Salt Spring Island is a fabulous place to bird watch. We have lots of nature reserves and a wide variety of native berries, wildflowers, trees and shrubs, beaches and tidal mudflats, lakes and more. Salt Spring Island Conservancy has bird experts and it's own bird list:

Salt Spring Market's official photographer, Kristine Mayes is a keen birder and below we share just some of the birds she has seen and beautifully photographed on Salt Spring Island.

Salt Spring Island is a bird-watcher's paradise with varied habitats that attract a wide range of birds - including Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Belted Kingfishers, Crossbills, 5 species of Woodpecker, Quail, Owls including the Barred Owl, Screech Owl and Great Horned Owl, Crossbills and more.

Salt Spring is a great place to see raptors like the Bald Eagle, Swainsons and Red Tailed Hawk. You'll enjoy the wide range of vocalisations from our many resident Ravens. We have a great range of sea and wading birds who enjoy the food to be found in our coves and sheltered beaches. We have many summer visitors including the slightly ominous Turkey Vultures, the herald of summer - Swainson's Thrush, the brightly coloured Western Tanager and beautiful cheeky Rufous Hummingbirds. Anna's Hummingbirds can be seen year-round and we have songbirds galore.

Also, did you know? There is a concerted effort to bring the Western Mountain Bluebird back to Salt Spring Island? They've been seen in nearby Nanaimo and nesting boxes have been put up all over the island to encourage them to nest here!