In addition to bird photography and relaxing bird watching, I enjoy to list the birds that I see in British Columbia, Canada. I keep track of the number of species I see in the province each year, as well as a life list of bird species I've seen in BC.


In 2015, I birded extensively around the Vancouver area, with birding trips to the Northeastern corner of the province (Fort St. John area), the south Okanagan Valley, as well as weekend or day trips from Vancouver to areas of Vancouver Island (including a pelagic trip offshore) or places within a few hours from Vancouver. In addition to expected species, I saw many rarities. My year list at the end of the year was 311 species, a personal high.

 In 2016, I have visited: Vancouver area, Vancouver Island (including a pelagic trip offshore), the south Okanagan Valley, eastern BC (Kootenays and Rockies), and other weekend or day trips to places within a few hours of Vancouver. My year list goal for this year was 300 species.



2016 BC year list: 313
2016 year list goal: 300



My most needed and wanted BC life birds
While many of these are extremely difficult to see species in the province, all of them can be found with enough effort, and I have been in the correct locations and habitats for virtually all of these birds.

  • Gray Partridge
  • Willow Ptarmigan
  • Rock Ptarmigan
  • Yellow-billed Loon
  • Laysan Albatross
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Yellow Rail
  • Forster's Tern
  • Horned Puffin
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Boreal Owl
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
  • Philadelphia Vireo
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Connecticut Warbler
  • Mourning Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Nelson's Sparrow
  • Hoary Redpoll


My most needed BC year birds
Birds that I haven't seen yet this year that I have a good chance of seeing by the end of the year, based on the expected birds in the locations that I will be visiting. 

  • 2017 updates coming soon!
* - indicates a species that I found myself (not relocated after a report, but actually found myself for the first time)

Provincial rarities that I've seen in BC

  • White-faced Ibis
  • Red-necked Stint
  • Bar-tailed Godwit
  • Black-headed Gull
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Red-flanked Bluetail
  • Redwing
  • Siberian Accentor
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Brambling
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Slaty-backed Gull*
  • Purple Sandpiper
  • Pink-footed Goose*


Other very good BC birds, but not "mega rarities" like to the left

  • Western Scrub-Jay
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Ruff*
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper*
  • Sage Thrasher*
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Clark's Grebe
  • American Black Duck
  • Hudsonian Godwit
  • Great Egret
  • Palm Warbler
  • Pacific-Golden Plover*
  • Long-tailed Jeager*
  • Grasshopper Sparrow*
  • Glaucous Gull
  • Harris's Sparrow
  • Black-necked Stilt
  •  Willet
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Winter Wren*
  • Gyrfalcon*
  • Buff-breasted Sandpiper
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater
  • Iceland Gull
  • Northern Mockingbird