When do birds migrate to Alaska?

Interior Alaska

Average date of first arrival for migrant birds

March

  • 18 Snow Bunting
  • 25 Golden Eagle

April

  • 8 Bald Eagle
  • 12 Rough-legged Hawk
  • 13 Common Goldeneye
  • 14 Lapland Longspur
  • 15 Canada Goose; Northern Pintail; Red-tailed Hawk; Northern Harrier
  • 17 Mallard; American Kestrel; Short-eared Owl
  • 19 Trumpeter Swan; Herring Gull
  • 20 Greater White-fronted Goose
  • 22 American Wigeon; Sandhill Crane
  • 23 Northern Shoveler; Ruby-crowned Kinglet; American Tree Sparrow
  • 24 Snow Goose; Green-winged Teal; Mew Gull
  • 25 Redhead; Canvasback; American Pipit; Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • 26 Barrow's Goldeneye
  • 27 Varied Thrush
  • 28 Rusty Blackbird; Fox Sparrow
  • 29 Sharp-shinned Hawk; Violet-green Swallow; Tree Swallow
  • 30 Red-breasted Merganser; Lesser Yellowlegs

May

  • 1 Common Snipe; Bonaparte's Gull; Northern Flicker; Hammonds Flycatcher; Savannah Sparrow; White-crowned Sparrow
  • 2 Solitary Sandpiper; Hermit Thrush
  • 3 Golden-crowned Sparrow; Lincoln's Sparrow
  • 4 Horned Grebe; American Golden Plover
  • 6 Red-necked Grebe; Semipalmated Plover
  • 7 Orange-crowned Warbler
  • 8 Ring-neck Duck; Pectoral Sandpiper; Least Sandpiper; Belted Kingfisher
  • 9 Lesser Scamp
  • 10 Common Loon; Pacific Loon; Long-billed Dowitcher; Arctic Tern; Townsend's Warbler; Wilson's Warbler
  • 11 Say's Phoebe; Cliff Swallow
  • 12 Surf Scoter; Whimbrel; Swainson's Thrush; Northern Waterthrush
  • 13 Upland Sandpiper; Yellow Warbler; Blackpoll Warbler
  • 14 White-winged Scoter
  • 15 Oldsquaw; Grey-cheeled Thrush
  • 16 Wandering Tattler; Lond-tailed Jaeger; Western Wood-pewee; Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • 17 Spotted Sandpiper
  • 19 Bank Swallow
  • 20 Black-bellied Plover
  • 23 Stilt Sandpiper
  • 25 Alder Flycatcher

Coastal Alaska

  • Thanks to Brina Kessel and Dan Gibson of the University of Alaska Museum who compiled the data on which these average dates of first arrival are based.