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TRAVELLING NATURALIST TRIP REPORT

Grand Manan

Saturday 21 – Monday 30 August 2004


Leaders:
Neil Arnold The Travelling Naturalist

Denis Doucet Fundy Hiking & Wildlife

Dennis Bamford Fundy Hiking & Wildlife


INTRODUCTION
This has been an exciting holiday with a great variety of experiences. I am grateful to Denis and Dennis for making the trip so much fun. I also thank you for your enthusiasm and good cheer. I hope we will meet again soon.
Neil Arnold September 2004


THE DIARY

SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
THE JOURNEY

We were greeted by Denis, our guide and Dennis, our guide! We then set off from Moncton in two vehicles. Within an hour we were at the Florentine Manor Inn, Harvey. En route we experienced pouring rain which continued throughout the evening, accompanied, in dramatic style, by thunder and lightning.


SUNDAY 22 AUGUST

HARVEY
WEATHER Cloudy,dull, West 4 early
Clearing,sunny, NW 2

Before breakfast a short drive brought us to Daly Creek Marsh where we set about identifying a number of wetland species. Wildfowl included Canada Goose, Blue-winged Teal, Black Duck, Wood Duck and American Wigeon. We were also delighted to see a perched Bald Eagle, Four Northern Harriers, a Merlin and several Ravens in the area. Two immature Bobolink then appeared briefly at the edge of the marsh. As we drove back to the inn we came across a large female Merlin harrying a number of American Crows that seen took refuge in the lower branches of a spruce.

After breakfast we drove across the marshes where we encountered Savannah Sparrows massing for the flight south. We also managed to find Song and Swamp Sparrows. By 10.00 we were at Hopewell Rocks where we discovered a flock of migrant songbirds. The flock included Dark-eyed Junco, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Black-headed Vireo, a number of warblers and two woodpecker species: Hairy and Downy.

Once on the beach we admired the sculptured stacks carved out of conglomerate rock. The other attraction was the abundance of wader species. We were able to study these busily feeding birds at close range. They included Semi-palmated Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Grey Plover and Semi-palmated Plover.

During our picnic lunch we noted soaring Bald Eagles and a Broad-winged Hawk. As we moved on to Cape Enrage we noted three more Broad-winged Hawks and a Sharp-shinned Hawk. Once at Cape Enrage we made our way to the beach where we looked for plant fossils, including those of ancient horsetails. Once again Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks were seen moving along the coast. A flock of Common Eider were the only wildfowl to be seen. At the nearby Waterside Marsh we found two Whimbrel, Spotted Sanpiper and a number of other shore birds including both Yellowlegs. Once more a Merlin overflew us. Some of the group managed to see a Belted Kingfisher as we made for 'home'.

Just before returning to the Inn we made a short stop at Daly Creek Marsh. Here we found a Great Egret, a local rarity. We also identified six species of Odonata (Dragon/damselflies). Pied-billed Grebe and fly-catching Cedar Waxwings also entertained us.

After a fine dinner Denis demonstrated his skill as an astronomer by showing us a number of stars through his five-inch astronomical telescope.


MONDAY 23 AUGUST
HARVEY
WEATHER Cold front passing.
1/8 Cirrus,sunny,still
Later 1-3/8 cloud, sunny
West 2-3

Coyotes called during the night. The early morning walk near the inn was graced by a number of warblers including Canada Warbler and Northern Parula. Other passerine species included Black-capped Chickadee and Red-eyed Vireo.

By 09.00 we were at Mary's Point. As we walked towards the beach we heard a Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow and moments later we saw the bird perched in wind blown rushes. The beach held a large number of feeding waders and three Bald Eagles. As we prepared to leave we discovered a delightful Northern Leopard Frog.

En route to Sackville we noted an Osprey, an immature Bald Eagle and two Broad-winged Hawks. Sackville Wildfown Park was the focus of our afternoon watching. Ducks and waders abounded. The waders were constantly harried by a lone Northern Harrier so we saw them both in flight and at rest. Both yellowleg species and Short-billed Dowitchers were seen well. Ducks included Ring-necked Duck, Green-winged Teal, Gadwall and American Wigeon. Pied-billed Grebes seemed to have had a good breeding season, as there were good numbers of immature birds. The bird highlight of the day was undoubtedly a feeding American Bittern which we were able to watch at X60 magnification through the telescopes. The other highlight was an American Coot, a rather scarce species locally. Seven species of Dragonfly and Damselfly were also studied at our leisure.

