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Birding Newfoundland and Nova Scotia

114 July 2008

I met Bill Scheible, Cedar Rapids, IA, in Montreal and we flew on to St. John's, Newfoundland in the fog on 30 June. After exploring St. John's on Canada Day, we met five other members of our Field Guides group and Chris Benesh, our very knowledgeable Field Guides leader. We toured much of the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland, took a 17-hr ferry ride to Sidney, NS, and toured the northern half of NS, including Cape Breton Island. We enjoyed several great birding/whaling pelagic trips, and saw more than 120 bird species, four whale species, and several other notable mammals. Bill and I stayed on for three additional days at a delightful B&B, The Breakers, in Digby, NS, home of the world-famous scallop fleet on the Bay of Fundy. The scallops were delicious! We wandered the Annapolis Valley and Bay of Fundy areas and drove to Westport on the peninsula. We crossed southern Nova Scotia through Kejimkujik NP and visited several towns along the Atlantic coast on our way back to Halifax. Trip weather was generally sunny with a couple days of fog/drizzle. We greatly enjoyed exploring with Chris and our other amiable companions.

A series of photos, generally in chronological order, follows.

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Bill Scheible and St. John's, Newf. Battery Hotel sign, 1 July 2008


St. John's harbor seen from our windows in the Battery Hotel, 1 July 2008


St. John's harbor at night


Historic buildings in St. John's, 1 July 2008

Canada Day celebration, St. John's, 1 July 2008


Seabird colony, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Black-legged Kittiwakes with chicks, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Common Murres, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Atlantic Puffin, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Atlantic Puffins, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Atlantic Puffin, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Great Black-backed Gull, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Common Murres, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Razorbills, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Black-legged Kittiwakes with chicks, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Black-legged Kittiwakes, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Common Murres, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Common Murre with Thick-billed Murre, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Northern Fulmar, Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale (one of many) in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Spout of Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Blowhole of Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Dorsal fin of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Flukes of diving Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Iceberg in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Iceberg in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008
 


Flipper of Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Blowhole of Humpback Whale in Witless Bay, Newf., 2 July 2008


Yellow-bellied Flycatcher near Cape Spear, Newf., 2 July 2008


Cape Spear lighthouse, easternmost point of land in North America, 2 July 2008


Bill Scheible at Cape Spear, 2 July 2008


Kay Niyo at Cape Spear, 2 July 2008


Fin whales seen going by Cape Spear, Newf., 2 July 2008


Tors Cove (where we estimated ~50 Humpback Whales in the bay) on the Atlantic coast of Avalon Peninsula, Newf., 3 July 2008


Fox Sparrow singing, southern Avalon Peninsula, 3 July 2008


Little Gull in fog at St. Vincent's Beach, Newf., 3 July 2008


Arctic Tern possibly nesting, in fog at St. Vincent's Beach, Newf., 3 July 2008


Gannet Rock in fog, Northern Gannet colony at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 4 July 2008


Gannet Rock in fog


Northern Gannet pair preening in fog at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Northern Gannet pair in fog at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Northern Gannet with chick at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Northern Gannet with oldest chick at Cape St. Mary's hatched 16 June according to the naturalist, 5 July 2008


Northern Gannet with oldest chick at Cape St. Mary's hatched 16 June according to the naturalist, 5 July 2008


Third-year Northern Gannet at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Unidentified wildflower found in the open meadow at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Unidentified fungus, possibly a chantarelle, found in the open meadow at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Unidentified buttercup found in open meadow at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Unidentified violet found in open meadow at Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Caribou near Cape St. Mary's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Swamp Sparrow, Avalon Peninsula, Newf., 5 July 2008


Pine Grosbeak, Avalon Peninsula, Newf., 5 July 2008


Northern Waterthrush, Avalon Peninsula, Newf., 5 July 2008


Pine Grosbeak eating dandelion seeds at Saint Bride's, Newf., 5 July 2008


Sister ferry leaving Sidney, Nova Scotia for Placentia, Newf., as we were ready to dock at Sidney, 6 July 2008


Ferry dock at Sidney, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Double-crested Cormorants on buoy in Sidney, Nova Scotia harbor, 6 July 2008


Double-crested Cormorants and nesting Common Terns with chicks on wharf at Sidney, Nova Scotia harbor dock, 6 July 2008


Common Terns with chicks on wharf at Sidney, Nova Scotia harbor dock, 6 July 2008


