Cheerful Chickadee Feeding and Photography Tours 2024 ♿

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Black-capped Chickadee
by Nick Saunders



Chickadee Feeding Tour

November through April

CLICK HERE to read about alternative short tours out of Saskatoon.

Self-Drive Birding Tour

Chickadee Feeding Tour Description

  • Let our experienced birding guide show you the best winter bird-rich locations near Saskatoon.
  • Chickadees will feed out of your hand!
    Sometimes nuthatches and downy woodpeckers will as well. Bag of sunflower seeds provided.
    Very popular activity for kids!
  • Both novice and experienced bird watchers are especially welcome.
  • A loaner pair of binoculars may be available during tour if requested in advance.
  • Possible birds to be seen during hikes include Black-capped Chickadees, Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, Northern Shrike, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bohemian Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, Common Redpoll, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.
  • Good opportunities for bird photography.
  • In late winter, listen for the spring courtship sound of the Black-capped Chickadee.
  • This tour may be accessible to some persons with low mobility or who are confined to a wheelchair. Please phone 306-652-5975 to discuss details in advance of booking tour.


Participants on these tours need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs and vehicles pulling trailers are permitted on this private tour. This tour may be suitable for owners of full electric vehicles. Several Saskatoon hotels have EV charging stations.

Private Chickadee Feeding Tour Times

November – February Tours: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
March and April:
Morning Tours:
8:30 AM – 11:30 AM;
Afternoon Tours 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM.

Note: Tour duration may be shortened if requested.

Chickadee Feeding Tour Fee

Private Half Day Tour Fee:
CAD $190
per party of 1 – 5 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services only..
The person paying for the tour may request to receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel or residence.
SAVE $50 if you have room to transport leader during tour from Saskatoon and back .

Public 2-hour  Group Tour Fee:
CAD $45
per person. 
Fee includes guiding services only..
The person paying for the tour may request to receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at west end of Saskatoon
This group tour limited to a maximum of 4 parties.

TAX RECEIPT: A tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee will be issued to the person paying for the tour.

Tax Receipts

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $50 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour. No refunds after that date.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 30 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.


Chickadee Feeding Tour Reservations

RESERVATIONS: Fill in the following form or send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates. Full payment due at time of booking. Payment instruction will be emailed to you after registration form is received. You may also phone Stan Shadick at 306-652-5975.

Phone: 306-652-5975

If you don’t have a cellphone, enter your landline number.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Select all that apply. Payment details will be emailed to you after form is submitted.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted during meals, anywhere in shared accommodations or outside during birding stops or hikes.

If you do not hear back from us within 24 hours, then please email: or phone 306-652-5975.

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Chickadee Tour

White-breasted Nuthatch
Ruffed Grouse by Nick Saunders

Testimonial about Cheerful Chickadee Tour

“Thank you again for the awesome tour. We had such a great time and appreciate all we learned from you yesterday!” (C.K. March 2022)

Covid Safety Policy on Tours

  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated.
  2. Clients must normally drive themselves in their own personal or rented vehicle. The leader will usually drive in a separate vehicle. We will use cell phones to communicate between each other during the driving portion of this tour.
  3. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers change.
  4. Please contact us before booking tour if you have any special requests with regard to this policy. In certain cases, if requested, leader may be willing to ride in client’s vehicle or drive client’s vehicle.

Can I bring my pet dog on this tour?

No. Dogs would disturb the birds we are trying to see.

Gift Certificates

This Cheerful Chickadee Tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, graduation gift, retirement gift or special gift for a birder, birdwatcher or anyone interested in nature.

GIFT CERTIFICATES: Click here for information about purchasing a gift certificate for this tour or any of our other tours.

Cheerful Chickadee Tour may be combined with:

Other Tours and Workshops: Click here to see a complete list of our upcoming tours and workshops.

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Multiple Tours Discount

Can’t decide which tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

All proceeds support the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation charity.

STAN SHADICK:  Guide for Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours

Stan Shadick – Tour Leader

TOUR GUIDE: Your guide has many years of experience finding and observing birds throughout Saskatchewan. For over 30 years, Stan Shadick has been a birding guide for nature tours around Saskatchewan and other parts of the country that have been organized by Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours, Nature Saskatchewan and the University of Saskatchewan Extension Division.

Stan is past president of Nature Saskatchewan as well as past president and current field trip chairman for the Saskatoon Nature Society. He is a co-editor of the reference publication “Birds of the Saskatoon Area” and contributed significantly to the recently published “Birds of Saskatchewan”.

Stan was a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops. He regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

Stan volunteers his time leading Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours so that all proceeds benefit the work of Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation.