Best Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan: June 17 – 20

Best Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan

JUNE 17 - 20, 2022

Escorted self-driving tour


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You may reserve your 2022 tour now and not pay until February 1, 2022.


Join a small group of birders on a special 4-day / 3-night birding tour to the Willow Bunch, Souris River and Moose Mountain Park regions of SE Saskatchewan.  We will visit the favourite birding hotspots of Saskatchewan's keenest birders.

This Best Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan is the final tour in the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Series offered by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.  This tour can easiily be taken following our Cypress Hills - Grasslands Park tour on June 12 - 17, 2022.

In the Willow Bunch Area, we will search for woodland songbirds as we explore St Victor Petroglyphs Park and Jean Louis Legare Regional Park.  In the surrounding area, we might find a Long-billed Curlews or possibly a nesting Golden Eagle.

Some of the special unique birds along the Souris River include Eastern Wood-Pewee, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-throated Vireo, Eastern Bluebird, Orchard Oriole and Lazuli Bunting. We also look for a rare Chimney Swifts, Red-headed Woodpecker or Black-headed Grosbeak.

In SE Saskatchewan's Moose Mountain Park, we will watch and listen for Broad-winged Hawk, Great Crested Flycatcher plus loons, pelicans and a good variety of warblers.

See sidebar for a list of potential species of interest in SE Saskatchewan.

A checklist of Saskatchewan birds may be downloaded HERE.

Transportation: All participants will travel in their own personal or rented vehicle. Masks will be worn birding stops.

Accommodation Options. Both camping and hotel accommodation options are available.

Proposed SE Saskatchewan Birding Tour Itinerary

Weather conditions may result in changes to this planned itinerary.

Day 1

Tour starts at St. Victor Petroglyphs Provincial Historic Park about 4 pm. We will view these indigenous petroglyphs and watch for woodland songbirds.

Some of our planned birding stops include the following sites.


We plan to spend the day making frequent birding stops in the grasslands of the Big Muddy valley..

  • In the morning, we will hike some trails in bird-rich Jean Louis Legare Regional Park named after Jean Legare,  a fur trader and friend of Sitting Bull.
  • Visit Saskatchewan's spectacular Castle Butte (roads permitting). Rock Wrens are possible at this scenic spot.
  • Big Muddy Grasslands
  • Rafferty Dam
  • Overnight at a motel in Estevan, SK
  • Explore Souris Valley watching for rare Chimney Swifts.


We plan to drive along the Souris River valley between Estevan and the US border watching for grassland and woodland birds. We plan to visit

  • Roche Percee
  • Souris River
  • Supper and overnight accommodation at Moose Mountain Park.
    Campers may stay at a park campground.
  • Hike Whispering Pines Trail in evening.


Today we will hike several easy trails within Moose Mountain Park looking for woodland songbirds.

We will return home in the afternoon.


June 17 - 20, 2022 Birding Hotspots of SE Saskatchewan Public Group Tour Fee: CAD $790 (about US $620)  for a group of 1 - 4 persons travelling in a single vehicle.
Fee includes guiding services. Meals and accommodation and transportation are NOT included.
Trip begins in Saskatoon at 8 am on June 12 and ends at Mankota, Saskatchewan about noon on June 17.

Tax Receipt. You will receipt a tax receipt for 50% of the tour fee.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Refunds less a $100 administration fee will be given if cancellation notice received 60 days before date of tour.
No refunds if cancellation notice received less than 60 days before date of tour unless another client takes your place.


The number of participants accepted on this group tour is limited.


If you are interested in this tour, please complete the registration form below.
Payment is not required until February 1, 2022.

Questions: please email or phone 306-652-5975 during evenings.

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


SE Saskatchewan Birding Tour
Castle Butte


  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. Isogel normally available on tours.
  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.

Some Potential SE Saskatchewan Birds of Interest

  • Ring-necked Pheasant
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Greater Sage-Grouse (rare)
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Golden Eagle
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • California Gull
  • Franklin's Gull
  • Eastern Screech-owl (rare)
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Common Poorwill
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Cordilleran Flycatcher
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Brown Creeper
  • Pacific Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Townsend's Solitaire (rare)
  • Thick-billed Longspur
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Audubon's Warbler subspecies
  • MacGillivray's Warbler
  • Brewer's Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Baird's Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Pink-sided Junco subspecies
  • Western Tanager
  • Lazuli Bunting
  • Bullock's Oriole (rare)
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Red Crossbill


Air: Saskatoon International Airport (YXE) is served by Air Canada, Westjet, and their partners United and Delta.

Train: Saskatoon's  Train Station is served by Via Rail's Canadian train serving Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Jasper and Vancouver.

Bus: Saskatoon - Edmonton and Saskatoon - Regina bus service

Car: Saskatoon is located on Canada's Yellowhead cross-country highway plus 6 other major highways connecting with all cities in Canada and USA. If you drive, you do not need to rent a car for our tours.


Tour Guide: Stan Shadick. Click for more information about your tour guide.


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