Pied-billed Grebe. After first being reported on May 2 at
the Pioneer’s Home Marsh (LE, GV), a single bird was seen there by
many observers through at least May 9 (SZ).
Cackling Goose. A bird determined to be a Cackling Goose (possibly
subspecies traverneri) was seen by a group of Juneau birders on
April 23 (MS, PS, RG). Two likely subspecies minima birds were
photographed at Point Bridget State Park on April 25 (PS).
Snow Goose. The first report was of a single bird on the Mendenhall
Wetlands on April 19 (MB) A flock was first reported at Lemon Creek
on April 22 (SB) and a group of approximately 14 – 16 birds was
periodically reported on the Mendenhall Wetlands through at least
May 11 (NM, SZ). Snow Geese were also reported from Point Bridget
State Park on April 29 (AS) and the first week of May (JM).
Eurasian Wigeon. Three (a pair and a male) were seen at Fish Creek
on March 12 (PS, MB). Birds were also reported on several occasions
near the mouth of the Mendenhall River throughout early May. A male
was reported from Point Bridget State Park on April 29 (AS).
Blue-winged Teal. The first reported sighting was two birds on April
27 on the Mendenhall Wetlands (LE). Sightings of small numbers of
this species on the Mendenhall Wetlands continued through the end of
the reporting period. One was at Pioneer’s Home Marsh on May 7 (MS),
and two were there on May 12 (NM).
Cinnamon Teal. One was reported on April 30 at the Mendenhall
Wetlands (GV), and two were sighted on May 2 near the mouth of the
Mendenhall River (PS). A peak of 3 males was seen on the Mendenhall
Wetlands on May 21 (PS, m. obs). At least one was seen there
throughout the count period. A single bird was seen on the Pioneer’s
Home Marsh on May 7 (LE, MS), and was seen there through May 12
Redhead. A male was seen on the large pond east of Temsco on April
27 (MA). Four were at the mouth of the Mendenhall River on May 7 and
Canvasback. A pair was seen on April 26 on the large pond east of
Temsco Helicopters (MB), and sightings continued for a few days
thereafter (LE, MA). One was at the mouth of the Mendenhall River on
May 8 (GB).
King Eider. An immature bird was at Point Bridget on May 26
Steller’s Eider. A female was seen, and photographed, on
April 22 at the mouth of Cowee Creek in Point Bridget State Park
Photo by Paul Suchanek
Hooded Merganser. A pair was on Twin Lakes on March 5 (JM). Several
additional sightings were made over the spring period at Twin Lakes
and in the marsh by the Pioneer’s Home (JM).
Osprey. An early migrant observed April 25 at Point Bridget State
Golden Eagle. An adult male was seen riding thermals at DuPont Point
on March 7 (MB).
Sora. A Sora was reported on the Pioneer’s Home Marsh on
April 27 (GV). It was heard calling there periodically through much
of the rest of the count period. Two, and possibly a third were seen
or heard there on May 3 (MB) and May 4 (MS). One was at the
Community Garden on May 6 (MB, GB, ED) and was likely there through
the end of the count period (one responded to playbacks the first
week of June).
Photo by Paul Suchanek
American Coot. One was seen on the Pioneer’s Home Marsh on
April 27. It was seen there through at least May 9 (SZ).
Sandhill Crane. A flock of 21 flew over Gastineau Channel and may
have landed near the golf course on May 6 (LC).
Killdeer. Several observations were made throughout the reporting
period. This species appears to overwintering regularly at Fish
Creek. Sightings were also reported at other locations along
Gastineau Channel (LL, m.obs), and on the Mendenhall Wetlands.
Wandering Tattler. Three were seen on the beach at 17 mile on May 3
(BP) and five were there on May 11 (NM). Two were seen at the mouth
of Tee Harbor on May 10 (LE).
Hudsonian Godwit. Two were reported from the mouth of the Mendenhall
River on May 5 (PS). A female was seen there on May 11 (SZ, RG).
Marbled Godwit. Two birds were sighted at Auke Bay on May 4 (GV) and
a single bird was reported from the Mendenhall Wetlands on May 5
(PS). Possibly the same bird was seen on the Fish Creek area of the
Mendenhall Wetlands on May 7 (LE), and on May 10 (SZ).
