Southeast Alaska Birding Trail Sitka

Sitka Sound

Great site to spot a variety of seabirds and waterfowl!

Sitka Sound is bordered by Baranof Island and Kruzof Island. The Sound can be accessed by either charter boat, cruise ship, or ferry. Sitka Sound is a good spot to see a variety of seabirds and waterfowl. Approximately 100 species of birds have been observed in the sound including: Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Murre, Thick-billed Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Rhinoceros Auklet, Tufted Puffin, and a wide variety of gulls and many other species.


Contact the Visitors Bureau for a list of businesses that offer charter transport and tours of Sitka Sound.

Pigeon Guillemot.
Pigeon Guillemot. Photo: Govinda Rosling / APA 2013

Birding Resources:

eBird Hotspot: Sitka Sound

Other Resources:

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: Wildlife viewing

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