continued through at least May 22 (BA, PS) with 2 males on May 18.

Canvasback. A female was first seen on Twin Lakes on April 17 (GV). Sightings of a single male were made at Moose Lake (Dredge Lakes) on April 26 (PS), on April 29 (DR) and May 4 (GB) in a pond along Riverside Drive, and on Norton Lake during much of the last week of May (DM, m. obs.). A few birds also observed on Mendenhall Wetlands in late April.

Redhead. Two males and 1 female were seen near the mouth of the Mendenhall River on May 5 (MB) and May 7 (RG).

King Eider. An adult drake was seen feeding on herring eggs with several thousand scoters at PBSP on May 8 (PS).

King Eider. Photo by Paul Suchenek.

Black Scoter. Only a few sightings in March and then three were seen feeding on herring eggs at PBSP on May 8 (PS).

Hooded Merganser. A pair were seen on Twin Lakes on March 8 (BA). A male was seen on Moose Lake on April 27 (PS). A pair was seen in a pond along the Herbert River Trail on May 10 (MB). A male was seen at the mouth of the Mendenhall River on May 13 (SZ).

Ruddy Duck. A female was on south Twin Lake on May 5 (SZ, PS).

Osprey – One on Mendenhall Wetlands on May 21 (BA, PS).

Golden Eagle. An immature bird was seen soaring with Bald Eagles at PBSP on May 15 (MB).

Red-tailed Hawk. A Harlan’s-type bird was seen at PBSP on April 12 (PS). An adult Krider’s-type bird was seen sitting along Thane Road on April 27 and 28 (GV, DM photo). This sighting represents perhaps the third Krider’s record for Alaska—all from Juneau (April 6, 1998 and April 18, 2003) .

Peregrine Falcon. One seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 4 (MS, PS).

Gyrfalcon. A single, white-morph bird was seen at PBSP on April 17 (RA), and in the upper Mendenhall Valley on April 19 (KH).

Sora. A Sora was seen and photographed in the Norton Lake (Dredge Lakes) area on April 26 (PS, MB). A Sora was also heard calling beginning May 3 (GV) and then was seen on May 10 (SZ, JS, RG) in the marsh by the Pioneer’s Home.

Sora. Photo by Paul Suchanek.

American Coot. A single bird was seen at Twin Lakes on May 1-6 (JM, GV).

Sandhill Crane. Three were seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 6 (MS).

Pacific Golden Plover. Two of three were photographed on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 4 (PS), another observed on May 20 (PS, RG). A flock of 12 American Golden Plovers was seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 11 (GV).

Hudsonian Godwit. Single Hudsonian Godwits were reported on the Mendenhall Wetlands on April 26 (MB) and May 7 (RG), and a pair were reported on May 8 (RA). A late migrant was observed at Eagle Bach on May 28 (GV).

Marbled Godwit. A single bird was seen on April 29 (PS) and May 2 (BA).

Red Knot. Two observed on May 11 (PS) on the Mendenhall Wetlands.

Sanderling. The first single Sanderling was reported on April 26 on the Mendenhall Wetlands (MB). The two latest birds were seen on May 29 on the Mendenhall Wetlands (PS, BA).

White-rumped Sandpiper. A single bird was seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 5 (MB).

Wilson’s Phalarope. A single bird was observed on the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 22 (MB, LB).

Parasitic Jaeger. One was observed from the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 22 (BA, LB, RG). Other single bird sightings were seen outside the Juneau checklist area at Point Retreat on May 21 and near Endicott Arm/Tracy Arm on May 22 (MS).

California Gull. An adult was seen at the Eagle Beach gull-roost on May 28 (GV).

Caspian Tern – Two on May 26 at PBSP (PS).

Tufted Puffin. A single bird was seen in Stevens Passage (outside the Juneau checklist area) near the entrance to Tracy Arm on May 22 (MS).

