British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Cypress Provincial Park Bird Checklist
copyright © A.L. Mol  2003
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113 species
compiled by Brian Self & Al Grass
printed 07/96
revised on-line 03/01

The Cypress Provincial Park Bird Checklist was orginally printed in July 1996 and listed 110 species. This checklist has now been updated, on-line only, to 113 species as of March 2001. New species or an abundance code added for a season not included in the original checklist are shown in purple. 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.

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   May 2002 - The taxonomic order, common names and four-letter codes included in this web version of the Cypress Provincial Park Bird Checklist originally printed in 1996 and then updated on-line only in March 2001 have been updated using the 7th edition of the American Ornithologists' Union (AOU) Check-List of North American Birds (AOU 1998) and its supplement (AOU 2000).

Bird Tracks

The following is a list of the bird species that have been observed in Cypress Provincial Park. 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.

Recommended Birding Areas

Explanation of Symbols

Seasonal Occurrence
Sp = Spring (March - May)
S = Summer (June - mid August)
F = Fall (mid August - November)
W = Winter (December - February)

Relative Abundance
c = common [almost always seen; large numbers]
f = fairly common [usually seen; moderate numbers]
u = uncommon [often seen, but not on every visit]
r = rare [seen a few times each year; may be hard to find]
ca = casual [few known records, but to be expected]
ac = accidental [only 1 or 2 records; outside normal range]

Other Symbols
fo = flyover [sighting(s) of birds flying over the park and general area]
* = species to breed in the checklist area
[I] = introduced species

Code * Species Spring Summer Fall Winter







COLO
Common Loon (fo)
r r







PBGR
Pied-billed Grebe
r r







GBHE
Great Blue Heron
r r







TUVU
Turkey Vulture r u r







SNGO
Snow Goose (fo)

r
CAGO
Canada Goose (fo)

r
TRUS
Trumpeter Swan (fo)

r r
TUSW
Tundra Swan (fo)

r r
MALL
Mallard
r r
NOPI
Northern Pintail
ac

GWTE
Green-winged Teal

r
BUFF
Bufflehead
r r
BAGO
Barrow's Goldeneye

r
HOME
Hooded Merganser

r







OSPR
Osprey
r

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

ac r
BWHA
Broad-winged Hawk

ac
RTHA * Red-tailed Hawk u u u u
RLHA
Rough-legged Hawk

r
GOEA
Golden Eagle r r r







AMKE
American Kestrel
r ac
MERL
Merlin
ca ca
PEFA
Peregrine Falcon

r







BLGR * Blue Grouse r c c c
ROPT
Rock Ptarmigan ca - - ca







VIRA
Virginia Rail
ca








LEYE
Lesser Yellowlegs

r
SOSP
Solitary Sandpiper
r r
SPSA
Spotted Sandpiper
r








GWGU
Glaucous-winged Gull (fo)
u u







MAMU
Marbled Murrelet (fo)
ac








BTPI * Band-tailed Pigeon u u u -







WSOW * Western Screech-Owl ca ca ca -
GHOW * Great Horned Owl r r r r
NPOW * Northern Pygmy-Owl r r r r
SPOW * Spotted Owl - ac ac -
BDOW * Barred Owl r r r r







CONI * Common Nighthawk
r








BLSW * Black Swift
u

VASW * Vaux's Swift
u








CAHU
Calliope Hummingbird
ca

RUHU * Rufous Hummingbird r f r







BEKI
Belted Kingfisher
r r







RBSA * Red-breasted Sapsucker u f u u
DOWO * Downy Woodpecker r r r r
HAWO * Hairy Woodpecker u u u u
TTWO * Three-toed Woodpecker r r r r
NOFL * Northern Flicker r f f r
PIWO * Pileated Woodpecker u u u u







OSFL * Olive-sided Flycatcher
u

WWPE * Western Wood-Pewee
r

WIFL * Willow Flycatcher
f

HAFL
Hammond's Flycatcher
f

PSFL * Pacific-slope Flycatcher
c








CAVI * Cassin's Vireo
u

HUVI * Hutton's Vireo
r

WAVI * Warbling Vireo
f








GRJA * Gray Jay r f f f
STJA * Steller's Jay f c f r
NOCR * Northwestern Crow c c c c
CORA * Common Raven c c c c







