As we drive, wander and tend to the lands around us, we keep watch for feathered regulars and visiting friends. We’re not professionals in any way, so our identifications may not be thorough and may occasionally be less than precise. We’ve placed a Birding Log in the Guesthouse so this information will be updated occasionally.

We recommend the following site if you want to research images and information about any of the birds below:

 1. Birds we and/or guests have seen here (160 acres of bush / wetland beside Turtle Mountain Park and a few miles south of Whitewater Lake). We’ve used ‘Manitoba Birds’ Field Guide by Brezener and De Smet as our naming and organizational guide. 

American White Pelican (rare)

Double Crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron

Turkey Vulture
Canada Goose (nesting)

Ducks: Wood, Mallard, Teals, Pintail
Bald Eagle (early spring or late fall) R

Red Tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

Ruffed Grouse
Sora Rail

Franklins Gull

Common Tern
Rock Dove

Mourning Dove
Great Horned Owl

Snowy Owl
Common Nighthawk

Ruby Throated Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher

Downy Woodpecker (feeders)
Pileated Woodpecker (rare)

Eastern Phoebe
Red Eyed Vireo

Blue Jay (feeders)
American Crow

Common Raven
Barn Swallow

Black Capped Chickadee (feeders)
White Breasted Nuthatch (feeders)

House Wren
Ruby-Crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird
American Robin

Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher

Chipping Sparrow
Evening Grosbeak (feeders)

American Goldfinch (feeders)
Pine Siskin (feeders)

Common Redpoll (feeders)
Purple Finch (feeders)

Brewer’s Blackbird
Baltimore Oriole R

Rose Breasted Grosbeak
Red-Winged Blackbird

Cedar Waxwing
Yellow Warbler

American Redstart
Sparrows – various (feeders)

Dark Eyed Junco

2. Birds common to Farmland between us and Whitewater (not yet mentioned).

Snow Goose

Green Heron
Hawks – various

Sharp-Tailed Grouse (near-by)
Black-Billed Magpie

Purple Martin (town)
Western Meadowlark

Yellow-Headed Blackbird

3. Birds common to Turtle Mountain Provincial Park (not yet mentioned) – helped by pg 14 of “Manitoba Birds”.

Bobolink (Peace Garden)

Common Loon (Lakes/Ponds)

Red-Necked Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe


Night Heron
American Wigeon

Spotted Sandpiper
Sharp-skinned Hawk

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Mourning Warbler

4. Birds common to Whitewater Lake/Marsh –
info from “Community Conservation Plan for the Whitewater Lake
Important Bird Area” by Cory Lindgren.

Western Grebe

Eared Grebe
American White Pelican

Double-Crested Cormorant
Marsh Hawk

Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

American Bittern
Sandhill Crane

Sora Rail,
Yellow Rail

American Coot
American Avocet

Black-Bellied Plover,

Marbled Godwit
Hudsonian Godwit

Upland Plove
Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowleg and Lesser Yellowlegs
Long-Billed Dowitcher

Sandpipers: Pectoral, Baird’s, Least and Semi-Palmated 

Wilson’s Phalarope
Gulls: Herring, Ring-billed, Bonoparte’s, Franklin’s
Terns: Common, Forester’s, Caspian and Black 
Long-billed Marsh Wren,

Redwing Blackbird and Yellow Headed Blackbird
Sparrows: Savanah, LeConte’s, Vesper, Swamps and Song