Birding Hotspots in Greater Moncton
The Greater Moncton area is host to seven major parks, each with their unique habitats, and all offer a rich potential for bird and wildlife observations.
I'll be adding more information on the following, but for now, these are the Moncton Parks, all Hotspots for birding and naturalist activities.
Irishtown Nature Park
Irishtown Nature Park, entrance situated at 1164 Elmwood Drive, across from the Pine Tree Village, has a combined trail system of 12 kilometres. Maintained walking trails are opened year round and park services include the upkeep of several bird feeders along the trails for three seasons of the year.
The Acadian Forest habitats include riparian, open water (the Irishtown Reservoir, Spillway, Creek), wetlands, undisturbed woodlands, mixed deciduous and coniferous, undisturbed grass, fern and herb layers, among others. The entrance into the Northern footpath is a mature Hemlock forest.
The Explore Data page on eBird notes that 63 species have been reported at this location, so it's well worth several visits throughout the year. My records list the Common Loon, Belted Kingfisher, Northern Flicker, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pileated Woodpecker, Common Merganser, as well as many warbler and sparrow species in peak season, to name only a few.
Home Page Irishtown Nature Park at City of Moncton
Fairview Knoll Park
Located parallel off Elmwood Drive, with entrances from Murphy and Joyce Streets, and from Faiview Knoll Drive, this diminutive park offers a forested sanctuary for migrating songbirds and many residents. The trails have a combined count of approximately 2 km, all offering deciduous forest habitats. There is only one groomed trail in the winter, but half a dozen snowshoeing trails. In spring and summer the human traffic is only moderate so this makes a quiet spot to see many warbler, blackbird, thrush and sparrow species. Residents include the usual Pileated Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadees, Blue Jays, Red-breasted Nuthatch, and Mallards.
(There is no write-up for Fairview on the City of Moncton site)
Well known to many for access to its multiple activities, Centennial Park "boasts 230 acres of scenic parkland" and includes coniferous, deciduous, riparian and grassland habitats that shelter countless migratory birds and many residents.
This park is located in the centre of the city, at 811 St. George Boulevard.
"Riverfront Park offers five kilometres of multi-use trails along the Petitcodiac River. This trail comprises the Moncton section of the TransCanada Trail, and it connects the riverfront trail system in the neighbouring communities of Riverview and Dieppe." The river and trails attract migratory species but also nesting species such as the Red-winged Blackbird, Peregrine Falcon, Belted Kingfisher, Yellow Warbler and Tree Swallows, to name a few.
The eBird Hotspot map lists 47 species at this location.
Mapleton Road Park
"Mapleton Park is the newest park in the city's system. It boasts 300 acres of nature nestled into Moncton's northwest corner. It offers something for nature lovers of all ages with interpretive panels throughout, ample bird watching, and portable washrooms. There are nice viewing areas to watch the ducks swimming in the ponds or bird watch — a natural haven for all who love the outdoors."
Home Page Mapleton Road Park at City of Moncton
Starting at Lewisville Road, this long trail skirts the Humphrey's Brook all the way, 5,660 metres later, to Harrisville Road. There are entrances/exits also on Mill and Shediac Road.
The Northwest trail runs practically a straight line from Charles Lutes to Vaugh Harvey, and is 9,950 m long. It skirts Centennial Park and runs parallel to Mountain Road. Some parts are 'shared' route with pedestrian traffic. I'm sure that there are many opportunities to see abundant birdlife along the entire length of this innovative trail.
I hope you choose to visit the Moncton Park systems often throughout the year.