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ALASKA wildlife sightings
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Including lists of all mammals and birds seen/heard on our trip. June 15-29, 2003.



Resurrection Bay near Seward
MAMMALS (16 species; 8 new species)
Humpback Whale (2 at Kenai Fjords)
Dall's Porpoise (2 at Kenai Fjords riding bow wave)
Harbor Seal (many at Aialik Glacier)
Steller's Sea Lion (many at Kenai Fjords)
Sea Otter (many in Resurrection Bay and Kachemak Bay)
* Barren-ground Caribou (many at Denali NP)
Moose (2 near Homer; 3, including two bulls, at Denali NP)
* Grizzly Bear (13, including many with cubs, at Denali NP)
Black Bear (1 above Bird Creek, Turnagain Arm)
Red Fox (1 at Denali NP; 1 on Denali Hwy-- both "cross foxes")
* Dall Sheep (many at Turnagain Arm, Kenai River, Denali NP)
* Hoary Marmot (3 at Denali NP ne of Savage River bridge)
* Snowshoe Hare (2 at Denali NP, 1 along Denali Hwy)
* Red Squirrel (common in spruce)
* Arctic Ground-Squirrel (common at Denali NP and Tangle Lakes)
* Northern Redback Vole (1 near Homer; 1 at Tangle Lakes)

* denotes first time seeing this species
We saw two Red Foxes on the trip, both "cross foxes", mixes between the regular red phase and the black phase.


Mother and pup Harbor Seal at Aialak Glacier.

Steller's Sea-Lions on the Chiswell Islands.

Sea Otters in Resurrection Bay.

Barren-ground Caribou were common at Denali Nat'l. Park.

One of the pairs of grizzly with cub, from the Denali Park shuttle bus.

Arctic Ground-squirrel at Eilson Visitor Center.
BIRDS (109 species; 18 new species)
Common Loon
Pacific Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Short-tailed Shearwater (small group off Homer Spit)
Double-crested Cormorant
* Red-faced Cormorant (few at Gull Is., Kachemak Bay)
Trumpeter Swan
Tundra Swan
Canada Goose
Mallard
Gadwall (1 in ice flow at Aialik Glacier)
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup (1 at Tern Lake)
Ring-necked Duck (Denali Hwy)
Barrow's Goldeneye
Harlequin Duck
Long-tailed Duck (1 with scoters off Homer Spit)
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
* Common Eider
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser (pair at Lower Ohmer Lake)
Northern Harrier
Golden Eagle
Bald Eagle
* Gyrfalcon (2 at Polychrome Pass, 1 over McClure River, Denali Hwy)
Merlin
American Golden-Plover (2 at McClaren Summit, Denali Hwy)
Semipalmated Plover (Tangle Lakes)
Black Oystercatcher
* Hudsonian Godwit
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Short-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Wilson's Snipe
Red-necked Phalarope (Denali Hwy)
Herring Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Mew Gull
Bonaparte's Gull (2 adults and 1 juv at Fritz Creek, Kachemak Bay)
Black-legged Kittiwake
Long-tailed Jaeger (Denali Hwy)
Arctic Tern
* Aleutian Tern (1 bird off Homer Spit)
Horned Puffin
Tufted Puffin
Common Murre
* Thick-billed Murre (few birds in Chiswell Islands)
Pigeon Guillemot
* Parakeet Auklet (few birds in Chiswell Islands)
Ancient Murrelet (1 wetted/oiled bird in Homer Fishing Hole)
Marbled Murrelet
* Kittlitz's Murrelet (few birds near Aialik Glacier)
* Northern Hawk-Owl (Brushkana Campground, Denali Hwy)
Rock Dove (4 birds in Seward)
Rufous Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
* Three-toed Woodpecker
Common Raven
Northwestern Crow
Black-billed Magpie
Steller's Jay
Gray Jay
Bank Swallow
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
* Alder Flycatcher
* Northern Wheatear (1 at Eilson Visitor Center)
American Robin
Varied Thrush
* Gray-cheeked Thrush (not at Denali NP; common along Denali Hwy)
Hermit Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
* Arctic Warbler
Dipper
* Bohemian Waxwing (Tangle Lakes)
American Pipit
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Black-capped Chickadee
* Boreal Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Blackpoll Warbler (common along Denali Hwy)
Wilson's Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Northern Waterthrush (1 bird singing at Lower Ohmer Lake)
Yellow-rumped ("Myrtle") Warbler
Savannah Sparrow
American Tree Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Song Sparrow (maxima)
Fox Sparrow (Sooty and Red)
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco ("Slate-colored")
Rusty Blackbird
Pine Siskin
* Common Redpoll
Red Crossbill
* White-winged Crossbill (Brushkana Campground, Denali Hwy)
Pine Grosbeak

BIG MISSES:
Willow Ptarmigan (don't ask me how!)
Rock Ptarmigan (limited time in high rocky habitat)
Smith's Longspur (not present at Brushkana; too windy at Denali Hwy MP 13
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel (not present off Homer Spit)
Black-legged Kittiwake colony on the Chiswell Islands. The captain of the Kenai Fjords Tours boat was willing to design the route to find the birds I was asking for (Thick-billed Murre and Parakeet Auklet); he knew right where they were.