Black Duck with ducklings at ferry dock, Sidney, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Savannah Sparrow, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Willet with chicks, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Willet, Port Morian Sandbar, Nova Scotia, 6 July 2008


Cape Breton Island bridge, Nova Scotia, 7 July 2008


White-throated Sparrow, Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Cape Breton Island, taken from whale-watching boat out of Pleasant Bay, NS, 7 July 2008


Whale-watching boat in Pleasant Bay, Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Pilot Whale seen from whale-watching boat on coast of Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Moose, one of five seen on Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Moose, one of five seen on Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Laurel in bog on Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Unidentified orchid in bog on Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Pitcher plant in bog on Cape Breton Island, NS, 7 July 2008


Magnolia Warbler, Benji's Lake Trail, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Black and White Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Black and White Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Gray Jay, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Yellow-rumped Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Mourning Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Mourning Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Black and White Warbler, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Pine Grosbeak, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Lincoln's Sparrow, Cape Breton Highlands NP, NS, 7 July 2008


Cape Breton Island and Cape Breton Highlands NP seen from a whale-watching boat out of Pleasant Bay, NS, 7 July 2008


Cape Breton Island and Cape Breton Highlands NP seen from a whale-watching boat out of Pleasant Bay, NS, 7 July 2008


Common Mergansers on St. Mary's River, near Liscomb, NS, 8 July 2008


Piping Plover on Pomquet Beach, NS, 8 July 2008


Piping Plover with chicks on Pomquet Beach, NS, 8 July 2008


Bobolink in hayfield land, Nova Scotia, 8 July 2008


Purple Finch, near Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 8 July 2008


Bill Scheible with The Simpsons in a yard near Liscomb, NS, 8 July 2008


Bill Scheible with The Simpsons in a yard near Liscomb, NS, 8 July 2008


Old farmhouse near Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Evening Grosbeaks at farmhouse near Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Fern along country road near Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Bunchberry along country road near Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Broad-winged Hawk with prey (probable vole spp), Woodpecker Trail near Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Broad-winged Hawk with prey hidden by branch, Woodpecker Trail near Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


White-winged Crossbill, Woodpecker Trail near Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Woodchuck, Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 9 July 2008


Northern Parula, Woodpecker Trail near Liscombe Lodge, NS, 10 July 2008


American Goldfinches on feeder at Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 10 July 2008


St. Mary's Falls on the St. Mary's River near Liscombe Lodge, Liscomb, NS, 10 July 2008


Which bird?! Last day of the tour, along a country road near Liscomb, NS, 10 July 2008 (L to R: Bill Scheible, Warren Cairo, Connie Diernisse, Claudia Burns, Amy Potter, Dianne Hall, Chris Benesh)


NO, this way! Along a country road near Liscomb, NS, 10 July 2008


Sunset over Digby, NS wharf, 11 July 2008


The Breakers B&B, Digby, NS, 11 July 2008


Digby wharf, home of the world's largest scallop fleet, 11 July 2008


Evangeline Beach, Bay of Fundy shorebird site, NS, 11 July 2008

Evangeline Beach, NS, with receding tides in the Bay of Fundy, 11 July 2008


Wolfville, NS, one of our favorite little towns in the Annapolis Valley, 11 July 2008


Bill and Kay enjoying coffee at the Library Pub in Wolfville, NS, 11 July 2008


Bill and Kay in the rose garden in Annapolis Royal, NS, 12 July 2008


Bill at the water garden in Annapolis Royal, NS, 12 July 2008


Kay at the water garden in Annapolis Royal, NS, 12 July 2008


Lilies at the water garden in Annapolis Royal, NS, 12 July 2008


Fort Anne at Annapolis Royal, NS, 12 July 2008


St. Mary's Bay with receding tide along the peninsula of NS, 12 July 2008


Herring weir, along the peninsula on the way to Briar Isl., NS, 12 July 2008


Lobster buoys readied for next year's season, along the peninsula on the way to Briar Isl., NS, 12 July 2008


Lobster traps and nets readied for next year's season, along the peninsula on the way to Briar Isl., NS, 12 July 2008


Briar Isl, NS, across the strait from Westport, NS, 12 July 2008


River running through Kejimkujik NP in south-central NS, 13 July 2008


Historic home in Lunenburg, NS on the Atlantic coast, 13 July 2008


Historic home in Lunenburg, NS, 13 July 2008


Historic Episcopal Church in Lunenburg, NS, 13 July 2008

 

 

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