Birder's Guide

MAR 2014

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Southern Vancouver Island 66 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2014 of Mount Tolmie, Mount Douglas, and Little Saanich Mountain near Victoria are great locations to fnd passing migrants, including Townsend's Solitaire, Lazuli Bunting, Vaux's Swift, Western Kingbird, American Pipit, Cassin's and Hutton's vir- eos, Western Tanager, and a good variety of western warblers, thrushes, and sparrows. On the opposite end of the scale, there are only a few wetlands in the area, but they can turn up good numbers of resi- dent and migrant birds. Rithet's Bog, lo- cated just off Highway 17, has an easy loop trail that covers a variety of habitats. Waterfowl, Red-winged Blackbirds, Be- wick's, House, Pacifc, and Marsh wrens, Anna's Hummingbirds, Bushtits, Common Yellowthroats, and the occasional Virginia Rail can be seen here. A viewing tower at Viaduct Flats near the Horticultural Centre of the Pacifc overlooks a shallow wetland that is known locally for massive focks of swallows and breeding Pied-billed Grebes in the spring, and it is prime habitat for wintering waterfowl. Viaduct Flats does not have a loop trail, a deliberate decision to preserve a signifcant natural area just for the wildlife. Frequent feld trip leader and guide Rick Schortinghuis names this as one of his favorite birding locations because of its peacefulness, connection to other near- by green spaces, and lack of traffc. Pacifc Marine Circle Route If you plan to be on the island for a few days, consider the Pacifc Marine Circle Botanical Beach boardwalk. Photo © Aziza Cooper Botanical Beach tidepool. Photo © Aziza Cooper Sooty Grouse. Photo © Glenn Bartley 9-Vancouver.indd 66 3/4/14 1:21 PM

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