Photos: Meet some of the new arrivals in Alaska’s massive spring bird migration
Weeks before the landscape greens up for the summer, birds begin to return in breathtaking numbers. Anchorage is a good place to see a lot of them.
By Anchorage Daily News
Updated: May 23, 2023 Published: May 20, 2023
Weeks and months before the landscape greens up for the summer, birds begin to return to Alaska in breathtaking numbers. Nearly 5 billion birds migrate to Alaska from around the world, according the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.
A good place to spot many is in Anchorage, the state’s biggest city. This month, the call of sandhill cranes could be heard in the distance toward the Cook Inlet mudflats, even when the noisy birds were out of sight far out of sight. A section of Westchester Lagoon serves as a popular place to watch waterfowl, some of which stay all summer. Others that are just stopping over on their trip to breeding grounds elsewhere. And a few of the most well-traveled creatures call Potter Marsh home for the summer. Arctic terns travel from the Antarctic to the Arctic regions, and back again, each year.
Anchorage Daily News photographers captured just a few of Alaska’s many migratory birds this spring. Here are a few of our favorite images.