British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Boundary Bay Regional Park Bird Checklist
copyright © A.L. Mol  2004
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225 species
revised in 2002 by April L. Mol
(originally compiled in 1995 by Allen Poynter)
updated and reprinted 05/02

The Boundary Bay Regional Park Bird Checklist was orginally printed in May 1995 and listed 210 species. The revised edition of this checklist includes 225 species as of May 2002.

Area Covered - The checklist area includes the Centennial beach and Wildlife Reserve area of Boundary Bay Regional Park and adjacent foreshore areas visible from the park. This checklist does not include sightings made from the Boundary Bay dyke between 17A Avenue and 112th Street, nor does it reflect all of the viewing opportunities of Boundary Bay, Mud Bay and Blackie Spit.

. . . other viewing opportunities at Boundary Bay Regional Park
. . . more information on Boundary Bay Regional Park
. . . dyke code of conduct for Boundary Bay Regional Park  New
. . . list of available bird checklists

Bird Tracks
The following is a list of the bird species that have been observed in Boundary Bay Regional Park (see "area covered" above). The status of each species is indicated by an abundance level in each of four seasons. The standard four letter code is shown for each species. The species are ordered using the 7th edition of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Check-List of North American Birds (AOU 1998) and its supplement (AOU 2000).

Changes shown in purple include new species, confirmed breeding status addition or an abundance code added for a season not included in the original checklist. Where an abundance code has been deleted for a given season there appears a dash. When an existing seasonal abundance code has been changed it appears in red. Changes in common name or standard four letter code are shown in brown.

Explanation of Symbols

Seasonal Occurrence
Sp = Spring (March - May; including spring migrants)
S = Summer (June - mid August; including spring arrival and fall departure)
F = Fall (mid August - November; including fall migrants)
W = Winter (November/December - February; including fall arrival and spring departure)

Relative Abundance
a = abundant [100 or more per day]
c = common [25 to 100 per day]
f = fairly common [5 to 25 per day]
u = uncommon [1 to 5 per day, with at least 10 records per year]
r = rare, but regular [1 to 10 records per year]
ca = casual [2 to 10 documented records in checklist area]
ac = accidental [only 1 documented record in checklist area during the specified season]

Other Symbols
* = species has been documented breeding in the checklist area
[I] = introduced species [present more than 10 years]

Code * Species Spring Summer Fall Winter







RTLO
Red-throated Loon f
u f
PALO
Pacific Loon r
r r
COLO
Common Loon a u a c







PBGR
Pied-billed Grebe r
r r
HOGR
Horned Grebe c
c c
RNGR
Red-necked Grebe u
c u
EAGR
Eared Grebe


ca
WEGR
Western Grebe u
c u
CLGR
Clark's Grebe

ca







DCCO
Double-crested Cormorant f u f f
BRCO
Brandt's Cormorant


r
PECO
Pelagic Cormorant u
u f







GBHE
Great Blue Heron c c c c
GREG
Great Egret
ca

GRHE
Green Heron r r r
BCNH
Black-crowned Night-Heron

ac







TUVU
Turkey Vulture r ca r ca







GWFG
Greater White-fronted Goose ca

ca
EMGO
Emperor Goose


ac
SNGO
Snow Goose u
u f
CAGO
Canada Goose a f c a
BRAN
Brant a r u c
MUSW
Mute Swan [I] ca

ca
TRUS
Trumpeter Swan r
r r
TUSW
Tundra Swan c

c
WODU
Wood Duck ca

ca
GADW * Gadwall f u f f
EUWI
Eurasian Wigeon f
f f
AMWI
American Wigeon a r a a
ABDU
American Black Duck [I]

ca ca
MALL * Mallard a f a a
BTWE * Blue-winged Teal r r r
CITE * Cinnamon Teal r r r ca
NOSL
Northern Shoveler u f u f
NOPI
Northern Pintail a r a a
GWTE
Green-winged Teal a r a a
CANV
Canvasback r
r r
REDH
Redhead


ca
GRSC
Greater Scaup a r a a
LESC
Lesser Scaup f ca f f
HADU
Harlequin Duck r

r
SUSC
Surf Scoter a r a a
WWSC
White-winged Scoter f r f f
BLSC
Black Scoter r
r r
LTDU
Long-tailed Duck (formerly Oldsquaw)
ca r r
BUFF
Bufflehead c r c f
COGO
Common Goldeneye u r u f
BAGO
Barrow's Goldeneye r
r r
HOME
Hooded Merganser

r r
COME
Common Merganser

r r
RBME
Red-breasted Merganser f ca f u
RUDU
Ruddy Duck r
r r







OSPR
Osprey
ca ca
BAEA
Bald Eagle c f f c
NOHA * Northern Harrier u u u u
SSHA
Sharp-shinned Hawk r
r r
COHA * Cooper's Hawk u u u u
NOGO
Northern Goshawk

ca ca
RTHA * Red-tailed Hawk u r u u
RLHA
Rough-legged Hawk r
r r
GOEA
Golden Eagle ca









