Birder's Guide

AUG 2013

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Birding New Brunswick murres, Razorbill, and Black Guillemot. Barrow's Goldeneye can be found on the Gulf of St. Lawrence in areas where open water persists, such as Cocagne. Duck concentrations will occasionally produce Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck, and King Eider. Migrating focks of Canada Geese occasionally bring with them Barnacle, Pink-footed, Greater White-fronted, and— exceptionally—Graylag geese. Gull focks around Courtney Bay, the Saint John West Sewage Lagoon, and Black's Harbour often produce Iceland and Glaucous gulls and, less frequently, Black-headed, Common [Mew], and Lesser Black-backed gulls. Ivory Gull is a rare visitor on both coasts. Arctic-breeding passerines that winter in New Brunswick include Northern Shrike, Lapland Longspur, Snow Bunting, and both Common and Hoary redpolls. Roughlegged Hawk, Snowy Owl, and Northern Hawk Owl are all scarce but regular winter visitors. Many of these species are found in open grasslands such as the Tantramar Marshes and Grand Lake Meadows. New Brunswick provides opportunities for birders in all seasons. Because of its small size, even a short visit can be very rewarding, but there is enough diversity of habitat and birds to provide weeks of exploring. More information on birding New Brunswick can be obtained from the Birds of New Brunswick: An Annotated List, published by the New Brunswick Museum. A good online information source is Birding New Brunswick . Whale Watching Companies include: Quoddy Link Marine, St.Andrews www.townsearch.com/quoddylink/ whalesandwildlifecatamaranstyle.html Fundy Tide Runners, St. Andrews www.fundytiderunners.com Whales-n-Sails, Grand Manan www.whales-n-sails.com Sea Watch Tours, Grand Manan www.seawatchtours.com 44 Birder's Guide to Travel | August 2013 Some of the Bay of Fundy's highest tides are found here at Shepody Marsh. Photo © Sybill Wentzell.

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