Canadian Nature Visions: Blog https://www.hanstoom.com/blog en-us Hans Toom htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:52:00 GMT Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:52:00 GMT https://www.hanstoom.com/img/s/v-12/u1051987447-o206004080-50.jpg Canadian Nature Visions: Blog https://www.hanstoom.com/blog 80 120 Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 24, July 22 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-24-july-23 A tropical rain storm greeted our morning. Laura stayed at the cottage reading a book from the free libraries that have popped up roadside while I drove about in the rain looking for photographic opportunities and challenges.

The rain did let up later in the day and we were able to enjoy our evening walk along the beach to the red rocks.

Alder Flycatcher

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Cape Chignecto

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Cape d'Or Cape d'Or 220Cape d'Or 220

Cape Split

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At the Dockside

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Isle Haute and Cape Chegnecto

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Memories

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Red Rock Falls

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Sunset Over Cape Chignecto

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Cape Split Nova Scotia Red Rock Falls https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-24-july-23 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 23:51:41 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 23, July 21 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-23-july-21 It was another lousy weather day,....enough said.

Nature photography changes over the seasons with the movements of birds and animals as well as changes in environmental conditions. This time of year there is a transition from bird photography to wildflowers, butterflies, mosses, lichens, mushrooms, fungi, fall colours, snow and ice and night sky photography. Bird and wildlife photography is always present with a gradual switchover from summer nesting and breeding to migrations and the always present year round residents.

Bald Eagle

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British Soldier Lichens

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Bunchberry

Bunch Berry 210Bunch Berry 210

Butter and Eggs

Butter and Eggs 210Butter and Eggs 210 Butter and Eggs 211Butter and Eggs 211 Butter and Eggs 212Butter and Eggs 212

Cape Capstan Light

Cape Capstan Light 210Cape Capstan Light 210 Cape Capstan Light 211Cape Capstan Light 211

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing 210Cedar Waxwing 210

Club-spur Orchid (Little)

Club-spur Orchid 210Club-spur Orchid 210 Club-spur Orchid 211Club-spur Orchid 211

Dark-eyed Junco

Dark-eyed Junco 210Dark-eyed Junco 210 Dark-eyed Junco 211Dark-eyed Junco 211

Spicer's Cove

Fundy Bluffs 210Fundy Bluffs 210 Fundy Bluffs 211Fundy Bluffs 211 Fundy Bluffs 212Fundy Bluffs 212

Fungus

Fungus 210Fungus 210

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird 210Grey Catbird 210 Grey Catbird 211Grey Catbird 211 Grey Catbird 212Grey Catbird 212 Grey Catbird 213Grey Catbird 213

Mushrooms

Mushroom 210Mushroom 210 Mushroom 211Mushroom 211 Mushroom 212Mushroom 212 Mushroom 213Mushroom 213 Mushroom 214Mushroom 214 Mushroom 215Mushroom 215 Mushroom 216Mushroom 216 Mushroom 217Mushroom 217

New England Aster

New England Aster 210New England Aster 210

Red Hawkweed

Red Hawkweed 210Red Hawkweed 210

Red Lichen

Red Lichen 210Red Lichen 210

Red Rock Falls

Red Rock Falls is on our evening walkabout route so it always gets attention from us as we observe its changes in light and water flow.

Red Rock Falls 210Red Rock Falls 210

Spicer's Cove

Spicer's Cove 210Spicer's Cove 210 Spicer's Cove 211Spicer's Cove 211 Spicer's Cove 212Spicer's Cove 212 White Roadside Flower 210White Roadside Flower 210

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-23-july-21 Fri, 23 Jul 2021 00:03:42 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 22, July 20 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-22-july-20 It was a lousy day for walkabouts, photography and sinuses thanks to the fog and the smoke plume from the wild fires. All of my photographs were compromised. I pity the millions of sentient creatures who are dying in these fires, mostly alone and in agony. We have done terminal damage. This is the price of reckless greed and disregard for the natural world. The human species has lost its moral right to oversee this planet or to exist as a species. Armageddon in the form of a planet killer is needed now so that this marvelous rock in space can once again thrive. This will happen sooner or later.

