sunrise on the Prospect Bay High Head Trail

BEYOND, Birds

Ah to be somewhere fabulous in Nova Scotia when the sun rises. As it did this morning in picturesque Prospect Bay.  The critters were also rising.  It was a wonderful time to arrive to hike the High Head Trail.

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This morning I went with a birding friend, Diane LeBlanc, to find the Harlequin Ducks.  When I had been there about a month ago to see them they were only about halfway down the trail but today we had to hike all the way to the end.  And what better excuse to do the whole trail then those little cuties.  Yup, we found em….7 today.

We also saw Long-tailed Ducks, Common Goldeneye Ducks, Bufflehead Ducks, Red-necked Grebes, Common Loon, and of course Eider Ducks.  Everybody was much too far away for great photos, but great photos are not always the be all end all in a day of winter sunshine.

PS a mystery bird with a very distinctive call flew overhead but neither Diane nor I could figure out what is was.  It flew right overhead alone and noisy but we did not see it.  I did not record it but did whistle the pattern on my phone so I would not forget.   Any ideas?