The South Okanagan Valley, where Osoyoos is located, is a region known for its diverse birdlife, especially during the fall migration season in September.
Osoyoos — a recently added outpost along the BC Bird Trail — is a fantastic spot for fall bird watching for both experts and beginners. This particularly special destination on the BC Bird Trail presents an entirely unique climate filled with grasslands, highlands, desert and mountains – all situated around Osoyoos Lake.
If you are looking for a place to start, check out some of the resources on the BC Bird Trail website, including these tips on exploring the Osoyoos birding region.
In addition, to help you along the way, here are some of the bird species you might have the opportunity to see in and around Osoyoos during this time:
- Sandhill Cranes: September is the beginning of the sandhill crane migration, and Osoyoos is a popular stopover for these elegant birds. You may witness large flocks of sandhill cranes flying overhead or feeding in local fields.
- Canada Geese: Canada geese are common in the area and are often seen in flocks preparing for their southward migration.
- Migratory Waterfowl: Osoyoos Lake and nearby wetlands attract a variety of migratory waterfowl, including ducks (e.g., northern pintails, mallards, and teal), swans (tundra and trumpeter swans), and other waterbirds like herons and egrets.
- Raptors: The Okanagan Valley is home to several raptor species, including red-tailed hawks, bald eagles, and ospreys. September is a great time to observe these majestic birds as they hunt for prey.
- American Kestrels: These small but colourful falcons are often seen perched on utility wires or hunting for insects in open fields.
- Hummingbirds: You may still spot Anna’s hummingbirds in September as they prepare for their southward migration.
- Sparrows: Keep an eye out for various sparrow species, including song sparrows, white-crowned sparrows, and savannah sparrows, which can be found in shrubby areas and grasslands.
- Western Bluebirds: Look for western bluebirds perched on fences or in trees, especially in areas with open fields.
- Warblers: While the fall warbler migration isn’t as robust as in the spring, you might still encounter species like yellow warblers and common yellowthroats.
- Owls: Some owl species, such as great horned owls and barn owls, are year-round residents and can be observed in the region.
To make the most of your birdwatching experience in Osoyoos, consider visiting local birdwatching hotspots, such as the Osoyoos Oxbows, Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre, and the South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area. Don’t forget your binoculars and bird field guide to enhance your birdwatching adventures in this beautiful region of British Columbia.