Birding Factoids

379 species
in 41 families

33 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No endemic species. 

Checklist of Manitoba BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality Birds
Check out the Photo Gallery of Churchill Birds by David Stimac
and also Ann Cook's Photos of Manitoba Birds
as well as Robert Royce's Photos from a recent Manitoba trip.
Manitoba Specialities
(Pause your cursor on the photo to see the species name. Click on the birds for more info... )
Great Grey Owl - Manitoba Provincial Bird - Photo by Vic Fazio
Photo copyright Vic Fazio

Connecticut Warbler - Photo copyright Robert Royse

Photo copyright Robert Royse

Harris' Sparrow - Photo by Marcus Martin

Photo by Marcus Martin

Ring-necked Duck - Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Smith's Longspur - Photo copyright Robert Royce

Photo copyright Robert Royce

Ross's Gull - Photo by H. R. Spendelow

Photo by H. R. Spendelow

Willet - Photo copyright Peter Wallack

Photo copyright Peter Wallack
    Key to Icons....Birds of Churchill - According to L. Brandson and B. Chartier, 
      compilers of Encounters on Hudson Bay, Churchill Region "What makes Churchill a birder's paradise is its unique location in the tundra, taiga,coastal and boreal forest environments". Also check .
    Key to Icons....Birding at the Edge of the Arctic - by Tim Gallagher - At the far 
      northern reaches of Manitoba, Churchill beckons to birders from around the globe. Churchill, Manitoba, has a lot of character. How many other places can you think of that have a polar bear alert system set up to warn residents whenever one of these huge carnivores comes lumbering through town?
    Key to Icons....On Location: Churchill, Manitoba (The Virtual Tour) - Take a virtual 
      trip to Churchill, Manitoba and see if you can find and identify specialties such as Ross' Gull, Red-necked Phalarope, Smith's Longspur, Parasitic Jaeger, Three-toed Woodpecker, and Willow Ptarmigan. There are 134 sightings of 61 species to identify. This page also contains other interesting articles about birding in Churchill.
    Key to Icons....Riding Mountain National Park - the park has many excellent,
      easy to reach birding sites with a diverse group of birds including red-tailed, broad-winged and coopers hawks, loons, eagles, geese, ducks, black-billed cuckoos, and an incredible diversity of wildflowers.
    ....Potential Manitoba IBAs - This is a working list and map of potential
      Important Bird Areas in Manitoba. The process of identifying IBAs in this region is by no means complete. Additional sites that qualify as IBAs will likely be identified and likewise, some of the sites mapped may not qualify as IBAs once a thorough evaluation is completed. Once a site has been formally identified as an IBA the site name is linked to a one-page site summary. Includes details about:
      • Delta Marsh
    ....Birder Hotspots from the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature. 
      Click on your favourite hotspot and you will be linked to a checklist of the birds of that hotspot. Information is included on:
      • Assiniboine Park and Forest (Winnipeg) 
      • Fort Whyte Centre (Winnipeg) 
      • Bird's Hill Provincial Park 
      ....Key to Icons..Churchill 
      • Delta Marsh 
      • Duck Mountain Provincial Park 
      • Hecla Island Provincial Park 
      • Interlake District 
      • Oak Hammock Marsh 
      ....Key to Icons..Riding Mountain National Park 
      • Turtle Mountain Provincial Park 
      • Whiteshell Provincial Park 
    ....Great Birding Near Flin Flon and Creighton - from Harvey and 
      Brenda Schmidt.
    ....Delta Marsh, Manitoba (southern edge of Lake Manitoba, 22 km
      north of Portage la Prairie. - Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands.
    ....University Field Station (Delta Marsh) - a biological station of the
      Faculty of Science at the University of Manitoba (Winnipeg, Canada), is located on the south shore of Lake Manitoba (98°23'W, 50°11'N). It borders Delta Marsh, a "Wetland of International Significance" under the Ramsar Convention, that is one of the largest pristine freshwater marshes in North America.
    ....Oak Hammock Marsh Wildlife Management Area (32 km north
      of Winnipeg and just east of Stonewall, Manitoba) - Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands. See also this site for RAMSAR Information.
    ....Birding Canada - by Martin Tribe. This trip report contains information
      • Assiniboine Park 
      • Assiniboine Forest 
      • Fort Whyte Center for Environmental Education 
      • Oak Hammock Marsh 
    ....Churchill Birding: Trip Report - by Ralph Paonessa. All I can say is, if
      you get the chance, GO!! (and take me with you!).
    ....Manitoba Trip Report - by Robert Royse. June 3 - 20, 2002. I just
      returned from a fantastic birding trip to Manitoba. I arrived in Winnipeg on June 3 and birded in the SE corner of the province before heading north on June 9 to Churchill for 11 days. 
    ....Manitoba Trip Reports - a number of Manitoba trip reports are available
      from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository". 
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Tours and Guides
>>>>>> A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for Manitoba Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Pectoral Sandpiper - breeds in Churchill - Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Franklin's Gull - Photo copyright Bob Lane

Photo copyright Bob Lane

Yellow Warbler - Photo copyright Jean Coronel

Photo copyright Jean Coronel
    **..Churchill, Manitoba with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
      Churchill has long been famous among naturalists as the site of the most easily accessible tundra on this continent–more recently, of course, it has become famous among ornithologists as simply THE place to find the incomparable Ross's Gull. In the last two years, only one individual has returned. If Ross's gull is your main target bird, you should consider this tour before this individual dies. The small seaport of Churchill is situated at the northern limit of the great boreal forest on the shores of Canada's Hudson Bay, the largest bay in the world, attracting nesting shorebirds in full plumage, spectacular display, and melodious songs. 
      • Churchill 1 - June 05 - June 17, 2001 (13.0 days - Limit 16) with leaders Kim Eckert & Barry Lyon
      • Churchill II - June 09 - June 21, 2001 (13.0 days - Limit 16) with leaders Jeri Langham & Shawn Hayes
      VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    **..Polar Bears of Churchill with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours
      (VENT). For several weeks each fall there are more polar bears in the Churchill area than in any other place in the world. This tour will spend four full days in Churchill where you will see numbers of these magnificent creatures, including mothers with yearling cubs, subadults, large bears, and "gee-whiz" monsters. While the number of bird species is small, the species which remain are spectacular and include such specialties as Snowy Owl, Gyrfalcon, and Rock and Willow ptarmigans. VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.

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Local Birding Events

Red-breasted Merganser - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
    ....Delta Marsh Birding Festival - 11-13 May 2001.  The Delta Marsh 
      Birding Festival will showcase the world famous Delta Marsh. This site was chosen for the first annual festival because of its fame as a birding area. The dates for the festival coincide with the predicted height of the warbler migration.

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Rare Bird Alert

    Check Southeast Manitoba RBA Archives

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North American Specialities in Manitoba

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.02.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of
each species noted below have been made in Manitoba. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird.

North American Endemic Specialities in Manitoba - No Canadian Endemics

___ Baird's Sparrow
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ Brewer's Sparrow
___ Bullock's Oriole
___ California Gull
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Clark's Grebe
___ Clark's Nutcracker
___ Ferruginous Hawk
___ Grey-crowned Rosy-Finch
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Lewis's Woodpecker
___ McCown's Longspur
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Prairie Falcon
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-Shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Sage Thrasher
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Sharp-tailed Grouse
___ Smith's Longspur
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Spruce Grouse
___ Townsend's Solitaire
___ Trumpeter Swan
___ Western Grebe
___ Western Scrub-Jay
___ Whooping Crane

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Links checked December 5, 2000