Band-tailed Pigeon


The Band-tailed Pigeon Patagioenas fasciata [Special Concern/ Blue-listed] is the largest pigeon in North America, the males being slightly larger than the females and reaching up to 36 cm in length.

Barn Swallow


Hirundo rustica [Threatened / Blue-Listed] Barn swallows can be found throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. In our region, the barn swallow winters throughout South America and then returns to North America to breed in the summer, covering up to 14,000 miles during the round trip migration! This bird prefers open country, fields, and agricultural lands.

Barn Owl


Tyto alba [Threatened / Blue-Listed] This medium-sized owl stands 30 -37 cm (just over a foot), and has a unique light-coloured heart-shaped face with dark eyes and a light beak. Preferred feeding habitat is open fields and grasslands. Nesting commonly occurs in barns and other built structures, natural tree cavities, and nest boxes. Barn owls may roost in forest trees in winter.

Black Swift


Cypseloides niger [Endangered/Blue-listed] Adults are black and have the largest of the swift's in BC. They have a streamlined body with long narrow wings. Black Swifts nest in forested areas along rivers, choosing to nest behind waterfalls or other damp cliffs...

Common Nighthawk


Chordeiles minor [Threatened/ Yellow-Listed] The common nighthawk is a medium-sized bird (22-24 cm) with a large head and a very small bill. Nighthawks are typically crespuscular, flying at dawn and dusk to feed on flying insects. They are quite camouflaged, having a mixture of black, browns and greys through their plumage as well as barring on their chests.

Double-crested Cormorant


Phalacrocorax auritus [Blue-listed] This large, black waterbird has white tufts on the sides of its head and a yellow-orange throat. It also has a characteristic crook in its neck. It is found in marine habitats such as estuaries, bays, harbours and inlets.Double-crested Cormorants nest in colonies usually on the ground on rocky, barren islands with sparse vegetation.

Great Blue Heron


Phalacrocorax auritus [Blue-listed] The great blue heron is a member of the Ardeidae family, which includes herons and egrets. This family is distinguished by its long, pointed bills, stilt-like legs and slender, bendable necks. The fannini subspecies of the great blue heron occupies coastal British Columbia.

Marbled Murrelet


Brachyramphus marmoratus [Threatened/Blue-listed] is a sensitive marine species because it nests only in old-growth trees. Largely nesting on the west coast of Vancouver Island, this species uses Salt Springs' waters for year-round foraging with highest numbers around Salt Spring from August to February. These marine foragers eat a variety of small fish like herring, capelin shiner perch and sandeels.

Northern Pygmy Owl


Glaucidium gnoma swarthi [Blue-listed] This small brownish-grey owl (less than 20 cm) has a white belly with dark streaks, white spots on the head, and two dark patches on the back of the neck that resemble eyes. The tail is relatively long. Food may include a wide variety of prey, including other birds, mice, voles, amphibians, snakes, and insects.