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ABA Birdfinding Guide ~ A Birder's Guide to Alaska

A Birder's Guide to Alaska

George C. West
Revised 2008
Paper, 662 pages (layflat)
ISBN: 1-878788-48-5
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A Birder's Guide to Alaska gives you the detailed information you need to find the Great Land's great birds. Over 60 locations are covered in this updated edition, including the state's entire road system, the Alaska Highway from Dawson Creek, BC through the Yukon to Alaska, the Alaska Marine Highway ferry system, and the Alaska Marine Highway from British Columbia to Alaska. Special attention is given to providing birding information for the larger communities-Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau-in addition to Alaska's popular tourist destinations: Denali National Park, the Inside Passage, the Kenai Peninsula, and Nome. The status of more than 500 species of birds in Alaska-and dozens of field-identifiable subspecies-is treated in the Annotated List. This updated guide features more than 120 maps, which accompany the 56 chapters.

George C. West, a longtime Alaska resident of Fairbanks and Homer, has done a superb job in bringing together birdfinding information to help visitors and residents alike.

Table of Contents for a Birder's Guide to Alaska

Introduction

1

Anchorage

23

Glenn  Highway: Eagle River to Palmer

38

Hatcher Pass

44

Parks Highway: Glenn  Highway Junction  to Denali Park

45

Big Lake

47

Petersville Road 

54

Denali State Park

60

Denali  National Park

62

Parks Highway: Denali  National  Park to Fairbanks

74

Fairbanks  

82

Steese Highway  

96

Chena Hot Springs Road 

99

Elliott Highway   

101

Dalton  Highway

104

Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

112

Richardson Highway: Fairbanks to  Delta Junction  

114

Richardson Highway: Delta Junction to Paxson

120

Denali Highway 

130

Richardson Highway: Paxson  to Glennallen

144

Richardson H ighway: Glennallen  to Valdez

148

Edgerton Highway 

153

Alaska Highway: Dawson  Creek to Alaska Border

158

Cassiar Highway

175

Alaska Highway: Yukon  Border to Delta Junction 

176

Northway Road 

183

Delta Agricultural Project

191

Taylor  Highway

192

Top-of-the-World Highway

198

Tok  Cutoff  and Glenn  Highway: Tok  to  Palmer

199

Gold   Hi/J for Timberline Sparrow

204

Gunsight Mountain Hawkwatch

207

Nabesna Road   

208

Barrow

212

Nome and the Seward  Peninsula

222

Wales and Vicinity

238

Kotzebue

244

Gambell - Saint Lawrence Island

250

The Pribilof Islands, Saint Paul and Saint George

264

Kenai Peninsula: Seward  Highway, Anchorage to Seward

284

Kenai Peninsula: Sterling Highway, Tern  Lake to Homer

301

Ferry to Kodiak and Dutch Harbor

347

Whiskered  Auklets from Dutch Harbor

353

Kodiak Archipelago

355

Alaska Peninsula: King Salmon to Cold Bay

374

Cold Bay

386

Dillingham

389

Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge

397

Adak Island  

410

Attu Island

418

Middleton  Island

421

Cordova 

422

Gulf of Alaska by Cruise Ship

435

Yakutat  

436

Inside Passage

441

Forrester Island 

444

Ketchikan

446

Misty Fjords National Monument  and Wilderness

455

Wrangell

456

Petersburg    

460

Sitka 

464

Saint Lazaria Island

473

Juneau

478

Gulf of Alaska by Ferry

514

Haines

518

Skagway 

527

Glacier Bay National Park

534

Hyder

536

Annotated  List of the Birds of Alaska

540

Appendix  A: Checklists of Specific Locations in Alaska

590

Appendix  B: Organizations  of Interest to Birders  

612

Appendix C: Gazetteer and Alaska Pronunciation Guide

624

Appendix D: References and Selected Reading

638

Appendix E: Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fishes of Alaska 

644

Other  ABA/Lane Birdfinding Guides

647

Index 

648

List of Birds in a Birder's Guide to Alaska

A

B

C

Accentors
Albatrosses
Alder flycatcher
Aleutian tern
American avocet
American bittern
American black duck
American coot
American crow
American dipper
American dusky flycatcher
American golden plover
American goldfinch
American kestrel
American pipit
American redstart
American robin
American three-toed woodpecker
American tree sparrow
American white pelican
American wigeon
Ancient murrelet
Anna's hummingbird
Arctic loon
Arctic tern
Arctic warbler
Asian brown flycatcher
Asian rosy finch

