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

Caspian Tern
Cedar Waxwing

Common Tern

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

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

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

Hooded Merganser

Horned Grebe
House Finch

Iceland Gull
King Eider
Lincoln’s Sparrow
Marbled Murrelet


Mew Gull
Northern Flicker
Northern Goshawk
Northern Pygmy-Owl

Northern Saw-whet Owl

Northwestern Crow
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Pacific Loon
Pelagic Cormorant

Peregrine Falcon
Pileated Woodpecker
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

Semipalmated Plover
Short-eared Owl

Sooty Shearwater

Spotted Towhee
Stellar’s Jay
Swainson’s Thrush

Townsend Warbler
Turkey Vulture
Western Sandpiper
Western Screech-Owl

Western Tanager
Western Grebe

Winter Wren

Yellow-billed Loon
Yellow-headed Blackbird

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