March 2, 2021 - While browsing the internet search engines for birds of Vancouver Island, I noticed that there was no reference to my new book Beginner's guide to common VANCOUVER ISLAND BIRDS Volume 4 which I published in 2020. The book was produced specifically to address the shortage of comprehensive and up-to-date references for the birds of Vancouver Island. There is actually a book titled Birds of Vancouver Island but it is essentially a picture book providing little or no information about features, life history, or habitat. My book provides high quality photographs and descriptions of 250 birds that are seen every year or almost every year on Vancouver Island. My target audience is mainly students, beginning birders, and newcomers to the island, but it has also been embraced many naturalists, nature lovers, and nature photographers.<
Becasue of the syntax used by google and other search engines, my book doesn't show up on the search results despite being one of the best references available. The purpose of this web page is simply address this shortcoming and enhance the chances of my book showing up in web searches. As for the book, it is widely available at most bookstores on Vancouver Island except Parksville and Qualicum where can be purchased directly from the author.
In case you are wondering about the common birds of Vancouver Island, an explanation is provided in the introduction of the book which is reproduced and published here.
For more information and sample pages go to BOOK REVIEW If for some reason this link to the book preview doesn't work, you can google http://vancouverislandbirds.com/BOOKPREVIEW.html
I have also included the index of my book which lists all of the 250 birds covered. A few birds may have been left out, but I am confident that over 95% of the common birds are listed. By the way, you can use the index as a checklist if you are interested in checking off the birds you discover.
The numbers after the names are the page numbers in the book. Some of the page numbers were incorrect because of layout changes in the book. This was pointed out by some birders in the Comox Valley for which I am grateful and will correct if there is ever a reprint.