Baikal teal
Baird's sandpiper
Bald eagle
Band-tailed pigeon
Bank swallow
Barn swallow
Barred owl
Barrow's goldeneye
Bar-tailed godwit
Belted kingfisher
Black guillemot
Black oystercatcher
Black phoebe
Black scoter
Black swift
Black tern
Black turnstone
Black-and-white warbler
Black-backed woodpecker
Black-bellied plover
Black-billed magpie
Black-capped chickadee
Black-crowned night heron
Black-footed albatross
Black-headed grosbeak
Black-headed gull
Black-legged kittiwake
Blackpoll warbler
Black-tailed godwit
Black-tailed gull
Black-throated blue warbler
Black-throated green warbler
Black-winged stilt
Blue grosbeak
Bluethroat
Blue-winged teal
Bobolink
Bohemian waxwing
Bonaparte's gull
Boreal chickadee
Boreal owl
Brambling
Brandt's cormorant
Brant
Brewer's blackbird
Brewer's sparrow
Bristle-thighed curlew
Broad-billed sandpiper
Brown creeper
Brown hawk-owl
Brown pelican
Brown shrike
Brown thrasher
Brown-headed cowbird
Buff-breasted sandpiper
Bufflehead
Buller's shearwater
Bullock's oriole

Cackling goose
California gull
Canada goose
Canada warbler
Canvasback
Cape May warbler
Caspian tern
Cassin's auklet
Cassin's finch
Cassin's vireo
Cattle egret
Cedar waxwing
Chestnut-backed chickadee
Chestnut-sided warbler
Chimney swift
Chinese egret
Chinese pond-heron
Chipping sparrow
Cinnamon teal
Clark's nutcracker
Clay-colored sparrow
Cliff swallow
Common crane
Common cuckoo
Common eider
Common goldeneye
Common grackle
Common greenshank
Common house-martin
Common loon
Common merganser
Common moorhen
Common murre
Common nighthawk
Common raven
Common redpoll
Common ringed plover
Common rosefinch
Common sandpiper
Common snipe
Common swift
Common tern
Common yellowthroat
Cook's petrel
Cormorants
Costa's hummingbird
Cranes
Crested auklet
Curlew sandpiper

D, E & F

G

H, I & J

Dark-eyed junco
Dark-sided flycatcher
Dickcissel
Dippers
Double-crested cormorant
Dovekie
Downy woodpecker
Dunlin
Dusky thrush
Dusky warbler

Eared grebe
Eastern kingbird
Eastern phoebe
Eastern spot-billed duck
Eastern whip-poor-will
Eastern yellow wagtail
Emperor goose
Eskimo curlew
Eurasian bullfinch
Eurasian collared-dove
Eurasian coot. Fulica atra
Eurasian dotterel
Eurasian hobby
Eurasian hoopoe
Eurasian kestrel
Eurasian siskin
Eurasian wigeon
Eurasian wryneck
European golden plover
European starling
Evening grosbeak
Eyebrowed thrush
Falcated duck
Far Eastern curlew
Fieldfare
Fork-tailed storm petrel
Fork-tailed swift
Fox sparrow
Franklin's gull
Frigatebirds

Gadwall
Garganey
Glaucous gull
Glaucous-winged gull
Golden eagle
Golden-crowned kinglet
Golden-crowned sparrow
Gray bunting
Gray catbird
Gray heron
Gray jay
Gray nightjar
Gray wagtail
Gray-cheeked thrush
Gray-crowned rosy finch
Gray-headed chickadee
Gray-streaked flycatcher
Gray-tailed tattler
Great black-backed gull
Great blue heron
Great crested flycatcher
Great egret
Great gray owl
Great horned owl
Great knot
Great shearwater
Great spotted woodpecker
Greater scaup
Greater white-fronted goose
Greater yellowlegs
Grebes
Green heron
Green sandpiper
Green-winged teal
Gyrfalcon

Hairy woodpecker
Hammond's flycatcher
Harlequin duck
Harris's sparrow
Hawfinch
Heermann's gull
Hermit thrush
Herring gull
Hoary redpoll
Hooded merganser
Hoopoes
Horned grebe
Horned lark
Horned puffin
House finch
House sparrow
Hudsonian godwit
Hummingbirds

Iceland gull
Icterids
Indigo bunting
Intermediate egret
Ivory gull

Jack snipe

K & L

M & N

O & P

Kamchatka leaf warbler
Killdeer
King eider
Kingfishers
Kinglets
Kittlitz's murrelet
Lanceolated warbler
Lapland longspur
Lark sparrow
Larks
Laysan albatross
Lazuli bunting
Leach's storm petrel
Least auklet
Least flycatcher
Least sandpiper
Lesser black-backed gull
Lesser nighthawk
Lesser sand plover
Lesser scaup
Lesser white-fronted goose
Lesser whitethroat
Lesser yellowlegs
Lincoln's sparrow
Little bunting
Little curlew
Little egret
Little gull
Little ringed plover
Little stint
Long-billed dowitcher
Long-billed murrelet
Long-eared owl
Long-tailed duck
Long-tailed jaeger
Long-toed stint
Loons

MacGillivray's warbler
Magnificent frigatebird
Magnolia warbler
Mallard
Manx shearwater
Marbled godwit
Marbled murrelet
Marsh sandpiper
Marsh wren
McKay's bunting
Merlin
Mew gull
Middendorff's grasshopper-warbler
Mottled petrel
Mountain bluebird
Mountain chickadee
Mourning dove
Mourning warbler

