Goose Lake Birding Tour and Goose Lake Bird Photography Tour – 2 great options ♿

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING and BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS ♿

WHERE IS A GREAT PLACE FOR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY IN SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA?

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING AND BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Late April through early September

Self-Drive Guided Driving Tour

Estimated Return Driving Distance: 150 km

Situated about 70 km from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada, Goose Lake is a bird oasis that attracts large numbers of water birds including many species of ducks, geese, grebes, shorebirds, herons.  Immense nesting colonies of Franklin's Gulls and Eared Grebes nest here regularly. Prairie nesting shorebirds such as willets, American Avocets, Killdeer and Wilson's Phalaropes are found throughout the spring and summer. Arctic-nesting plovers and sandpipers often appear in large numbers during May, July and August.

The surrounding pastures attract grassland birds including Western Meadowlarks, Sprague's Pipit,  Baird's Sparrow.  Sometimes,  lucky birders might find Long-billed Curlew or Black-necked Stilts or White-faced Ibis or egrets or a Peregrine Falcon.

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING TOUR DESCRIPTION

  • Let our experienced birding guide show you the best bird-rich locations between Saskatoon, Canada and Goose Lake  During this 4-hour Goose Lake birding tour, we will visit a variety of locations where wetland and grassland bird species may be found..
  • Goose lake is home to nesting ducks, grebes, herons and other water birds.
  • Marshes at Goose Lake provide habitat for nesting Sora and Virginia Rails, Marsh and Sedge Wrens, Nelson's Sparrows plus Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds.  Black-crowned Night Herons are often seen here.
  • Grasslands near Goose lake attract Sprague's Pipit, Savannah and Baird's Sparrows plus Western Kingbirds, Western Meadowlarks and Upland Sandpipers. Uncommon Long-billed Curlews are sometimes found here.
  • Some additional possible birds that might be found in summer include Ferruginous Hawk, Red-necked Grebe, Wilson's Snipe,  Belted Kingfisher, Say's Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird,  Baltimore Oriole, Spotted Towhee and Common Yellowthroat.
  • Both novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome. A loaner pair of binoculars may be available if requested.
  • The leader will bring a spotting scope to allow you to view the birds under high magnification.
  • ♿ This Goose Lake Birding Tour is ideal for low-mobility clients because they may remain in their vehicle during this driving tour.
  • BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY. Good opportunities for bird photography exist along the shore of Goose Lake. 

GOOSE LAKE BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR DESCRIPTION

During our Goose Lake Bird Photography tour, we will drive directly to accessible sections of the shoreline where large numbers of ducks, geese, shorebirds and other water birds often congregate providing good opportunities for photographing birds.  Few people use these roads, so you should not need to worry about disturbance by other persons.

Participants on the 6-hour Goose Lake Bird Photography Tour may request to use our low profile Tragopan  Hokki V3 professional bird blind along suitable accessible locations of the lake shore. There is no extra cost for use of this blind during our 6-hour tours. CLICK HERE for a video review about this excellent blind.

Your guide will set up the blind for you at a suitable location of your choice. If time permits, you can try using the blind at a few other locations as well.

Alternatively, you can simply choose to take photographs from your vehicle parked next to wetland areas.

THINGS TO BRING:

  • Camera equipment
  • low profile tripod or bean bags for use in low blind
  • Rubber boots
  • Sheet, blanket and/or sleeping bag for use inside blind
Hokki V3 professional bird photography blind.

COVID SAFETY POLICY ON GOOSE LAKE BIRDING TOURS

  1. Your tour leader is fully vaccinated. For everyone's health and safety, participants must bring a paper copy showing their personal proof of full Covid vaccination.
  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 tour.
  3. Please wear a mask and maintain physical 2 meter distancing when walking outside or viewing birds through the spotting scope that I will set up.
  4. This policy may change when public health orders change or when Covid case numbers decrease.
  5. 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.

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING/BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR TIMES

HALF-DAY BIRDING TOURS

April - September Tours:
Morning Tours:
8:30 AM – 12:30 PM;
Afternoon Tours 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM.
Evening Tours (June only): 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

6-HOUR BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Morning Tours: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Afternoon-Evening Tours: 1:00 PM - 7:00 PM

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING and BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR FEES

HALF DAY (4-HOUR) PRIVATE BIRDING TOUR FEE:
CAD $290
for groups of 1 – 5 persons. 
Fee includes guiding services only..
The person paying for the tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel or at the west edge of Saskatoon or you can join tour at Delisle.
SAVE $50 if you can transport leader in your vehicle between Saskatoon and back.

6-HOUR PRIVATE TOUR FEE:
CAD $390 for groups of 1 - 5 persons.
Fee includes guiding services only.
The person paying for the tour will receive a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.
Meals, transportation and accommodation are NOT included.
Trip begins at your Saskatoon hotel or at the west edge of Saskatoon or you can join tour at Delisle.
SAVE $50 if you can transport leader in your vehicle between Saskatoon and back.

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 60 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING TOUR AND BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR RESERVATIONS

RESERVATIONS: Fill in the following form or send us your full name(s), mailing address, email address and requested tour dates.

E-mail: birdtours@sasktel.net
Phone: 306-652-5975

Use landline if you don't have a cell phone.
Mailing address needed for tax receipt.
Smoking is allowed only inside your own personal vehicle. No smoking is permitted outside during birding stops or hikes.

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

Watch for avocets during our Goose Lake Birding Tours and Goose Lake Bird Photography Tours
American Avocet
by Nick Saunders

GIFT CERTIFICATES

This Goose Lake tour makes an excellent birthday gift, anniversary gift, Mother's Day gift, Father's Day 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.

OTHER BIRDING and PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS

Other Tours include:

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.

A campground and rental cabins are available in Pike Lake park.

 

GOOSE LAKE BIRDING TOUR GUIDE

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, 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”. He is currently a regional coordinator for the Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas project and helps with their bird identification workshops.

Stan regularly contributes sightings to e-bird and currently holds the e-bird record for the most bird species seen in Saskatchewan.

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