Wildlife list

While grizzly bears are the animals that draw people to our remote valley, there are many other species to be seen as well. This list contains both species that have been observed (or heard) here and those that could possibly be seen here. If there is no entry for seasonal observations then that species has not been observed here during that season. Additionally some species such as the Myotis bats can not be identified to species while flying will have no occurrence entry even though they are commonly seen in the field. The observation codes relate to frequency of observation or hearing their calls, not their actual abundance. This is especially true for some of the smaller animals which are very abundant but rarely seen. Two additional observation codes, Marine and Alpine, are for species that haven't been observed at the lodge but are observable in the greater area around us but outside of our tours.

Observation codes:

Common = likely to see in proper habitat
Uncommon = possible to see in proper habitat but difficult
Rare = present but usually seen once to few times a season
Vagrant = seen once or twice over the years
Alpine = possible above treeline
Marine = occurs in waters around north end of Vancouver Island

Common name Winter Spring Summer Autumn Scientific name
Greater White-fronted Goose   Rare     Anser albifrons
Snow Goose   Rare   Rare Chen caerulescens
Brant         Branta bernicla
Cackling Goose       Vagrant Branta hutchinsii
Canada Goose Common Common Common Common Branta canadensis
Trumpeter Swan Common Uncommon     Cygnus buccinator
Wood Duck     Rare   Aix sponsa
Gadwall Uncommon Uncommon   Uncommon Anas strepera
American Wigeon Common Uncommon   Uncommon Anas americana
Mallard Common Common Uncommon Common Anas platyrhynchos
Blue-winged Teal   Uncommon Uncommon   Anas discors
Cinnamon Teal   Vagrant     Anas cyanoptera
Northern Shoveler   Uncommon   Uncommon Anas clypeata
Northern Pintail   Rare   Rare Anas acuta
Green-winged Teal Uncommon Uncommon Rare Uncommon Anas crecca
Canvasback         Aythya valisineria
Redhead         Aythya americana
Ring-necked Duck   Rare Rare Rare Aythya collaris
Greater Scaup   Rare Rare Rare Aythya marila
Lesser Scaup   Rare Rare Rare Aythya affinis
Harlequin Duck   Rare     Histrionicus histrionicus
Surf Scoter   Rare Rare Rare Melanitta perspicillata
White-winged Scoter   Vagrant Vagrant   Melanitta fusca
Black Scoter   Rare Rare   Melanitta nigra
Long-tailed Duck   Vagrant     Clangula hyemalis
Bufflehead Common Common   Common Bucephala albeola
Common Goldeneye Rare Rare   Rare Bucephala clangula
Barrow's Goldeneye Common Common Rare Common Bucephala islandica
Hooded Merganser Uncommon Common Rare Uncommon Lophodytes cucullatus
Common Merganser Common Common Common Common Mergus merganser
Red-breasted Merganser Rare Uncommon   Rare Mergus serrator
Ruffed Grouse Uncommon Common Common Common Bonasa umbellus
White-tailed Ptarmigan Alpine Alpine Alpine Alpine Lagopus leucura
Dusky Grouse Vagrant Common Uncommon Vagrant Dendragapus obscurus
Red-throated Loon Vagrant Uncommon Uncommon Vagrant Gavia stellata
Pacific Loon   Vagrant Vagrant   Gavia pacifica
Common Loon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Gavia immer
Yellow-billed Loon   Vagrant     Gavia adamsii
Pied-billed Grebe   Vagrant Vagrant   Podilymbus podiceps
Horned Grebe Rare Rare   Rare Podiceps auritus
Red-necked Grebe Rare Rare   Uncommon Podiceps grisegena
Eared Grebe         Podiceps nigricollis
Western Grebe Rare Uncommon   Uncommon Aechmophorus occidentalis
Black-footed Albatross     Marine Marine Phoebastria nigripes
Northern Fulmar   Marine Marine Marine Fulmarus glacialis
Sooty Shearwater     Marine Marine Puffinus griseus
Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel     Marine Marine Oceanodroma furcata
Leach's Storm-Petrel     Vagrant & Marine Marine Oceanodroma leucorhoa
Brandt's Cormorant         Phalacrocorax penicillatus
Double-crested Cormorant Rare Rare Rare Rare Phalacrocorax auritus
Pelagic Cormorant   Marine Marine Marine Phalacrocorax pelagicus
Great Blue Heron Common Uncommon Uncommon Common Ardea herodias
Green Heron   Vagrant     Butorides virescens
Cattle Egret       Vagrant Bubulcus ibis
Turkey Vulture         Cathartes aura
Osprey   Rare   Rare Pandion haliaetus
Bald Eagle Common Common Common Common Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Northern Harrier   Rare Rare Rare Circus cyaneus
Sharp-shinned Hawk Uncommon Uncommon Rare Uncommon Accipiter striatus
Northern Goshawk   Rare Rare Rare Accipiter gentilis
Red-tailed Hawk Rare Rare Rare Rare Buteo jamaicensis
Golden Eagle   Alpine Alpine Alpine Aquila chrysaetos
American Kestrel   Rare Rare Rare Falco sparverius
Merlin   Rare Rare Rare Falco columbarius
Gyrfalcon         Falco rusticolus
Peregrine Falcon   Vagrant   Vagrant Falco peregrinus
Virginia Rail         Rallus limicola
Sora         Porzana carolina
American Coot   Vagrant     Fulica americana
Sandhill Crane   Vagrant     Grus canadensis
Black-bellied Plover   Vagrant     Pluvialis squatarola
American Golden-Plover         Pluvialis dominica
Pacific Golden-Plover         Pluvialis fulva
Semipalmated Plover   Vagrant     Charadrius semipalmatus
Killdeer   Rare   Rare Charadrius vociferus
Black Oystercatcher Marine Marine Marine Marine Haematopus bachmani
Spotted Sandpiper Rare Common Common Uncommon Actitis macularius
Wandering Tattler         Tringa incana
Greater Yellowlegs   Rare Rare   Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser Yellowlegs         Tringa flavipes
Whimbrel         Numenius phaeopus
Ruddy Turnstone         Arenaria interpres
Black Turnstone   Rare Rare   Arenaria melanocephala
Surfbird         Aphriza virgata
Red Knot         Calidris canutus
Sanderling         Calidris alba
Semipalmated Sandpiper   Rare Rare   Calidris pusilla
Western Sandpiper   Rare Rare   Calidris mauri
Least Sandpiper   Rare Rare   Calidris minutilla
Pectoral Sandpiper         Calidris melanotos
Rock Sandpiper         Calidris ptilocnemis
Dunlin   Rare     Calidris alpina
Short-billed Dowitcher   Vagrant     Limnodromus griseus
Long-billed Dowitcher   Rare     Limnodromus scolopaceus
Common Snipe Uncommon Uncommon   Uncommon Gallinago gallinago
Wilson's Phalarope   Rare Rare   Phalaropus tricolor
Red-necked Phalarope     Rare   Phalaropus lobatus
Bonaparte's Gull     Uncommon Uncommon Chroicocephalus philadelphia
Mew Gull Uncommon Common Common Common Larus canus
Ring-billed Gull Rare Rare Uncommon Common Larus delawarensis
Western Gull       Rare Larus occidentalis
California Gull     Uncommon Common Larus californicus
Herring Gull       Uncommon Larus argentatus
Thayer's Gull       Uncommon Larus thayeri
Glaucous-winged Gull Common Uncommon Uncommon Common Larus glaucescens
Glaucous Gull         Larus hyperboreus
Caspian Tern         Hydroprogne caspia
Common Tern         Sterna hirundo
Arctic Tern     Vagrant   Sterna paradisaea
Parasitic Jaeger   Vagrant     Stercorarius parasiticus
Common Murre Marine Marine Marine Marine Uria aalge
Pigeon Guillemot Marine Marine Marine Marine Cepphus columba
Marbled Murrelet Common Common Common Common Brachyramphus marmoratus
Cassin's Auklet   Marine Marine   Ptychoramphus aleuticus
Rhinoceros Auklet   Marine Marine Marine Cerorhinca monocerata
Horned Puffin   Marine Marine   Fratercula corniculata
Tufted Puffin   Marine Marine   Fratercula cirrhata
Rock Pigeon   Vagrant Vagrant   Columba livia
Band-tailed Pigeon   Uncommon Common   Patagioenas fasciata
