Alaska 2021: Dutch Harbor & The Whiskered Auklet #1

June 04 - 07, 2021
Tour Length: 4 days Est. Spaces Left:
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Journey to the Aleutian Islands and the largest fishing port in North America. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and wedged beween the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this is the best place to find Whiskered Auklet by boat.

Photo: Whiskered Auklet by Kirk Zufelt


Future Departures:
June 19, 2021
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
6 (+1 leader) up to 12 w/2 leaders
Birds; Pelagic; Photography; Marine Mammals;
Easy ; minimal walking per day, most birding by vehicle or boat.
Double Accommodation:
$ 4200
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 350
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Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, is one of only two accessible locations (Adak is the other) where the Whiskered Auklet can easily be found. The town has relied on fishing for centuries and continues to do so. The weather is most suitable in mid to late June for our boat trip out to the Baby Islands to see the auklet. We expect to see Short-tailed Shearwater, Laysan and Black-footed Albatross, and Ancient Murrelet. We hope to see Mottled Petrel, a rare species in the Bering Sea now. We have seen Short-tailed Albatross a couple of times as well.

For our 8 – 10 hour boat trip, we will motor out to the Baby Islands for the  Whiskered Auklet, then out to the Chelan Banks for other pelagic species. On the day we’re not on the boat, we’ll spend some time driving and walking around the tundra and seaside looking for other species that might be in residence or moving through. Tufted Duck was seen recently. Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch (Aleutian race) is common as well as Snow Bunting. Gyrfalcon is often seen. Dutch Harbor has the highest concentration of Bald Eagles in the Aleutians because of the fish processing plants.

Accommodations in Dutch Harbor are at the very comfortable Grand Aleutian Hotel, and meals will take advantage of the wealth of excellent seafood available in Dutch Harbor.


  • Meeting Location

    Anchorage international Airport, RavnAir ticket counter


    Very comfortable hotel with excellent restaurant.


    From Anchorage, 3 nights lodging, all meals from 1st night dinner through final day’s lunch, pelagic boat trip, transport, guides, taxes, tips. (Tips to boat captain & birding guides are optional)


    Alcohol, personal calls, laundry, other personal expenses.

  • Top Birds

    Whiskered Auklet; Laysan & Black-footed Albatross, Short-tailed Albatross (seen rarely on a couple of our trips); Short-tailed & Sooty Shearwater; Red-faced Cormorant; Horned & Tufted Puffin; Kittlitz’s, Ancient & Marbled Murrelet; Rock Ptarmigan; American Dipper; Aleutian Song Sparrow; Pacific Wren; Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch; Lapland Longspur; Snow Bunting

    Top Mammals

    Sea Otter; Steller’s Sea Lion; Harbor Seal; several species of whales

    Habitats Covered

    High tundra; pelagic

    Expected Climate

    Cool and sometimes wet; 40 to 60 degrees fahrenheit.

  • Other Attractions

    If you have some free time in Anchorage, don’t miss going to Wave Bookstores on Northern Lights or downtown on 5th Avenue. They have a great selection of Alaska fiction and non-fiction! In addition, there are some excellent restaurants downtown, including Orso, Glacier Brew House, Simon & Seafort’s, and Marx Brothers.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Small alarm clock
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Warm hat with visor
    • Rain hat
    • Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
    • Balaclava or full facial ski mask
    • Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
    • Glove liners
    • Long sleeve shirts (various weights)
    • Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    • GORE-TEX socks/liners for water protection and warmth
    Recommended Reading
    • Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 6th Edition

      Jon Dunn, et al. (2011)
      National Geographic Society
    • Shorebirds of North America, Europe, & Asia: A Guide to Field Identification

      Don Taylor; illustrated by Stephen Message (2006)
      Princeton University Press
    • Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

      Dennis Paulson (2005)
      Princeton University Press
    • The Sibley Guide to Birds

      David A. Sibley (2000)
    • Seabirds of the World

      Peter Harrison (1997)
      Princeton University Press
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan

      Wild Bird Society of Japan
    • A Field Guide to the Waterbirds of Asia

      Bharat Bhushan, et al. (1993)
      Wild Bird Society of Japan
    • Birds of Russia & Adjacent Territories

      V. E. Flint, et al. (1984)
      Princeton University Press
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of China

      John MacKinnon & Karen Phillipps (2000)
      Oxford University Press
    • Birds of Europe

      Killian Mullarney, et al. (1999)
      Princeton University Press
    • Birds of Europe with North Africa & the Middle East

      Lars Jonsson (1992)
      Princeton University Press
    • The Handbook of Bird Identification for Europe & the Western Palearctic

      Mark Beaman and Steve Madge (1998)
      Princeton University Press
    • A Field Guide to the Rare Birds of Britain & Europe

      Ian Lewington, et al. (1991)
      Domino Books, Ltd.
    • New Generation to the Guide Birds of Britain & Europe

      Christopher Perrins (1987)
      University of Texas Press



  • Short-tailed Albatross, Chelan Banks, DH by Steve Bird
  • Dutch Harbor by Carl Sheely
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  • Dutch Harbor boat by Carl Sheely
  • Aleutian Song Sparrow by Marianne Phillips
  • Chocolate Lily Dutch Harbor tundra by Marianne Phillips
  • Laysan Albatross & Northern Fulmar by Marianne Phillips
  • Bald Eagle on nest by Marianne Phillips
  • Dutch Harbor by Marianne Phillips
  • Russian Orthodox Church Dutch Harbor by Marianne Phillips
  • Rock Sandpiper (Aleutian race) Adak by Kirk Zufelt

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