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 With the combination of a mild coastal climate and the Pacific Ocean, this region has incomparable birding opportunities which create important habitats with more than 220 bird species being sighted here every year. Ocean, marshes, lakes, and rivers support a vast array of bird species, including bald eagles, brant geese, and trumpeter swans. There are forests with birds such as owls and songbirds aplenty, too. In April the forests fill with spring bird songs, especially in the early morning, you can watch many species that prefer older forests such as varied thrushes, brown creepers, and pileated woodpeckers.

While estuaries form only a tiny fraction of the coastline, they are crucial habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl, seabirds, and shorebirds. It is also a major migration and wintering area for birds in Canada. While bird numbers swell considerably during the spring and fall migrations, hundreds of species live year-round in the area, so anytime is a good time for birding on Vancouver Island

tongue and cheek
reinoculating eyes
pole dancing
the catch
red-tail hawk
one leg upside down
barred owl in flight
barred owl
feeding ants
berry time
don't leave me
Pileated woodpecker
red-wing black bird
nesting double crested
double crested cormarants
oyster catcher
oyster catcher
flock of seagulls
very rare
surf scoter
Brant in flight
steller jay
king fisher
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