With over 175 species of birds, easy access, and incredible scenic beauty, Valdez is a must for bird lovers! Whether for your Life List or just for fun, you will not want to miss the opportunity to enjoy birding in Valdez year round.
Some of the most common birds found in and around Valdez include: Gulls (different species), Ravens, Crows, Ducks, Magpies, and the Northern Shoveler. Common song birds include: Black Capped Chickadees, Gold Crowned Sparrows, Pine Siskins, Gray Capped Rosey Finches, and Fox Sparrows. More rare bird sightings in the area have included: a Red-headed Sapucker, an immature Western Tanager, and a juvenile Cedar Waxwing!
WHEN AND WHERE TO LOOK FOR BIRDS IN VALDEZ
During the spring migration, check out Old Town Valdez, including the Duck Flats and Container Terminal.
For birds of the forest, check out Robe River and Mineral Creek. The Richardson Highway between Mile 4 and 10 is great for raptors. Additionally, Valdez is great for spotting eagles any time of the year, and Thompson Pass is a major summer nesting ground for white-crowned sparrows.
Make sure your visit takes you out into Prince William Sound, where you will see Horned and Tufted Puffins and get an up close view of a Kittiwake rookery.