Bald Eagles in a tree
Birds of a feather flock here year-round, but it's the spring/fall migratory seasons and a busy avian winter that make Sooke such a primetime birdwatching centre.
Whiffin Spit is widely regarded by birders for its easy access to a who's who of ducks and shorebirds. Pack binoculars, a picnic lunch and a good local guidebook (The Birder's Guide to Vancouver Island by Royal British Columbia Museum ornithologist Keith Taylor, for instance), and many pleasant hours can be spent on the rocky strip that stretches out into Sooke Harbour. Some birds prefer the calm harbourside waters, while others like to splash and tumble in the surf rolling in from the Juan de Fuca Strait.
The migrating shorebirds pass through in the fall and spring.