Riverwood is home to approximately 150 species of resident and migratory birds. No matter the season, you’ll find a variety of birds that are worth pausing your walk for. And holding up a bit of birdseed has been known to draw some peckish (get it?) chickadees right into our visitors’ hands.
Some of the birds that call Riverwood home include: Wood ducks, mallards, common loons, great blue herons, spotted sandpipers, red-tailed hawks, ospreys, turkey vultures, great horned owls, blue jays, white-breasted nuthatches, dark-eyed juncos, northern cardinals, mourning doves, pileated woodpeckers, ruby-throated hummingbirds, and common nighthawks. A full list of common and notable species you could spot at Riverwood is available here.
The Riverwood Conservancy is fortunate to have two expert birders, Luc Fazio and Dan Salisbury, routinely volunteer their knowledge on bird hikes at Riverwood, as well as at J.C. Saddington Park in Port Credit. Bird Hikes happen throughout the year and are free for the public to attend. Have a look at our events calendar to register for an upcoming bird hike. Be sure to dress for the weather and bring a pair of binoculars, if possible.
Created in 2007, the Armstrong Wild Bird Trek continues to draw both birds and birders alike. The walk begins at the MacEwan Field Station, continues past a deep water-cut ravine, follows a raised boardwalk, and heads down to the Credit River along established trails. Interpretive signs will help you identify birds that you’re likely to see in the different habitats found along the walk. You can create a loop trail for walking by linking the Armstrong Bird Trek route with the Culham Trail.
Volunteers from The Riverwood Conservancy place bird food provided by Armstrong Milling in bird feeders along the Trek route throughout the year. The best times for birding along the Armstrong Wild Bird Trek are late fall, winter, and early spring. Birds are less reliant on the feeders in summer, but more nesting migrant species of birds can be seen.
Our thanks to Armstrong Milling for their ongoing supports the Armstrong Wild Bird Trek at Riverwood.
Positioned behind the Chappell House, the Riverwood Bird Cam lets you look into the park from wherever you are. The bird feeders situated in front of the Bird Cam are routinely filled by our volunteers so you can get a glimpse of our avian community.
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Images: Dave Taylor / Senses of Wildness