Surfbird. A huge flock of approximately 2,500 on the Mendenhall
Wetlands on May 1 (PS).
Red Knot. One observed at Mendenhall Wetlands on May 21 (m. obs.).
Solitary Sandpiper. One was seen along the airport dike trail on
April 27 (MB).
Ring-billed Gull. One was seen near the mouth of Fish Creek on May
California Gull. An early adult was seen on March 12 at Fish Creek
Glaucous Gull. A first-winter bird was seen on March 12 at the Mouth
of Gastineau Channel as viewed from Fish Creek (PS). At least 3
immatures on May 13 at Point Bridget State Park (PS).
Thayer’s Gull. Of approximately 20,000 gulls feeding on herring
spawn at Point Bridget State Park on May 13, an estimated 20%
(4,000) were Thayer’s gulls (PS). One individual was identified as
an adult Kumlien’s gull, while another adult on May 16 was also
identified as a Kumlien’s gull (PS).
Slaty-backed Gull. A third year bird was seen on March 12 at
Fish Creek (PS).
Mourning Dove. One was seen in flight near the airport dike
on May 2 (LE).
Barred Owl. A pair were actively calling at the Amalga Marsh turnoff
on April 11 and were still there at the end of the count period.
Another pair was at the end of Montana Creek Road on April 11 (MB).
Great Grey Owl. One was seen at the Mendenhall Wetlands
(along the airport dike trail) on March 13 (BP). It is possible that
this could be the same bird that was reported in September, 2004 at
North Douglas and periodically thereafter.
Western Screech Owl. A pair was at the Point Bridget trailhead on
April 11 and was still there at the end of the count period (MB).
One responded to playbacks along North Douglas Highway near Fish
Creek on May 24 and was present through the end of the count period
Three-toed Woodpecker. A pair was reported from Point Bridget on
April 19 (DH).
Hammond’s Flycatcher. One was at Point Bridget State Park on May 30
Northern Shrike. One was seen at Point Bridget on March 13 (JM).
Another was on the Mendenhall Wetlands on March 25 (LC, LE). A
shrike was also seen preying on Red Crossbills on Muir Street on
March 27. A single bird was seen at Point Bridget on April 21 (MB).
Warbling Vireo. First recorded on May 18 at Douglas and Fish Creek
(PS), 2 were at Point Bridget State Park on May 30 (MB).
Horned Lark. A very early, winter plumaged bird was seen on the
Mendenhall Wetlands on March 14 (MB). Subsequently, there were
periodic reports of this species on the Mendenhall Wetlands during
Mountain Bluebird. Although extensive attempts were made to locate
this species, there were no reports of Mountain Bluebirds in Juneau
Townsend’s Solitaire. A single bird was seen near lower Switzer
Creek on April 30 (LE). Another was reported from Thane Road April
30 – May 1 (AS). Another one at Point Bridget on May 4 (PS).
Cedar Waxwing. Two were at Norton Lake on May 28 (BA, m.obs.) and
two were at Point Bridget State Park on May 30 (MB).
Northern Waterthrush. One was singing along the southern shore of
Mendenhall Lake on May 28 (BA, m.obs.) but this species seemed very
scarce this year.
Western Tanager. A male was singing at Point Bridget State Park on
May 30 (MB).
Snow Bunting. A flock of 9 was seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on
March 9 (BA). At least 1 flock of about 30 snow buntings, and
probably another flock of about 15, were seen winging around the
grasslands there on March 19 (PS).
Brewer’s Blackbird. One male was photographed at Thunderbird
Terrace on Berners Avenue on April 28 (KG).
Purple Finch. A male visited a feeder in West Juneau from
April 28 – May 1 (PR). Another, (perhaps the same bird) showed up at
a feeder in North Douglas later on May 1. It was seen early on the
morning of May 2, but not thereafter (PS).
Red Crossbill. This species began to appear in numbers starting in
late March. By mid-April, substantial numbers were present at
sunflower and suet feeders throughout the Juneau region—this
behavior continued well into June and is believed to be the first
time ever recorded in Juneau (GV).
Note to readers: All sightings of birds that are occasional, or
rarer than occasional, on the Juneau checklist (spring period) have
been noted here. Sightings of birds that are very rare or accidental
are in bold type.