Tours & Destinations Manitoba
. . . . . 2016 TOUR SCHEDULE . . . . .
Churchill & Southern Manitoba
Willow Ptarmigan, Harris's Sparrow & many Boreal Birds4 June 2016 - 14 June 2016, 11 days & 10 nights
Churchill lies on the western shore of Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba, strategically situated in the transition zone between boreal forest and extensive tundra habitat. It was perhaps best known to birders as the most reliable locale to find the exceedingly rare Ross's Gull. Even though it no longer nests there, we have a good track record for finding this beautiful bird along the Churchill River. Fifteen species of shorebirds nest in the area and they are extremely tame and approachable, a delight for birders and photographers. You can count on close views of Red-necked Phalarope, Hudsonian Godwit, and American Golden-Plover, among many others. Additional birds that we are likely to see include Harris's Sparrow, Common and perhaps Hoary Redpolls, Pine Grosbeak, Bohemian Waxwing, Little Gull, Parasitic Jaeger, Spruce Grouse, and Willow Ptarmigan. Arctic Hare is likely, and Beluga Whales are possible near the mouth of the Churchill River. In southern Manitoba we visit a variety of habitats at places such as Riding Mountain National Park, Oak Hammock Marsh, and Douglas Marsh. These areas will complement the birds of Churchill nicely, adding species such as Le Conte's Sparrow, Sedge Wren, Upland Sandpiper, Gray Partridge, Red-necked Grebe, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Great Gray Owl, and Black Tern. We'll hope to witness the mating ritual of the Western Grebe, and we'll make every attempt for a peek at the elusive, diminutive Yellow Rail. This tour will be led by Bob Schutsky.