In Nova Scotia clear cut (strip logging) is permitted in wilderness areas including provincial parks. I ran across some forest butchering in Chignecto Provincial Park. These guys are stripping 6-10 inch diameter trees and leaving a wasteland in their wake.

I experimented with some fog/smoke editing techniques to try to save the day's photos but at best they will only serve to remind us of this sad day.

American Redstart

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Bumblebee in Purple Vetch

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Dark-eyed Junco

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Goldenrod

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Sun's Last Gleaming Through the Smoke

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Swainson's Thrush

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Young Doe

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Armageddon Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Fog Nova Scotia Smoke Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-22-july-20 Wed, 21 Jul 2021 22:46:52 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 21, July 19 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adveenture-day-21-july-19 The weather has gone down hill; morning and evening fog usually arriving with the incoming tide, drizzle, fog mist, cool then muggy and steady rain.

As I expected the Eastern Bluebird and Tree Swallow chicks have fledged. They move around with their parents, protective parents, and are difficult to photograph as they sit on wires almost always backlit.

We can smell the wild fires and the sky has a errie cast with the sun occasionally poking through the fire haze. What have we done to this planet?

Eastern Bluebird

There are no more mouth fulls of grubs and insects.

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Fritillary Buttterfly on Thistle

Thistle

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Milk thistle flowerhead
Cirsium arizonicum, showing arachnoid cobwebbiness on stems and leaves, with ants attending aphids that might be taking advantage of the shelter.

Thistle is the common name of a group of flowering plants characterised by leaves with sharp prickles on the margins, mostly in the family Asteraceae. Prickles can also occur all over the plant – on the stem and on the flat parts of the leaves. These prickles are an adaptation that protects the plant from being eaten by herbivores. Typically, an involucre with a clasping shape similar to a cup or urn subtends each of a thistle's flowerheads.

The comparative amount of spininess varies dramatically by species. For example, Cirsium heterophyllum has minimal spininess while Cirsium spinosissimum is the opposite.[1] Typically, species adapted to dry environments have greater spininess.

The term thistle is sometimes taken to mean precisely those plants in the tribe Cardueae (synonym: Cynareae),[2] especially the genera Carduus, Cirsium, and Onopordum.[3] However, plants outside this tribe are sometimes called thistles, and when this is done, "thistles" would form a polyphyletic group.

A thistle is the floral emblem of Scotland and Lorraine, as well as the emblem of the Encyclopædia Britannica.

Biennial thistles are particularly noteworthy for their high wildlife value, producing such things as copious floral resources for pollinators, nourishing seeds for birds like the goldfinch, foliage for butterfly larvae, and down for the lining of birds' nests

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Grey Catbird

Hunting for nesting material for its second nesting.

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Native Bee on Purple Vetch

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Red Crossbill

He is a long way's off. (I find it offensive to call a sentient creature, "it")

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White Rose

White Rose 190White Rose 190

Yarrow

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adveenture-day-21-july-19 Tue, 20 Jul 2021 23:54:23 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 20, July 18 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-20-july-18 The Eastern Bluebirds and Tree Swallows will fledge (obtain flight feathers) tonight or tomorrow morning. I will visit them probably for the last time tomorrow. These species have similar requirements for nest box size and hole size and placement.

The adults of both species have been very careful about not revealing their nest box location, often waiting patiently on a post until I leave or back well away although I am not that close since I am using a 1200mm lens.

Eastern Bluebird

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Peek-a-boo

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I see you both

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Down the hatch

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....and a job well done.

Eastern Bluebird 187Eastern Bluebird 187

See you next year.

Eastern Bluebird 188Eastern Bluebird 188

Fritillary

There are six Fritillary species in Nova Scotia. The tabulation below is for all of Canada. The species shown in red are Nova Scotia's records.

