Birding in British Columbia

A starting place for birding information for British Columbia, Canada. This web site features a birders discussion forum, links to birding news and sighting reports, regional hotspots and site guides, photo stream, weather reports, and visiting birder information.

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Where is the best place to go
bird watching in British Columbia?

The answer, anywhere! 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 cliffs to rolling prairie, British Columbia has it all.

Photo Stream: Birds of British Columbia

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

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

A great resource for learning advanced identification skills!

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.

Stokes Field Guide to Bird Songs Western Region: 4 CD's Learning

Bird songs and calls will enhance your birding experience and help you identify "something new" in the bush..

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