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.

Birding Victoria, BC

When hiking Greater Victoria trails, one can't help notice the diversity of birds that inhabit our local forests, bays and sea-shores. Southern Vancouver Island's geography offers a great diversity of habitats from rocky and sandy shoreline and tidal mud flats to riparian and deciduous forests, to dense old growth cedar and douglas fir stands, and up to inland rocky hilltops and garry oak meadows. This diversity attracts an every changing mix of avifauna and because our region offers favourable habitats for many bird species, Southern Vancouver Island can be a magical place for bird watching.

Stellers Jay - Bob Healey
Stellers Jay - B. Healey

Victoria Birding Locations




Natural History Events

Victoria Natural History Society Presentation Night Series
- Natural History Night - 2nd Tues - 7:30pm.
Fraser Building, UVic, Room 159
- Birders Night - 4th Wed - 7:30pm.
Fraser Building, UVic, Rom 159

Birding Walks and Tours

Swan Lake Birding
Date: Every Wednesday and Sunday
Join a local birder for a morning walk around Swan Lake. Meet at 9:00am in the parking lot. Bring binoculars and you field guide.

Victoria Natural History Society
Become a member in the Victoria Natural History Society to participate in their outings. Call 250-704-2555 to hear the VNHS events listings or visit the VNHS website.

Sighting Reports

Recent sighting reports for Greater Victoria

Greater Victoria Birding Hotspots

Greater Victoria Species Occurance Bar Charts

Weather & Tides

Find more about Weather in Victoria, CA

Southern Vancouver Island Tide Tables

Recommended Guide Books:

Book: Birder's Guide to Van Is.Nature Guide to the Victoria Region

This book is designed to help you understand the variety of habitats and natural wonders awaiting your discovery, all in a portable, easy-to-read format. It includes beautiful full-colour photographs, checklists and a map of all the great places to visit.

Hiking Trails I: Victoria and VicinityHiking trails I: Victoria and Vicinity

The book offers detailed trail maps of some of the area birding locations, making it indispensable for birders who like to hike and bird.

Other Travel Guide Books:


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