Overview

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!

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
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.
Top Mammals
Beluga & Minke Whales; Harbour Seal & Harp Seals; American Black Bear; American Marten.
Habitats Covered
boreal forest, park land, marshes, meadows, river, dunes
Expected Climate
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
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.
Accommodation
good
Ease of Birding
mostly very easy
Other Attractions
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!
Photographic Opportunities
good to excellent
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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 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.

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