Hooded Merganser

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Hooded Merganser: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Lophodytes culcullatus
Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) U R U U Y
Yakutat (edit)  ? VR R R R
Skagway (edit) + - - - -
Haines (edit) U R U R -
Glacier Bay (edit) R R R R Y
Juneau (edit) R R U R R
Sitka (edit) R R R R VR
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) U R U U -
Offshore (edit)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes culcullatus): Uncommon migrant and winter resident across the southern half of the region. Decreasing in abundance to the north. Rare resident and Rare to Very Rare breeder in summer.
  • Really such a big difference in occurrence between Haines and Skagway?
  • How many nesting records?

The northern edge of the expected range for this species does not extend beyond Southeast Alaska.

SEAK QBR Mentions

  • Su2010: A few were observed on near JNU, all summer and a female was observed with one chick there late in the summer. This duck is an uncommon resident and breeder in SEAK (Kessel and Gibson 1978).
  • W2010-11: Observers at both GUS and SIT commented on recent scarcity. One was found at GUS 19 February, where the species has “become increasingly rare here in recent years”. Only one was found at Sitka 20 February, where the species has been seldom seen over the last four winters.
  • W2011-12: GUS birders said it was a "good winter", including a maximum of 10 on 20 February. The is an uncommon winter visitant throughout SEAK.
  • Su2016: A female with two chicks was observed 2 June near Juneau, where this species is a rare breeder. This species has been considered an uncommon resident and breeder in SEAK; most breeding records have been from mainland sites.

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