Field Trips

Leader: Peter Oickle (902) 499-4114
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons (902) 772-2207

Time: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Level of difficulty – Moderate.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the end of the Taylor Head Provincial Park access road at the info kiosk at the last parking lot.

Prior to the walk we will discuss equipment, guide books, and audio and visual aids useful to birders. We will take a casual walk along Powers Pond and look at nesting birds such as Common Terns, Willets, Lincoln's Sparrows, and Spotted Sandpipers. The walk will take about three hours and we will eat lunch on the trail. Take binoculars if you have them, a lunch and water. There is no rain date.

 

Leader: Jim Cameron (902) 885-2970
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons (902) 772-2207

Time: 10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Level of difficulty – Easy.

Meet at 10 a.m. at the end of the Taylor Head Provincial Park access road at the info kiosk at the last parking lot. This is a bird walk designed for those that have difficulty navigating most of the trails in the park or wish a more sedate pace than our regular walks.

We will start at our meeting place at the kiosk walk to the board walk down to the beach, walk along the beach to the second board walk and return by the short grassy trail joining the two board walks. We will complete our walk by driving back along the access road (probably stopping to watch birds from our cars) and stopping at the Bull Beach trail head. At Bull Beach we will hike two short trails and have lunch at Bull Beach. Total trail covered will be about 1 kilometre. We should see or hear Common Eiders, D.C. Cormorants, Willets, Northern Flickers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes to name only a few.. Take binoculars if you have them, a lunch and water. There is no rain date.

 

Leader: Jim Cameron (902) 885-2970
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons (902) 772-2207

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Level of difficulty – MODERATE for the morning walk. If you continue to the Headland Trail, this level would be considered DIFFICULT.

Meet at 9 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot. This will be a joint trip with the Friends of Taylor Head and the Nova Scotia Bird Society. We will hike the Spry Bay Trail in the morning and eat lunch beside Powers Pond. We will watch (in the protected area across Powers Pond) nesting and brooding Common Tern, Cormorants, Eiders, Willets, and Spotted Sandpipers. Migrating Whimbrels should be present along with other waders. Terrain is rugged so sturdy boots are recommended. Take a hearty lunch, water and proper footwear. You will have the option of a second walk to the scenic headland on the Headland Trail after lunch. No rain date.

 

Leader: Jim Cameron (902) 885-2970
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons (902) 772-2207

Time 10:00 a.m. – 3:00p.m. Level of difficulty – Difficult.

Meet by the kiosk at the last parking lot. This activity will be along the Spry Bay and Headland Trails which will take about four hours to complete. It should be good photo opportunity for migrating Waders, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, and Common Yellowthroats. You will encounter rugged terrain so it is advised to wear hiking boots. Bring snacks or a lunch and water, and don’t forget your binoculars and camera.

There is no rain date, we’re pretty serious about birds and we absolutely love all levels of bird enthusiasts at all our events. Join us!