My wife and I are back from teaching and doing conservation work in South Korea for the past three years, and so are getting to know B.C. birds again. This process has started in our backyard, and the list over the past 2 weeks has grown to 32 species.
Birds that are heard or seen every day include Rufous, Calliope and possible Black-chinned Hummingbird, Mountain and Black-capped Chickadee, Spotted Towhee, Evening Grosbeak, Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audobon's race, with nest), Kestrel (with nest), Northern Flicker, Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon race), White-crowned Sparrow, American Goldfinch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and the ever present Pine Siskin. California Quail have also been recorded a few times, which I don't remember being around here during my childhood or even before we left the country 5 years ago - is their range expanding?
Birds that have been spotted moving through include one Golden Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, a pair of Western Tanager, Ring-necked Duck and Mallard and one distant Turkey Vulture.
I will post anything different that comes through here in the coming weeks.