As we moved on towards Bouctouche we saw a Northern Flicker in flight. At the town water treatment plant we were delighted to see Bonaparte's Gull and a selection of ducks including a Lesser Scaup and Wood Ducks.

We arrived at the Auberge le Vieux Presbytère in time to settle into our rooms. After a fine evening meal we had a brief meeting after which Denis showed us some of his fine mounted wildlife photographs. It had been another fascinating day.


TUESDAY 24 AUGUST
BOUCTOUCHE
WEATHER 0,sunny,NW3
Later cloud building
to 5-6/8 Cu.sunny,NW4

By 08.10 we were in the late growth forest in the Bouctouche Dunes Reserve. Songbirds abounded, including six species of warblers and three species of vireos. The most unexpected find was alone Worm-eating Warbler, a scarce bird in New Brunswick. Downy Woodpecker and Northern Flicker were also present.

At 11.00 we started our walk along the beach. We were hoping to see Piping Plover but we had no success. We did, however, gain fine views of a Sanderling, Least Sandpipers and Common Terns feeding their young. A passing Osprey was seen well as was another fine hunter: the Williamson's Emerald dragonfly. One of the highlights of the day was a French style picnic: we didn't have fine Canadian wines, honest!

Our next port of call was the Bouctouche Rotary Park, a picnic area which abutted a salt marsh, open water and a bunded area beloved of waders. It was most gratifying to see three Goldeneye, two Pectoral Sandpipers and four Willet but the favourite sights would seem to have been a feeding Least Sandpiper at four metre range and a flamboyant Black Swallowtail butterfly. The most unexpected record, though, was of a Clay-coloured Sparrow which seemed to feel secure in the company of an equally enigmatic Bobolink.

The final venue of day was the water treatment works where we had more close views of duck and gulls. It had been a fine day, full of surprises.


WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUST
BOUCTOUCHE
WEATHER 1/8 Ci. Sun.NW1
Sea state 1

The drive to Black's Harbour took up the morning. It was punctuated by sightings of a number of raptors including Red-tailed Hawk, Peregrine, Turkey Vulture and American Kestrel. Eastern Bluebird and Groundhog were also notable sightings.

By 11.30 we had reached the New Brunswick Museum where we enjoyed the 'Hall of Great Whales', 'The Bird Room' and the Geology Display. Whilst awaiting the ferry at Black's Harbour we noted a number of butterflies, including the Monarch. We also had an opportunity to take a close look at Bald Eagles and Black Guillemots.

Once aboard the MV 'Grand Manan' the group settled down on the top deck to look for seabirds and cetaceans.Within half an hour of having left Black's Harbour, Harbour Porpoises were seen close to the ship. The numbers grew until the count numbered three hundred and fifty.

Then rafts of Great and Sooty Shearwaters were discovered. In all there were over six hundred birds. Then the excitement grew. Three Fin Whales blew and then surfaced at once. Before long another Fin Whale emerged in the company of two Minke Whales. They were accompanied by a huge flock of wheeling gulls, probably indicating the presence of huge numbers of fish.

As we arrived at North Head we were greeted by an Osprey.

After a fine meal at the Shorecrest Lodge we prepared for the adventure to come.


THURSDAY 26 AUGUST
GRAND MANAN
WEATHER 1/8 Ci,sun,0
15.00 Rolling fog
in the south, sun
in the north!

At 08.00 we set sail from Seal Cove in 'Sea Watcher' with Peter Wilcox, the Skipper and Derlan Ingersoll, the Mate.

The conditions were perfect. Soon we were enjoying close views of a variety of sea birds including Great Northern Divers, Black Guillemots and Eider. Then a female Velvet Scoter flew by.

Before long we encountered pelagic seabirds including flocks of Wilson's Storm-petrels, Sooty and Great Shearwaters. At this point Derlan began chumming, throwing out pieces of fish. At first gulls arrived and then Great Shearwaters took an interest, flying behind the boat. Eventually Wilson's Storm-petrels joined the fray. The star of this period of the trip was the immature Arctic Skua which stayed with us for a while. Then a Manx Shearwater flew across the stern. Puffins and a lone Pomarine Skua put the icing on the cake.

