Cortes Island Bird Counts

Each year, as part of the Public Education Program, the Cortes Island Museum sponsors two birding events – the Christmas Bird Count and a Spring Migration Birding Day.
No experience is necessary to join these events.

2021 Cortes Island Christmas Bird Count Day – January 2, 2022

Please join us for the 2021 Christmas Bird Count coming on Sunday, January 2, 2022.

Every year the Cortes Island Museum co-sponsors the CBC with Bird Studies Canada and the Audubon Society.

This year’s CBC is scheduled for Sunday, January 2, 2022. If the weather is stormy, we will post the cancellation on Tideline and announce the alternate date.

Usually a friendly group event, again this year, due to COVID-19 precautions, we encourage participants to join the CBC individually or with family members, counting the birds around your house, bird feeder and backyard. For the 24-hour count day (January 2), please record your birding location, bird species and an estimate of the actual number of birds observed.

Sightings of unusual species 3 days prior and 3 days after the count day are noted in our submission to the Audubon database as Count Week (CW) sightings. For this CBC, count week will start on December 30 and will last until January 5. Please note CW sightings separately, include any unusual bird species (great-horned owl, pygmy owl, trumpeter swan, osprey, etc.).

For any rare species noted during the whole CBC week it is important to get a picture if you get a chance, and provide detailed field notes (where it was spotted, what time, description etc.). Rare Bird Form is provided below.

Please submit your observation by calling the Museum at 250-935-6340, mailing (BOX 422, Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0), or emailing ( by January 6.

Christmas Bird Count forms can be downloaded from the Museum website (links are included below), or can be picked up at the Museum.

No pre-registration is required. Have fun birding and stay safe!

You can download these documents:

CBC Bird Checklist (pdf)
CBC Bird Checklist (docx)

Rare Bird Form (pdf)

Cortes Map outline (pdf)

2021 Cortes Island Spring Migration Bird Count Day – May 8

Since 2004, the Cortes Island Museum has been organizing spring migration bird count events.  With COVID-19 restrictions again this year, we need to observe and count bird species individually. No registration is necessary.

May 8th is the actual count day, but if you spot additional species on the 7th or the 9th, we will include them in our statistics.  To participate, all you have to do is record the bird species sighted in your backyard, birdfeeder, garden or wherever else you safely spot them. To assist you, you can download here a list of Cortes Island birds.  After the count, email your list of species to  Include all bird species that you can positively identify.  If you are unsure of a bird — take a picture, if you can, and include detailed field notes. Pictures are very important, and we love posting them on our website.

We will combine everyone’s observations and post them this page.

While you are out and about, keep your eye open for butterflies. Check out our page “Butterfly Sightings on Cortes Island” for more information. Report butterflies you spot, even if they are already on our list.

Last Spring Bird Count, Saturday, May 8, 2021.

 All Year Spring Bird Count–2021 Results!

Field List 2021

Last Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was done on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Christmas Bird Count Results, years 2001 – 2020

Christmas Bird Count – Cortes Island by area – 2020

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