Canada’s Best Birdwatching Province: Saskatchewan – Learn what birds you can see in 2023 and 2024

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Saskatchewan – Canada’s Best Birdwatching Province

Which is Canada’s Best Province for Birdwatching?

21 key reasons why Saskatchewan should be considered Canada’s top birdwatching province.

  • Eastern and Western Birds. Birds from both Eastern and Western North America migrate to Saskatchewan every year. You may find most Canadian birds in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan is home to both Eastern and Western Kingbirds, Eastern and Western Wood-Pewees, Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds.
    CLICK HERE for details of a tour to Saskatchewan’s Eastern Bird Hotspots.
    CLICK HERE for details of a tour to Saskatchewan’s Western Bird Hotspots.
  • Many Bird Habitats. Saskatchewan bird habitats include Prairie Grasslands, Boreal Forests, Lakes, Mudflats, Parkland Woods, Subalpine Hills and Badlands.
    CLICK HERE for details of over 40 Saskatchewan Birdwatching and Bird Photography Tours.
  • Whooping Cranes. North America’s most endangered and tallest bird can ONLY be regularly observed during every fall migration near Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
    CLICK HERE for Whooping Crane Tour details.
  • Burrowing Owls. The endangered Burrowing Owl can be regularly observed in Saskatchewan every year.
    CLICK HERE for Burrowing Owl Viewing Tour details.
  • Piping Plovers. The endangered Piping Plover can be regularly observed in Saskatchewan every year.
    CLICK HERE for Piping Plover Viewing Tour details.
  • Dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse.  North America’s most spectacular courtship displays of Sharp-tailed Grouse may be closely viewed and photographed near Saskatoon every spring. They are Saskatchewan’s provincial bird.
    CLICK HERE for Dancing Grouse Photography and Viewing Sessions details.
  • Baird’s Sparrows.  This grassland songbird may be observed near Saskatoon and elsewhere in southern Saskatchewan.
    CLICK HERE for Baird’s Sparrow Tour details.
  • Longspurs. Both Thick-billed Longspurs and Chestnut-collared nest regularly in Saskatchewan.
    CLICK HERE for Longspur Tour details.
  • Loggerhead Shrikes. Saskatchewan is the centre of the distribution of this predatory songbird in Canada. CLICK HERE for Loggerhead Shrike Tour details.
  • Cordilleran Flycatchers. Canada’s best documented nesting location for this Western Flycatcher subspecies is in Saskatchewan. CLICK HERE for Cordilleran Flycatcher Tour details.
  • Pink-sided Juncos. Canada’s best locations to view the Pink-sided Junco subspecies of Dark-eyed Junco is in Saskatchewan. CLICK HERE for a tour to observe Pink-sided Juncos.
  • Nightjars. Saskatchewan is the only province in Canada with 3 species of Nightjars: Common Poorwill, Eastern Whip-poor-will and Common Nighthawk.
    CLICK HERE for a tour to observe Common Poorwills and Common Nighthawks.
    CLICK HERE for a tour to observe Eastern Whip-poor-wills and Common Nighthawks.
  • Sandhill Crane Photography. Saskatchewan has Canada’s highest numbers of migrating Sandhill Cranes.
    CLICK HERE for a tour to observe and photograph Sandhill Cranes.
  • Snowy Owl Photography. Experts tell us that Saskatchewan has the world’s highest numbers of wintering Snowy Owls.
    CLICK HERE for details of our Snowy Owl Viewing and Photography Tours.
  • Forest Owl Photography. Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours offers special tours to photograph Great Gray Owls, Northern Hawk Owls and Northern Pygmy Owls.
    CLICK HERE for details of Forest Owl Photography Tours.
  • Shorebirds. Shallow mudflats and lake shorelines provides habitat for high numbers of migrating sandpipers, plovers and other shorebirds during May, July and August. Saskatchewan is also at the centre of the range for nesting Marbled Godwits and Wilson’s Phalaropes.
    CLICK HERE for details of tour to Chaplin and Reed Lakes Important Bird Areas for shorebirds.
    CLICK HERE for details of tours to Quill Lakes Important Bird Area for shorebirds.
  • Raptors. Saskatchewan is in the centre of the range of most Canadian buteos, accipiters, falcons, eagles and other raptors including Ferruginous Hawk and Swainson’s Hawk.
    CLICK HERE for details of a tour to observe Swainson’s Hawks.
    CLICK HERE for details of a tour to observe Ferruginous Hawks.
  • Geese. Hundreds of thousands of geese migrate through Saskatchewan every spring and fall including both Cackling and Ross’s Geese.
    CLICK HERE for details of a spring tour to view migrating geese.
    CLICK HERE for details of a fall tour to view migrating geese.
  • Pelicans. Saskatchewan is at the centre of the Canadian range for White Pelicans. They have the widest wingspan of any Canadian breeding bird.
    CLICK HERE for details of a tour view and photograph concentrations of pelicans.
  • Warblers. Most of Canada’s species of Eastern Warblers may be observed on the following tours.
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    * Carrot River Birding Tour
    * Duck Mountain Birding Tour
    * Prince Albert National Park Birding Tour
  • Bird Sanctuaries. Canada’s first and oldest bird sanctuary was created in Saskatchewan.
    CLICK HERE for details of tours to Last Mountain Lake Bird Sanctuary.
    CLICK HERE for details of tours to Redberry Lake Bird Sanctuary.

