Pike Lake Park Birdwatching Tour
- Esso Station Parking Lot
- (306) 652-5975
Let our experienced birding guide show you the best bird-rich locations between Saskatoon and Pike Lake Provincial Park. During this 4-hour Pike Lake birding tour, we will walk some trails and visit a variety of bird habitats inside and outside of the park.
Both novice and experienced bird watchers are welcome.
Tour may be joined in Saskatoon or at Pike Lake Park.
A loaner pair of binoculars may be available if requested.
The leader will bring a spotting scope to allow you to view the birds under high magnification.
Pike Lake was originally part of the South Saskatchewan River but became a lake when the river carved a shorter course creating this oxbow lake.
Pike lake is home to nesting ducks, grebes, herons and other water birds.
Marshes along the original river channel provide habitat for nesting Sora and Virginia Rails, Marsh and Sedge Wrens, Nelson's Sparrows plus Red-winged and Yellow-headed Blackbirds. A fen next to Pike lake often attracts LeConte's Sparrows, American Bitterns plus rare Yellow Rails which are heard during late evenings.
Sandy grasslands near Pike lake attract Sprague's Pipit, Savannah and Baird's Sparrows plus Western Kingbirds and Upland Sandpipers.
Humid woodlands along the old river valley provide habitat for nesting Veeries, American Redstarts, hummingbirds, owls, flycatchers and other songbirds.
Possible birds to be seen in all seasons during hikes include Ruffed Grouse, Sharp-tailed Grouse, Pileated Woodpecker, Great Horned Owl, Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Blue Jay, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-billed Magpie, Common Raven.
Some additional possible birds to be found in summer include Red-necked Grebe, Wilson's Snipe, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Kingbird, Western Kingbird, Warbling and Red-eyed Vireos, Baltimore Oriole, Spotted Towhee and Common Yellowthroat.
♿ This tour may be suitable for low-mobility clients if they can use a wheel-chair over level trails and grass fields with some bumps.
- Presented By: Living Sky Wildlife Rehabilitation
- Dates: August 4, 2023
- Address: Highway 7 at 11th Street West, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3J6
- Location: Esso Station Parking Lot
- Time: 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
- Price: $190 per vehicle with 1 - 4 persons
- (306) 652-5975
- Website: https://livingskywildliferehabilitation.org/birding-tours/pike-lake/
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