Birding in British Columbia

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Savannah Sparrow

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler

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.

January Birding Tips

  • Most species have moved down off the mountains into to lower areas in search of food and a warmer climate. Fewer species occupy the upper forests at this time of year.
  • Similar species may join mixed flocks and flock together. Look for a rare bird mixed with common species.
  • Good places to search include berry bushes and trees. Check Aspens, Arbutus, Blackberry and other fruiting plants.
  • Check harvested farm fields, mud flats, estuaries, and the sea shore for wintering shorebirds, raptors, sparrows, and other passerines.
  • At dusk, listen for owls calling in or near forested areas
  • Check and watch activity around bird feeders. Birds will be hungry in the morning hours and some develop feeding patterns based on the availability of food in a location.
  • Scan along the tree-tops and along fence rows for a perched raptor, owl, or shrike.
  • Scan lakes, bays, and open water for a variety of waterfowl species.
  • On a stormy day, check grass fields for gulls

Recommended Bird Finding Guide Books for BC

Book: The Sibley Guide to Birds, 2nd Edition

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.

Book: Field Guide to North American Birds

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.

Book: Kaufman Field Guide to Advanced Birding

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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