Mount Arrowsmith

Birds of Mount Arrowsmith area

Prepared by Will Lemmon, (Arrowsmith Naturalists) and Sandy McRuer RPF (Ravea Forest Resources Consulting).
Common nameScientific name Common nameScientific name
Resident bird species
Grey jayPerisoreus canadensis Ptarmigan sp. * Lagopus
Band tailed pigeonColumba fasciata Northern pygmy owlGlaucidium gnoma
Rufous hummingbirdSelasphorus rufus Hairy woodpeckerPicoides villosus
Chestnut-backed chickadeeParus rufescens Brown creeperCerthia americana
Townsend's solitaireMyadestes townsendi Dark eyed juncoJunco hyemalis
Red crossbillLoxia curvirostra Golden-crowned kingletRegulus satrapa
Red-breasted nuthatchSitta canadensis Blue grouseDenragrapus obscurus
Hermit thrushCatharus guttatus Winter wrenTroglodytes troglodytes
Varied thrushIxoreus naevius
Transient bird species
Golden eagleAquila chrysaetos Bald eagleHaliaeetus leucocephalus
Turkey vultureCathartes aura American pipitAnthus
American robinTurdus migratorius
* The Conservation Data Centre database notes a sighting of the Blue listed White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus saxitilis) on the slopes of Mount Arrowsmith in June 1996.

Other bird species common to alpine areas, or seen on occasion within the Mount Arrowsmith region include Sandhill crane (Grua canadensis), Three-toed woodpecker (Picoides tridactylus), Common goldeneye (Bucephalua islandica), Common loon (Gavla immer), American dipper (Cinlus mexicanus), Spotted sandpiper (Actitius macularia), Grey-crowned rosy finches (Leucosticte arctoa), and Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis laingi - a red-listed species). Marbled murrelets (Drachyramphus marmoratus) could theoretically breed in the older growth timber in the area.