Mourning Dove   Rare Rare   Zenaida macroura
Barn Owl   Vagrant     Tyto alba
Western Screech-Owl       Rare Megascops kennicottii
Great Horned Owl       Vagrant Bubo virginianus
Northern Pygmy-Owl Rare Rare Rare Rare Glaucidium gnoma
Barred Owl Rare Rare Rare Rare Strix varia
Northern Saw-whet Owl   Vagrant     Aegolius acadicus
Black Swift   Rare Rare   Cypseloides niger
Vaux's Swift   Rare Rare   Chaetura vauxi
Rufous Hummingbird   Common Common   Selasphorus rufus
Belted Kingfisher Common Common Common Common Megaceryle alcyon
Red-breasted Sapsucker   Common Uncommon   Sphyrapicus ruber
Downy Woodpecker         Picoides pubescens
Hairy Woodpecker Rare Rare Rare Rare Picoides villosus
Northern Flicker   Vagrant Vagrant   Colaptes auratus
Pileated Woodpecker Rare Rare Rare Rare Dryocopus pileatus
Olive-sided Flycatcher   Rare Rare   Contopus cooperi
Western Wood-Pewee   Uncommon Uncommon   Contopus sordidulus
Alder Flycatcher         Empidonax alnorum
Willow Flycatcher         Empidonax traillii
Hammond's Flycatcher   Common Common   Empidonax hammondii
Pacific-slope Flycatcher   Common Common   Empidonax difficilis
Western Kingbird     Rare   Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern Kingbird     Rare   Tyrannus tyrannus
Northern Shrike Vagrant       Lanius excubitor
Hutton's Vireo         Vireo huttoni
Warbling Vireo   Common Common   Vireo gilvus
Red-eyed Vireo   Rare Rare   Vireo olivaceus
Gray Jay         Perisoreus canadensis
Steller's Jay Uncommon Common Common Common Cyanocitta stelleri
Northwestern Crow Uncommon Uncommon Common Common Corvus caurinus
Common Raven Common Common Common Common Corvus corax
Horned Lark         Eremophila alpestris
Tree Swallow   Common Common   Tachycineta bicolor
Violet-green Swallow   Rare Rare   Tachycineta thalassina
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Rare Rare   Stelgidopteryx serripennis
Cliff Swallow         Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Barn Swallow   Common Common   Hirundo rustica
Black-capped Chickadee         Poecile atricapillus
Chestnut-backed Chickadee Uncommon Common Uncommon Common Poecile rufescens
Red-breasted Nuthatch     Vagrant   Sitta canadensis
Brown Creeper         Certhia americana
Winter Wren Common Common Common Common Troglodytes troglodytes
American Dipper Common Common Common Common Cinclus mexicanus
Golden-crowned Kinglet Rare Uncommon Rare Rare Regulus satrapa
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Rare Common Uncommon Rare Regulus calendula
Mountain Bluebird   Vagrant Vagrant   Sialia currucoides
Swainson's Thrush   Common Common Uncommon Catharus ustulatus
Hermit Thrush   Rare Rare   Catharus guttatus
American Robin Rare Common Common Common Turdus migratorius
Varied Thrush Rare Common Common Common Ixoreus naevius
Gray Catbird         Dumetella carolinensis
European Starling     Rare   Sturnus vulgaris
American Pipit   Rare     Anthus rubescens
Cedar Waxwing     Common   Bombycilla cedrorum
Orange-crowned Warbler   Uncommon Uncommon   Vermivora celata
Yellow Warbler   Common Common   Dendroica petechia
Yellow-rumped Warbler   Common Common Uncommon Dendroica coronata
Black-throated Gray Warbler         Dendroica nigrescens
Townsend's Warbler   Common Uncommon   Dendroica townsendi
American Redstart   Vagrant Vagrant   Setophaga ruticilla
MacGillivray's Warbler   Common Uncommon   Oporornis tolmiei
Common Yellowthroat   Uncommon Uncommon   Geothlypis trichas
Wilson's Warbler   Common Uncommon   Wilsonia pusilla
Western Tanager   Common Common   Piranga ludoviciana
Lazuli Bunting   Vagrant     Passerina amoena
American Tree Sparrow         Spizella arborea
Chipping Sparrow         Spizella passerina
Savannah Sparrow   Common Common   Passerculus sandwichensis
