Tadoussac is a largely undiscovered jewel in North American birding. It is one of the best places to view visible migration in the world, often involving flights of thousands of birds – finches, shorebirds, seaducks and raptors. Its northern setting makes it an excellent place to view movements of boreal finches and northern raptors, as well as seaducks such as Black, Surf and White-winged Scoters, Long-tailed Ducks and Common Eiders, gulls such as Glaucous, Iceland and Black-legged Kittiwake as well as Northern Gannets on the mighty St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence also hosts a resident population of Beluga whales, the southernmost in the world – which are easily visible just by walking down to the river from our hotel!
Northern Goshawk; Golden Eagle; Rough-legged Hawk; Bohemian Waxwing; Pine Grosbeak; Common Redpoll; Two-barred & Red Crossbills; Black-backed & American Three-toed Woodpeckers; Iceland Gull; Northern Gannet; Barrow’s Goldeneye; Spruce & Ruffed Grouse; Evening Grosbeak; Boreal Chickadee; Black, Surf & White-winged Scoters; Northern Saw-whet & Boreal Owls (rare, may be seen while banding) and large numbers of birds visibly migrating.
Beluga & Minke Whales; Harbour Seal & Harp Seals; American Black Bear; American Marten.
boreal forest, park land, marshes, meadows, river, dunes
usually pleasant, daily highs of 10°C (50°F) but below freezing at night with the possibility of snow and rain.
Max Group Size
7 with 1 Rockjumper leader / 10 with 2 Rockjumper leaders
Tour Pace & Walking
relaxed, days are getting shorter at this time of year. Each day at Tadoussac begins at the hotel with breakfast followed by a short drive to a nearby birding location (weather dependent). We usually start at the Tadoussac dunes to watch the morning flight and then move onwards to either a seawatching or boreal forest site.
Ease of Birding
mostly very easy
opportunities abound for exploring the beautiful little coastal town of Tadoussac, admiring the scenery of the beautiful Saguenay Fjord or watching the playful Beluga Whales at the mouth of the Saguenay river – only a short walk from the hotel!
good to excellent