Subfamily Heliconiinae – fritillaries

Fritillary 180Fritillary 180 Fritillary 181Fritillary 181

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush 180Hermit Thrush 180 Hermit Thrush 181Hermit Thrush 181

Hermit Thrush 182Hermit Thrush 182

Pearly Everlasting

Pearly Everlasting 180Pearly Everlasting 180

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow 180Tree Swallow 180 Tree Swallow 181Tree Swallow 181 Tree Swallow 182Tree Swallow 182 Tree Swallow 183Tree Swallow 183 Tree Swallow 184Tree Swallow 184

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer 180White-tailed Deer 180 White-tailed Deer 181White-tailed Deer 181

Yarrow

Yarrow 180Yarrow 180

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Butterflies of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-20-july-18 Mon, 19 Jul 2021 22:24:59 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 19, July 17 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-19-july-17 It was yet another Nova Scotia summer day; mixed clouds, sunshine and moderate temperatures.

Alas, we have passed mid July and the warblers are bunching up and moving so they will be harder to find but when you find one there are usually several others as well. It is remarkable that fully three quarters of our mid summer wood land birds are warblers.

The cycle of life in nature is amazing. Two warblers arrive in the spring and have four offspring. Now there are six warblers and they all head south. Fours warblers perish through predation, weather events, starvation or just bad luck like flying into a building. So the following spring two warblers return to start the cycle again. This is a stable population despite the losses.

Bald Eagles

A species almost wiped out by human stupidity and greed.

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Bluebell Species

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Eastern Bluebird

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Moon Vine

Tell these insects that the Moon Vine is not predatory.

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Partridge Island Beach

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Cottage on Partridge Island Beach

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Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo 170Red-eyed Vireo 170 Red-eyed Vireo 171Red-eyed Vireo 171

 

Road Side Plant

Roadside Plant 170Roadside Plant 170 Roadside Plant 171Roadside Plant 171 Sanderlings

These beach runners are our third shorebird.

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Turkey Vultures

There are eight in this tree.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-19-july-17 Sun, 18 Jul 2021 23:18:34 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 18, July 16 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-18-july-16  

It was a good day with a slight cloud overcast and warmer then it has been, about 26 degrees, and muggy. There was some coastal fog but it dispersed later in the morning.

We decided to try the northern side of the park again for birds. The bird life is well scattered and hard to find in the central forested areas. On a high note we did hear a Long-eared Owl and Tennessee Warbler the other day but the deep forest is a hard place to photograph birds if you can find them. Our best success has been along the coastal bluffs of the north side. This is likely due to the fact that the strip loggers, old and new, cannot butcher these areas due to the hazardous conditions so the only remaining old growth forest is here especially the old growth deciduous forest.

It was here on the park's north side where we found and photographed my beloved Blackburnian Warbler. Photos are below.

Blackburnian Warbler

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Eastern Bluebird

.........will fledge this weekend.

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Fritillary

This is member of a family of butterflies.

Fritillary 160Fritillary 160 Fritillary 161Fritillary 161 Fritillary 162Fritillary 162

Least Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper 160Least Sandpiper 160

Mushroom

Mushroom 160Mushroom 160

Beach Saltbush?

Mystery Coastal Flower 160Mystery Coastal Flower 160

Northern Parula

Northern Parula 160Northern Parula 160

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow 160Song Sparrow 160

Swamp Candles

Swamp Candles 160Swamp Candles 160

Tree Swallow

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Blackburnian Warbler Canada Eastern Bluebird Nova Scotia Tree Swallow Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-18-july-16 Sat, 17 Jul 2021 23:09:24 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 17, July 15 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-17-july-15  

...and what a night it was! 32mm of rain fell in about 4-6 hours with almost continuous lightning and thunder. We haven't experienced active weather like this since living in Manitoba.

Th entrance road to our cottage was blocked with a 20 metre wide river, perhaps 200mm deep. Since it was packed gravel underneath I drove through it with no problem.

Eastern Bluebird

The bluebird parents are continuing to get warier and warier suggesting an imminent emergence of young birds within a day or two.

