Alaska 2023: Dutch Harbor & The Whiskered Auklet

 Dutch Harbor & The Whiskered Auklet

June 19 – 22, 2023

Tour Length: 4 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available

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.

Tour Leaders

Kip Miller / Dave Krueper


Birds, Pelagic, Photography, Marine Mammals


Double Accommodation: $4400/person
Single Supplement: + $275
Deposit: $1,000

Max Group Size

6 (+1 leader) up to 12 w/2 leaders


Easy ; minimal walking per day, most birding by vehicle or boat.

Future Departures

June 2024

Tour Descriptions

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 several 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.



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Trip Highlights

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

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.

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Anchorage international Airport, PenAir ticket counter


Very comfortable hotels with excellent restaurants.


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.

Habitats Covered

High tundra; pelagic

Expected Climate

Cool and sometimes wet; 40 to 60 degrees fahrenheit.

Suggested Clothing and Gear

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), Knopf
  • Seabirds of the World Peter Harrison (1997), Princeton University Press
  • A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan (1982), 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