Word then spread that whales were blowing ahead. Soon we were enjoying views of three Northern Right Whales. A fine adult surfaced within fifty feet of the boat. It still had mud on its snout as a result of feeding on the sea bed. It then blew, rolled and fluked; deep diving. We were able to watch the three whales for some time. It was a great privilege to have access to three animals out of a local population of about fifteen (this year's estimate). Ironically at that time we noted krill in the sea around the boat, so some had evaded the feeding whales. Strangely our next sighting was of two hummingbirds flying strongly past the boat. As we returned to Seal Cove we passed a raft of some one hundred and forty Red-necked Phalarope and two Razorbill, one of which was an immature, the other probably its guardian male.

It was then that we noted a float plane spotting for the local tuna boats. The boats which had long platforms at the bow passed close by us. Fishermen were standing on the platform of one boat with long electric lances which kill the fish instantly. This was a fascination insight to an important local industrial endeavour.

Once we had lunched we drove to South West Head where we had a pleasant walk, the highlight of which was viewing the columnar basalt cliffs, butterfly watching and admiring the local flora. It was then that rolling fog indicated a change in the weather that might have an effect on the plans for the next two days. Ironically the north of the island was still bathed in sunshine.
The final venue of the afternoon was Castalia Marsh where we noted a number of waders.
After another good meal Laurie Murison gave us a talk on marine mammals.

FRIDAY 27 AUGUST
GRAND MANAN
WEATHER Extensive fog after a bright start.
Afternoon: patchy fog. Gusts SW 6

We set off from Seal Cove aboard the 'Sea Watcher'. At first we enjoyed views of a variety of sea birds and a few Harbour Porpoises. Then flocks of Red-necked Phalarope appeared, one of which held a lone 'guest star', a single Sanderling. At this point, the fog thickened and visibility was reduced to fifty metres or so. Peter moved the Sea Watcher to a location where whales had been sighted on the previous afternoon. He then turned off the engine and we listened for the distinctive sound of a whale blowing. After repeating this process a number of times the trip was abandoned.

Immediately a trip on the 'Elsie Menota' was arranged. By 13.00 most of the group were on the 'Elsie Menota', a wonderful steel hulled yacht. It was fortunate that she was based at North Head, a location often free of fog and within reach of the whale feeding grounds of the north. Soon the sails were set and a course set for the sea off the Whistle at the northern end of the island. Sara MacDonald was the Skipper and her Dad, Alan, the Crew and Chief Spotter.

Harbour Porpoises soon appeared beside the boat as we headed for a mass of wheeling gulls in the distance. It was immediately apparent that there was an abundance of food in the area when up to sixty Harbour Porpoises and three Minke Whales were seen. They were soon joined by two Fin Whales which proceeded to 'lunge feed,' that is swim forward at great speed into the area beneath the gulls. This was repeated several times. Eventually it was established that there were at least four Minke Whales in the area.

A closer look at the mass of birds revealed gulls, Great and Sooty Shearwaters and a lone Gannet.
The icing on the cake was provided when an adult Sabine's Gull flew past the bow of the boat.
Not only was there the opportunity to watch feeding whales for almost an hour but the sailing in a strong wind was exhilarating in itself.

Those not 'whaling' spent the afternoon at the Castalia Marsh and at the Whistle Dump. The latter site abounded with migrant warblers and a variety of interesting insect life.
The day had been challenging but most rewarding.

After dinner Denis entertained us with a selection of folk songs and guitar music.


SATURDAY 28 AUGUST
NORTH HEAD
WEATHER 0, fog in places, 0
Later 4/8 Cu. Sun,
NW 2-3. 28 C

In line with the Travelling Naturalist policy on the environment, we visited the 'dump' on Whistle Road (mind you it had been closed in 1999).

Songbirds abounded, including ten species of warblers. The stars were Pine and Prairie Warbler. We were also treated excellent views of a female Merlin and, later, to a fleeting view of a Sharp-shinned Hawk.

After breakfast two members of the group set sail on the 'Elsie Menota' once again and the rest set off to greet the high tide at Castelia Marsh. There were a great number of birds on the sea adjacent to the marsh, including two hundred and fifty Common Eider, eighteen Red-breasted Merganser and a host of cormorants.

A number of waders were feeding along the shoreline including Least Sandpipers and a lone Baird's Sandpiper. We had very close and prolonged views of the Baird's Sandpiper until all the birds were flushed from the beach by a marauding female Merlin. We also had distant views of more waders on the marsh itself.

In the afternoon we visited the Whistle where we watched small numbers of Harbour Porpoises, gulls and a few Great and Sooty Shearwaters feeding in the roiling waters off the headland. The bushes at the head held a number of passerines, including Yellow Warbler, American Redstart and a Grey Catbird. The most exciting event of the afternoon, however, was the passage of an immature Bald Eagle which was immediately mobbed by two Peregrine Falcons.