AMKE
American Kestrel r r r ca
MERL
Merlin r r
r
PEFA
Peregrine Falcon u r u u
GYRF
Gyrfalcon ca

r
PRFA
Prairie Falcon


ca







RNPH * Ring-necked Pheasant [I] u u u u







VIRA
Virginia Rail ca ca
ca
SORA * Sora r r

AMCO
American Coot u

u







SACR
Sandhill Crane ca









BBPL
Black-bellied Plover a u a c
AGPL
American Golden-Plover

ca
SEPL
Semipalmated Plover f ca f ca
KILL * Killdeer f u f u







AMAV
American Avocet

ac ac







GRYE
Greater Yellowlegs f r f u
LEYE
Lesser Yellowlegs c ca c
SOSA
Solitary Sandpiper
r r
WILL
Willet

ac
SPSA * Spotted Sandpiper u r u ca
WHIM
Whimbrel ca ca ca
LBCU
Long-billed Curlew

ca
HUGO
Hudsonian Godwit

ca
MAGO
Marbled Godwit
ca ca ac
RUTU
Ruddy Turnstone r
r ca
BLTU
Black Turnstone

r r
SURF
Surfbird


ca
REKN
Red Knot

ca
SAND
Sanderling c
c c
SESA
Semipalmated Sandpiper ca
u
WESA
Western Sandpiper a r a r
RNST
Red-necked Stint

ac
LIST
Little Stint

ac
LESA
Least Sandpiper a r a
BASA
Baird's Sandpiper r
u
PESA
Pectoral Sandpiper
r f
ROSA
Rock Sandpiper


ca
DUNL
Dunlin a
a a
STSA
Stilt Sandpiper
r r
RUFF
Ruff

ca
SBDO
Short-billed Dowitcher f
f ca
LBDO
Long-billed Dowitcher f ca c u
COSN * Common Snipe r ca r r
WIPH
Wilson's Phalarope

r
RNPL
Red-necked Phalarope r
r







PAJA
Parasitic Jaeger

r
FRGU
Franklin's Gull
r r
BOGU
Bonaparte's Gull a c a r
HEEG
Heermann's Gull

ca
MEGU
Mew Gull a r a a
RBGU
Ring-billed Gull a a a f
CAGU
California Gull c f c r
HEGU
Herring Gull u
u u
THGU
Thayer's Gull f
f f
WEGU
Western Gull r
r r
GWGU
Glaucous-winged Gull a a a a
GLGU
Glaucous Gull


r
BLKI
Black-legged Kittiwake ac


CATE
Caspian Tern f f f
COTE
Common Tern u r f







COMU
Common Murre

r r
PIGU
Pigeon Guillemot


ca
MAMU
Marbled Murrelet


ac







RODO
Rock Dove [I] f f f f
BTPI
Band-tailed Pigeon r r r ca
MODO
Mourning Dove r r r







BNOW
Barn Owl r r r r







WSOW
Western Screech-Owl


ac
GHOW
Great Horned Owl
ca

SNOW
Snowy Owl


ca
NHOW
Northern Hawk Owl


ac
BDOW
Barred Owl


ac
LEOW
Long-eared Owl


ac
SEOW
Short-eared Owl r r r r







CONI
Common Nighthawk
ca ca







BLSW
Black Swift f f

VASW
Vaux's Swift f f u







ANHU
Anna's Hummingbird
ca ca ca
RUHU * Rufous Hummingbird f u u







BEKI
Belted Kingfisher u u u u







RBSA
Red-breasted Sapsucker


ac
DOWO * Downy Woodpecker r r r r
HAWO
Hairy Woodpecker


ca
NOFL
Northern Flicker f ca f u
PIWO
Pileated Woodpecker


ac







OSFL
Olive-sided Flycatcher ca


WWPE
Western Wood-Pewee ca


WIFL * Willow Flycatcher r r r
PSFL
Pacific-slope Flycatcher r


WEKI
Western Kingbird
ca

EAKI
Eastern Kingbird r r








NOSH
Northern Shrike r
r r







CAVI
Cassin's Vireo ca
ca
HUVI
Hutton's Vireo ca


WAVI
Warbling Vireo ca
ca
REVI
Red-eyed Vireo ca
ca







STJA
Steller's Jay

ca r
NOCR * Northwestern Crow c f c c
CORA
Common Raven r r r r







HOLA
Horned Lark

r







TRSW * Tree Swallow f f c
VGSW * Violet-green Swallow f f c
NRWS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow r r r
BKSW
Bank Swallow
r r
BASW * Barn Swallow f f c ac
CLSW
Cliff Swallow u u u







