For over a decade, I've been birding non-stop around my home city of Vancouver, BC, Canada and throughout the province. Whether you are a local or a visitor, an advanced birder or a beginner, I'm available for bird guiding! We can go out for a few hours of relaxed birding, or days of hard-core bird targeting! It's up to you!
The Vancouver area, located in southwestern British Columbia, is arguably one of the best birding places in North America. We have mild temperatures year-round, meaning bird life is abundant at any time of year! There are incredible forests minutes from downtown, and endless expanses of marsh and mudflats full of bird life just 30 minutes from the city core.
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In Winter, the Fraser River Delta just south of Vancouver is probably the most diverse area for winter bird life in Canada. A variety of raptors spend the colder months of the year feeding on rodents in the fields and marshes located south of the city. This is also the best time of year to see the many species of waterfowl wintering in the area, and the best time of year to get great looks at some of the songbird species that retreat to the lowlands when it's cold.
In Spring, we see the arrival of many migrants! In early spring, many of the winter raptors and waterfowl are still around, but they are soon replaced with migratory songbirds and shorebirds. At this time of year, city parks and rural parks alike host a large variety of beautiful neotropical migrant songbirds. Warblers, flycatchers, vireos, swallows, Western Tanagers and more are some of these beautiful migrants.
In Summer, many of the breeding songbird species such as Black-throated Gray Warblers are quieter, but can still be found on their breeding grounds. The real birding treat of Summer begins in late June when hundreds of thousands (if not millions) of migratory shorebirds pass through the Fraser River Delta. This is the best time of year to view these long distant migrants and search for the Asian rarities they often bring with them.
In Autumn, the shorebird migration continues. The migrant sandpipers and plovers will continue to pass through right up to the start of November. This time of year also sees the return of winter waterfowl and raptors, as well as the southbound migration of neotropical songbird migrants, making it one of the most enjoyable times of year to be out birding!