The landlubbers completed the afternoon by visiting Eel Lake. A lone Wood Frog and a Ring-necked Duck were the most interesting of the vertebrate fauna on show. The real showmen though were the dragon- and damselflies. We had great sightings of Shadow Darner, Spotted Spreadwing, Four-spotted Skimmer and Common Whitetail.

The two ladies who returned from the whale cruise came bearing great news. They had returned to the area to the north of the Whistle where they saw seven Minke and five Fin Whales feeding amongst a mass of sea birds. They witnessed Fin Whales lunge-feeding three times. On this occasion though the whales were lunging vertically, displaying their open mouths, showing the baleen and the rorquals (extended grooves in the throat). They also saw a mother and calf. The landlubbers were very pleased that the ladies had had such a good time but their pleasure was tinged with a little jealousy!

Our final dinner was at the delightful McClaughlin's Wharf Inn at Seal Cove.


SUNDAY 29 AUGUST
NORTH HEAD
WEATHER 8/8 Cu. Light rain
showers SW3
Fine by 10.00
As we were leaving on the 09.30 ferry we had time for a short walk in the Fish Head area. Flocks of migrants were found in which we detected Philadelphia Vireo, Chestnut-sided Warbler and the rare Kentucky Warbler.

The trip on the MV 'Grand Manan was spectacular. Despite the light rain the watching conditions were perfect for whale watching; the sea was flat and the sky dark, giving a good background against which to see blows. The first sighting, however , was a surprise, a distant view of a Basking Shark. As we rounded the Whistle Harbour Porpoises were seen fishing. They were soon joined by a Minke Whale and two Fin Whales. As the rain began to abate we reached about half way on our journey. Here we saw two more Fin Whales: the ship had to alter course to avoid a collision! As we neared Black's Harbour one more Fin Whale emerged. The other feature of the crossing was sighting a Great Blue Heron flapping its way towards the mainland and five Turnstone powering their way towards Grand Manan. It had been an exceptional trip.

As we docked we noted a perched Red-tailed Hawk, two Bald Eagles and a belted Kingfisher.
We then drove to Moncton. As we passed the Reversing Falls in St John the water was flowing upstream.

We lunched at Bell Street Marsh where we had good views of Alder Flycatcher, a variety of wildfowl and two 'new' dragonflies, Yellow-legged Meadowhawk and the spectacular migrant, Common Green Darner. Our last stop before the airport was a liquor store!

Our trip to Montreal was uineventful until we arrived over the city. The airport was in the grips of a 'Ground stop' due to a violent electric storm. All flights were either grounded or put into a holding pattern until conditions improved. Our trans Atlantic flight was delayed, but we arrived at Heathrow less than an hour late so the situation could have been worse.

SPECIES LISTS

BIRDS


KEY
BSM Bell Street Marsh
BO Bouctouche
CE Cape Enrage
DCM Daly Creek Marsh
GM Grand Manan
HA Harvey/Mary's Point
HR Hopewell Rocks
SWP Sackville Waterfowl Park


DIVERS Gaviidae
Great Northern Diver Gavia immer Eighteen records GM

GREBES
Podicipedidae
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps One DCM and twelve SWP

PETRELS & SHEARWATERS
Procellariidae
Great Shearwater Puffinus gravis Approx. seven hundred GM
Sooty Shearwater Puffinus griseus About one hundred and fifty GM
Manx Shearwater Puffinus puffinus One GM

STORM-PETRELS
Hydrobatidae
Wilson's Storm-petrel Oceanites oceanicus In the region of one hundred and seventy GM

BOOBIES & GANNETS
Sulidae
Northern Gannet Sula bassana Three B and seven GM

CORMORANTS
Phalacracoracidae
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Common throughout
Great Cormorant Phalacrocorax carbo Scattered coastal records

HERONS & BITTERNS
Ardeidae
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Noted daily, most common DCM
American Great White Egret Casmerodius albus One DCM. This is the second year running that we have recorded this local rarity
American Bittern Botaurus lentiginosus Wonderful views of a single bird SWP


