Yellow-billed Loon. One in basic plumage was seen
on June 14 near Benjamin Island (GV); a bird that was
beginning to molt was seen near Point Bridget on July
29 (PS, GV).
Double-crested Cormorant. An adult was seen on
June 22 at Auke Bay. This is a rare species in
northern mainland SE Alaska in any season (GV).
Blue-winged Teal. Two males were seen on the
Mendenhall Wetlands on June 20 (GV).
Canvasback. A male was seen on Moose Lake July 24
26 (DM). This species is very rarely seen in
the summer in Juneau.
Hooded Merganser. A female with ducklings was seen
on Norton Lake on June 3, 2003 (DM).
Northern Harrier. A bird in first-summer immature
plumage was seen on July 7 in the alpine of Mount
Red-tailed Hawk. One was seen near the Point
Bridget parking area on June 23 (GV).
Merlin. Nesting was observed at three locations in
Juneau including sites in the Mendenhall Valley,
North Douglas (DM, DR) and along Fritz Cove Road (KT)
in early June.
Sanderling. Three adults in breeding plumage were
observed on July 21 at Mendenhall Wetlands (PS).
Lesser Yellowlegs. Thirty were seen on June 20 on
the Mendenhall Wetlandsdid the shorebird fall
migration begin on the last day of spring (GV)? Good
numbers of Lesser Yellowlegs were seen the rest of
the summer period on the wetlands. Overall, the
numbers of shorebirds moving through in early July
Red-necked phalarope: Five molting adults were
observed on a tidal slough on the Mendenhall Wetlands
on July 17 (PS, photo), an unusual sighting for
Southeast Alaska away from saltwater.
Pomarine Jaeger. A light-phase adult was seen
making a partial circuit of Berners Bay, several
hundred yards from shore on July 25 (PS). This is the
first observation of this species from the Juneau
Parasitic Jaeger. Two light-phase adults were seen
patrolling Berners Bay on June 29 (PS,GV)
Ring-billed Gull. An adult was seen on the North
Douglas side of the Mendenhall Wetlands on July 26
(SZ) and July 28 (PS).
California Gull. Small numbers were reported from
Eagle Beach, the Mendenhall Wetlands and Fish Creek
throughout the summer season with peak numbers of up
to 25 on the Mendenhall Wetlands in late July. First,
second and third year birds, and adults, were seen
and photographed (PS, m.obs.)
Glaucous Gull. A first-summer immature was seen on
June 7 at Auke Bay (GV) and June 12 at Fish Creek
(PS) perhaps the same bird.
A large pink-footed albino or leucistic gull with
a dark eye was observed at Eagle Beach from July 11
through July 28 (PS, photos). It was pure white and
glaucous-winged gull sized but with a fairly slender
bill showing a slight dark smudge on it as if an
Black-legged Kittiwake. A peak of 700+
immatures/adults were seen on June 23 at Eagle Beach
(GV) and many immatures were present all season in
Lynn Canal and Berners Bay.
Caspian Tern. One was seen at Eagle Beach on June
1 (PS, SZ, JL), one was seen at Point Bridget on June
10 (RG), 3 were seen on the Mendenhall Wetlands on
June30 (MS), two were seen at Eagle Beach on July 16
(PS), and three were seen on the wetlands near Fish
Creek on July 15 (PS).
Great Horned Owl. Great Horned Owls were observed
nesting along the Mendenhall Peninsula and two birds
fledged successfully (NM, m.obs.)
Western Screech Owl. A brood of four, newly
fledged, Western Screech Owls and at least one
calling adult were found near Fish Creek on July 14.
The adult had first been heard calling on July 10
(PS, BA). An adult and at least one young were still
being seen on July 29.
Northern Saw-whet Owl. One was seen at the
Mendenhall Glacier on July 6 (DM, BA).
Annas Hummingbird. An immature female was
seen feeding at a columbine patch in the
Squires Rest area on June 23 (GV)a rare
summer record for Alaska.
Northern Flicker. One was calling on June 14 at 36
Hammonds Flycatcher. One was observed
calling on June 8 and June 25 on the Mendenhall
Glacier forelands (GV, PS).
Eastern Kingbird. A single bird was seen
briefly along the trail to the Boy Scout camp near
Eagle River on July 16 (PS).
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher. A bird in
breeding plumage was seen in the Sunny Point area on
July 9 (JK, MLK). The bird remained in the area for
about 12 hours and was well photographed (JK, PS,
RA). This is the first documented record for Alaska. Photo by
Cassins Vireo. A bird found at Sandy
Beach in May, was seen there through June 8 (PS). One
was also seen at Point Bridget on June 10 (RG).
Cedar Waxwing. One was seen near Brotherhood
Bridge on June 10 (DM), two were seen at Lemon Creek
on June 30 (GV), 2 were seen on Mendenhall Forelands
on July 18 (PS), and 2 were seen near Jordon Creek on
July 23 (MS).
Northern Mockingbird. One was seen and
photographed on the beach just past the Cowee Meadows
Cabin on July 25 (PS). It was searched for and not
found on June 29. This bird is listed as accidental
in Juneau with perhaps only two previous records. Photo by
American Pipit. Three pair with food in their
bills were seen on July 7 in the alpine of Mount
Tennessee Warbler. An adult male was singing
loudly on July 4 at mile 40 (GV). A singing bird was
found at Fish Creek on July 10 (PS,SZ), and was still
there on July 18 (MB).
MacGillivrays Warbler. First heard/seen in
Sheep Creek on June 3 (PS), five were there on June 9
Common Yellowthroat. A maximum of six were seen or
heard at the Eagle Cabin on June 12-13 (MB).
American Redstart. The first bird seen in Juneau
this year was an adult male in the Mendenhall Glacier
forelands on June 4 (DM). A first summer male sang
all day on June 23 in Bayview Subdivision on North
Douglas Island (SZ). A male and female with food in
their bills, and giving alarm calls, were seen on
July in the lower Mendenhall Valley on July 4 (GV).
Western Tanager. A male was singing on June 5 and
14 in the Peterson Creek/Amalga area (GV, PS). A
female was seen near Moose Lake on June 18 (PS). This
species seemed to be scarce this summer.
Gray-crowned Rosy Finch (littoralis
subspecies). A male with bill packed with food flew
to the north face of Gastineau Peak in the
high-alpine area of Mount Roberts on July 19 (GV).
White-winged Crossbill. Four juveniles were
feeding together on a black aphid infestation on
fireweed on the Mendenhall Wetlands on July 21a
suggestion of breeding activity in Juneau which is
uncommon here (GV).
Common Redpoll. A juvenile was seen along the
Mendenhall Wetlands dike trail on July 17 (GV). This
is the first reported summer record since 1967, and
the first breeding record for the Juneau area.