The Stoney Creek Watershed is an important refuge for bird species. Volunteers conduct regular bird surveys to assess the health of our bird populations. These surveys also serve as an indicator of the overall health of the Stoney Creek Corridor. At the moment volunteers walk one of three survey circuits varying in length and habitat. Each circuit has been broken up into sections, or stations, to help pinpoint bird sightings. Birders record what they see and hear:
- bird species
- number encountered
- age (adult or juvenile)
- station number
- unusual activity
What you can expect to see and hear ...
Common birds that we see or hear in the area include:
- black-capped chickadees
- spotted towhees
- varied thrushes
- northwestern crows
- American robins
- dark-eyed juncos
- song sparrows and fox sparrows
- northern flickers
- downy woodpeckers
Other species include the blue heron, European starling, bald eagle, Swainson's thrush, yellow-rumped warbler, golden-crowned kinglet, willow flycatcher, Stellar's jay, pileated woodpecker and Anna's hummingbird.
During the fall, we view the returning salmon and sometimes we venture further afield so we can compare the species found in nearby areas such as the Brunette River, Burnaby Lake, Rocky Point Park (Port Moody) or Colony Farm.
Throughout the year, usually on a monthly basis
Check out our Calendar for future dates.
(numbers may be limited due to the COVID-19 situation)
- Identifying birds and their songs - Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Learn about birds via free on-line courses - Birds Canada