Photos: In Anchorage, springtime is for the birds

With the advent of spring, migratory birds have been returning to Southcentral Alaska. While many popular birding spots like Potter Marsh are still ice-covered, others are thawing, welcoming birds and birders alike.

“Many ducks and geese should be coming back now, including scaup, green-winged teal, shovelers, Canada geese, wigeons, tundra swans and more,” said Pat Pourchot, a local birder and former commissioner of the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

“There have been cackling geese (smaller than our local Canada geese) reported at Cuddy Park and a redhead (duck) reported at Spenard crossing (where Spenard Road crosses Chester Creek),” Pourchot said in an email. “This is great time to look for ‘new’ birds daily!”

Loren Holmes

Loren Holmes is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News. Contact him at