BCCH * Black-capped Chickadee f f f f
CBCH
Chestnut-backed Chickadee


r







BUSH * Bushtit f f f c







RBNU
Red-breasted Nuthatch


ca







BRCR
Brown Creeper


r







BEWR * Bewick's Wren r ca r r
WIWR
Winter Wren

ca ca
MAWR * Marsh Wren u u u r







AMDI
American Dipper


ac







GCKI
Golden-crowned Kinglet


r
RCKI
Ruby-crowned Kinglet r
r ca







MOBL
Mountain Bluebird ca


TOSO
Townsend's Solitaire r


SWTH
Swainson's Thrush r r

HETH
Hermit Thrush


ca
AMRO * American Robin f f f f
VATH
Varied Thrush


ca







EUST * European Starling [I] c c c a







AMPI
American Pipit u
f ca







CEWA * Cedar Waxwing u f f ca







OCWA * Orange-crowned Warbler f u f ac
YEWA * Yellow Warbler f u f
YRWA * Yellow-rumped Warbler f r f r
TOWA
Townsend's Warbler


ac
COYE * Common Yellowthroat u u u
WIWA
Wilson's Warbler r
r







WETA
Western Tanager
ca








SPTO * Spotted Towhee u u u f
ATSP
American Tree Sparrow ca

ca
CHSP
Chipping Sparrow

ca
SAVS * Savannah Sparrow f f f f
FOSP
Fox Sparrow u
u u
SOSP * Song Sparrow f u f f
LISP
Lincoln's Sparrow r
r r
SWSP
Swamp Sparrow

ca ca
HASP
Harris's Sparrow

ca ca
WCSP * White-crowned Sparrow f u f u
GCSP
Golden-crowned Sparrow u
u u
DEJU
Dark-eyed Junco f ca f f
SNBU
Snow Bunting

ca







BHGR * Black-headed Grosbeak r r

LZBU
Lazuli Bunting
ac








RWBL * Red-winged Blackbird a f a a
WEME
Western Meadowlark r ca r r
YHBL
Yellow-headed Blackbird ac


BRBL * Brewer's Blackbird c u c a
COGR
Common Grackle


ac
BHCO * Brown-headed Cowbird f u u r
BUOR
Bullock's Oriole
ca








GCRF
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch


ac
PUFI
Purple Finch r
r r
HOFI * House Finch f f f c
RECR
Red Crossbill r r r r
CORE
Common Redpoll


ac
PISI
Pine Siskin f r f f
AMGO * American Goldfinch f f f f
EVGR
Evening Grosbeak r
r r







HOSP * House Sparrow [I] c c c c

Dyke Code of Conduct

The Boundary Bay dyke was built in the 1970s by the Province of British Columbia to protect adjacent property from flooding. Today, the dyke continues to protect land from flooding while providing a valuable work and recreation corridor for many users.

Please be respectful to all dyke users!

    Farming Activities

    • all users must yield to farm vehicles - stand safely to the side to allow equipment to pass
    • do not litter or trespass in farmers' fields
    • crop spraying, cultivation and harvesting occur seasonally on lands adjacent to the dyke
    • farmers must access some fields from the dyke - delays are expensive

    Recreation

    • park in designated areas only - only authortized motorized vehicles are allowed on the dyke
    • equestrians and cyclists approaching pedestrians must slow down and call ahead to warn of their passage
    • dogs must be kept under control at all times

    Boundary Bay Wildlife Management Area

    • respect wildlife use of this important habitat
    • the wildlife management area (WMA) lies on the seaward side of the dyke
    • waterfowl hunting occurs in designated areas withing the WMA from early September to mid March - contact the Surrey office of the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection at (604) 582-5200 for more information
    • hunting with dogs is permitted in the WMA
    • hunters are permitted to carry unloaded firearms on the dyke

We'd like to hear from you!

GVRD Parks is testing this draft code of conduct for the Boundary Bay dyke and is seeking your input. Is this draft code effective? Please send back feedback to GVRD Parks, West Area Office [(604) 224-5739 (phone); (604) 224-5841 (fax); 4330 Kingsway, Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5H 4G8].