Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Strathcona Park Bird Search

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The annual Strathcona Park Bird Search has concluded for another year, with several teams counting at several locations – Buttle Lake on Friday & Saturday, Paradise Meadows on Saturday, and Wood Mountain area today.

Big Pond & Mount Washington

Big Pond & Mount Washington


At Paradise Meadows, the team circled the Centennial & Paradise Meadows Loops, as well as the trail to Battleship Lake, a hike of about 5.8 km in total.

Gray Jay at Battleship Lake

Gray Jay at Battleship Lake


18 species were recorded:
Mallard 4
Common Goldeneye 1
Sooty Grouse 4
Rufous Hummingbird 2
Red-breasted Sapsucker 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher 2
Steller’s Jay 1
Gray Jay 4
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 5
Pacific Wren 2
Bewick’s Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Varied Thrush 3
American Robin 8
Fox Sparrow 2
Chipping Sparrow 4
Dark-eyed Junco 10
Pine Siskin 4

Common Goldeneye Female at Battleship Lake

Common Goldeneye Female at Battleship Lake

Today’s team hiked up through Wood Mountain Ski Park (the old Forbidden ski hill) into Strathcona Park a little way beyond the park boundary, a hike of about 6.6 km with 320m elevation gain.

View from Wood Mountain Ski Park

View from Wood Mountain Ski Park


The old ski hill was the birdiest area, with many flycatchers, thrushes & hummingbirds. Snow patches on the trail increased around the 1000 m elevation & the bird activity was somewhat decreased by the time we reached that area.

Swainson's Thrush Singing

Swainson’s Thrush Singing

23 species were recorded:
Sooty Grouse 2
Band-tailed Pigeon 1
Rufous Hummingbird 8
Olive-sided Flycatcher 4
Willow Flycatcher 4
Warbling Vireo 4
Steller’s Jay 1
Gray Jay 1
Violet Green Swallow 2
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
Chestnut-backed Chickadee 3
Pacific Wren 1
Golden-crowned Kinglet 12
Swainson’s Thrush 4
Varied Thrush 5
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 7
Townsend’s Warbler 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Western Tanager 1
Dark-eyed Junco 12
Song Sparrow 1
Pine Siskin 3

The Buttle Lake team had 49 species – further details to come!

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