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 newsgroups, articles and book reviews, checklists, regional hotspots, photo gallery, weather reports, and visiting birder information.

Rare Bird Alerts

Blog: BC Rare Bird Alert

eBird: BC Sightings


 

Visitor Information

housefinch
Savannah Sparrow

Yellow Warbler

Black-throated Gray Warbler
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News, ID Help and General Discussion

Bird Photography

Regional News and Sighting Reports

 

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

www.flickr.com/groups/birdphotographybc/

April Birding Tips

Spring migration is gearing up and birds are moving north depending on the weather and regional temperatures. Peak spring birding begins in late April.

  • 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 before sunrise to enjoy the dawn chorus.
  • On a cool 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: swallows, warblers, vireos, raptors, shorebirds, bluebirds

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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