BIRDS WE SEE NEAR THE KENAI COAST DURING SUMMER (s), WINTER (w), AND SPRING/FALL MIGRATION (m)

*Commonly observed during summer, dependent on tour route in a few cases
+Commonly observed outside summer season
#Audubon Society's Alaska Watchlist 2017

 Norther Fulmar

Norther Fulmar

ALBATROSS
Short-tailed Albatross, Phoebastria albatrus (s)#
Laysan Albatross, Phoebastria immutabilis (s)
Black-footed Albatross, Phoebastria nigripes (s)*

FULMARS & SHEARWATERS
Northern Fulmar, Fulmaris glacialis (s,w)*
Short-tailed Shearwater, Puffinus tenuirostris (s)
Sooty Shearwater, Puffinus griseus (s)*

STORM PETRELS
Leach's Storm-petrel, Oceanodrama leucorhoa (s)*
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel, Oceanodrama furcata (s)*

CORMORANTS
Double-crested Cormorant, Phalacrocorax auritus (s)*
Pelagic Cormorant, Phalacrocorax pelagicus (s,w)*+
Red-faced Cormorant, Phalacrocorax urile (s)*#

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KITTIWAKES, GULLS, TERNS
Black-legged Kittiwake, Rissa tridactlya (s,m,w)*#
Sabine's Gull, Xema sabini (s)
Bonaparte's Gull, Chroicocephalus philadelphia (s,m,w)
Mew Gull, Larus canus (s,w)*+
Herring Gull, Larus argentatus (s,w)*+
Glaucous Gull, Larus hyperboreus (w,m)
Glaucous-winged Gull, Larus glaucescens (s,w)*+
Aleutian Tern, Onychoprion aleuticus (s)#
Arctic Tern, Sterna paradisaea (s)*

JAEGERS
Pomarine Jaeger, Stercorarius pomarinus (m)
Parasitic Jaeger, Stercorarius parasiticus (m,s)*
Long-tailed Jaeger, Stercorarius longicaudus (m)

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ALCIDS
Common Murre, Uria aalge (s,w)*
Thick-billed Murre, Uria lomvia (s)*
Black Guillemot, Cepphus grylle (w)
Pigeon Guillemot, Cepphus columba (s)*
Marbled Murrelet, Brachyramphus marmoratus (s,w)*+#
Kittlitz's Murrelet, Brachyramphus brevirostris (s)*#
Ancient Murrelet, Synthliboramphus antiquus (s,m)*
Cassin's Auklet, Ptychoramphus aleuticus (w)
Parakeet Auklet, Aethia psittacula (s)*
Crested Auklet, Aethia cristatella (w)
Rhinoceros Auklet, Cerorhinca monocerata (s)*
Tufted Puffin, Fratercula cirrhata (s)*#
Horned Puffin, Fratercula corniculata (s)*#

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GEESE, SWANS, DUCKS
Snow Goose, Chen caerulescens (m)
Emperor Goose, Chen canagica (w)
Brant, Branta bernicula (m)
Canada Goose, Branta canadensis (m)+
Cackling Goose, Branta hutchinsii (m)
Tundra Swan, Cygnus columbianus (m)
Trumpeter Swan, Cygnus buccinator (s,w,m)+
Mallard, Anas platyrhyncos (w,m)+
Gadwall, Anas strepera (w,m)+
Green-winged Teal, Anas crecca (m)+
American Wigeon, Anas americana (w,m)+
Eurasian Wigeon, Anas penelope (w)
Northern Pintail, Anas acuta (w,m)+
Northern Shoveler, Anas clypeata (w,m)+
Greater Scaup, Aythya marila (w,m)+#
Lesser Scaup, Aythya affinis (w,m)
Common Eider, Somateria mollissima (w)
King Eider, Somateria spectabilis (w)
Steller's Eider, Polysticta stelleri (w)#
Harlequin Duck, Histrionicus histrionicus (s,w)*+
Long-tailed Duck, Clangula hymenalis (w,m)
Surf Scoter, Melanitta perspicillata (w,m)+
Black Scoter, Melanitta americana (w,m)#
White-winged Scoter, Melanitta fusca (w,m)+
Bufflehead, Bucephala albeola (w)+
Common Goldeneye, Bucephala clangula (w)+
Barrow's Goldeneye, Bucephala islandica (w)+
Hooded Merganser, Lophodytes cucullatus (w)
Common Merganser, Mergus merganser (w,m)+
Red-breasted Merganser, Mergus serrator (s,w)*+

LOONS
Pacific Loon, Gavia Pacifica (w,m)+
Red-throated Loon, Gavia stellata (w)
Common Loon, Gavia immer (w,m)+
Yellow-billed Loon, Gavia adamsii (w)#

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GREBES
Horned Grebe, Podiceps auritus (w)+
Red-necked Grebe, Podiceps grisegena (w)+#

HERONS
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias (s,w,m)*+

RAPTORS
Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos (m)
Bald Eagle, Haliaeetus leucocephalus (s,w)*+
Northern Harrier, Circus cyaneus (m,s)
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Accipiter striatus (s)*
Northern Goshawk, Accipiter gentilis (s,w)*+
Rough-legged Hawk, Buteo lagopus (m)
Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis (m,s)
American Kestrel, Falco sparvarius (m)
Merlin, Falco columbarius (m,s)
Peregrine Falcon, Falco peregrinus (s,m)*

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SHOREBIRDS
Black-bellied Plover, Pluvialis squatarola (m)
Pacific Golden Plover, Pluvialis fulva (m)#
Semipalmated Plover, Charadrius semipalmatus (m,s)
Black Oystercatcher, Haematopus bachmani (s,w)*
Greater Yellowlegs, Tringa melanoleuca (s)*
Solitary Sandpiper, Tringa solitaria (s)
Wandering Tattler, Tringa incana (m)+
Spotted Sandpiper, Actitus macularia (s)*
Whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus (m)
Ruddy Turnstone, Arenaria interpres (m)
Black Turnstone, Arenaria melanocephala (m)+
Rock Sandpiper, Calidris ptilocnemus (w)+
Sanderling, Calidris alba (m)+
Semipalmated Sandpiper, Calidris pusilla (m)
Western Sandpiper, Calidris mauri (m,s)+
Least Sandpiper, Calidris minutilla (m,s)+
Dunlin, Calidris alpina (m)#
Stilt Sandpiper, Calidris himantopus (m)
Pectoral Sandpiper, Calidris melanotos (m)#
Short-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus griseus (m)
Long-billed Dowitcher, Limnodromus scolopaceus (m)
Hudsonian Godwit, Limosa haemastica (m)
Wilson's Snipe, Gallinago delicata (m,s)
Red-necked Phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus (s)*
Red Phalarope, Phalaropus fulicaria (m)

Many, many additional bird species can be found in the boreal forest, riparian, and other remote habitats that can be explored on shore excursions.  Let us know what you want to see and we will do our best to help you find it!

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Marine mammals commonly seen during summer:
Harbor Seal, Phoca vitulina
Steller Sea Lion, Eumetopias jubatus
Sea Otter, Enhydra lutris
Harbor Porpoise, Phocoena phocoena
Dall's Porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli
Killer Whale, Orcinus orca
Humpback Whale, Megaptera novaeangliae
Minke Whale, Balaenoptera acutorostrata
Fin Whale, Balaenoptera physalus
Gray Whale, Eschrichtius robustus (m)