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Vancouver / Vancouver Island trip report - December 2019 (1 Viewer)


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JanD kindly took me on a birding trip around Victoria (thanks Jan!), we visited Goldstream Park and Esquimalt Lagoon. I also went on a full day birding tour with Pacific Rainforest Adventure Tours - their guide Christopher is a professional ornithologist and it was an excellent choice. A BirdingPal took me to Boundary Bay and Reifel Bird Sanctuary south of Vancouver. I also birded on my own in these two last places, , Elk Falls Park and Quinsam River Hatchery near Campbell River (VI) and Stanley Park in Vancouver. I also did two whale watching trips. It was great!

Places visited:

Boundary Bay
Buttertubs Marsh
Columbia Beach
Deep Bay
Elk Falls Provincial Park
Englishman River Estuary
Esquimalt Lagoon
French Creek Estuary
Goldstream Provincial Park
Legacy Marsh
Little Qualicum River Estuary
Nanaimo River Estuary
Parksville Bay
Quinsam River Hatchery
Reifel Bird Sanctuary
Stanley Park (Vancouver)

Bird species seen / heard:

American Dipper
American Goldfinch
American Kestrel
American Robin
American Wigeon
Anna’s Hummingbird
Bald Eagle
Barred Owl
Barrow’s Goldeneye
Belted Kingfisher
Bewick’s Wren
Black Oystercatcher
Black Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Brandt’s Cormorant
Brown Creeper
Canada Goose
Cedar Waxwing
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Collared Dove
Common Goldeneye
Common Loon
Common Merganser
Common Raven
Common Starling
Cooper’s Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Doubled-crested Cormorant
Eurasian/Green-winged Teal
European Starling
Feral Pigeon
Fox Sparrow
Glaucous-winged Gull
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Great Blue Heron
Greater White-fronted Goose
Green-winged Teal
Harlequin Duck
Hooded Merganser
Horned Grebe
House Finch
House Sparrow
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Long-tailed Duck
Mew Gull
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Harrier
Northern Pintail
Northern Shoveler
Northwestern Crow
Pacific Loon
Pacific Wren
Pelagic Cormorant
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
Purple Finch (Haemorhous purpureus)
Red-breasted Merganser
Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis)
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Rock Pigeon
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)
Short-eared Owl
Snow Goose
Song Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Steller’s Jay
Trumpeter Swan
Varied Thrush
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (heard)
White-crowned Sparrow
White-winged Scoter
Wood Duck

Mammal species seen:

Black-tailed Deer
California Sea Lion
Eastern Grey Squirrel
Eastern Grey Squirrel (black)
Harbour Seal
Killer Whale (transient)
North American River Otter
Steller Sea Lion
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