Saskatchewan is located where two major North American bird flyways meet. During the breeding season in June and July over 150 bird species occur within our nearby grassland, wetland and woodland habitats. This bird list is augmented during the migration months of May, August and September when boreal and arctic nesting warblers, flycatchers, vireos and shorebirds become plentiful.

Migration Flyways meet in Saskatchewan

BIRDING TOUR HOTSPOTS
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birders – Join the Birdwatching Tours organized by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.  These day trips, half-day trips and multi-day tours may be easily accessed from Saskatoon, Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current or most other Saskatchewan communities.

Bring up to 4 people in your vehicle, the cost is the same so you may split the fees with your birding friends.

 

 

Transportation

Participants on these birding hotspot tours need to drive their own personal or rented vehicle. RVs are permitted on private tours but not on group tours. Vehicles pulling a trailer may join the tour after the trailer is parked at a campground.

Carpooling on group tours

If you would like to share the costs of a group spring birding tour with other interested birders, then complete the Carpooling Section of the Registration Request Form below or email the tour name, your name, phone number and email address to birdtours@sasktel.net

Multiple Tours Discount

Can’t decide which birding hotspot tour to take?

Check out our multiple tours discount described here.

TOUR SUGGESTIONS REQUEST FORM

Send us your possible tour dates and we will get back to you with the best tour suggestions for that time period.

Questions: Email birdtours@sasktel.net or phone 306-652-5975.

You may also list a landline or type NONE.

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

 

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Can I bring my pet dog on these spring birding tours?

Dogs are permitted on private spring birding tours provided they are kept on a leash. Dogs should not be let out of the vehicle at birding stops. Dogs are not permitted on group tours.

How to get to Saskatoon

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

Air Canada Star Alliance partners also include Aegean, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels, Copa, Croatia, EgyptAir, Ethiopian, EVA, Lot, Lufthansa, SAS, Shenzhen, Singapore, South African, Swiss, TAP, Thai, Turkish, United.

Westjet international partners include AeroMexico, Air France, Air Transat, Azores, Cathay Pacific, China, China Eastern, China Southern, Delta, Emirates, Hainan, Hong Kong, Japan, KLM, Korean, LATAM, Philippine, Quantas, Virgin Atlantic, Xiamen.

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.

Entering Canada

CLICK HERE for government regulations for entering Canada.
My recent fully vaccinated international clients tell me there are no significant delays at the border provided they have fully completed the ArriveCan app in advance.

Where to stay in Saskatoon?

Contact Tourism Saskatoon to help plan your visit when joining these Spring Birding Tours offered by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.

Other Birding Hotspot Tour Options

Saskatchewan, Canada offers many great birding adventures.

Dancing Grouse Tour – Sharp-tailed Grouse Close-up
by Brian Henderson

Watch video of dancing Sharp-tailed Grouse. Our Dancing Grouse Tour is offered in April and May.

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Other Bird Photography Sessions

 

Partial List of Potential Bird Species on Saskatchewan Birding Tours

Some of the special birds that we might encounter on our birding hotspot tours include:

  • Trumpeter Swan
  • Wood Duck
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Gray Partridge
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Greater Sage-Grouse (rare)
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Clark’s Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Great Egret
  • Black-crowned Night Heron
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Merlin
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Piping Plover
  • American Avocet
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Red Knot
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • White-rumped Sandpiper
  • Wilson’s Phalarope
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Common Poorwill
  • Eastern Whip-poor-will
  • Chimney Swift
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Red-headed Woodpecker
  • American 3-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Western Wood-Pewee
  • Willow Flycatcher
  • Dusky Flycatcher
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Western Kingbird
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Violet-Green Swallow
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Canada Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Rock Wren
  • Winter Wren
  • Pacific Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Thick-billed Longspur
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur
  • Chestnut-sided Warbler
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Cape May Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Audubon’s Warbler subspecies
  • Ovenbird
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Canada Warbler
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Field Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Lark Bunting
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Nelson’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Pink-sided Junco subspecies
  • Western Tanager
  • Black-headed Grosbeak
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Red Crossbill
  • White-winged Crossbill

Duck Mountain Park Birding Tour

Beaver Creek Tour

Cypress Hills Tour

SE Saskatchewan Birding Tour

 

Last Mountain Lake Tour

Chaplin Shorebirds Tour