Birds of Lillooet
With a list of 259 birds, Lillooet offers an opportunity to see many interior and coastal birds.
Along Highway 99 towards Seton Lake are a number of trails and visitor stops that are excellent birding areas. In the spring and summer these places often yield warblers and Western Tanagers. Cayoosh Creek is a nesting area for the spectacular Harlequin Duck.
Along the Fraser River, at the historic Old Bridge, the Lazuli Bunting and the Bullock’s Oriole can be found. Listen for the melodic sound of the Western Meadowlark and watch for Chukars as you head towards Pavilion.
A hike into the alpine tundra can afford a look at White-tailed Ptarmigan. This is also a good area to see Golden Eagles and other raptors on mountain ridges.
The Fountain Valley, about 20 km east of Lillooet is a migration stopover for many birds including several artic-bound waterfowl and shorebirds. The valley is also a good place to see breeding waterbirds, especially Barrow’s Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, Canada Goose, Mallard and Spotted Sandpiper.
Heading north on Highway 99, the hayfields past Xaxli'p (Fountain) are a good place to look for the regal Long-billed Curlew. Watch the fence posts for Mountain Bluebirds. The sparsely treed slopes above the highway support Common Nighthawks and Common Poorwills in summer.
A list of birds local to Lillooet has been compiled by the Lillooet Naturalist Society. View List. (updated March 2017). View List as Word Document. View List as PDF*
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Christmas Bird Counts
Lillooet Bird Count 2018 (19th Annual) held December 26, 2018. Summary of Data.
Lillooet Bird Count 2017 (18th Annual) held December 28, 2017. Summary of Data.
Lillooet Bird Count 2016 - 17th Annual Lillooet Christmas Bird Count held December 27, 2016. Summary of Data.
Started in 1900, the Christmas Bird Count is North America's longest-running Citizen Science project. Counts happen in over 2000 localities throughout the Western Hemisphere. The information collected by thousands of volunteer participants forms one of the world's largest sets of wildlife survey data. The results are used daily by conservation biologists and naturalists to assess the population trends and distribution of birds. Each Christmas Bird Count is conducted on a single day between December 14 and January 5. Counts are carried out within a 24-km diameter circle that stays the same from year to year. They are organized, usually as group efforts, at the local level, often by a birding club or naturalist organization.www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/cbc
Chukar Release From Rehabilitation Centre
How Do Birds Survive the Winter - Cornell Lab of Ornothology, December 2018
The Owl Enhancement and Ecology Report covers the inventory and habitat enhancement of Western Screech and Flammulated Owls in the Bridge Coastal Study Area project during the period of April 30 – June 30, 2006.