In the past week, various migratory birds have returned to Baddeck: red-winged blackbirds, flocks of common grackles, mourning doves and what looks like a lonesome pine warbler at the suet ball. The snow is coming down in large flakes and supposed to turn to ice pellets and freezing rain. Hope these ‘early birds’ survive the storm. … More Migratory birds returning to a snowstorm
I was part of a small group that hiked from Big Intervale, along the Margaree River, to Cape Clear. It was a very wet day! We saw lots of interesting things, for example, bear claw marks on an oak tree (they are after the acorns), otter scat along the river (full of tiny fish bones … More Hike to Cape Clear from Big Intervale, Cape Breton Island
An enjoyable walk out to Uisge Bahn Falls with 2 Dutch tourists, investigating plants and listening to birdsongs. We heard the Ovenbird’s “Teacher! Teacher! Teacher!”, and saw Braun’s Holly Fern close to the falls.
On a recent kayak paddle along the Bras d’Or Lakes, we passed the red cliffs of Red Head (below the Bell estate) and headed towards Big Harbour. On the way, we lifted our kayaks into a barachois to explore. Came across a bald eagle nest, and one of the parents flew off … More Bald eagle nest along the Bras d’Or Lakes
During a recent canoe paddle and walk around Kidston Island, just a few hundred meters from the village of Baddeck, we saw the following bird species: American bald eagle, downy and pileated woodpeckers, spotted sandpiper, a family of Canada geese, yellow warblers, American redstarts, common terns, belted kingfisher, American crows, common grackle, American robin, bohemian waxwings, … More Birds on Kidston Island
Here is a photo gallery of some recent bird sightings.
Roseroot (Rhodiola rosea) is a fleshy, cactus-like plant considered vulnerable in Nova Scotia. It is found growing in crevices in rocky cliffs and shorelines. On a recent trip to Twillingate, Newfoundland, it was plentiful growing out of cracks in the sea cliffs. I also saw Bird’s-eye Primrose (Primula laurentiana) along the cliffs in Twillingate. Bird’s-eye primrose is considered … More Cliff plants in Newfoundland