Field Trips

Saturday May 6 2017 - Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary, Cumberland Co. 

Leader: Kathleen Spicer 392-2815 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Meet at 9:00AM at the Amherst Point Bird Sanctuary parking lot. Take Exit 3 from highway 104 at the Wandlyn Inn and proceed a few kilometers toward Nappan. Watch for the entrance on the left. Wear appropriate footwear for wet conditions and bring insect repellent. Trip is expected to last 3-4 hours.

No storm date for this trip.

MIGRATION BIRD COUNT Saturday, May 13. Time 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-772-2207. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.friendsoftaylorhead.com

Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot. Level of difficulty – DIFFICULT

This event, sponsored by the Nova Scotia Bird Society, is conducted annually on the second Saturday in May throughout North America. All the trails in the park will be covered and all birds will be counted – not only migrants. We can expect to see cormorants (Greater and Double-crested), Long-tailed Ducks, Willets, Greater Yellowlegs, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrush, Magnolia Warblers, Fox and Song Sparrows, etc. Weather is usually cold and raw this time of year, so dress warmly. Bring a lunch, hot drink, and any equipment you use for birding. All birders welcome. Time 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

No rain date. 

Saturday May 13, 2017, 8 am Migrant and resident birds in the McCurdy Woodlot
Leader: Verna Higgins, 384-2286 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A walk to see and hear migrant and resident birds at the Natural Resources Education Centre. Meet in the parking lot (off Highway 224 in Middle Musquodoboit) at 8 am. Beginners welcome. Walk will be approx. 3 hours. No rain date, no sign-up required.

Saturday May 13 2017 – Nova Scotia Spring Migration Count

Spend a day counting birds at your favourite birding locations or your feeders and contribute your data to the Nova Scotia Spring Migration Count!

More details can be found on the Nova Scotia Bird Society website under the Volunteer tab (http://nsbirdsociety.ca/index.php/volunteer/ns-migration-count)

May 16, 2017 - Beaver Bank Lake Trail- Woodland Migrants - Beginning Birders –

Leader: David Currie phone: 902-476-6616 and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Time 7:00AM to 11:00AM - Meet at the trail head at #1901 Beaver Bank Rd.

This is only the forth year for this hike, and is a great way to start the day with a relatively easy walk along a wood road toward a Scout camp on the banks of Beaver Bank Lake. The trip into the camp is about 3km and at a time of year that migrant birds should be in full song. Bring your cameras and binoculars, fly repellant, and sturdy hiking boots or shoes.

After the trip and depending on time there will be another stop nearby to check on a normally active Cliff Swallow nesting area.

Storm date - May 17, 2017

Monday May 22 2017 – Historic Hants County

Leader: Suzanne Borkowski 488-0345 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Meet at 8:00am in the parking lot of Mount Uniacke House. Take Exit 3 off Highway 101 and drive approximately 8km along Route 1 toward Windsor. Uniacke House is on your left. The main gate will be locked, but the second gate (coming from Halifax) will be open. We'll start by exploring some of the grounds at Mt. Uniacke House then continue along back-country roads through Hants County. Bring a lunch to be enjoyed at Smiley's Provincial Park. Trip may last until 4:00pm, (option to leave early).

No storm date for this trip.

Friday May 26 2017 - Bon Portage Island – Shelburne County
Leader: Claire Diggins 825-6152 Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Trip will be limited to 10-12 participants. Pre-registration is necessary! This trip is not suitable for small children or pets. Depart Friday at 6:00 p.m. from the Prospect Point Wharf in Shag Harbour, Shelburne County. Bring food, drinking water, warm clothing, footwear for rough (beach cobble) and wet terrain, a flashlight, mattress sheet and a sleeping bag. Carry gear in waterproof bags or containers. Field guides are available on the island as are cooking pots, utensils and dishes. There is a charge of $90.00 for three nights accommodation for NSBS members plus a group boat fee of $85 for the boat trip. If you have any special dietary requirements, please notify Claire at time of booking.

WARBLERS OF QUEENS COUNTY - Saturday, June 10th, 7am start time

A variety of warblers, vireos, swallows (including Cliff Swallows) and other songbirds, as well as river-loving birds such as loons and osprey will be sought and caught on camera and in binocs in the Greenfield and Bangs Falls area.

Meet at the Veterans Memorial Park at the corner of Hwy 210 and Medway River Rd (across from the gas station), Greenfield, Queens County, NS.

Bring water and portable snacks; dress in layers. We'll probably bird for three hours at 7, take a break, and bird a couple more hours, according to the mood of the group. Light rain will be tolerated. PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU PLAN TO COME, and CONTACT ME AGAIN IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND.

Leader: Andy de Champlain, Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message me on FB 'to register'

Saturday, June 10, 2017 – Herbert River Trail.
Leader: Patrick Kelly 494-3294 (w) 472-2322 (h) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This easy walk follows the rail bed of the former train line that ran from Windsor to Truro via Kennetcook. It runs along the Herbert River for a good part of its length. In addition to birds it is also a great walk for spotting floodplain vegetation. Meet at the Newport Rink parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Take Exit 5 from Highway 101 and follow Highway 14 east for about 10 km to the village of Brooklyn. At the cenotaph, keep left and follow Highway 14 north for just under 1 km. At the intersection (Petro-Canada station) Highway 14 turns right. Continue straight on Highway 215 (Note the YIELD sign. you do NOT have the right of way!) The rink is on the right as soon as you exit the intersection. Bring insect repellent. We should be done by lunch.

No storm date for this trip.

Sunday, June 11, 2017 – New Birders’ Walk. Windsor.
Leader: Patrick Kelly 494-3294 (w) 472-2322 (h) Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pre-registration is required! This trip is geared for those who have always had an interest in bird watching, but were not sure how it was actually done. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them. Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot which is just north of Exit 6 (Water Street) on Highway 101. We should be 2-3 hours and will visit a few different types of habitat in the town of Windsor.

No storm date for this trip.

Sat June 17 - Taylor Head Bird Songs

Saturday, 17 June 2017 06:00

BIRD SONGS Saturday, June 17. Time 6:00 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 772-2207. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. www.friendsoftaylorhead.com

Meet at the Park Info Kiosk at the last parking lot. Level of difficulty – EASY

Listen to our park’s bird chorus. We are fortunate that the park has some of the most beautiful bird singers in the world. We will do some short walks but spend most of our time listening. We will identify as many birds as possible by voice as they announce their presence “on territory” to competitors and prospective mates. Early mornings can be cool in June, so dress warmly and consider bringing a lunch or at least snacks. The only requirement for this walk is an interest in and a love of our natural world.

 

Sun June 25 - Abrahams Lake Bird Walk

Sunday, 25 June 2017 09:00

ABRAHAMS LAKE BIRD WALK - Liscomb Game Sanctuary
Sunday, June 25. Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Meet at 9 a.m. in Sheet Harbour at the MacPhee House Visitors Information Center.
Level of difficulty – DIFFICULT

Note: A storm on Thanksgiving Day last October did extensive damage to all trails in the Sanctuary. As a result, an alternative event may be offered. Please check with Jim or Warren before attending.

Meet at 9 a.m. in Sheet Harbour at the MacPhee House Visitors Information Center. As you come from Halifax this is the first building on your right as you cross the bridge on the West River. Abrahams Lake Preserve is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada and is located 38 km. from Sheet Harbour in the Liscomb Game Sanctuary. This preserve is one of the few old growth forests in the province but recently has been severely impacted by extensive windfalls and disease. Birds nesting by the trail include Ravens, Hairy Woodpeckers, Black-backed Woodpeckers, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers, Winter Wren, Swainson’s Thrush, Magnolia Warblers, Bay-breasted Warblers, Blackpoll Warblers, Black-and-white Warblers are common. Birds nesting in the sanctuary are Greater Yellowlegs, Red-tailed Hawks and Common Mergansers. It will be a 6.5 km. walk and we will eat lunch by Abrahams Lake. Bring a lunch and water and proper hiking footwear. There is no rain date. Birders or nature enthusiasts are welcome at all our events.

Leader: Jim Cameron 902-885-2970. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Alternate contact: Warren Parsons 902-772-2207. E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
www.friendsoftaylorhead.com