It is no secret that birds are attracted to safe habitats, and Ucluelet north to Tofino offers that and much more. Tofino and Ucluelet beaches attract many kinds of bird species, from the forest, shore and sea, having migrating birds stop and enjoy the friendly habitat of the Pacific Rim. Many birds are attracted to the protected habitat of Clayoquot Sound, which provides ideal habitats in forms of mudflats, oceans, rocky shorelines and old growth rainforests, attracting bird watchers from throughout the country. You can find guided tours for bird watching in Ucluelet that are available in forms of walking, hiking and water.
Many of species found home on Ucluelet, some of them being bald eagles, Stellar Jays, western sandpipers, Rufous hummingbirds, lesser yellowlegs, Pacific loons and black oystercatchers. For the unexperienced birdwatchers, the most common sights will be the bald eagles and the great blue herons.
There is a very large variety of birds from all realms on Ucluelet that will bewilder even the experienced birdwatcher. Pelagic cormorants, Brandt’s, Glaucous-winged gulls, Black Oyster-Catchers, Red-throated loons, and of course the famous Bald eagle and Great blue herons are just some birds that found home in Ucluelet. Some forest species found in Ucluelet include Brown creepers, Chestnut-blacked chickadee, Steller Jays, Red crossbills, Pileated woodpeckers, Golden-crowned kinglets, and Winter sirens. Other breeding migrants found here include Rufous hummingbirds, Marbled murrelets, Rhinoceros auklets, Leach’s and fork tailed petrels, Tufted puffins, Band-tailed pigeons, Orange-crowned warblers, and Swaison’s thrush. Other popular migrants include the famous Western Sandpipers, flying in large flocks during Spring months.
Ucluelet offers three distinct habitats, which makes room for plenty of birds regardless of the season. The rocky shorelines and the gorgeous beaches paved the way for shorebirds such as Marbled Murrelet, Black Oystercatcher and tufted Puffin. These birds can be found while walking on shore, but also when taking a hiking guided tour.
The beautiful Ucluelet mudflats, while protected and designated an “Important Bird Area of Canada” serve as an ideal habitat and landing spot for migrating Western Sandpipers. Throughout the Ucluelet’s Mudflats, many species of birds can be found, some of them including Dulin, Whimbrel, Dowitchers, Black-bellied Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs and American Black Oystercatchers. Various species of grebes, loons, Mallard, Trumpeter Swan, Surf Scoter, American Wigeon, Bufflehead can be found in the adjacent areas. The birds located on the mudflats can be seen by boat, kayak, canoe, and of course, guided tours are available.
A variety of pelagic birds can be found offshore, some of them being the Rhinoceros Auklet, Brown Pelican, Laysan and Black-footed Albatros—They can be spotted by the boat. The guided tours will help you explore te many pelagic bird species in Ucluelet.
Clayoquot Sound is one of the best location for birding in Ucluelet. This habitat is enjoying a soil with a complex nutrition, having many small organism such as worms, which gives birds the critical nutrients they need for themselves, and also for their young. Since Clayquot Sound have a lot of provisions for three different habitats, that attracts a variety of bird species year round, ranging from forest to sea..
If you want to admire birds species that you never thought existed, then the stormy winter seasons in Ucluelet is the perfect time to do so. Enjoy the Mother Nature’s wrath from a cozy cabin, afterwards head out and discover the exotic birds.
There are so many species of birds in Ucluelet that even a Hollywood movie about birding has been filmed there.