• This Willow Flycatcher sang each morning right outside our hotel in Hyder. It's very rare in Alaska, but has been on territory in Hyder the last two years.
  • Cassin's Vireo is a difficult bird to find in Alaska. We were thrilled to find this one on the last full day of our trip.
  • With much persistence our group finally got excellent views of this singing, but shy Veery, by far the rarest bird of the trip!
  • With much persistence our group finally got excellent views of this singing, but shy Veery, by far the rarest bird of the trip!
  • Hyder is one of the best spots to look for Black Swift in Alaska. We saw them on each day of the trip.
  • A Ruffed Grouse and her chick.
  • Hyder is the spot to go for Northern Rough-winged Swallows in Alaska. There aren't many, but with patience you can usually find a few.
  • The show stopper of the trip was this gorgeous Magnolia Warbler. After about a decade lapse in reports, Magnolia Warblers appear to have return to Hyder, with two consecutive years of birds on territory.
  • Magnolia Warbler, Hyder, Alaska.
  • Our trip involved a morning in Ketchikan to bird. Band-tailed Pigeon is a specialty of Ketchikan and not hard to find if you know where to look.

Our first tour to Hyder, in extreme southern Alaska was a fantastic success! We spent five days prowling the forests and streamsides of Hyder searching for (and finding!) birds living at the edge of their range. If you’re interested in birding a one-of-a-kind Alaskan destination as well as adding a few new birds to your state list. Then this trip is probably for you. Photos Aaron Lang.

We anticipate running our next tour to Hyder in June of 2019.