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Site Guide - Hillkeep Regional Park
 

Location: Chilliwack Mountain, Chilliwack

Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/9Xx1cgjLJRv

Directions: The parking lot is located at the end of Hillkeep Place.

Habitat(s): Decideous species dominate with mature birch, red alder and big leaf maple stands. Some conifers of mainly ceder. A few open meadow areas and small ponds.

Access: Trails are in good condition and not very steep overall. A great view of Chilliwack and the Cheam Range from a viewing platform.

Bird Species List: Click here to open an eBird list of the species recorded to date.

Target Bird Species: Pacific-slope Flycatcher, Black-throated Grey Warbler, MacGillvray's Warbler

Rare Species Recorded: Golden Eagle, Nashville Warbler

Best Time(s): Spring through fall

Recent Reports: Visit the forum or eBird to see what's been reported recently.

Nearby birding sites: Great Blue Heron Nature Reserve, Island 22 Regional Park, Sardis Pond



Hillkeep Regional Park is located at the top of Chilliwack Mountain and is easily considered a hidden gem with scenic trails, wonderful valley views and, of course, no shortage of birds. Data collected at the site is relatively slim so far, so there's still much to discover. The park's trails wind through a variety of habitats making a birding walk quite enjoyable. Mosquitoes can be a bit of an issue in June and July and bears are seen annually.

Amenities include an information kiosk, directional signage on the trails and a viewing platform over the valley. More information on the park and gate opening and closing times visit the FVRD website.

Birds

Hillkeep's location on the top of a mountain might contribute to the good diversity of migrant bird species seen on both spring and fall migration. Almost all the expected warbler, vireo and flycatcher species have been noted here passing by on migration. Some raptor movement has also been recorded in the few locations that offer a decent view of the sky.

Summer has quite a few breeding species including the expected Swainson's Thrush, Pacific-slope Flycatcher, MacGillvray's Warbler, Black-throated Grey Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak and two years running, singing Olive-sided Flycatchers noted well into the summer suggesting a possible breeding pair. Western Tanager also appear to likely breed here.

In the winter, things quiet down for birds, but a late afternoon hike to watch the sun set on Cheam Mountain from the viewing platform should offer a few birds such as Varied Thrush, woodpeckers and winter finches.

 


~By Gord Gadsden - June 2018

 

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