I have just 1.5 days to wander NB next week, leaving from Moncton. I've done some research but can't decide where to go to see birds I can't see in Ontario. Where would you suggest I focus my limited time? Mary's Point? Grand Manan? Kouchibouguac NP? I'm willing to do some driving to get to a good spot.
I was recently in Gaspé and saw Northern Gannets, Black-Legged Kittiwakes, Harlequin Ducks, Common Eiders, Black Guillemots, Common Murres, Razorbills...happy to see them again of course, but I've already got them ticked off.
Thanks in advance!
I went to Johnson's Mills and saw the sp plovers, sp sandpipers and black bellied plovers! What a sight!
I went to Hopewell Rocks the next day, I'd called Tourism NB before I left asking what time I should go to see the birds and the tide, I was given the worst advice because I saw only 3 gulls in 3 hours and not a single other bird! I remember saying "the shorebirds will be there then?" and she said oh yes lots of birds! I was so irritated because I had such a short time and tried hard to plan it well.
But seeing the 40,000 or so shorebirds at Johnson's Mills was spectacular!
I'd head for Shediac, find a coastal area and check any open water and wharves I could find. I'd also try to locate any sewerage lagoons along the way and check them as well. Hopefully others can pinpoint various specific areas. Long-tailed Duck, Common and Barrow's Goldeneye, Mergansers, Bald Eagle, Iceland, Herring and Great Black-backed Gull should be easily found as well as possible Snowy Owl and various land birds.
Another suggestion is a visit to Tantramar Marsh in Sackville. A word of caution here, the High Marsh Rd. [unpaved] which crosses the marsh can be quite 'soupy' in mild temps as spring break-up occurs. There has been a Golden Eagle seen here on numerous occasions. One can expect Rough-legged Hawk in various morphs.