Birding in Manitoba

by • April 19, 2016 • #ExploreMB, Outdoor Experiences, WildlifeComments (3)4832

Manitoba in springtime: A birder’s paradise

With three major migration corridors and more than 390 species in the province, Manitoba is a birder’s paradise. The province’s diverse landscape-grasslands, wetlands, sub-arctic and Boreal forest areas-attract a diverse crowd of birds. Spring migration has started so keep your eyes to the skies to spot your favourite species.

Manitoba in Springtime: A Birder’s Paradise

Even in early April, Southern Manitoba can still feel like it’s shaking winter’s grip. But that doesn’t keep the birds, or the province’s enthusiastic flock of birders away.

April is prime birding season as a flood of migrants from passerines to raptors and waterfowl pass through the region.

Manitoba in Springtime: A Birder’s Paradise

Snow covered prairies, woods, still-frozen marshes and frost-covered hillsides are prime territory for bird spotting, especially in southern Manitoba.

Keep eyes peeled for sharp-shinned hawk and Cooper’s hawk, both species of which have been spotted in spring, despite not spending the winter in Manitoba.

Manitoba in Springtime: A Birder’s Paradise

Photo by Robyn Hanson

Gray morph gyrfalcon make appearances around Brandon, two hours west of Winnipeg. Northern hawk owls also make Manitoba home and if you’re lucky, you might spy a Northern saw-whet owl. Red-bellied woodpeckers are a more common sight in southern Manitoba too.

Manitoba birding “hotspot” Churchill comes alive every June with the return of thousands of snow geese. Birding experts guide watchers to prime spotting spots on this six-day excursion to Manitoba’s northern port town. Snow geese are just for starters. Keep eyes to the skies for rare species like the Red Red Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull and Little Gull. Take guided field trips and spy Pacific loons, jaegers, willow ptarmigan and Smith’s longspur, among other avian favourites.

Start planning your birding adventure today!

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3 Responses to Manitoba in springtime: A birder’s paradise

  1. Evelyn Janzen says:

    I am disappointed to see that the La Riviere Raptor Festival is not included in the list of upcoming events. It draws 650 people to the tiny community and keeps growing. It runs Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am-4pm at 504 Broadway Street in La Riviere. Top of migration in the Pembina Valley, so lots to see, inside and out, and the only one of its kind in Manitoba!

    • Breanne says:

      Hi Evelyn,

      This post is from last year, hence the old dates. We will be promoting the Raptor Festival in our weekly Hot this Week event listing post. It will be included on the Hot this Week post on April 17.

  2. Daria says:

    Please send any siting to me!

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