I have lived in the area since 2017 and have birded many areas in and around the Annapolis Valley year-round. I have been birding for over 35 years and my favorite group is the warblers but all birds are fun to see. I do an annual birding by bike event in early June from my home in Bellisle which yields over 80 species in one day without the use of a vehicle. I try to bird green as often as I can.
The Annapolis Valley located in Nova Scotia is a Mecca for a variety of birds. It is a major migration route for waterfowl and songbirds headed north in Spring and shorebirds heading south in the Fall. The Belleisle Marsh located only a kilometre from my home is the most significant wetland in the valley and attracts over a dozen species of waterfowl plus all the common marsh birds of Nova Scotia. The surrounding grassy fields are home to Bobolinks and a variety of raptors such as harriers, osprey, red-tailed hawks and Bald Eagles. The Frensch Basin Trail located in nearby Annapolis Royal is also a major area for waterfowl. The surrounding forest is home to over a dozen species of warblers and many other songbirds during the summer.
The Fundy coastline and Annapolis basin are only a few minutes drive from the valley and both offer great birding opportunities for more coastal birds such as scoters, long-tailed and Eider ducks.
I've birded for about 25 years, and am familiar with a number of hotspots on the Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour. Teaching in a local university provides me with lots flexibility in the May-August period, when our migrants arrive, breed, or pass through. I've benefited from local guides (volunteer and professional) around the world, and would like to help others appreciate our local avian fauna and natural beauty.
Dartmouth side of Halifax Harbour
Nature: birdwatching, botany, photography
Travel: car, biking, hiking, kayak and canoe
Visit: nature spots
I have been birding for many years, in NS and elsewhere. I am a long-standing contributor to eBird, several magazines, and photography sites.
Mostly around the Annapolis Valley. The Annapolis Valley area offers good and varied birding, plus local wineries, good food, scenery, and the world's highest tides.
The Annapolis Valley has numerous birding areas, including the shorebird concentration at Grand Pre in Fall, several provincial parks with varied habitat, and is not too far from the migrant hotspots at Brier Island, Cape Sable Island etc.
Local hotspots include Grand Pre during shorebird migration, Miner's Marsh, several local wooded areas and wetlands, some sea-watching spots.
We belong to a local Nature Society and have been interested in birding for many years. Have enjoyed birding in England, Cuba, across Canada and the USA, Costa Rica
We live in rural Nova Scotia close to the Northumberland shore.
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