Pacific Loon: a flock
of (25) on 19 January near Mile 33 cliffs (GV) and
another flock of (75) on 1 February at Tee Harbor
(GV) represented the high numbers for this winter.
(1) first reported on 31 December, subsequently
re-sighted on 1 January at Mendenhall Wetlands (MS,
GV). The bird succumbed on 6 January and specimen
sent to University of Alaska Museum (MS, KH, DDG).
This constitutes the first winter record for mainland
Alaska (several winter reports exist for the Aleutian
European Wigeon: a
peak count of (3) males on 19 January at Fish
Creek, N. Douglas presumably overwintered with
American wigeon (3 males resighted on 4 March) (PS).
American Wigeon: The
species overwintered in large numbers with a peak of
(257) on 19 January at Fish Creek, N. Douglas
(PS) a high winter number for Juneau.
Teal: (1) male on 30 January and February 26 at Fish
Creek, N. Douglas, also assumed to have overwintered
Lesser Scaup: (1) male
on 11 January at Mendenhall Wetlands (GV), and up to
(15) on Twin Lakes beginning in mid-February after
thawing of ice (GV).
Surf Scoter and Black
Scoter: very low numbers of these two species
overwintered in the Juneau area. For Surf Scoter, it
was rare to see flocks >20 for most of the winter,
while even individual Black Scoters were difficult to
(1) adult on 16 January 3 March at an Auke Bay
feeder/brushpile (GV); (1) adult on 29 January at
Lemon Creek (GV); and, (1) on 28 February near the
Mendenhall Glacier (MB).
(1) adult male again successfully over-wintered for
the third year in a row near the Juneau airport (GV
et al., photo RA) presumably its been
the same individual that constitutes Alaskas
first true over-wintering record.
Killdeer: up to (6)
were observed in February at Fish Creek, N. Douglas
(1) on 5 January at Mendenhall Wetlands (DR),
perhaps(?) the same individual that over-wintered
(1) on 24-25 January near Auke Bay (NM, MS, GV),
presumably(?) the same individual that was present
last March 2003, constituting Alaskas first
true over-wintering record.
Rock Sandpiper (ptilocnemis
subspecies): (2) on 17 January at Eagle Beach
(GV), within the traditional over-wintering flock of
~400 rock sandpipers.
Glaucous Gull: (1)
adult on 3 February at Eagle Beach (PS, photo).
Glaucous gull. Photo by Paul Suchanek
Thayers Gull: a
roost of (250) adults on 6 December and (40) adults
on 18 January at the traditional winter high-tide
roost at Eagle Beach (GV).
Marbled Murrelet: (1500+)
on Favorite Channel off the Boy Scout Camp beach on
15 February (GV).
Barred Owl: (1) on 27
December 1 January at Auke Bay (DB, photos)
and (1) on 4 February at N. Douglas (DR).
Northern Pygmy-Owl: at
least 20(!) different individuals reported
throughout the Juneau road-system this winter probably
the best winter for this species ever and probably a
new Alaska high winter tally? (m. obs.) The very
first one calling was heard on 29 February (GV).
Short-eared Owl: (1)
overwintered from 6 December 28 February at
Mendenhall Wetlands (GV, BA, PS), and another (1) was
found on 1 February at Eagle Beach (GV).
Hairy Woodpecker (septentrionalis
subspecies): the (1) female from last fall
overwintered at the same downtown feeder (MM), a rare
record for Southeast Alaska for this Interior
Downy Woodpecker (glacialis
subspecies): (1) male on 4 January through 29
February at Auke Bay suet feeder (GV).
Chickadee: (1) through at least 14 December at a
downtown feeder (MM, GV).
(1) overwintered at a downtown feeder (MM) the
only report this winter.
Varied Thrush: (1)
male overwintered at an upper Mendenhall Valley
Warbler: (1) adult male overwintered at a
downtown feeder (MM, GV) and another (1) near the
mouth of Gold Creek on 14 December (SZ, MB) rare
records for Alaska.
American Tree Sparrow:
(2) on 27 December at Mendenhall Wetlands (GV).
(1) immature over-wintered through 29 February at an
Auke Bay feeder (GV).
Rusty Blackbird: (4)
on 13 December at Mendenhall Campground (LS).
Snow Bunting: a flock
of (25) on 23 and 28 January at Lemon Creek (PS, GV)
and (2) on 24 February at Pt. Bridget (PS).
Finch: (5) reported on 1 January (LL) and (6)
observed from 29 January through 1 February near
downtown Juneau (GV, MM).
Crossbill sp.: unlike
last winters large numbers, this season both
species were virtually absent.