This is a shorter piece and a somewhat quieter day before we get to the half-day “pelagic” trip that I will recount – with many photographs – tomorrow. After that? We have a Burrowing Owl waiting for you … yes, in New Brunswick! Stick with us.
After the Sandpipers on Monday morning (see yesterday’s post) we passed a few hours in driving from the Moncton area down to St-John and beyond there to Black’s Harbour to catch the late ferry to Grand Manan. Little of real interest to report along the route other than while passing along the autoroute though a long, wide forested valley with a wide river running along it (full of fishable trout was my thought – looks a fishy place) J and I were excited to see an Osprey nest on top of a power transmission tower, seemingly with a head poking out of the top. Interesting and appropriate … then we saw another and another. Five in total – clearly my fisherman’s detection system was working well as it was evident the local Ospreys were making a decent living thereabouts.
Black’s Harbour is a small place devoted to a few fishing boats, an upstream fish processing plant with clouds of Gulls circling overhead and lots of blue water and small islands. We had an hour or so to kill so enjoyed poking about and watching birds in the water – Double-crested Cormorants, Black Guillemots, the aforementioned Herring Gulls and a Bald Eagle all kept our interest – as did Scaup, Common Eider, small flybys of SP Sandpipers, Bonaparte’s Gulls, plus Lesser and Great Black-backed Gulls.
The ferry crossing takes an exact 90 minutes and was spent mostly out on the upper deck (my, it was cold) looking at birds we passed. Not too many, but Common Gannets, a Common Tern and a few Great Shearwaters provided nice views.
Very fine hotel at the end of the crossing with a meal waiting for us. A good end to the day
The small photo gallery below contains some representative birds for you to enjoy – click on any one of the thumbnail images to open a full size screen image and album you can scroll throuigh.
Tomorrow’s chapter will detail tour in the rain, far out into the bay to see whales and some fabulous seabirds. Tomorrow also includes Rick Mercer. Do not miss it.
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