WILDFOWL
Anatidae
Canada Goose Branta canadensis Widespread
Wood Duck Aix sponsa Four DCB, seven SWP and thirty BO
American Wigeon Anas americana Widespread on fresh water lakes and marshes : peak count 40 SWP
Gadwall Anas strepera Thirty SWP and one BSM
Green-winged Teal Anas crecca At freshwater sites
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos A handful of records at freshwater sites
American Black Duck Anas rubripes Common on freshwaters
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors Common: peak count 30 DCM
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris One with chicks SWP and an eclipse male Eel Lake GM
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis One at the sewage Ponds BO
Common Eider Somateria mollissima Common on the shore: peak count 250 GM
Velvet scoter Melanitta fusca One off GM
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula Three BO
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator Eighteen GM

AMERICAN VULTURES
Catharidae
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Two records from the vehicles St John area

OSPREY
Pandionidae
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Widely distributed: eight records

HAWKS
Accipitridae
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Nineteen records over a wide area
Northern (Hen) Harrier Circus cyaneus Common along the Fundy coast: seventeen records
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus Five records in or near forests
Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus Nine records on the Fundy coast suggests a migratory movement
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis One record en route St John and one at Black Harbour

FALCONS & CARACARAS
Falconidae
American Kestrel Falco sparverius Surprisingly scarce, only four records
Merlin Falco columbarius Six records on the Fundy coast and GM suggests migratory movement
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus One SWP, two near St John and two The Whistle, GM
PHEASANTS & PARTRIDGES Phasianidae
(Common) Pheasant Phasianus colchicus Scattered records mainland and GM

RAILS & COOTS
Rallidae
Sora Rail Porzana carolina Heard DCM
American Coot Fulica americana One at SWP

PLOVERS
Charadriidae
Grey (Black-bellied) Plover Pluvialis squatarola Common on the shore: peak count 40 Mary's Point
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus Widespread: peak count 50 HR

SANDPIPERS
Scolopacidae
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Two Waterside Marsh, one Shepody and one heard GM
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca Common and widespread
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Common and widespread especially on fresh waters
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Six, widespread records
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Four at the Rotary Park, BO
(Ruddy) Turnstone Arenaria interpres Seven, Fishhead GM and five in flight towards GM as we were en route Black's Harbour
Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus Over 400, GM
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus Twelve SWP and four GM
Sanderling Calidris alba One BO and one in a flock of phalaropes off GM
Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla Widespread: peak count 2,000 St Mary's Point
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla Widespread, often in flocks of fifty or more
White-rumped Sandpiper Calidris fuscicollis Thirty off GM
Baird's Sandpiper Calidris bairdii One GM
Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos Two Rotary Park BO

SKUAS
Stercorariidae
Pomarine Skua (Jaeger) Stercorarius pomarinus One adult off GM
Arctic Skua (Jaeger) Stercorarius parasiticus One imm. off GM

GULLS
Laridae
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis Widespread
Herring Gull Larus argentatus Very common
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus Common: peak count 200 off GM
Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia Common on the coast, scarce out to sea
Sabine's Gull Xema sabini An adult off GM
(Black-legged) Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla Common off GM

TERNS Sternidae
Common Tern Sterna hirundo Common BO and a few off GM

AUKS
Alcidae
Razorbill Alca torda Eleven records off GM. Adult and imm. pairs thought to be males caring for their young
Common Guillemot Uria aalge Two off GM
Black Guillemot Cepphus grylle Common GM: peak count 45
Atlantic Puffin Fratercula arctica Nine records of GM

PIGEONS & DOVES
Columbidae
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia Common in inhabited areas
American Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Common throughout

HUMMINGBIRDS
Trochilidae
Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris Scattered records, including birds at sea

GIANT KINGFISHERS
Cerylidae
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Ten records in freshwater and marine locations

WOODPECKERS
Picidae
Downy Woodpecker Picoides pubescens Two records, mainland
Hairy Woodpecker Picoides villosus One H and one GM
Northern Flicker Colaptes auratus Three records, mainland and one GM
Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus Heard HA

TYRANT-FLYCATCHERS
Tyrannidae
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris
Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum One HA and one BSM
Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus Scattered records

SWALLOWS & MARTINS
Hirundinidae
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor Only DCM and SWP
Bank Swallow (Sand Martin) Riparia riparia Scattered records
Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Common
Cliff Swallow Hirundo pyrrhonota Two near St John

SILKY-FLYCATCHERS
Bombycillidae
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedorum Common


WRENS
Troglodytidae
(Winter) Wren Troglodytes troglodytes One BO and one GM

MOCKINGBIRDS
Mimidae
Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis One at the Whistle GM

