For 2021, this tour is a self-drive guided tour (your guide will be in a separate car)
2021 Tour Dates (advanced booking is required):
September 12 to September 18 (end of summer birding).
October 10 to October 16 (fall birding).
2022 Tour Dates (advanced booking is required):
May 29 to June 4; June 5 to June 11; June 12 to June 18 (spring birding).
August 28 to September 3 (late summer birding).
September 25 to October 1 (fall birding).
This is an exciting 5-day, 6 night guided tour that offers a remarkable experience in one of the richest birding areas on the island of Newfoundland. We’ll devote 5 full days birding the best Codroy Valley has to offer, including a few lesser-known locations. Discover the “songbirds of Codroy Valley”, explore wetland habitat for a variety of waterfowl, stroll sandy beaches while watching for the piping plover, and sea watch from coastal sites. Plenty of breaks throughout the day and time before supper allow us to review daily sightings, share photos and personal highlights.
Overnight accommodations are not included in the tour price. However, there are a variety of clean, comfortable and bird-friendly options available to you. Contact us if you require assistance.
Tour Starts / Ends
Codroy Valley, NL
Day 1 – Arrival
Meet & Greet 7:00 PM
Day 7 – Depart for home
Transportation during the tour (2022 only)
Field checklist of the birds for the area
Visit to the Codroy Valley Wetland Centre (seasonal access)
What you might see on this tour
Nestled against the foothills of the Long Range Mountains is the beautiful Codroy Valley, a lush and rolling countryside that unfolds alongside the Grand Codroy River to the ocean, forming one of the most biologically rich estuary sites on the Island of Newfoundland.
With lush forests and productive meadows, this sheltered valley is teeming with birdlife. In the spring, we look for interesting landbirds like the blackburnian warbler (the only location in the province this species is currently known to breed), boreal chickadee, endangered Red Crossbill (percna subspecies), ruby-throated hummingbird and gray catbird.
Other interesting species that breed here in small numbers are the Least Flycatcher, Chipping Sparrow, Veery and Bobolink. Codroy Valley is also a known hotspot for rare bird sightings.
The Grand Codroy Estuary supports a variety of nesting waterfowl and is considered the provincial stronghold for breeding blue-winged teal. Close by are several freshwater ponds that provide nesting habitat for Pied-billed Grebe and Sora.
We’ll visit sandy beaches to peer through a scope at the endangered Piping Plover and enjoy roadside views of nesting tern.
In the fall, the Grand Codroy Estuary provides staging habitat for a diversity of Arctic shorebirds, as they migrate along the Atlantic Flyway. Huge numbers of migrating waterfowl pepper the Grand Codroy River and coastal areas provide natural platforms to sea watch.
Winter (December 21 to March 20): hovers around 0°C (32°F)
Visit our Getting Here page for more information about our climate.
Maximum group size
4 to 8 (plus your guide)
Tour pace & walking
Comfortable pace, easy walking over flat terrain
Ease of birding
Easy to moderate, with rare sighting opportunities
Rare visitors to the area
Ash-throated Flycatcher (2021)
Sandwich Tern (2020)
Red-headed Woodpecker (2020)
Excellent for birds and the scenery is fabulous
Not included in tour price
Overnight accommodations, meals (catered meals can be arranged for your group). Transportation during the tour is not included for 2021. For 2021, this is a self-drive guided tour (your guide will be in a separate car). Contact us for assistance.
What to bring
Visit our Getting Here page for information on what to bring.
Yes, however there are patches of dead zones in some areas
The beautiful Codroy Valley is known for its exceptional scenery and unique habitats that are home to a diversity of breeding songbirds that are not known to nest anywhere in Newfoundland but here. Codroy Valley is also a very real hotspot for rare bird sightings. With 2 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) and the only RAMSAR wetland of international importance in the province, Codroy Valley is considered by many to be a birder’s paradise.