June 17, 2018

On our trip back from the maritimes our GPS sent us through downtown Montreal with stop, stop and sort of go traffic.
Got through that then saw a traffic jam ahead of ud. Managed too get off at an exit which was right beside us.
Ended up at a small zoo, the 
 Ecomusem Zoo
The animals were all native to the area and were injured animals that could not be released  into the wild.
Don't know this barn owl's story but it looked like it was having a nap.

Tyto alba
Up to 46 different races of the Barn Owl have been described worldwide. The North American form is the largest, weighing more than twice as much as the smallest race from the Galapagos Islands.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Barn_Owl/

June 10, 2018

Thar she blows

On the ferry back to the mainland from Newfoundland we saw 3 or 4 whales.
I didn't even yell "thar she blows!"

They were along way off and there isn't enough detail to identify the species.
Off to the Cabot Trail tomorrow - Monday? We don't really keep track.

June 08, 2018

On a sunny day

A rare sunny day on our Newfoundland trip.
We walked a great trail at Springdale and one of the birds we saw was this white-throated sparrow.

Zonotrichia albicollis
The oldest recorded White-throated Sparrow was at least 14 years, 11 months old, when it was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Alberta.
source - www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow

June 07, 2018


Finally saw icebergs today. Two were at Amherst Cove, Newfoundland.
This one was very large and close to shore.

Several hundred more images to go through.

June 06, 2018

Northern ganett.

Today we went out to Cape St. Marie's, Newfoundland, to the Bird Rock to see some of the thousands of northern gannets, kittywakes and guillemots that nest there,
An amazing spectical.

Morus bassanus
In North America, the Northern Gannet breeds in only six well established colonies: three in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Quebec, and three in the North Atlantic off the coast of Newfoundland. In the eastern North Atlantic, it is distributed in 32 colonies from the coast of Brittany in France northward to Norway.
source - https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Northern_Gannet

St. John's harbour

St. John's harbour, Newfoundland, in a rare sunny moment.