Barred Owl
Barred Owl

Salt Spring Island is a Haven For Birders

A bird watching vacation amidst the spectacular scenery on Salt Spring Island is a birder’s dream! An excellent birding tour and a unique opportunity for nature photography.

Bald eagle perched on evergreen branch. Peregrine Falcon Barn owl

Here is a list of some of the species you may encounter while birding on Salt Spring Island.

Bird Species

American 3-toed Woodpecker
American Coot

American Pipit
American Robin
Ash-throated Flycatcher

Bald Eagle
Barn Owl
Barred Owl

Belted Kingfisher
Black Oystercatcher
Black-bellied Plover
Black Turnstone

Black-throated Gray Warbler
Blue Grouse

Bonaparte’s Gull
Brandt’s Cormorant
Brown Creepers
Bufflehead
Bushtit

Caspian Tern
Cedar Waxwing

Common Tern

Cooper’s Hawk
Dark-eyed Junco
Double-crested Cormorant
Dowitcher
Downy Woodpecker
Eared Grebe

Evening Grosbeak
Fox Sparrows
Glaucous-winged Gull
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Great Gray Owl
Great Horned Owl

Goldeneye
Golden-plover Tufted Puffin
Hammond’s Flycatcher
Heermann’s Gull

Hooded Merganser

Horned Grebe
House Finch

Hummingbird
Iceland Gull
Killdeer
King Eider
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Marbled Murrelet

Merganser

Merlin
Mew Gull
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Pygmy-Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northwestern Crow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Osprey
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant

Peregrine Falcon
Pileated Woodpecker
Raven
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Red Crossbill

Red-necked Grebe
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-winged Blackbird

Rhinoceros Auklet

Ring-billed Gull

Rock Sandpiper
Ruddy Duck

Ruddy Turnstone
Ruffed Grouse

Rufous Hummingbird
Sabine’s Gull
Sandhill Crane

Sandpiper
Scoter
Semipalmated Plover
Short-eared Owl

Sooty Shearwater

Spotted Towhee
Starling
Stellar’s Jay
Swainson’s Thrush

Townsend Warbler
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Western Screech-Owl

Western Tanager
Western Grebe
Willet

Winter Wren

Yellow-billed Loon
Yellow-headed Blackbird
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