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glades harbor an excellent vari-
ety of migratory and wintering
songbirds. In the middle of
January, it’s not too hard to find
ten or more species of warblers
by visiting the park’s pine forest,
tropical hardwood hammock,
and mangrove swamp forest
habitats. Springtime brings the
return of some breeding birds
that are found in very few places
in the United States, including
mangrove cuckoo, black-whis-
kered vireo, and gray kingbird.
The park and surrounding areas
also have an impressive history
of rare bird sightings.
Up in Alaska, there’s Kenai
Fjords NP. Boat tours through
the park are great for birds. I’m
especially fond of alcids, and on
a trip through this park, you’re
almost certain to see tufted puf-
fin, horned puffin, common
murre, pigeon guillemot, and
marbled murrelet, and there are
good chances to also see thick-
billed murre, parakeet auklet,
rhinoceros auklet, Kittlitz’s
murrelet, and ancient murrelet.
Also present are pelagic cor-
morants, red-faced cormorants,
short-tailed shearwaters, fork-
tailed storm-petrels, black oys-
tercatchers, harlequin ducks …
the list goes on and on.
Many birds of the Kenai
Fjords don’t visit the part of
Bluebonnets in Big
Bend National Park.