Nature on Salt Spring Island

We will be updating this page with details of all the wildlife and nature you might see around Cosy Woodpecker Cottage and Salt Spring Island.

We have started with the woodpeckers for obvious reasons – and there will be much more to come!

Downy Woodpecker Downy Woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
A very cute little woodpecker - the smallest of our woodpecker family here.  Also regularly seen on the bird feeder - and also regularly heard with there cute little high pitched cheap when they are waiting their turn!...
Hairy Woodpecker Hairy Woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
Bigger than the Downy but smaller than the Pileated or Flicker - this woodpecker is one of more recent visitors.  We don't see them all the time, but a fairly common sight on the feeder now....
Doggus Oafus Dexter at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
If you come to stay with us at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B you are very likely to see this species - otherwise know as Dexter.  Probably heading towards you with his tail spinning round and round in excitement at greeting some new guests.  In case you...
Northern Flicker (Woodpecker) Flicker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
As big as the pileated but without the red crest, the flicker is also a regular visitor....
Sapsucker (woodpecker) Sapsucker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
Whilst it might seem strange to hope for cold weather when you are on vacation, you will need to come in the winter if you want to see this red-headed woodpecker.  Normally it lives at higher elevations but when the temperature gets down below freezing it...
Pileated Woodpecker Pileated woodpecker at Cosy Woodpecker Cottage B&B
This is the famous 'woody woodpecker' with a spectacular red head and unmistakable 'laugh'.  A regular in the garden and on the bird feeder....
10 Reasons to Visit Salt Spring Island in June!
So many things to do and see. Here's a selection with hopefully something for everyone: Fresh, organic, local strawberries. Need I say more? Yum! Avoid the crowds! Come before school finishes for the summer and get ALL the attractions with fewer peo...