Saturday, July 28, 2012
Certainly one of our memorable Newfoundland experiences was spending an pleasant afternoon visiting with Neil & Jan Payne (parents of Mark Payne, Wildlife Sanctuary Ranger). From the porch of their lovely summer home in Campbellton we saw and heard a Minke Whale on the calm waters of Notre Dame Bay.
Our journey here is nearing an end as we head to the Ferry Dock for our return to Nova Scotia.
A fond farewell to Newfoundland, Canada
Ty & Ida Baumann
Thursday, July 19, 2012
The generous number of "Moose Crossing" signs posted along the highway kept us ever vigilant. We did see 17 moose along the Viking Trail from the ferry landing to the northern most tip of Newfoundland. Birds of note included nesting Blackpoll Warblers, Fox Sparrow, Com. Redpolls, Pine & Evening Grosbeaks, Gray Jays, Boreal Chickadees, Black-backed Woodpeckers and Piping Plovers.
Greetings to all from the far north.
Ty & Ida Baumann
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The next morning brought calm and sunshine. We walked the 5 mile Skyline Trail on French Mountain. What a unique experience with Spruce Forest and bog environment (pitcher plant to the right) leading out to a beautiful coastline vista. We finally found our boreal birds that we had been looking for since we left Wisconsin: Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Red Crossbills, and Pine Grosbeaks.
Next up? The six hour ferry ride to Newfoundland and another new adventure.
Best wishes and prayers,
Ida & Ty Baumann
Sunday, July 1, 2012
While watching thousands of birds feeding from Pointe Ste-Pierre: "Thar she blows" 6-8 Humpback Whales put on quite a show over a 2 hour period - spouting, backs rolling, and tail wags.
Just into New Brunswick, we watched a Fisher cross the road in front of us. More people speak English here which is a relief to us non-French speaking folk. We turned our clocks forward again into the Atlantic Time Zone.
We found a small park to stay at Maisonnette Point where we surprisingly found 7 species of shorebirds including nesting Willets and Red Knots in breeding plumage.
Another coastal point of interest included a boardwalk through a short-grass marshland bearing a colony of Nelson's (Sharp-tailed) Sparrows. Adjacent to the marsh were hundreds of black floats, according to locals, marked the large Oyster "seed beds"
Tomorrow we head south toward Nova Scotia as we continue our Canada journey.
Happy Canada Day & U.S. Independence Day! Ty & Ida Baumann