The iconic Bald Eagle is a success story in our area with the Pacific northeast population recently being removed from the Endangered Species List. The species is not out of the woods yet, but population increases are promising. Adult Bald Eagles have brown bodies with white heads and tails. Bright yellow feet and a yellow beak can been seen from quite a distance away.
Tufted Puffins are interesting looking birds with black bodies, white faces, and yellow feather tufts extending from the top of their heads. Adding to their striking appearance is their bright orange bill.
Great Blue Herons are very large birds with long legs for wading in the water to search for food. They will prey on frogs, fish and crabs. They are easily identified by their gray- blue wings, white bodies, and long, pale yellow bills.
Turkey Vultures can be seen around Victoria from April until October using thermals to glide through the air.
Brandtʼs Cormorants are black bodied birds with long, slender necks. During mating season in the spring, they have blue throats. These cormorants do not have water- proof oils in their feathers which allows them to dive deeper and be more agile swimmers underwater.
Glaucous-winged gulls are the most common type of gull on British Columbiaʼs coastline.
Common murres are small, stocky diving seabirds. They are black on top and white on the bottom. They are better at ʻflyingʼ in the water than they are in the air, diving to great depths to catch fish.
Pigeon Guillemots are often confused with the larger Common Murre. They have a solid black body with an oval white patch on their wing. They are easy to identify if they expose their bright red feet.
Rhinoceros Auklets are a small, dark brown seabird, with 2 white stripes on its head.
Black Oyster Catchers are similar in size to a crow, also having black bodies, but with light coloured legs and long, red beaks. Their yellow eyes are ringed with red feathers giving them an almost sinister look.