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Icy Strait Birding Tours

#16 of 28 Tours in Hoonah
Hoonah, AK, USA
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About Icy Strait Birding Tours
We focus on providing a quality Alaskan birding experience specifically for cruise visitors. Your local birding guide will take you on a 3hr excursion that is arranged to be able to see the maximum number of bird species in the area, while being immersed in the flora and fauna that make this temperate rainforest island unique.
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Andrew R wrote a review Aug 2019
Dunkirk, Maryland21 contributions10 helpful votes
My wife and I booked this tour through our Royal Caribbean cruise where it was called "Discovering the Birds of Hoonah." When Amy came and picked us up, we found out that we were the only two on the tour that day. We stopped at about 4 or 5 different locations (some longer than others) and saw so many species. Water fowl, bald eagles, an American dipper, king fishers, sapsuckers, crossbills, and even a pygmy owl. It was also interesting learning about life in Hoonah from a local. It should be noted that a lot of excursions would cancel if only two people were booked for the day, but Amy went ahead and gave us a personal tour. She really went above and beyond for us.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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FemmedAffaires wrote a review Jul 2019
Connecticut61 contributions20 helpful votes
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I agree with the previous reviewers that this is a great excursion! Amy took us to the most beautiful places on the island and I got to see over 10 Lifers including super cute juvenile Varied Thrush. Amy really knows birds and was able to recognize a huge number by their call and then help us spot them. I am a fairly serious birder, and this excursion ( nice and small group) was a gem. By the way, on your cruise excursion this might be called “Birds of Hoonah”. Finally, Amy is super nice and went the extra mile to make sure we saw as much as possible. She even extended our trip because we had gotten a late start off the boat.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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RobGin2006 wrote a review Jul 2019
Bethel, Ohio8 contributions3 helpful votes
We were so excited to see a birding tour scheduled by our cruise ship in Icy Strait Point and our outing with Amy did not disappoint. Amy knows the birds of the area by sound as well as sight and takes you to some wonderful places off the beaten path to see them. Even if you are not serious birders it is a great way to see the local scenery and take a lovely easy hike. It was a delight to see the Pigeon Guillemots flying to and from the rock outcropping where their nest burrows are. Amy also took us to a couple of active Bald Eagle nests where everybody could view the adults and babies through her high-powered spotting scope. A wonderful morning excursion!
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Response from Amy C, Owner at Icy Strait Birding Tours
Responded Jul 11, 2019
Aww, thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed the tour, and really appreciate you taking the time to leave a review. - Amy
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Samtn2017 wrote a review Jul 2019
Memphis, Tennessee6 contributions3 helpful votes
Our cruise ship stopped at Icy Strait, and my wife and I booked this birding trip with Amy, the owner-guide who is a 'local', really knowledgeable about the area and a terrific 'birder' its birds. She knows where the birds are, knows their songs and how to recognize them - she makes it easy! We also had a terrific bonus of an extended brown bear sighting. Definitely a 'must do' if you're on a cruise that stops at Icy Strait and are interested in wildlife.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Amy C, Owner at Icy Strait Birding Tours
Responded Jul 11, 2019
Thank you for your kind review! I’m so glad you enjoyed my tour. -Amy
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krschwa1 wrote a review Jun 2019
Ellicott City2 contributions1 helpful vote
Amy has comprehensive knowledge of the local birds and where to find them. She also knows the bird songs and calls for quick finding of the species. I would join her again, without hesitation. My best view yet of Marbled Murrelets, and the bears weren't too shabby either.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from Amy C, Owner at Icy Strait Birding Tours
Responded Jul 11, 2019
Thank you so much for your kind review, Kurt. I’m happy you enjoyed the tour! - Amy
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