Bird Watching in Valdez

Sit Back with a Camera or some Binoculars
A Range of Habitat

From Seabirds to Alpine

Bird watching in Valdez offers a range of species depending on the season. Some of Valdez's biggest gathering on birds include; Bald eagles, present all year round, several hundred gather in Valdez from October to December. Trumpeter Swans, present May through October large congregations gather in October.

Bird Watching in Valdez, Alaska
Bald Eagles

Bald Eagles are one of the most common birds people wish to see on their Alaska vacation. Valdez has a year round population of bald eagles that swells to several hundred from October through September. In the early parts of summer Bayside RV host evening eagle feeding shows.

Trumpeter Swan

Valdez has several pairs of trumpeter swans that return to breed and raise young each year. In October many swans can be found swimming together in Robe Lake as they begin their migration back south.

Red-necked Grebe

Red-necked grebes are in Valdez just about long enough to nest and raise and be on their way. Your best chance of seeing them are out at Robe Lake.

Common Loon

Common Loons are usually found on Robe Lake, Thompson Lake, or Blueberry Lake between April and October in Valdez.

Pine Grosbeak

Pine grosbeaks are year-round residents of Valdez and are best found in the forest or around bird feeders just outside of town and up the highway.

Arctic Terns

Arctic Terns might not be too interesting at first glance to the typical tourist, but these amazing birds return each summer from Antarctica to have their chicks in Valdez.

Black Oyster Catcher

Black Oyster Catchers can be found in Valdez during spring and summer. They are colorful shorebirds but if you get too close they are very loud and noisy birds.

Short Eared Owl

Short eared owls can be found around Valdez at all times of year. Typically, the best places to find them are around Robe Lake, Old Valdez, and duck flats.

Great Horned Owl

Great horned owls are found around Valdez in spring and summer months, usually arriving in April to nest.

Rufous Hummingbird

Rufous hummingbirds migrate to Valdez to nest, some traveling from as far as Mexico. They are usually present from May until August.

Belted Kingfisher

Belted kingfishers can be found year-round in Valdez. The best places to find them is along the shore of Port Valdez, and along the Lowe River.

Great Blue Heron

Great blue herons are commonly found between Duck Flats and Old Valdez from April some staying as late as November.