Class Aves – Field Observation Journal Entry

                                                            Birds Spotted                                                          



Northwestern Crow Northwestern Crow
Herring/California Gull Herring/California Gull
American Robin American Robin
Black-capped Chickadee Black-capped Chickadee
Mallard Mallard
Ruddy Duck American Wigeon
Common Merganser Common Merganser
Canada Goose Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron Gadwall
Northern Flickr Song Sparrow
  House Sparrow
  Hummingbird (unidentified)

March 31st – Biology 11 (2-1) 2-1 Parental Consent Form for 2-1

April 4th – Biology 11 (1-1) 1-1 Parental Consent Form for 1-1


As a class, we will be going to observe birds at Minoru Park in order to gather an appreciation of local avian species as well as a taste of more common ornithological research. While our outing will only be 80 minutes in length, we will be modeling the recording of observations and information typically used in the field.

For this assignment, you will create a “journal entry” documenting our observations and species spotted. We will be using the two resources below and the Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America to identify birds we see on out visit. (I will print some of the Common Birds of Delta pdf in black and white. If you want a colour copy to make identification easier, please print one yourself.)

Ducks of BC

Common Birds of Delta, BC

Please look over these resources before we go on our trip – it will help greatly!

The structure you use to present your observations is up to you – however you must include the following:

  1. Site of observation and brief description of the site.

    Fig. 1: Map of our study area
  2. A map of our route walked on this observational assignment (drawn, google maps, etc.)
  3. A list of birds spotted on the trip (we will collect a class list to be shared)
  4. A description of any two bird species seen on the walk along with accompanying pictures of the species (coloured). If you want, you can describe the area in which the species was spotted (i.e. Mallard – floating in the pond).
  5. If you witness any behavior worth noting (i.e. mating, dominance displays, ducks dabbling or diving) it should be included.

It is important to note that this assignment can be a bit messy – it is an informal journal entry about your observations. Just observe, record, and enjoy being outside for a day!

If you want to see my journal from Field Ornithology (Bio 455) to get an idea, I will bring it to class. (Please remember I am not an artist and the drawings will almost assuredly be worse than yours!)

Identifying birds by colour

Fig 2: Common “Backyard” birds of BC – chances are we will see some of these!