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Birding Hotspots: City of Victoria and Oak Bay

Map - Victoria and Oak Bay

Along the waterfront, look for various Gulls, Alcids, Harlequin Duck, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Surfbird (w), Wandering Tattler (w), and migration rarities. McMicking point and the Victoria golf course and Cattle Pt. often attracts shorebird and passerine migrants such as Wimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Lapland Longspur, and possible Rock Sandpiper in winter.

Mount Tolmie is a prominent height of land in Oak Bay / City of Victoria area. It acts is a migrant's arrival and departure rest stop to and from the island. Migrant fallout can be spectacular here in the spring and many rare birds have been found on it's slopes and in its Gerry Oak meadows.

Birding Locations

  • Odgen Point Breakwater
  • Dallas Rd. Shoreline
  • Clover Point
  • Beacon Hill Park
  • Anderson Hill
  • McMicking Point
  • Chain Islets (boat trip)
  • Oak Bay Marina
  • Bowker Creek outfall
  • Willows Beach South
  • Cattle Point, Uplands Park
  • Cadboro Point (Saanich)
  • Mount Tolmie
  • Kings Pond / Cedar Hill Golf Course
  • Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary


black turnstones
Black Turnstone can be found in most shore locations

Birding Location Photos

Clover Pt.

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