There are over 240 species of birds that inhabit or visit Oak Bay's coastline, parks and natural spaces annually. Local groups host bird watching tours in Uplands Park and along the waterway throughout the year, and Friends of Uplands Park members have created a list of Common Birds of Uplands Park.
Year-round and Common Species
Glaucous-winged Gull, Harlequin Duck, Mallard, Great Blue Heron, Black Oystercatcher, Black Turnstone, Red-tailed Hawk, Pileated Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Stellar's Jay, Common Raven, Northwestern Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, California Quail, Bewick's Wren, Chestnut Backed Chickadee, Bushtit, European Starling, Spotted Towhee, Song Sparrow, Dark-eyed Junco, House Finch, House Sparrow
Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Greater Yellowlegs, Black-bellied Plover, Dunlin, Sanderling, Western Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope (late summer, fall)
Heerman's Gull (summer), Glaucous-winged Gull (year-round), Thayers Gull (fall, winter), Western Gull (Winter), Mew Gull, California Gull (summer), Bonaporte's Gull (spring,fall), Ring-billed Gull (late summer)
Wintering Swans, Geese and Ducks
Tundra Swan, Trumpeter Swan, Mute Swan, Greater White-fronted Goose, Canada Goose (and Dusky, Cackling and other sub-species migrating through), Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Mallard, American Widgeon, Northern Shoveler, Eurasion Widgeon, Northern Pintail, Gadwall, Canvasback, Ring-necked Duck, Common Merganser, Hooded Merganser.