Birding in British Columbia

A hub for birding information for British Columbia, Canada. Featuring Rare Bird Alerts, directory to nature clubs and online birding groups, birding forums, and more.

Where to go?

British Columbia is a vast and diverse natural region of Canada located on the Pacific Flyway that hosts many world renowned birding locations.

From offshore pelagics to high alpine plateau, from temperate rainforests to pocket deserts, from coastal bays and inlets to rolling prairie, British Columbia has it all.

Choose where to go based in the species you wish to see !


May Birding Tips

Spring migration is at it's peak! Go birding! Late May to early June is the best time to discover rare species as migrating birds may overshoot their breeding areas.

  • Migrating passerines can be found from mountain top to sea shore. They will announce their presence by both song and calls.
  • Abundant food source locations will offer the best viewing opportunities. Look for flowering plants and budding trees--places where insects may be active.
  • During the day, watch for raptors soaring as they move north.
  • For the best birding, start in the early morning twilight to enjoy the dawn chorus.
  • On a cool early morning, find a location that faces east; birds will flock here to warm up and feed.
  • Watch weather reports; an overnight change in weather might trigger a migration fallout.

Birds to watch for: warblers, flycatchers, kingbirds, buntings, swifts, grosbeaks, tanagers, shorebirds


Recommended Bird Finding Guide Books for BC

The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition Essential field guide for identifying our North American Birds.

Good clear colour plates with notes and key details to help with bird identification.

Field Guide to North American Birds
Best-selling North American bird field guide is the most up-to-date guide on the market.

Compact, good colour plates and many rare species covered in this bird identification book.

Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding
Bird Identification Challenges and How to Approach Them

A great resource for learning advanced identification skills! Not intended for beginners but invaluable as you learn to identify more birds.

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