|Black Swifts nest on the canyon walls above the falls|
|Our travels - June 26 to July 9|
As in past trips, local birders contributed greatly to our success. James Hirtle in Nova Scotia and Anne Hughes in Newfoundland went far out of their way to show us some good birds; Jame’s friends Dorothy and Johnny also were very friendly and helpful.
|Dorothy and James|
|Anne, Phil, Mike, Brian & Ray|
Part of our mission this year is to find some interesting places whether it be for scenery, local culture or wildlife. Les isles de la Madeleine met all three criteria and were a real treat – fascinating geography, touristy but without the tourists, funky restaurants and some good birds. We even tried to speak French but more often than not, Spanish came out instead.
|View from "Old Harry" - Iles de la Madeleine|
|Razorbill and Atlantic Puffin ... wouldn't they create an interesting hybrid?!|
We did enjoy our brief time in New Brunswick and were impressed with the two main birding sites that we visited – Cape Jourimain (at the south end of the Confederation Bridge) and Irving Nature Park (the name Irving is everywhere in NB) in Saint John. New Brunswick is definitely worthy of a longer birding visit (just not this year!)
Nova Scotia was where most of our target birds resided so that is where we spent most of our time. The American Oystercatcher and Roseate Terns in the south and the Bicknell’s Thrush in the north were new Canadian birds for most of us. We had fantastic weather for both of our boat trips - whale watching in the Bay of Fundy and a Roseate Tern expedition. A highlight of the whale watching trip was up close viewing of rafts of shearwaters.
|A Manx Shearwater in the midst of many Great Shearwaters|
|Great Shearwater up close|
|Seabird cliffs at Cape St. Mary's in the mist|
|Cape St. Mary's in the sunshine|