With almost 45 shorebird species possible in a year, representing roughly 90% of the regular ABA total, Vancouver is one of the premier locations in the North America to view this fascinating group of birds.
Major plumage differences between ages and sexes, between and within a species make shorebirds a difficult group to identify. This in-the-field workshop aims to sort out the identification of the many species we will seek out during this two-day course. Participants can register for both days or one day. Learn how to identify shorebirds, where the hot spots are, when to go and what’s around in the different seasons.
In the Fraser Delta, autumn shorebird diversity peaks between mid August and early September with many rarities showing up. Two days will be spent at the Lower Mainland’s best shore birding spots searching for as many species as possible. By carefully arranging the itinerary to best suit tide heights, up to 30 shorebird species are possible during the two-day workshop. Possible rarities at this time include: American and Pacific Golden Plover, Bar-tailed and Hudsonian Godwit, Ruddy Turnstone, Ruff, Stilt Sandpiper and Buff-breasted Sandpiper. Uncommon fall shorebirds during this migration window include Long-billed Curlew, Whimbrel, Marbled Godwit, Solitary Sandpiper, Red Knot, Wilson’s and Red-necked Phalarope.