Northern Owl Adventure Tour Series: 3 exciting days with Canada’s northern owls

Northern Owl Adventures

NORTHERN OWL ADVENTURE TOUR SERIES

February 19 - 21, 2022
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Birders - Join the Northern Owl Adventure Series of day trips organized by Saskatoon Custom Bird Tours during the upcoming Family Day - winter break weekend.

This set of budget group tours will focus on observing Canada's 3  most sought-after owls: Snowy Owl, Great Gray Owl and Northern Hawk Owl.  In winter, all 3 species may be viewed and photographed during daylight hours in Saskatchewan.

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

We will also search for Spruce Grouse, Hoary and Common Redpolls, Bohemian Waxwings plus many other winter bird residents found in Saskatchewan's prairies and boreal forests.

Northern Owl Adventure Series - Snowy Owl Tour
Snowy Owl by Nick Saunders

Snowy Owl researchers tell us that the highest wintering concentration in the world of these beautiful white owls occurs on the open prairies near Saskatoon.

On Saturday, February 19, 2022 join our special Snowy Owl budget tour. This 8-hour escorted driving group tour will explore the back roads where Snowy Owls regularly hang out on winter days. We might also spot Sharp-tailed Grouse, Gray Partridge, Short-eared Owl, Golden Eagle plus redpolls, and other prairie bird winter residents.

Northern Owl Adventure Series - Forest Winter Birding Tour
Great Gray Owl by Brian Henderson

When the snow lies deep in the forest, the majestic Great Gray Owl and the falcon-like Northern Hawk-Owl are often attracted to certain road-side hotspots where they can hunt more easily for mice in the daytime.

You may join either a 1-day or 2-day Budget Forest Winter Birding Tour departing Saskatoon on February 20, 2022 to view and photograph these magnificent birds. We will also look for Barred Owls, Spruce Grouse, Black-backed and American Three-toed Woodpeckers plus Common and Hoary Redpolls and other winter bird residents of the boreal forest.

See Northern Hawk Owl during Forest Winter Birding Tour
Northern Hawk Owl by Nick Saunders

TOUR OPTIONS

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

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

 

Where to stay in Saskatoon?

Contact Tourism Saskatoon to help plan your visit.

Other Birding Tour Options

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LIST OF POTENTIAL BIRD SPECIES

Some of the birds that we might encounter include:

  • Common Goldeneye
  • Gray Partridge
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Spruce Grouse
  • Sharp-tailed Grouse
  • Bald Eagle
  • Golden Eagle
  • Northern Harrier
  • Northern Goshawk
  • Merlin
  • Gyrfalcon (rare)
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Snowy Owl
  • Northern Hawk Owl
  • Barred Owl
  • Great Gray Owl
  • Short-eared Owl
  • American 3-toed Woodpecker
  • Black-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Northern Shrike
  • Canada Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Common Raven
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Bohemian Waxwing
  • Snow Bunting
  • Pine Grosbeak
  • White-winged Crossbill
  • Common Redpoll
  • Hoary Redpoll
  • Evening Grosbeak