Tutka Bay Lodge
We start our Tutka Bay Lodge bird season officially with Homer’s Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival held in May, Alaska’s largest wildlife-viewing festival. The event celebrates the many thousands of shorebirds and other species that can be seen here at the height of spring migration. Just a few of these birds are Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, all three scoters, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Pelagic Cormorant, Bald Eagle, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, and Marbled Murrelet.
More than 25 species of shorebirds are often found in May, including Black Oystercatcher, Pacific Golden-Plover, Wandering Tattler, Bar-tailed Godwit, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Rock Sandpiper, and Red-necked Phalarope.
Throughout the summer, we take boat trips from the lodge to Gull Island, a famed nesting area for birds about 30 minutes away, summer home to 15,000 birds. Some of the birds we see are Red-faced Cormorant, Pelagic Cormorant, Common Murre, Pigeon Guillemot, Marbled Murrelet, Horned Puffin, and Tufted Puffin.
Our lodge property is home to nesting American Eagles, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Steller’s Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Varied Thrush, Fox Sparrow, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Pine Grosbeak, White-winged Crossbill, and Common Redpoll.
And, the Rufus Hummingbirds… they swarm around the decks in early summer like crazy!