Read, Set, Count!

The Stoney Creek Environment Committee began keeping official bird records in August of 1996. That important work continues to this day with data recorded on bird species, sex, age, nesting sites and behaviour.

In 2014 our weekend birding group identified 36 bird species, and had 18 people participate in monthly counts along Burnaby’s beautiful Stoney Creek. This uninterrupted green space with its offering of food, water and shelter is what draws a variety of birds to this area. Keep those three things in mind (food, water and shelter) if you would like to make your yard, or apartment complex, a bird haven. It is not only fun but doable! But back to our main theme here … take a look at the variety of species we recorded in 2014:

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Anna’s Hummingbird

Bald Eagle

Banned Tailed Pigeon

Black-capped Chickadee (had front row seats to flying lessons with mamma chickadee)

Black-headed Grosbeak (male & female nesting)

Brown Creeper

Bushtits

Canada Goose

Cedar Waxwings

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Cooper’s Hawk

Downy Woodpecker

Dark-eyed Junco

Glaucous-winged Gull

Golden Crowned Kinglet

Great Blue Heron

Hutton’s Vireo

Pacific Wren

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Rufus Hummingbird

Mallard Duck (male & female having a swim on flooded baseball field)

Mourning Dove

Northern Flicker

Northwestern Crow

Pileated Woodpecker (having a stand off with a squirrel)

Song Sparrow

Spotted Towhee

Stellar’s Jay

Swainson’s Thrush

Turkey Vulture

Varied Thrush

Western Tananger (female feeding on grapes)

White-Crowned Sparrow

We also enjoyed the various antics of the following mammals that make this park their home:

raccoons

coyotes

squirrels

bats

Email birds@scec.ca if you would like to be contacted for our upcoming bird walks. We would love to have you join us!

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Dark-eyed Junco – Violet Tseu, Golden-crowned Kinglet – Alison Pakulak, Birders – Wendy Snyder