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.
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 !
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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.
Birds to watch for: warblers, flycatchers, kingbirds, buntings, swifts, grosbeaks, tanagers, shorebirds
Nikon Monarchs (Nikon M7 or Nikon M5) are a popular choice among birders as they offer a good balance between quality optics and price. The M7 is waterproof and protects the bins better from water, dust/sand, bumps and knocks. Get the M5s if you mostly bird in fair weather and on easy trails.
8x42 magnification is the sweet spot for most birders, as more magnification is not better. If you have sharp eyes and really steady hands, you can try 10x42 to get that extra zoom. When increasing magnificaiton, you sacrifice field of view so there is a trade off.
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.