Fox Sparrow   Rare   Rare Passerella iliaca
Song Sparrow   Common Common Uncommon Melospiza melodia
Lincoln's Sparrow       Rare Melospiza lincolnii
White-crowned Sparrow   Rare     Zonotrichia leucophrys
Golden-crowned Sparrow   Rare     Zonotrichia atricapilla
Dark-eyed Junco   Common Rare Common Junco hyemalis
Black-headed Grosbeak     Vagrant   Pheucticus melanocephalus
Western Meadowlark       Vagrant Sturnella neglecta
Red-winged Blackbird   Rare Rare   Agelaius phoeniceus
Brewer's Blackbird   Rare Rare   Euphagus cyanocephalus
Brown-headed Cowbird   Uncommon Uncommon   Molothrus ater
Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch   Alpine Alpine   Leucosticte tephrocotis
Pine Grosbeak   Vagrant Vagrant   Pinicola enucleator
Purple Finch         Carpodacus purpureus
House Finch         Carpodacus mexicanus
Red Crossbill Uncommon     Rare Loxia curvirostra
White-winged Crossbill         Loxia leucoptera
Common Redpoll         Carduelis flammea
Pine Siskin   Rare Rare Uncommon Carduelis pinus
American Goldfinch         Carduelis tristis
Evening Grosbeak         Coccothraustes vespertinus
House Sparrow     Vagrant   Passer domesticus
Humpback Whale   Vagrant Rare Rare Megaptera novaeangliae
Orca Vagrant       Orcinus orca
Pacific White-sided Dolphin Rare Vagrant   Rare Lagenorhynchus obliquidens
Black-tailed Deer Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
Northern Sea-lion Rare Rare Rare Rare Eumetopias jubatus
Harbour Seal Common Common Common Common Phoca vitulina
Grizzly Bear Vagrant Common Common Common Ursus arctos
Black Bear   Common Uncommon Uncommon Ursus americanus
Grey Wolf Rare Rare Rare Rare Canis lupis
Mountain Lion Vagrant   Vagrant Vagrant Puma concolor
Wolverine     Vagrant   Gulo gulo
Northern River Otter Common Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Lontra canadensis
Fisher         Martes pennanti
American Marten Common Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Martes americana
American Mink Uncommon Common Common Uncommon Mustela vison
Short-tailed weasel Rare       Mustela erminea
Common Raccon         Pryocon lotor
Common Porcupine     Vagrant   Erethizon dorsatum
American Beaver   Vagrant Vagrant Vagrant Castor canadensis
Douglas's Squirrel Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Tamiasciurus douglasii
Northern Flying Squirrel Rare Rare Rare Rare Glaucomys sabrinus
Hoary Marmot   Alpine Alpine   Marmota caligata
American Pika   Alpine Alpine   Ochotona princeps
Bushy-tailed Woodrat         Neotoma cinerea
Keen's Mouse Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Uncommon Peromyscus keeni
Western Jumping Mouse         Zapus princeps
Southern Red-backed Vole   Rare Rare Rare Clethrionomys gapperi
Long-tailed Vole         Microtus longicaudus
Northern Bog Lemming         Synaptomys borealis
Western Long-eared Bat         Myotis ecotis
Keen's Long-eared Bat         Myotis keenii
California Bat         Myotis californicus
Little Brown Bat         Myotis lucifugus
Yuma Bat         Myotis yumanensis
Silver-haired Bat         Lasionycteris noctivagans
Big Brown Bat         Eptesicus fuscus
Masked Shrew         Sorex cinereus
Dusky Shrew         Sorex monticolus
Common Water Shrew     Vagrant   Sorex palustris
Amphibians & Reptiles          
Northwestern Salamander   Common Common   Ambystoma gracile
Long-toed Salamander   Rare     Ambystoma macrodactylum
Rough-skinned Newt   Rare Rare   Taricha granulosa
Ensatina         Ensatina eschscholtzii
Coastal Tailed Frog   Uncommon Uncommon   Ascaphus truei
Western Toad   Uncommon Uncommon Common Bufo boreas
Red-legged Frog         Rana aurora
Common Garter Snake         Thamnophis sirtalis
Northwestern Garter Snake         Thamnophis ordinoides
Western Garter Snake         Thamnophis elegans