Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Birds of Brier Island New Book!

Hello Everyone
Sorry I haven't posted in awhile but i wanted to bring a new book to your Christmas Shopping List. Eric Mills and Lance Laviolette have written and produced a new book entitled "Birds Of Brier Island". This special issue can be purchased at:http://tinyurl.com/brierislandbirds/The cost is $25 + postage & handling

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Migration Bird Count

Report from Eric Mills...
Four of us (Anne and I, Murray Newell and Cindy) had a colorful morning during the NSMC. At one time, we had a male Scarlet Tanager and a male Summer Tanager in the same binocular field; close by were a male Cardinal, a Baltimore Oriole, about 8 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and a male Indigo Bunting.

Later in the day, Anne and I found 2 more Summer Tanagers (a male on the Camp Road and a female at a feeder in Westport), while Murray and Cindy found a Blue Grosbeak in Westport.

The Eurasian Wigeon is still in Pond Cove, along with a pair of Gadwalls (two males yesterday).

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Long and Brier Island Adventure Bay of Fundy Travel Show

Bird Sightings

Richard Stern reports...
9 Turkey Vultures in a group over the Camp Rd. early afternoon, a Male Cardinal in Westport, 2 Horned grebes off Southern Point

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Little Blue Heron

Eric Mills reports...
This morning, there is an impeccable adult Little Blue Heron in a saltmarsh pond in Westport. It is preening and feeding actively - apparently newly arrived

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spruce Grouse

Eric and Anne Mills report...
Rarity is relative. This afternoon, Anne spotted a male Spruce Grouse scuffing about in the leaves near the S end of the Camp Road. We watched (and photographed) it at our feet for half an hour or so. This is only the second documented record for the island, the first being one I saw dead in a hunter's hands, also on the Camp Road, on 11 October 1971.

Other birds of the day: a few migrating D-cr. Cormorants; a Sapsucker; a Downy Woodpecker (scarce); am imm. Northern Shrike; a singing Cardinal; migrant R-w. Blackbirds; and a singing male House Finch (super-scarce). Many Robins, Song Sparrows and Juncos moved out overnight.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bird Sightings

Eric and Anne Mills report...
On Brier Island, we found a male and two female Barrow's Goldeneyes with ten Commons in the big pond Pond Cove, and nearby a Wilson's Snipe, a Killdeer and an Ipswich Sparrow with many Song Sparrows. An E. Phoebe was feeding on rocks at the N end of Westport, and there were still three Fox Sparrows (one singing) at a feeder along the Camp Road. It was an interesting mix of late winter and early spring today.