The Woodland Birds of the Pacific Northwest
The BC coastal region is covered with a vast rain forest full of woodland birds. These are the songbirds that make a walk anywhere in BC so enjoyable.
My wife and I love getting on our bicycles and heading out one of the back roads looking for woodland birds. The knock knock knock of the woodpeckers or the crazy antics of the american dipper. The way the red breasted nuthatch will land on a tree trunk, right beside you hanging upside down with his backward claw, looking you right in the eye.
Woodland birds are heard just as often as they are seen. How many times have you heard a blue jay chattering in a tree without being able to see it, or heard a woodpecker drumming on a tree trunk and when you think you know where it is, you always seem to be wrong. It is no wonder really, the effects of the sound in the forest makes it hard to pinpoint the bird and when you get close, they will often just freeze on the spot so not to be noticed.
Then we have the brown creeper which is a very active bird and one would think it would be easy to see, but this is not the case because its brown plumage allows it to be well hidden when it climbs up trees. Did you know, this bird never climbs down trees but drops off and flutters down like a leaf.
Then you have their songs, this is such a wonder to hear, the forest birds are awesome. I could sit in the forest and just drift off into a relaxed meditative state listening to them sing.
A varied and rich bird biodiversity depends on the health of the forest. Tree species must have varying heights, a mixture of deciduous and coniferous trees and seed production. Each bird species will find what it needs in the changing forest structure. Some birds will forage among tree tops for bugs and spiders, while other will scour the bark of trunks and limbs. Some species forage only in the coniferous trees, while others search for food at lower levels. The various bird species will find suitable nesting sites from the ground up to the very tops of the trees, either in tree cavities or nestled at the base of two branches. The nests can be as incredible as the different birds are.
Woodlands are very important habitats for our birds, and not only because of the large areas involved. the BC coasts fantastically rich old growth forests support an exciting and distinctive breeding bird population.
Getting out into nature is good for you both physically and mentally, so get on your boots and go for a walk, see what kinds of birds you can spot.