British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Golden Ears Provincial Park Bird Checklist
copyright © A.L. Mol  2003
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137 species
compiled by Al Grass
printed 08/95

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  May 2002 - The taxonomic order, common names and four-letter codes included in this web version of the Golden Ears Provincial Park Bird Checklist published in 1995 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 may be observed in Golden Ears 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. Note: The status of each species is based on the best available information and is subject to change as new observations are recorded. Many species are likely more abundant than listed.

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 observed; 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
* = species to breed in the checklist area

Code * Species Spring Summer Fall Winter







COLO
Common Loon r
r







PBGR * Pied-billed Grebe r r r r
HOGR
Horned Grebe


r







AMBI
American Bittern ca ca

GBHE
Great Blue Heron u u u u
GRHE
Green Heron ca









TUVU
Turkey Vulture ca









CAGO * Canada Goose f f f f
TRUS
Trumpeter Swan

ca
WODU * Wood Duck r r r r
MALL * Mallard u u u u
GWTE
Green-winged Teal
ca

RNDU
Ring-necked Duck


r
LESC
Lesser Scaup ca
ca
HADU
Harlequin Duck
ca

BUFF * Bufflehead r r
u
COGO
Common Goldeneye


f
HOME * Hooded Merganser r r r r
COME * Common Merganser f f f f







OSPR * Osprey
u

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

RTHA
Red-tailed Hawk u u u u
GOEA
Golden Eagle ca ca ca







AMKE
American Kestrel
ca

MERL
Merlin
ca








RNPH
Ring-necked Pheasant ca ca

RUGR * Ruffed Grouse f f f f
BLGR * Blue Grouse f f f f
WTPT
White-tailed Ptarmigan r r r r







VIRA
Virginia Rail
ca








SACR
Sandhill Crane ca









KILL
Killdeer ca
ca







SOSP
Solitary Sandpiper ca


SPSA * Spotted Sandpiper
u

COSN
Common Snipe
ca ca ca







RBGU
Ring-billed Gull
ca

GWGU
Glaucous-winged Gull u u u u







MAMU
Marbled Murrelet

ca







RODO
Rock Dove
ca

BTPI * Band-tailed Pigeon u u u u
MODO
Mourning Dove
ca








WSOW * Western Screech-Owl r r r r
GHOW
Great Horned Owl r r r r
NPOW
Northern Pygmy-Owl
ca

BDOW
Barred Owl r r r r
NSWO
Northern Saw-whet Owl r r r r







CONI
Common Nighthawk
r








BLSW
Black Swift
r ca
VASW
Vaux's Swift
f r







RTHU
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
ac

RUHU * Rufous Hummingbird
c








BEKI * Belted Kingfisher f f f f







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







OSFL
Olive-sided Flycatcher
r

WWPE
Western Wood-Pewee
r

WIFL * Willow Flycatcher
r

HAFL * Hammond's Flycatcher
f

PSFL * Pacific-slope Flycatcher
c

EAKI
Eastern Kingbird
ca








NOSH
Northern Shrike


ca







CAVI
Cassin's Vireo
r

HUVI * Hutton's Vireo
r

WAVI * Warbling Vireo
c

REVI
Red-eyed Vireo
r








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







TRSW * Tree Swallow
u

VGSW * Violet-green Swallow
f

NRWS * Northern Rough-winged Swallow
u

BASW * Barn Swallow
c

CLSW
Cliff Swallow
r








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

CBCH * Chestnut-backed Chickadee f f f f
BOCH
Boreal Chickadee
ac








BUSH
Bushtit
r








RBNU * Red-breasted Nuthatch u u u u







BRCR * Brown Creeper u u u u







BEWR
Bewick's Wren
r r
HOWR * House Wren

ac
WIWR * Winter Wren c c c c







AMDI
American Dipper
r








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







MOBL
Mountain Bluebird

ca
TOSO
Townsend's Solitaire
r

VEER
Veery
ca

SWTH * Swainson's Thrush
c

HETH * Hermit Thrush f c f
AMRO * American Robin r c r r
VATH * Varied Thrush c c c c







EUST
European Starling
u








AMPI
American Pipit
ca








CEWA * Cedar Waxwing
f








OCWA * Orange-crowned Warbler
f

YEWA * Yellow Warbler
r

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

TOWA * Townsend's Warbler
f

NOWA
Northern Waterthrush
ac

MACW * MacGillivray's Warbler
r

COYE * Common Yellowthroat
f

WIWA * Wilson's Warbler c f c







WETA * Western Tanager
f








SPTO * Spotted Towhee
r

CHSP
Chipping Sparrow
r

SAVS
Savannah Sparrow ca


FOSP
Fox Sparrow ca ca

SOSP * Song Sparrow f f f f
LISP
Lincoln's Sparrow
ca

WCSP * White-crowned Sparrow
c

GCSP
Golden-crowned Sparrow u
u
DEJU * Dark-eyed Junco c c c c







BHGR * Black-headed Grosbeak
f








RWBL
Red-winged Blackbird
r

WEME
Western Meadowlark
ca

BRBL
Brewer's Blackbird ca


BHCO
Brown-headed Cowbird
f








PIGR
Pine Grosbeak ca


PUFI * Purple Finch u u u u
HOFI
House Finch
ca

RECR * Red Crossbill c c c c
WWCR
White-winged Crossbill u u u u
CORE
Common Redpoll


ca
PISI * Pine Siskin c c c c
AMGO
American Goldfinch
r

EVGR * Evening Grosbeak c c c c

Recommended Birding Areas

The forest, marshy areas, streams and lakes of Golden Ears Provincial Park provide for the needs (food, water and cover) of birds and other wildlife. By visiting 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.

Mike Lake: Mike Lake, including the surrounding forest, is the best birding locale in the park, including waterfowl, vireos, warblers, Common Loon and Pied-billed Grebe. Flycatching birds seen in drowned trees include Cedar Waxwing, Willow Flycatcher and swallows.

Spirea Nature Trail: There is a boardwalk through this interesting bog site, where the insect-eating sundew plant grows. Watch for Cedar Waxwing, MacGillivray's Warbler, Song Sparrow and swallows. Vaux's Swifts are seen overhead, especially on overcast days.

Alouette Lake Day Use Area: An open grassy picnic site on the northwestern side of the lake. Canada Geese and Brown-headed Cowbirds are common. Osprey may be seen hunting for fish over the lake.

Alouette and Gold Creek Campgrounds: There is good birding here. Excellent opportunities to view Red-breasted Sapsucker, Swainson's Thrush, Dark-eyed Junco and Steller's Jay. Fine dawn chorus.

Gold Creek: The Gold Creek area includes the West Canyon and Lower Falls Trails. This is a beautiful valley with a boulder strewn creek. Mountain goats are sometimes seen on the domed peak at the start of these trails (Evans Peak). Black and Vaux's Swifts, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, American Dipper, Common Raven, Coooper's Hawk and Sharp-shinned Hawk should be looked for.

Sub-alpine Trails: Do Not venture into these areas unless you are properly equipped! Trails to the Golden Ears and up Alouette Mountain lead into the sub-alpine, including the majestic old-growth forest near Lake Beautiful on the Alouette Mountain Trail. Birds to look for include Blue Grouse, Hermit Thrush, Varied Thrush and the rare Three-toed Woodpecker.