Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Northern Mockingbirds

While driving to my house today i sighted two Northern Mockingbirds to my delight. I parked my car and thank goodness i had my camera.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bird Sightings

What a lovely day! Got out for a good hike to Northern Light around to Gooseberry Cove and sighted lots of :
adult Northern Gannets flying by
5 Common Loons
Eider Ducks
2 pairs of Black Ducks
5 Northern Flickers
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
American Goldfinches
1 Merlin
At my feeder
1 Male Pheasant with 4 hens
4 Cowbirds
1 Downy Woodpecker
Song Sparrow
Lots of Robins around

Yesterday the Northern Cardinal was back in the trees singing at the library
Turkey Vultures soaring overhead
1 Adult Bald Eagle
1 Pileated Woodpecker
Canada Geese

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Bird Sightings

Hi Everyone
just got a report today that an Indigo Bunting has been sighted around the Library. Also a Male Northern Cardinal was singing loudly yesterday in the trees by the library.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Pussy Willows

Birds Sightings

Hi Everyone
Went on the cancer walk yesterday and in central grove and i sighted a Peregrine Falcon fly by quite close. Also sighted a Northern Harrier soaring above the bog just below balancing rock trail.
Todd Sollows sighted a small humpback up off Boars Head a few days ago..... about a half mile off shore.
Today i went for a walk to Northern Light and sighted two Muskrats by the beach. Walked into the woods by the gravel pit and startled 2 Black Ducks by a small pond that has lots of frog eggs in it. Robins, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Black-capped Chickadees were flying in and out of the alders and trees. Pussy Willows are in bloom. At my feeder were lots of Dark-eyed Junco's, Song Sparrows, American Goldflinch, Ring-necked Pheasants. In the tree were Robins and Northern Flickers. Lots of them coming through our Island right now.
June Swift

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nature Sightings on a Beautiful day!

Here is some nature pictures i took yesterday from my hike to Northern Light. The harbor seal swam over and clamored up onto the rocks. Looked like he was enjoying the sun! The frog eggs i sighted in along the dirt road into the ditches. The muskrat i sighted in a little fresh water pond by the beach chewing on some grasses.

Ring-necked Pheasant

Here is a couple of pictures i got of the Ring-necked Pheasant that has been coming to my feeder and bringing his hens with him.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Bird Sightings

Richard and Elizabeth Stern was visiting Brier Island this weekend. Here is the list of their sightings.
Liz and I spent from Fri. noon to this morning on Brier Island. Friday was warm and sunny - the rest was wet, windy and cold. Water levels were very high and the W.Light road was becoming flooded below Camp Rd. Birds of note included --

- Brant .................. ~150, mainly in Pond Cove
- Snow goose ....... 2 in the estuary along Digby neck, on Friday. Not relocated today.
- Black scoter ....... Several in Pond Cove
- Turkey vulture .... appr. 8, no doubt attracted by at least 3 dead seals on Pond Cove beach
- Rough-legged hawk ... 1 light phase flying N.E. over Whipple Pt.
- Am. kestrel .......... 1 over Freeport
- Am.woodcock ...... 1 at dusk at our Camp
- Snowy owl ........... 1 (prob. ad. F), in the big Meadow. Seen by us yesterday and others for the last few days. Some local people have seen 2 recently below W.Light.
- E.Phoebe ............ at least 3 around the island
- E.kingbird ........... 1 flew in near our camp. Because of the early date for this species I tried hard to make it into something more exotic, but it was just an eastern.
- Brown-h. cowbird .. 3+ M. and 3+ F. in Westport.

+ the usual and expected on Brier. No exotics or rarities! We also had a good chorus of Spring peepers Fri. evening.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Birds and Plants

While cleaning up Freeport Cove around the interpretive signs we also sighted 2 Canada Geese fly by and two Killdeer on the flats. Coltsfoot was inbloom along the roadsides and Skunk Cabbage flowers are out. Luckily i had my camera to capture some of these nature sightings.

GOMI Team Project

Just as spring tends to bring out all the wildlife the GOMI Digby Neck / Islands Team spent several hours on Good Friday by helping out nature. They started by visiting all the interpretive panels in Northeast Cove and examining the information. While there the youth cleaned up around the coastal areas and collected 16 large bags of garbage. They also managed to visit the Freeport Development Centre where they narrowed down their project presentations in preparation for the upcoming Bear River and Boston Conferences. A Democracy 250 video was viewed and its theme was the importance of youth making their voices heard as they have a vital role in today’s decisions. There was even a small pizza lunch held at the look off on the Fundy View Trail.
It was indeed a “good Friday”!
Happy Easter Everyone!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bird Sightings from the weekend

Anne and Eric Mills passed along their sightings while at their cottage on the weekend. Thought i would pass them along...
We saw 4 bald eagles at Pond Cove the first day we were there, 1 snipe, one pair of Pintails, a few Canada Geese at the back of the pond, 3 Turkey vultures dining on a large dead Gray Seal, Brant in the cove but many more in the cove outside the little pond - like 200 or so. We also saw the Brant in Freeport as we left the island.

Barn Swallow and other sightings....

Hi Everyone
Today was sunny but very windy on the Island. At Northern Light near the Brier Island Lodge I sighted my first Barn Swallow trying very hard to fly against the wind. It wasn't having much luck. Also sighted 3 Golden crowned Kinglets , 3 Turkey Vultures and a Merlin at Northern Light. Coltsfoot is in bloom along Northern Light road in the ditches and along the road.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Nature Sightings

Hello Everyone
What a switch in weather today from yesterday! Today is very windy and rainy. The tide is very full and spray is coming up onto the road.
Yesterday i sighted
2 Northern Harriers soaring near the deer fence
1 Northern Cardinal
4 Turkey Vultures
Numerous Black-capped Chickadees, Robins, Starlings, Common Grackles and some Red-winged Blackbirds.
In East Ferry i noticed an Adult Bald Eagle
Pussy WIllows blooming
Lots of Coltfoot in bloom, will have to check on the skunk cabbage in Freeport.