Northern Shoveler

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Northern Shoveler: for more photos, see Sitka Nature Photo Gallery for Spatula clypeata
Locale   Sp     Su     F     W     Br  
SE Alaska (edit) FC U FC R Y
Yakutat (edit) FC R FC -  ?
Skagway (edit) U R R - -
Haines (edit) C R U R -
Glacier Bay (edit) FC U FC R Y
Juneau (edit) C FC FC R R
Sitka (edit) FC R U VR -
Stikine (edit)
S Outer Islands (edit)
Ketchikan (edit) FC VR FC VR -
Offshore (edit)
Northern Shoveler (Spatula clypeata): Fairly common in migration across most of the region (except for Northeast?). Rare in summer, with breeding reported from the northern mainland, and Rare in Winter, with some fall migrants lingering into winter, and occasional small numbers over wintering.
  • Locations/abundance of nesting?
  • Typical migration period?
  • Updated Winter to R for the region

SEAK QBR Mentions

  • W2010-11: One at SIT 26 December was late. This species is very rare in Southeast Alaska during the winter (Kessel and Gibson 1978).
  • Sp2012: A flock of 120 Northern Shovelers at SIT surprised observers 28 May and likely provided a new local high count.
  • Su2012: 43 on 19 July at JNU
  • W2012-13: Rare in winter, singles were at JNU 15–17 December and KTN 21 January–17 February.
  • Sp2013: 188 at JNU 6 May, one of the largest counts ever for the Juneau area. Also noteworthy was an estimated 150 at GUS 6 May 2013, which represented a new local high count.
  • Su2013: One hundred at the Mendenhall Wetlands 2 June provided a large, late count for Southeast Alaska.
  • W2013-14: Late birds included two near JNU, 7 December 2013, one at the Mendenhall Wetlands 8 December, and six at the Bartlett River 14 December. A shoveler at SIT 11 February was more unusual in mid-winter.
  • W2014-15: Five at GUS 19 December and four at JNU 14 December were late, and one at JNU 11 January was a rare mid-winter report.
  • W2015-16: At least three were present all season at the Mendenhall Wetlands, and two more were at Eagle Beach 18 January. This species is rare in mid-winter in Southeast Alaska.
  • W2016-17: Two at the Mendenhall Wetlands 12 December and another at SIT 23 December were late. A pair at the Mendenhall Wetlands 27 February 2017 was more unusual, as this species is rare in mid-winter in Southeast Alaska.
  • Sp2017: A pair at Shake’s Island, near WRG, 3 March and one at KTN in early March likely represented wintering birds, as spring migrants do not typically arrive until late April.
  • W2017-18: Late birds included three at SIT 17 December and one at GUS 16–18 December. Three to four were also observed at the Mendenhall Wetlands through mid-December, and at least two were observed there into January–February. This species is rare in mid-winter in Southeast Alaska.

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