Photo Credit Yan Guilbault Hawk 2019

Bird species are abundant on Southampton Island. There are 2 bird sanctuaries on the Island, visited by many species, including the Common Eider and the Lesser Snow Geese.

Many other birds pass through the Island including Atlantic Brant, Canada Goose, Tundra Swan, Northern Pintail, King Eider, Oldsquaw, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loon, Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover, Whimbrel, Red Knot, Sanderling, Herring and Sabine’s Gulls, Arctic Tern, Black Guillemot, White-rumped Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone, Red Phalarope, Parasitic Jaeger and others.

Other common birds you can see near rivers or on the tundra near Coral Harbour include Ptarmigans, Snowy Owls, Sandhill Cranes, Peregrine Falcons and Gyrfalcons.