Overview

Tucked away in northeast Alberta is a hidden gem known as Cold Lake. Here, the woods host 23 breeding warbler species, including such stunners as Connecticut, Blackburnian, Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted and Canada. No "luck of the draw" birding here - almost all of these species are breeding residents that can be found every single day. Sharing the woodlands and marshes with the warblers are such mouth-watering northern specialties as Yellow Rail, Nelson's and LeConte's Sparrows, Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and Canada Jay. Here is your chance to observe the breeding behaviours of your favourite migrant species - watch Bonaparte's Gulls nesting in trees and hear Common Loons give their haunting calls.

Add to this a fantastic colonial waterbird scene, featuring California and Franklin's Gulls, American White Pelicans, and a huge colony of Western Grebes - as well as the chance to view shorebirds such as Stilt Sandpiper and Sanderling - even Piping Plover - in their breeding finery, AND a high probability of scarce migrants such as Pacific Loon or Sabine's Gull, and you've got an unforgettable birding adventure in the heart of the boreal forest, outside of the usual "birding season" in the south. The secret won't be kept for long!

Tour Facts Top Birds
Connecticut, Blackburnian, Cape May, Magnolia, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted & Canada Warbler (some of the 23 breeding warblers species possible); Yellow Rail; Nelson's, Baird’s & LeConte's Sparrows; Spruce Grouse; Boreal Chickadee; Canada Jay; Bonaparte's, California & Franklin' Gulls; Common Loon; American White Pelicans; Western Grebes; Stilt Sandpiper; Sanderling; Piping Plover (in breeding finery); Sprague’s Pipit; Short-eared, Barred & Northern Saw-whet Owls; Great Grey, Boreal and Northern Hawk Owls (sporadic and only present in some years); Pacific Loon (scarce); Sabine's Gull (scare)
Habitats Covered
prairie-like grassland, lake, wetland, forest
Expected Climate
warm, daytime highs are normally between 20 - 25°C (68 - 77°F) but can reach the mid to upper 30s (90s).
Max Group Size
10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders / 5 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed
Accommodation
comforatable
Ease of Birding
mostly very easy
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

The leaders, Lev Frid & George Armistead, were fantastic. We had snow and heavy winds on a few afternoons, and they drove like champions. They tried so hard to get us on birds. The Boreal Forest is tough birding that time of year. Of the 36 species seen, 11 were life birds. Quality vs. quantity on this trip! There were 10 participants on the trip.

The fall colors were spectacular. Lev allowed photo stops to take in the scenery. We had perfect weather for touring, but migration wasn't at a peak on the windless days. I appreciated Lev's eBird talents. We e-birders received all the lists promptly. Despite Lev's characterization of himself as being hindered by his age (!), we found he had boundless energy and was hyper-alert to all bird activity. His enthusiasm for every sighting, new and ""old"", was passed on to all of us. He geared the descriptions of each species to the level of expertise of our amicable group and when I had a taxonomic question, he had detailed answers. He had the birding knowledge of an older leader, but the energy of an almost-30-year-old. I hope to join another Rockjumper trip with him and watch the grey hairs come in.

The leaders, Lev Frid & George Armistead, were fantastic. We had snow and heavy winds on a few afternoons, and they drove like champions. They tried so hard to get us on birds. The Boreal Forest is tough birding that time of year. Of the 36 species seen, 11 were life birds. Quality vs. quantity on this trip! There were 10 participants on the trip.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2022 DEPARTURES
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