TRSW * Tree Swallow - u

VGSW
Violet-green Swallow
f

NRWS
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
r

BASW
Barn Swallow
c








BCCH * Black-capped Chickadee f f f r
MOCH
Mountain Chickadee


r
CBCH * Chestnut-backed Chickadee c c c c







BUSH
Bushtit
r r







RBNU * Red-breasted Nuthatch u u u u







BRCR * Brown Creeper u u u u







WIWR * Winter Wren c c c r







AMDI * American Dipper r r r -







GCKI * Golden-crowned Kinglet f f f f
RCKI
Ruby-crowned Kinglet f
f







TOSO
Townsend's Solitaire r r r
SWTH * Swainson's Thrush
c

HETH * Hermit Thrush
c r
AMRO * American Robin r c r ca
VATH * Varied Thrush c c c u







AMPI
American Pipit r
r







BOWA
Bohemian Waxwing


ac
CEWA * Cedar Waxwing
u r







OCWA * Orange-crowned Warbler
f

YEWA
Yellow Warbler
r

YRWA * Yellow-rumped Warbler f r f
BTGW * Black-throated Gray Warbler
u

TOWA * Townsend's Warbler
f

MACW * MacGillivray's Warbler
f

WIWA
Wilson's Warbler r u r







WETA * Western Tanager
f








SPTO * Spotted Towhee r f f -
SAVS
Savannah Sparrow
r r
FOSP * Fox Sparrow
r

SOSP * Song Sparrow - ca ca -
LISP
Lincoln's Sparrow ac
ac
WCSP * White-crowned Sparrow r u r
GCSP
Golden-crowned Sparrow
r

DEJU * Dark-eyed Junco f f f f







BHGR * Black-headed Grosbeak
f








BHCO * Brown-headed Cowbird
r








GCRF
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch


r
PIGR
Pine Grosbeak


ac
PUFI * Purple Finch u f u r
HOFI
House Finch
ca

RECR * Red Crossbill u u u c
WWCR
White-winged Crossbill

ca ca
PISI * Pine Siskin c c c c
EVGR * Evening Grosbeak r r r r

Recommended Birding Areas

The old-growth forests, marshy areas, streams and lakes of Cypress Provincial Park provide for the needs (food, water and cover) of birds and other wildlife. By visiting these different habitats, you will see a greater variety of birds. Even though birds may be found throughout the park, the following locations include a range of habitats and offer a variety of viewing opportunities.

Hi-view and Quarry Lookouts: These roadside areas provide opportunities to observe Cypress Provincial park's well-known fall hawk migration, especially in Setpember. Sharp-shinned, Cooper's amd Red-tailed Hawks are frequently seen in these locations. Hi-view Lookout also offers good tree-top birding.

Yew Lake Wetlands: This wheelchair accessible area provides a great range of birding opportunities. Commonly observed species include Hooded Merganser, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpiper, Gray Jay and Steller's Jay. American Dipper are often found along the nearby creeks. The wildlife trees (dead and dying trees) around the lake are used by Hairy and Three-toed Woodpeckers. In the summer, Townsend's Warbler, Black Swift and Vaux's Seift may be observed.

Black and Strachan Mountains: The Yew Lake Lookout above Cabin Lake on Black Mountain offers good fall viewing of hawks as they pass through the Cypress Creek valley. The Howe Sound Crest Trail on the lower slope of Strachan Mountain is considered the most considtent site in the Lower Mainland for viewing Three-toed Woodpeckers. Blue Grouse and migrating hawks can also be seen or heard on the regenerating lower slopes of both mountains.

Baden-Powell Trail: This 41.7 km trail, named after Lord Baden-Powell of Boy Scout fame, extends from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cover in North Vancouver. The park sections are located near the transition between two forest zones, the mountain hemlock zone and the Western hemlock zone. Look for a range of species, including Red-breasted Sapsucker, Hutton's Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush, Barred Owl and Red Crossbill.