THRUSHES Turdidae
American Robin Turdus migratorius Common
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialia Two en route St John

TITS & CHICKADEES
Paridae
Black-capped Chickadee Parus atricapillus Common

NUTHATCHES
Sittidae
Red-breasted Nuthatch Sitta canadensis Noted in most flocks encountered

JAYS & CROWS
Corvidae
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Scattered records: peak count eleven GM
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Common and widespread
Common Raven Corvus corax Common

STARLINGS
Sturnidae
Common (European) Starling Sturnus vulgaris Common

NEW WORLD SPARROWS and BUNTINGS
Emberizidae - Emberizinae
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Noted daily; the most widespread of the sparrows
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana One record DCM
White-throated Sparrow Zonotrichia albicollis Elusive, often heard, seldom seen
Dark-eyed Junco Junco hyemalis Only at, HR, where common and GM
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis Noted in grassland areas
Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow Ammodramus nelsoni One seen singing M
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina Two HR
Clay-coloured Sparrow Spizella pallida One at the Rotary Park BO

NEW WORLD WARBLERS
Parulidae
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla Six records, mainly GM
Northern Parula Parula americana Ten records,six HA
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Seven records; in most flocks
Yellow Warbler Dendroica petechia Only three records
Pine Warbler Dendroica pinus One GM
Chestnut-sided Warbler Dendroica pensylvanica Two GM
Blackburnian Warbler Dendroica fusca Three scattered records
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens Eleven records mainly on GM
Prairie Warbler Dendroica discolor Two GM
Magnolia Warbler Dendroica magnolia Six scattered records
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata The commonest migrant warbler; peak 25 BO
Bay-breasted Warbler Dendroica castanea Two HR
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Noted almost daily
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus One record HR
Worm-eating Warbler Helmitheros vermivorus One BO
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Heard regularly but not seen
Kentucky Warbler Oporornis formosus One GM
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla Five records GM
Canada Warbler Wilsonia canadensis One H

VIREOS
Vireonidae
Red-eyed Vireo Vireo olivaceus The most common of the vireos
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius Several records in woodland on the Fundy coast
Philadelphia Vireo Vireo philadelphicus One heard BO and one seen GM

FINCHES
Fringillidae
Pine Siskin Carduelis pinus One BO
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Common
Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus Scattered records
White-winged Crossbill Loxia leucoptera Heard HR

OLD WORLD SPARROWS
Passeridae
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Only in St John

NEW WORLD ORIOLES
Icteridae
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Common in marshy places
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Scattered records
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater A female SW Point GM
Bobolink Dolichonyx oryzivorous Migrants on the Fundy shore


MAMMALS


CARNIVORES - Dogs
Carnivora - Canidae
Coyote Canis latrans Calling at night H

CARNIVORES - Seals
Carnivora - Phocidae
Common (Harbour) Seal Phoca vitulina Common GM
Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus Noted BO and GM

CETACEANS - Porpoises
Cetacea - Phocoenidae
Harbour Porpoise Phocoena phocoena Approximately six hundred and fifty GM

CETACEANS - Rorquals
Cetacea - Balaenopteridae
Minke Whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata Many sightings involving at least 11 individuals GM
Fin Whale Balaenoptera physalus Many sightings involving at least 11 individuals GM
North Atlantic Right Whale Eubalaena glacialis Three GM

EVEN-TOED UNGULATES - Deer
Artiodactyla - Cervidae
White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus Four DCM

RODENTS - Squirrels
Rodentia - Sciuridae
American Red Squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Widespread
Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus Two records on the mainland

RODENTS - Mice & Voles Rodentia - Muridae
Woodchuck (Groundhog) Marmota monax One near St John





AMPHIBIANS
Leopard Frog
Northern Wood Frog

FISH
Basking Shark


BUTTERFLIES
Laurentian Skipper
Black Swallowtail
Large white
Clouded Sulphur
Monarch
Great Spangled Fritillary
American Lady
Painted Lady


DRAGONFLIES
Spotted Spreadwing
Sweet Flag Spreadwing
Emerald Spreadwing
Familiar Bluet
Eastern Forktail
Variable Darner
Shadow Darner
Common Green Darner
Black-tipped Darner
Common Whitetail
Twelve-spotted Skimmer
Four-spotted Skimmer
Wandering Glider
Cherry-faced Meadowhawk
White-faced Meadowhawk
Band-winged Meadowhawk
Yellow-legged Meadowhawk
Williamson's Emerald



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