Narcissus flycatcher
Nashville warbler
Nightjars
Northern flicker
Northern fulmar
Northern goshawk
Northern harrier
Northern hawk owl
Northern lapwing
Northern mockingbird
Northern pintail
Northern pygmy owl
Northern rough-winged swallow
Northern saw-whet owl
Northern shoveler
Northern shrike
Northern waterthrush
Northern wheatear
Northwestern crow
Nuthatches

Old World flycatchers
Old World sparrows
Old World warblers
Olive-backed pipit
Olive-sided flycatcher
Orange-crowned warbler
Orchard oriole
Oriental cuckoo
Oriental greenfinch
Oriental pratincole
Oriental scops owl
Oriental turtle-dove
Osprey
Ovenbird
Oystercatchers

Pacific golden plover
Pacific loon
Pacific wren
Pacific-slope flycatcher
Pallas's bunting
Pallas's leaf warbler
Palm warbler
Parakeet auklet
Parasitic jaeger
Pechora pipit
Pectoral sandpiper
Pelagic cormorant
Pelicans
Peregrine falcon
Phainopepla
Philadelphia vireo
Pied-billed grebe
Pigeon guillemot
Pine bunting
Pine grosbeak
Pine siskin
Pink-footed shearwater
Pin-tailed snipe
Pomarine jaeger
Prairie warbler
Pratincoles
Providence petrel
Purple finch
Purple martin
Purple sandpiper

Q & R

S

T-V

Red crossbill
Red knot
Red phalarope
Red-breasted merganser
Red-breasted nuthatch
Red-breasted sapsucker
Red-eyed vireo
Red-faced cormorant
Red-flanked bluetail
Redhead
Red-legged kittiwake
Red-necked grebe
Red-necked phalarope
Red-necked stint
Red-tailed hawk
Red-throated loon
Red-throated pipit
Red-winged blackbird
Reed bunting. Emberiza schoeniclus
Rhinoceros auklet
Ring-billed gull
Ring-necked duck
Rock dove
Rock ptarmigan
Rock sandpiper
Rose-breasted grosbeak
Ross's goose
Ross's gull
Rough-legged hawk
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Ruddy duck
Ruddy turnstone
Ruff
Ruffed grouse
Rufous hummingbird
Rufous-tailed robin
Rustic bunting
Rusty blackbird

Sabine's gull
Sanderling
Sandhill crane
Savannah sparrow
Say's phoebe
Scarlet tanager
Scissor-tailed flycatcher
Sedge warbler
Semipalmated plover
Semipalmated sandpiper
Sharp-shinned hawk
Sharp-tailed grouse
Sharp-tailed sandpiper
Short-billed dowitcher
Short-eared owl
Short-tailed albatross
Short-tailed shearwater
Shrikes
Shy albatross
Siberian accentor
Siberian blue robin
Siberian rubythroat
Siberian stonechat
Silky-flycatchers
Skuas
Sky lark
Slaty-backed gull
Smew
Smith's longspur
Snow bunting
Snow goose
Snowy owl
Snowy plover
Solitary sandpiper
Solitary snipe
Song sparrow
Sooty grouse
Sooty shearwater
Sooty tern
Sora
South polar skua
Spectacled eider
Spoon-billed sandpiper
Spotted flycatcher
Spotted redshank
Spotted sandpiper
Spotted towhee
Spruce grouse
Starlings
Steller's eider
Steller's jay
Steller's sea-eagle
Stilt sandpiper
Storm petrels
Surf scoter
Surfbird
Swainson's hawk
Swainson's thrush
Swamp sparrow
Swifts

Taiga bean goose
Taiga flycatcher
Temminck's stint
Tennessee warbler
Terek sandpiper
Thick-billed murre
Thrushes
Townsend's solitaire
Townsend's warbler
Tree pipit
Tree swallow
Treecreepers
Tropical kingbird
True owls
Trumpeter swan
Tufted duck
Tufted puffin
Tundra bean goose
Tundra swan
Turkey vulture
Tyrant flycatchers

Upland sandpiper

 

Varied thrush
Vaux's swift
Veery
Vesper sparrow
Violet-green swallow
Vireos
Virginia rail

W

X-Z

 

Wandering tattler
Warbling vireo
Waxwings
Western grebe
Western gull
Western kingbird
Western meadowlark
Western sandpiper
Western screech owl
Western tanager
Western wood-pewee
Whimbrel
Whiskered auklet
White wagtail
White-crowned sparrow
White-rumped sandpiper
White-tailed eagle
White-tailed ptarmigan
White-throated needletail
White-throated sparrow
White-winged crossbill
White-winged dove
White-winged scoter
White-winged tern
Whooper swan
Willow flycatcher
Willow ptarmigan
Willow warbler
Wilson's phalarope
Wilson's snipe
Wilson's warbler
Winter wren
Wood duck
Wood sandpiper
Wood warbler
Wood warblers
Wrens

Yellow bittern
Yellow warbler
Yellow-bellied flycatcher
Yellow-bellied sapsucker
Yellow-billed cuckoo
Yellow-billed loon
Yellow-breasted bunting
Yellow-browed bunting
Yellow-browed warbler
Yellow-headed blackbird
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-throated bunting