Campbell River Bird Watching

There are more than 254 species of birds on Vancouver Island and the Campbell River or North Central Island region. With vast numbers of estuaries, lowlands mixed with a light mix of alpine meadows in addition to ribbons of rivers just about everywhere this represents some of the best bird watching available.

Vancouver Island Bird Watching

Vancouver Island Bald Eagle, Campbell River BC Bird Watching

Vancouver Island and Campbell River are considered a prime destination for birders, mostly because of the abundant estuaries and bountiful species of birds that live in harmony with their surroundings. A bird watchers paradise in all four seasons.

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Bird Watching Ethics

Vancouver Island Bird Watching Campbell River BC Canada

Birds are sensitive to disturbances, so when bird watching pay attention to the ethics of your craft. Campbell River may offer many opportunities to view these amazing creatures, but caution and respect must be practices.

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The Science of Birding

Bird Watching Campbell River Vancouver Island British Columbia

Birders often have the opportunity to make real contributions to scientific research on birds. The activity of Bird Watching in Campbell River is no different. Observe, record and submit.

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Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

Bald Eagles are so plentiful in the Campbell River region that some view them as pests. The top of the avian food chain these magnificent creatures dominate the skies on Vancouver Island and primarily the central northern region.

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Common Loon

Common Loon Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

One of my favourite birds of all time, the Common Loon has a song once heard not easily forgotten. It’s lonely cry can be heard from miles away and the lakes and estuaries in the Campbell River region host a large population of these beautiful and haunting creatures.

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Common Pigeon

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Also known as Rock Doves, Common Pigeons have adapted well to urban life in Campbell River and on Vancouver Island. Living off crumbs, these scavengers are well suited to human habitation.

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Dark Eyed Junco

Darkeyed Junco Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Bird Watching Canada

Also known as the snowbird, the Dark Eyed Junco is a common sight in the Campbell River area.

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Downy Woodpecker

Downy_Woodpecker Campbell River Vancouver Island Bird Watching BC Canada

Take a walk in Beaver Lodge or any other forested area in Campbell River and chances are you will hear the bang bang bang of a Downy Woodpecker.

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European Starling

European-Starling Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

Imported from Europe and now prolific all over the world, with Vancouver Island and the Campbell River area being no exception. The European Starling has adapted well to our climate and habitat.

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Hermit Thrush

Hermit-Thrush Campbell River Vancouver Island Bird Watching BC Canada

Where there is forest in the Campbell River region there are an abundance of Hermit Thrushes. These tiny antisocial birds are usually seen alone.

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House Finch

house-finch Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada

A pleasant song, and striking appearance set these small finches apart. The House Finch are not indigenous to the Campbell River area, they were introduced. Populations thrive on Vancouver Island

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Northern Flicker

northern_flicker Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

Large with striking plumage, with red under the wings. The Northern Flicker is known for it’s long tongue for eating ants and other insects. In the Campbell River area we don’t see too many ant hills but there are lots of opportunities for a feast on any number of bugs.

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Pacific Loon

Pacific Loon Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

Imagine yourself on a lone lake in the Campbell River area on Vancouver Island and you hear the call of the Pacific Loon. Haunting and desperate these calls are actually conversations between birds that may be miles apart from each other.

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Pileated Woodpecker

pileated_woodpecker Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the largest Woodpeckers in North America. If you hear low pitched drumming in a Campbell River forest, it isn’t your watch or your phone. Chances are it is a Pileated Woodpecker pecking for bugs in a dead tree.

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Pine Siskin

pine_siskin Campbell River Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

The Pine Siskin, a tenacious bird that even in winter stay in the same areas in the Campbell River region or they just follow the food sources.

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Purple Finch

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Another sticking bird, the Purple Finch is prolific in Campbell River. With a wide range of habitat preferences, they can thrive almost everywhere on Vancouver Island.

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Red Breasted Nuthatch

red_breasted_nuthatch Campbell river Vancouver Island BC Canada Bird Watching

Often mistaken for a Robin, the Red Breasted Nuthatch is smaller. And will only migrate south from the Campbell River area if their food source is threatened.

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Red Tailed Hawk

Red Tailed Hawk Campbell River BC Vancouver Island Canda Bird Watching

Valued by farmers, the Red Tailed Hawk feed primarily on small rodents. In the Campbell River area there is an abundance of food supply for these hawks particularly along the highways.

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Red Breasted Robin

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To see a Red Breasted Robin in Campbell River is to know that Spring has come. The first sighting of one of these in your garden is a sure sign the plant is about to commence.

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Red-Winged Blackbird

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Not a common sight in the Campbell River region, the Red-Winged Blackbird can be found in the many marshes and meadows along estuaries and tributaries.

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Rufous Sided Towhee

rufous_sided_towhee Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

The Read-eyed chirper, the Rufous Sided Towhee are rarely seen in the Campbell River area, but they are heard. Their “chewink” voice is distinguishable from all other species.

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Red Throated Loon

red-throated-loon Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

Preferring coastal and tundra ponds during summer and large lakes, bays and estuaries in migration for winter, the Red Throated loon is uniquely adapted to the Central Vancouver Island region and in particular Campbell River

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Song Sparrow

Song_Sparrow Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

The arrival of the Song Sparrow to the Campbell River area heralds the arrival of Spring. It’s song varies with over 20 different melodies and 1,000 improvised variations on its theme.

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Stellers’ Jay

Stellers_Jay Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

A distinctive Blue colour, the Stellar’s Jay are often not found alone. I have seen as many as 12 of them on the banks of the Quinsam River in the Campbell River area, screeching and screaming at each other

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Western Meadowlark

western_meadowlark Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

A large bird the Western Meadowlark has a yellow underbelly, rarely seen in the Campbell River region, they can be heard with a musical singing voice like a flute.

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Western Tanager

Western_Tanager_Campbell River Bird Watching Vancouver Island BC Canada

The first time I saw a Western Tanager in Campbell River I thought someone had lost their love bird, so distinctive is their plumage. And they are not afraid either. I approached this one and managed to get within a couple of feet of it before it flew away.

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