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2013 Birding New Brunswick & Grand Manan

2013 Birding New Brunswick & Grand Manan

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2013 Birding New Brunswick & Grand Manan
2013 Birding New Brunswick & Grand Manan

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Our tour combines diverse bird life with beautiful
panoramas of wildowers, picturesque shingvillages and fabulous views of whales, includingthe endangered North Atlantic Right Whale. Wevisit Grand Manan Island when fall migrationpeaks for several groups of birds, and we couldsee well over 20 species of warblers, includinga good chance for rarities like Prairie Warbler.The interior forests support breeding populations
Birding
New Brunswick& Grand Manan
of Black-backed Woodpecker, Spruce Grouse,White-winged Crossbill and Boreal Chickadee.Seabirds are diverse; along with BlackGuillemots and Northern Gannets, we are quitelikely to see Great and Sooty Shearwaters,Razorbills, Atlantic Pufns, Common and ArcticTerns, and Northern Fulmars, and there isalways a good chance of seeing jaegers, Storm-Petrels and Black-legged Kittiwakes. We alsotake in the amazing shorebird concentrations of the Bay of Fundy, renowned for the highest tideson earth, and the sand dunes of KouchibouguacNational Park.
 August 17 - 26, 2013
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 Your ItineraryHighlights
Day 1 Arrival in Saint John
Our trip ofcially begins at 6:00 pm in our hotel lobbywhere we will meet and head off to a nearby restaurantfor dinner. Night in Saint John.
Day 2 Fundy National Park and Mary’s Point -Shepody National Wildlife Area
We depart early from Saint John and visit FundyNational Park, where we’ll take in a couple of naturetrails, looking for boreal forest species such as BorealChickadee, Gray Jay and White-winged Crossbill, andkeeping a watch for Moose. We then head along thecoastline to Mary’s Point Shepody National Wildlife Area,where, during early August, Semipalmated Sandpipersgather in the hundreds of thousands. Even though wewill be past this peak, there will still be large numberspresent. The sight of all these birds twisting and turningin unison is an awesome spectacle. There will almostcertainly be Peregrines and Merlins attracted by theshorebirds here. Nearby is a collection of freshwater dykes and marshes, edged by a nature trail, which wewill explore for other shorebirds, gulls and terns. If time
• Easy and enjoyable birding in ne weather 
• Very pleasant and attractive scenery
• Ferry rides and pelagic trip for seabirds and marine mammals, including the endangeredNorth Atlantic Right Whale• Globally signicant concentrations of migrant Semipalmated Sandpipers along the shores of Bay of Fundy• Grand Manan is simply a delightful island to explore!
What’s Included:
• Your guide• Accommodation• Breakfasts and lunches during the tour • Transportation during the tour • Ferry ride to/from Grand Manan• Boat trip into Bay of Fundy
What’s Not Included:
• Independent ights from your home to Saint
John
• Evening meals• Personal expenses
• Travel Insurance (Mandatory Medical &Evacuation Insurance)
 Trip Details
Price:
$2,740 USD + HST. Single supplement: $505 USD + HST
Flights:
Independent ights to/from Saint John, NB
Min Group #:
4
Max Group #:
9
Fitness Level:
Moderate
Guide:
Jody Allair 
Tour Starts & Ends:
Saint John, New Brunswick
 
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permits we will explore more of the Shepody Bay area,including the amazing owerpot formations of HopewellRocks Provincial Park. Night in Moncton.
Day 3 Johnson’s Mills, Tantramar Marshes andSackville Waterfowl Park
We leave Moncton early and head to Johnson’sMills Shorebird Reserve for some morning shorebirdwatching. Even when the tide is low this remarkablearea provides excellent views of foraging sandpipersand plovers. From here we will make our way toSackville and spend the rest of the morning exploringthe Tantramar Marshes which border onto neighbouringNova Scotia looking for marsh dwellers like Sora andVirginia Rail, American Coot, Common Moorhen,various waterfowl such as American Wigeon, NorthernPintail and Lesser Scaup plus open habitat specieslike Northern Harrier, and Nelson’s Sparrow. We alsovisit the Sackville Waterfowl Park where a surprisinglydiverse collection of waterfowl, rails and shorebirds canbe seen from the observation tower, 2 km of boardwalkand picnic facilities. At day’s end we will travel north toRichibucto or St. Louis-de-Kent to spend the night.
Day 4 Kouchibouguac National Park
Kouchibouguac National Park is a beautiful assemblageof seashore, salt marshes, barrier beach, borealforests and acid bogs. Here we will hope to catch upwith the endangered Piping Plover, which nests here.The salt marshes host large numbers of migratingshorebirds including Short-billed Dowitcher, Red Knotand Hudsonian Godwit and sometimes westernerslike Baird’s Sandpiper. Nelson’s Sparrows nest in themarshes and Northern Gannets sh offshore. Further inland we will search for Pileated Woodpeckers and for ocks of migrant passerines including many warbler species, some of which nest here as well. We willinvestigate the Black Spruce bogs for northerners likeBlack-backed Woodpecker, Boreal Chickadee and GrayJay. Night in Richibucto or St. Louis-de-Kent.
Day 5 Back to Saint John
We spend another morning in Kouchibouguac beforeheading out in the early afternoon for Saint John. Thedrive will take about 3.5 hours so we will be sure toarrive in time for dinner. Night in Saint John.
Day 6 Ferry ride to Grand Manan
We depart early in the morning for Black’s Harbour,about 90 minutes away from Saint John. We catch the60-minute ferry for Grand Manan at Black’s Harbour,docking at North Head on the island. The ferry rideitself can be exciting and very productive. Seabirds andmarine mammals abound and we spend most of the tripwatching for wildlife from the salon or on deck. Great andSooty Shearwaters cruise the Grand Manan channeland we have a good chance of seeing Manx Shearwater and, possibly, some rarer species. Alcids ush from theocean’s surface as the ferry passes by, and we lookparticularly for Razorbills and Atlantic Pufns. Arctic andCommon Terns are usually in sight throughout the trip.Marine mammals can be very exciting, and with luckwe could encounter Fin, Minke and Humpback Whalesas we cross the channel. Harbour Porpoises should beclose inshore at Black’s Harbour and at North Head. Theferry ride itself is just one of several opportunities to seemarine mammals during the week.Once docked, we drive the short distance to our lodgeand our home for the next three days, where we ndfriendly and comfortable accommodation that caters tonaturalists. The lodge is renowned for its delightful meals- generous portions, friendly service, and (naturally) anemphasis on seafood. There is a naturalist’s book for entries from guests, a library and a cheery lounge witha replace and a broad veranda for just sitting outsideand enjoying the view. After lunch, we take a couple of trails close to the lodge, to the lighthouse at Swallowtailand to Whale Cove and the pond. We look for migratingpasserines in the windblown trees en route to thelighthouse and we have a good chance of seeing marinemammals and seabirds off the headland. Night on GrandManan Island.
Days 7-8 Exploring Grand Manan Island
Exploration of the island’s various birding hotspots.We travel to the northern tip of the island to visitseveral excellent sites. We stop at the Whistle and

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