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Eastern Bluebird 150Eastern Bluebird 150

Eastern Bluebird 151Eastern Bluebird 151

Common Yellowthroat

CommonYellowthroat 150CommonYellowthroat 150

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler 150Magnolia Warbler 150

White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer 150White-tailed Deer 150

Herring Gull Rock

Gull Rock 100Gull Rock 100

Red Rock Brook

Red Rocks Brook 150Red Rocks Brook 150

Red Rock Falls

About 6 hours after the deluge.

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Red Rock Falls

About 6 hours after the deluge.

Red Rocks Brook 152Red Rocks Brook 152 Red Rocks Falls 101Red Rocks Falls 101 Red Rocks Falls 103Red Rocks Falls 103 Red Rocks Falls 107Red Rocks Falls 107

Red Rock Falls

About 16 hours after the deluge. This waterfall was dry before the rain came.

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Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow 150Song Sparrow 150

Semipalmated Plover

The second of our peeps to arrive.

Semipalmated Plover 150Semipalmated Plover 150

Yellow Warbler

Probably feeding its second brood of the season.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Nova Scotia of Red Rock Falls Scotia" https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-17-july-15 Fri, 16 Jul 2021 20:33:25 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventire Day 16, July 14 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventire-day-16-july-14 Today was a good day; sunshine, no fog and light winds. This is the day we did the Fundy Ridge trail, 5,.4 kilometres and a 160 metre (500 foot) vertical ascent. It was much harder than it appears.

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Highlights

  • Visiting Nova Scotia Provincial Parks will look different this season. COVID-19 protocols are posted at each park and new safety measures to protect employees and visitors will be in place, including restrictions to services and facilities within our parks. Before visiting, please visit: https://parks.novascotia.ca/content/covid-19-updates
    • Beaches, trails and picnic areas will be open however playgrounds and group shelters remain closed at this time
    • Visitors must practice physical distancing

Overview

Hikers will experience an old-growth forest ecosystem and breathtaking views of Advocate Bay. The trail descends at McGahey Brook with steps to the beach. It is about a 1.5-km (0.9-mi.) hike back along the shore (take note that a high tide may delay your return trip).

Trailhead: Red Rocks Visitor Centre
Significant Feature: Old growth forests, ocean scenery, beach access
Length: 5.4 kilometres (3.3 miles) return
Hiking Time: 2–3 hours
Elevation: 150 metres (500 feet)

Cape Chignecto is a 5,951-hectare natural environment park on a dramatic coastal peninsula. This park offers you an opportunity to appreciate some of the most pristine natural features found in Nova Scotia. Towering 185-metre-high cliffs, 29 kilometres (18 miles) of coastline, some of Nova Scotia's most significant geological features, deep valleys, sheltered coves, old growth forests and the world's highest tides can all be found here. The spectacular scenery and the wilderness experience will bring you back time after time.

Visitors wishing to enjoy wilderness hiking and camping must use the Red Rocks Visitor Centre entrance at 1108 West Advocate Road – GPS N45 20.975 W64 49.414. Eatonville day-use park visitors must travel the West Apple River Road to the entrance at the Eatonville Visitor Centre  – GPS N45 25.300 W64 53.657. (The centre is closed until further notice; however, the trails remain open.) A park or camping permit is required and visitors must check in and out of the park so we know you are safe.

The park season is from the May long weekend through to the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

For your comfort and safety:
• The tidal range and steep cliffs may trap unwary hikers. The tide rises and falls at a rate of 1 inch per minute.
• Hiking along the beach west of McGahey Brook is not permitted.
• Approach cliffs only at designated viewing areas. The cliff line is constantly eroding and may be unstable.
• The Cape Chignecto ecosystem is unique and may be fragile. Do not remove or damage plants and wildlife.
• No open fires are permitted at back-country campsites. Fires are only permitted at designated walk-in campsites (fire grills) at New Yarmouth.
• Pack out all garbage.
• Boil, filter or treat all water before consuming.
• Weather may be unpredictable. Bring all-weather gear and comfortable hiking boots.
• Do not approach large mammals such as moose and black bear.
• For your own safety, please stay on the trail.

