Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tours

JUNE 7 - 20, 2022
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birders - Join the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tours organized by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours.

This series of budget group tours will focus on observing both Canada's eastern forest and western prairie birds in Saskatchewan's best birding hotspots. Both camping and motel accommodation options exist.

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

Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tours
Canada Warbler by Nick Saunders

The Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tour series will start by visiting Saskatchewan easternmost forests in Duck Mountain Park where numerous species of eastern warblers, vireos, flycatchers breed as well as raptors, owls and lake birds. We will also make stops at the Quill Lakes Important Bird Area to search for water birds.

On June 11, you may join one or both of the following half-day tours: Saskatoon Birdwatching Tour (morning) and/or Beaver Creek Birding and Hiking Tour (afternoon)

The next tour in the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots series will visit the Great Sand Hills, the sub-alpine lodgepole pine forests of Cypress Hills plus the surrounding sagebrush flats and Grasslands National Park.  Many of Saskatchewan's endemic prairie bird species breed here. In Cypress Hills, we should find such western species as Violet-green Swallow, Red-naped Sapsucker, Pacific Wren, Common Poorwill, Dusky Flycatcher and MacGillivray's Warbler. Canada's only Cordilleran Flycatcher was recently found nesting here.

In Grasslands National Park and other sagebrush flats, we should find Ferruginous Hawks, Golden Eagle, Long-billed Curlew, Lark Bunting and listen for the beautiful melodies of Western Meadowlarks, Baird's Sparrow, Brewer's Sparrow and Lark Buntings.

A final tour will visit extreme southeastern Saskatchewan in search of Orchard Orioles, Yellow-throated Vireos, Eastern Wood Pewees, Chimney Swifts and other unique birds of that region.


Click the name of each tour for more information and registration forms for each of the possible budget group tours you can join.



You may reserve your space on these 2022 tours now. Payment not needed until January 15, 2022

Questions: Email or phone 306-652-5975.

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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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Where to stay in Saskatoon?

Contact Tourism Saskatoon to help plan your visit when joining the Saskatchewan Birding Hotspots Tours.

Other Birding Tour Options

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Some of the special birds that we might encounter 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
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Forster's Tern
  • Common Poorwill
  • 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

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