Birding at Woodhus Slough

Ruby-crowned Kinglet in blackberry brambles.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in blackberry brambles.

Did a little birding at Woodhus Slough, just north of Oyster River on Vancouver Island this afternoon. The slough is accessed by either the parking area at the Salmon Point Pub or at the Oyster River Park parking area near the Fisherman’s Pub – hence its popular name the “Pub to Pub Trail.” The trail is excellent for birding due to its mix of edge habitat, blackberry thickets, flooded farm fields, Douglas Fir forest, ocean shoreline, and the slough itself. Every Christmas Bird Count this area usually produces a number of good birds.

During two hours of fairly productive birding I saw the following species:

  • Mallard
  • American Widgeon
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Bufflehead
  • Northern Pintail
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • Canada Goose
  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Red Crossbill
  • House Finch
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Song Sparrow
  • Red-breasted Sapsucker
  • Chestnut-backed Chickadee
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Common Snipe
  • Dark-eyed Junco