Anchorage Birding Guide

Anchorage Birding Guide

Greater Anchorage Area – Officially called the Municipality of Anchorage with an estimated 298,695 residents in 2015.  It is Alaska’s most populous city and contains more than 40 percent of the state’s population; among the fifty (50) states, only New York has a higher percentage of residents who live in its’ most populous city.

Anchorage is located in the south-central portion of Alaska at the terminus of the Cook Inlet on a peninsula formed by the Knik Arm to the north and the Turnagain Arm to the south.  The city limits span 1,961.1 square miles (5,079.2 km2) which encompass the urban core, a joint military base – Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, several outlying communities, and almost all of Chugach State Park.

  1. Metropolitan Anchorage Area
    1. Coastal Areas
      1. Port of Anchorage
      2. Mouth of Ship Creek
      3. Elderberry Park
      4. Westchester Lagoon Area
      5. Lynn Arry Park
      6. Point Woronzoff
      7. Point Campbell Park
      8. Carr-Gottstein Park
      9. Kincaid Park
      10. Campbell Creek Estuary
      11. John’s Park
    2. Coast to Mountain Belt
      1. East Chester
      2. Spenard Crossing
      3. Hillside Park
      4. Cheney Lake
      5. Goose Lake
      6. DeLong Lake
      7. Campbell Tract/Far North Bicentennial Park
      8. Russian Jack Springs Park
      9. Tikishla Park
      10. Arnold L. Muldoon Park
      11. University Lake
      12. Baxter Bog
      13. Chester Creek Greenbelt Park
      14. Davenport Fields??
      15. Government Hill
      16. R Street Alley
      17. Cuddy Park
      18. Pop Carr Memorial Park
  • Mountainous Areas
    1. Potter Valley
    2. Bear Valley
    3. Glen Alps
    4. Stuck-again Heights
    5. Arctic Valley
  1. Areas South of Anchorage
    1. Potter’s Marsh
    2. McHugh Creek
  • Indian
  1. Bird Creek
  2. Bird Point
  3. Girdwood Area
  • Road Side Lakes South of Girdwood
  • 20 Mile River
  1. Whittier Road Junction
  2. Portage Creek


Anchorage Birding Guide – Cheney Lake Park

At a glance

SpringSummerFallWinter

Cheney Lake Park – Common Loon – May 21, 2015

Go here for

Ready access to Red-necked Grebes.  Decent chance at Common Loon and/or Pacific Loon.

Address

2245 Baxter Road, Anchorage, AK 99504

Latitude and Longitude

61.2003 north latitude, -149.7630 west longitude (61.2003, -149.7630)

Description

A beautiful lake surrounded by forest on the east side, the Chugach Range further on, and a very nice path that encircles the lake, Cheney Lake park offers a very low key location to whittle away an hour or two looking for Anchorage birds with good chances for Red-necked Grebes, Black-capped Chickadees, Hairy Woodpeckers, Boreal Chickadees with a fair chance for a Common or Pacific Loon in the spring.… Read the rest

Anchorage Birding Guide – Carr-Gottstein Park

At a glance

SpringSummerFallWinter

Carr-Gottstein Park – Northern Harrier – August 21, 2015

Go here for

Convenient walking access to the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.  Walking access to shorebirds.  Chance to watch raptors actively hunting prey in the marshland that borders the mudflats.  Chance at an Asian or otherwise rare vagrant, especially in the fall.

Address

3130 Discovery Bay Drive, Anchorage, AK 99515

Latitude and Longitude

61.1175 north latitude, -149.9375 west longitude (61.1175, -149.9375)

Description

Carr-Gottstein Park lies within a 16-mile-long section of coastline in Anchorage, Alaska, stretching from Point Woronzof to Potter Creek lying within the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge.  … Read the rest