Six Right Whales and Lots of Birds at Grand Manan

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Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2009 20:11:15 -0300
From: Roger Burrows NatureNB
Subject: Grand Manan birds

August 22

Castalia Marsh 14:05-14:55
257 Common Eiders, 6 Least Sandpipers, Tree Swallow, 3 wood-warblers, inc. male Black-throated Blue Warbler, possible male Blue Grosbeak, adult & juvenile Nelson's Sparrow

August 23

Marathon Inn 10:45-11:30
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, juvenile Eastern Kingbird, Red-eyed Vireo, Winter Wren, 8 wood-warblers, inc. immature female Blackburnian Warbler & Northern Waterthrush

Marathon Inn 13:20-14:10
male Merlin, 2+ Red-eyed Vireos, 7 wood-warblers, inc. Cape May Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak

August 24
Marathon Inn 08:30-09:00
Least Flycatcher, 4 wood-warblers

Grand Harbour 11:05-11:40
2 Great Blue Herons, 193 Canada Geese, 31 American Black Ducks, immature Bald Eagle

Marathon Inn 12:50-13:00
3 wood-warblers

Castalia Marsh 13:20-14:20
63+ Common Eiders, first Turkey Vulture of fall, immature Peregrine Falcon, adult female Merlin, 15 Semipalmated Plovers, Greater & Lesser Yellowlegs, 2 Sanderlings, White-rumped, 20 Least & 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers, Least Flycatcher

Ox Head 14:35-15:05
55 Common Eiders, 2 Black-bellied Plovers, 9 Least Sandpipers, Least Flycatcher

Ingalls Head 15:05-15:55
77+ Semipalmated Plovers, Sanderling, 1+ Least, 2 White-rumped & 70+ Semipalmated Sandpipers

Marathon Inn 16:30-17:20
Eastern Wood-Pewee, Least & 2 Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Eastern Phoebe, 8 wood-warblers, inc. female Blackburnian & female Canada Warblers

August 25
Boat Trip from North Head 07:15-11:45
Common Loon, 210 Greater, 75 Sooty & 5+ Manx Shearwaters, Leach's & 16+ ilson's Storm-Petrels, 4 Northern Gannets, 3 Great Cormorants, 850 Common iders, Bald Eagle, Semipalmated Plover, Red-necked Phalarope, dark & 2 light adult Parasitic Jaegers, 4 Black-legged Kittiwakes, 3 Arctic Terns, 3 Razorbills, 29+ Atlantic Puffins


Marathon Inn 17:00-18:00
Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 2 Red-eyed Vireos, 3 wood-warblers; Yellow-bellied Flycatcher & male House Sparrow reported

Red Point afternoon
several Red-necked Grebes reported

Castalia Marsh afternoon
female Red-breasted Merganser + 4 mid-sized ducklings

Roger Burrows
Ingalls Head
Grand Manan

PS There were also 6+ North Atlantic Right Whales and a lone Finback Whale
off Ingalls Head & Duck Islands

Photo Credit: Least Flycatcher wikipedia.com

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