Thursday, July 12, 2012

Northeast Nova Scotia

 We had a great send off from New Brunswick seeing our third moose; three red foxes running on the beach; and a yearling black bear crossing the highway.  Just into Nova Scotia we slowed down for two Am. Woodcocks on the road and a doe with twin fawns.  We camped along the Northunmberland Shore seeing this beautiful sunset with Prince Edward Island to the north.  We drove along St. George's Bay then traveled NE to Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
 The Park includes miles of breath-taking coastline with steep sea cliffs, sheltered coves and crashing waves.  Corney Brook campground provided an interesting day with Pilot and Minke Whales and an assortment of seabirds followed by a nearly sleepless night with 50+ mph winds buffeting the RV.

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.
Our seabird boat trip adventure took us to Bird Island off the eastern coast of Nova Scotia  We saw over 800 pairs of Atlantic Puffins and Razorbills on the rocky cliffs of these colonial nesting islands.  In addition to these were Black Guillemots, Great Cormorants, Black-legged Kittiwakes, Gr. Black-backed Gulls and 20+ Bald Eagles sitting in the sea caves waiting for unattended gull chicks.

Next up?  The six hour ferry ride to Newfoundland and another new adventure.
Best wishes and prayers,
Ida & Ty Baumann

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