Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Book "Best Places To Bird In The Prairies"

I'm very honored to have my photo of a singing Western Meadowlark, (one of my favourite birds) adorning the cover of the new book " Best Places to Bird In The Prairies " by Alan Roy Smith, John Acorn and Nicola Koper
I also have photos inside, plus there are great photos from other birders from each Province covered in the book.
In Best Places to Bird in the Prairies, three of Canada’s top birders reveal their favourite destinations for spotting local birds in Alberta, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. They highlight thirty-six of the region’s most highly recommended sites, each of which has been expertly selected for the unique species that reside there. With exclusive lists of specialty birds, splendid color photography, and plenty of insider tips for finding and identifying birdlife year-round, the book is accessible and easy-to-use—an indispensable resource that will inspire both novice and seasoned birders to put on their walking shoes, grab their binoculars, and start exploring.
The book is available now from all good booksellers, and is highly recommended.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Saskatchewan Birds 2018 Calendar ready For Delivery

My Saskatchewan Birds 2018 Calendar is now ready for delivery. Please click the calendar preview on the right , or the link below, to go to the online order page and have them delivered right to your door.
 Alternatively, email me if you'd like to pick up an order locally in person which saves the cost of shipping. I also have a limited amount of calendars I will mail out personally, so please make sure to ask. The local cost is still 20.00 dollars, and shipping is an extra 5 dollars per calendar.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Big Photo Update!

Sorry for the lack of recent blog posts everyone. I continue to add new photos to my Flickr gallery, which you can view here , and is up to date, so feel free to follow me there and you'll never miss a post.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

2016 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar

Greetings friends,

My 2016 Saskatchewan Birds Calendar is ready!  The price is 16.75 plus shipping.

There will be a very limited amount for those who still wish to pick up in person, but they will be first come first serve.  I will no longer be mailing any myself. These will be 20 dollars which includes tax . Email me for more details.

A preview of every page can also be viewed on the website.

To order the calendar online please go here :


Also, you can see all my latest photos on my Flickr page here :


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

OWLS 2016 Calendar on sale in stores

I'm honored to have my photo of a Great Horned Owl on the cover of the popular 2016 Owls Calendar by Firefly Books. It is available to order now at Amazon all over the world, on the web, and in many bookstores you will be familiar with.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

July Catch Up!

Hello friends and followers,

I have not updated this blog since December, so I thought it was high time I shared some new photos for people that prefer not to use Facebook, or who don't visit photo sites like Flickr, where I usually post my latest photos.

I will do my best to update my blog on a more regular basis, as I've been busy with other projects.

A new venture I've undertaken is to join up with Fine Art America, who make some beautiful artwork out of your photos, including canvas prints, metal prints, framed prints, greetings cards, phone cases and more.
Maybe you'll see something you like?  The link is here  http://nick-saunders.artistwebsites.com/index.html , or click the widget to the right of this page.

Thank you all for checking my page, and I hope you enjoy the photos! :-)

This story actually goes back to Autumn of last year ( between late August and September )
I had meant to post this last year but didn't get around to it.

I know its only the end of July, but Fall Migration is creeping up on us already !

Fall migration ( for me anyway ) means Warblers!  Sometimes, living here in Saskatoon, it can be difficult to see many of the warbler species, as they don't stay long on their way north during spring migration, and usually head straight to the Boreal forest to breed.

You might see a few in some local parks at the end of May, very early June, but if the winds are in their favor, the little guys can often fly right over us.
If you are lucky enough to visit the northern forests, then you will have more luck seeing several nice species of warbler.  In spring, they can be found not only by some of their beautiful colours, as they flit from tree to tree, but by their amazing array of songs.

In Fall, however,  the warblers are returning from their breeding grounds, and Saskatoon ( luckily for me ), is a 'pit stop' where they refuel, and can stick around for a little while, sometimes even weeks before they finally head south to a warmer climate.

Having a well treed backyard with a water feature, has proved very successful in attracting warblers, and also Vireos, Grosbeaks and many other fall migrants.

Last Fall, I had a record number of species show up!

An amazing 21 species of warbler visited my backyard during August, September and October.

Here is the list ( in no particular order )

1. Black and White warbler
2. Bay-breasted Warbler
3. Blackburnian Warbler
4. Chestnut-sided Warbler
5. Canada Warbler
6. Blackpoll Warbler
7. American Redstart
8. Yellow Warbler
9. Northern Waterthrush
10. Common Yellowthroat
11.Yellow-rumped Warbler
12.Tennessee Warbler
13.Orange-crowned Warbler
14.Wilson's Warbler
15.Mourning Warbler
16.Magnolia Warbler
18.Cape May Warbler
19.Palm Warbler
20.Black-throated Green warbler
21.Nashville Warbler

During this period, I also had visits from 4 Vireo species, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ruby-crowned and Golden-crowned Kinglets, Brown Creeper, Baltimore Oriole, Swainson's, Gray-cheeked and Hermit Thrush, Merlin, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and an assortment of fall sparrows, and more besides.

So, you can see why Fall is my absolute favourite time of year. Especially when you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home to see the wildlife!! :-)

Here are some photos taken during that time :

Black and White Warbler

Bay-breasted Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Blackpoll Warbler

Black-throated Green warbler

Cape May Warbler

Common Yellowthroat ( juvenile )

Magnolia Warbler

Nashville Warbler

Northern Waterthrush

Orange-crowned Warbler


Palm Warbler

Wilson's Warbler (female)

Wilson's Warbler

Mourning Warbler

Monday, December 22, 2014

Calendar Can Now Be Ordered Online

Greetings friends, for anyone that missed out on my calendar this year. It can now be ordered online here :

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all !!!!