You can find more info about this tour, by the way, here on our Field Guides website.
Anyway, I was excited to go back to spend some time in the northern conifer bogs, deciduous forests, tundra, and to escape the heat of the Midwest!
Here's 40+ photos from that tour.
Starting out in St. John's, we paid a visit to this summering TUFTED DUCK, a rare bird anywhere on the East Coast, especially in summer:
From up on Signal Hill near the city of St. John's, we were treated with an amazing view of the channel and the ocean beyond:
If you looked back towards the harbor and city, your view was this:
Yes, there are many types of Red Crossbills and this type, Type 8, is thought to be endemic to the island of Newfoundland.
Along the coast of Newfoundland, we had our first taste of NORTHERN GANNETS with these plunge-diving birds getting ready to slice into the water:
The egret was hanging out in some veg and so it was tough to pick it out from the gulls and things. No matter, we were just thrilled to see this rare Old World species on this side of the pond:
At Cape St. Mary's, on our walk out to the gannet colony, we could hardly escape from the many SAVANNAH SPARROWS:
Once we arrived at the vantage point, our senses of sight, smell, and sound were at full capacity! It was a warm day with blue skies, the sounds of the nesting seabirds filled the air:
The main attraction at this spot is the giant breeding colony of NORTHERN GANNETS. Here's a vantage point of Bird Rock which is covered in a blanket of nesting gannets:
Even the sunset from the boat was a nice one:
One of the dragonfly highlights was this DRAGONHUNTER... a huge species that specializes in catching smaller dragonflies (and even Monarch butterflies):
Another favorite warbler encounter of mine was this BAY-BREASTED WARBLER. It's not a species I see in Missouri all that often. It's gorgeous too:
We had a variety of Empidonax flycatchers on this tour as well such as LEAST, YELLOW-BELLIED, and this ALDER FLYCATCHER:
The highlands on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia are really quite nice. The scenery was top notch!
The next update will include some stuff from home... yeah, I come home sometimes! Cheers yall.