Northern Pygmy-Owl. Single individuals were seen on March 8 and 12 (Mendenhall Valley), March 18 and 27 (Auke Bay), March 31 (Lemon Creek), April 17 (Eagle Beach) and April 18 (Mile 41) (GV).

Downy Woodpecker (glacialis subspecies). One male at a suet feeder on March 26-27 and April 4 at Auke Bay (GV).

Northern Flicker. A Yellow-shafted bird was seen at PBSP on April 16-17 (MB). A pair (one of which was a "yellow shafted" male) were displaying and vocalizing at a muskeg at 35 Mile on May 29—only the second record of a pair in Juneau.

Hammond’s Flycatcher. A singing bird was observed near the Treadwell Gloryhole on May 9 (MB).

Say’s Phoebe. A single bird was reported from the Salmon Creek Trail parking lot on May3 (MB) and from the airport dike trail area on May 5 (MK).

Northern Shrike. First reported near the Pioneer’s home on March 13 (SU), other birds were seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on April 9 (1 bird - MB), and at PBSP on April 10 (5 birds - MB) and latest on April19 at Mendenhall Wetlands (1 bird – PS).

Cassin’s Vireo. A single bird was seen in the Lena Beach area on May 3 (LV)

Warbling Vireo. Two were seen/heard near the beginning of the Moraine Trail at the Mendenhall Visitor’s Center on May 29 (DM, m. obs.).

Horned Lark. Thirty-five were seen at PBSP on April 16 (PS) and 12 on April 17 (MB). Horned Larks were also reported several times from the Mendenhall Wetlands in mid-late April to early May. The high count was 22 on April 20 (PS).

Horned Lark. Photo by Paul Suchanek

Cliff Swallow. One was seen at Norton Lake on May 2 (MS).

Black-capped Chickadee. A single bird was seen in Evergreen Cemetery on March 13 (LB).

Red-breasted Nuthatch. One was seen at Norton Lake on May 31 (MB), and another sighting was reported from Moose Lake on the same day (MS).

Mountain Bluebird. The first two birds were found on April 4 at the Mendenhall Wetlands (GV). An astonishing 19 birds were seen at PBSP on April 11--a number which was then exceeded by the 26 bird flock seen there on April 16-17 (MB, PS). Nine were also reported from Eagle Beach on April 15 (BA, PS), and two were seen near the golf course from April 15 – 19 (DJ).

Female mountain bluebird. Photo by Paul Suchanek

Male mountain Bluebird. Photo by Doug Jones

Townsend’s Solitaire. Many sightings with the first one seen in the PBSP on April 11 (PS) with a peak of 6 on 16 April, four were seen there on April 17 (MB) and April 24 (PS). On May 2, a single bird was seen near the rifle range in the upper Mendenhall Valley (DR).

Cedar Waxwing. A single bird was seen on the Mendenhall Forelands on May 31 (GV). This is perhaps the earliest record for this bird in Juneau.

"Audubon’s" Yellow-rumped Warbler. First male seen on April 30 at Eagle Beach (PS). Last one was seen near Norton Lake on May 27 (MB).

MacGilllivray’s Warbler. One very early bird seen on May 10 at the Mendenhall Wetlands (GV).

Northern Waterthrush. At least two birds were heard singing along the trail to Norton Lake on May 29 (PS, DM, m. obs.).

Western Tanager. Two were seen at PBSP on May 15 (MB).

Dickcissel. A male bird was found on May 22 near the beginning of the airport dike trail (BM). It was found again the following morning and photographed (DM, m.obs). This is a first Alaska record for this bird.

Dickcissel. Photo by Deanna McPhail.

Savannah Sparrow. A very early bird on March 31 at an Auke Bay feeder (GV).

Brown-headed Cowbird. A male was photographed on May 14 at Amalga Harbor (EM).

Lapland Longspur. One on March 13 at Mendenhall Wetlands may have overwintered (?) (GV).

Red Crossbill. This species was virtually absent this winter and spring. The first report finally occurred on May 27 when a flock of 18 birds was observed at Douglas (GV).

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