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Bald Eagle on the Beach Near the Ascent Point to the Fundy Ridge

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Blind Photograph of Blue-headed Vireo

Blue-headed Vireo 100Blue-headed Vireo 100

Canada Hawkweed on the Trail

Canada Hawkweed 300Canada Hawkweed 300

Cape d'Or Photograph Taken Later This Day

Cape d'Or 200Cape d'Or 200

Eastern Bluebirds are Getting More Wary, Perhaps a Sign of Good Things to Come

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Eastern Toad on Fundy Ridge

Eastern Toad 100Eastern Toad 100

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not 100Forget Me Not 100 Forget Me Not 101Forget Me Not 101

Photos in Order of Our Trek to the Fundy Ridge

Fundy Ridge Trail 100Fundy Ridge Trail 100 Fundy Ridge Trail 101Fundy Ridge Trail 101 Fundy Ridge Trail 102Fundy Ridge Trail 102 Fundy Ridge Trail 103Fundy Ridge Trail 103 Fundy Ridge Trail 104Fundy Ridge Trail 104 Fundy Ridge Trail 105Fundy Ridge Trail 105 Fundy Ridge Trail 106Fundy Ridge Trail 106 Fundy Ridge Trail 107Fundy Ridge Trail 107 Fundy Ridge Trail 108Fundy Ridge Trail 108 Fundy Ridge Trail 109Fundy Ridge Trail 109 Fundy Ridge Trail 110Fundy Ridge Trail 110 Fundy Ridge Trail 111Fundy Ridge Trail 111 Fundy Ridge Trail 112Fundy Ridge Trail 112 Fundy Ridge Trail 113Fundy Ridge Trail 113 Fundy Ridge Trail 114Fundy Ridge Trail 114 Fundy Ridge Trail 115Fundy Ridge Trail 115 Fundy Ridge Trail 116Fundy Ridge Trail 116 Fundy Ridge Trail 117Fundy Ridge Trail 117 Fundy Ridge Trail 118Fundy Ridge Trail 118 Fundy Ridge Trail 119Fundy Ridge Trail 119 Fundy Ridge Trail 120Fundy Ridge Trail 120 Fundy Ridge Trail 121Fundy Ridge Trail 121 Fundy Ridge Trail 122Fundy Ridge Trail 122 Fundy Ridge Trail 123Fundy Ridge Trail 123 Fundy Ridge Trail 124Fundy Ridge Trail 124 Fundy Ridge Trail 125Fundy Ridge Trail 125 Fundy Ridge Trail 126Fundy Ridge Trail 126 Fundy Ridge Trail 127Fundy Ridge Trail 127 Fungus 100Fungus 100 Fungus 101Fungus 101

Indian Pipe, an Unusual Plant that has no Chlorophyll

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Monotropa uniflora

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Monotropa uniflora
Indian pipe PDB.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Ericales
Family: Ericaceae
Genus: Monotropa
Species:
M. uniflora
Binomial name
Monotropa uniflora

Monotropa uniflora, also known as ghost plant, ghost pipe or Indian pipe, is an herbaceous perennial plant native to temperate regions of Asia, North America and northern South America, but with large gaps between areas.[1][2] The plant is sometimes completely waxy white, but often has black flecks or pale pink coloration.[3] Rare variants may have a deep red color.

Taxonomy and background

It was formerly classified in the family Monotropaceae, but is now included within the Ericaceae. It is of ephemeral occurrence, depending on the right conditions (moisture after a dry period) to appear full grown within a couple of days.

Unlike most plants, it is white and does not contain chlorophyll.[4] Instead of generating energy from sunlight, it is parasitic, and more specifically a mycoheterotroph. Its hosts are certain fungi[4] that are mycorrhizal with trees, meaning it ultimately gets its energy from photosynthetic trees. Since it is not dependent on sunlight to grow, it can grow in very dark environments as in the understory of dense forest. It is often associated with beech trees.[5] The complex relationship that allows this plant to grow also makes propagation difficult.

Like most mycoheterotrophic plants, M. uniflora associates with a small range of fungal hosts, all of them members of Russulaceae.[6]

Description

The stems reach heights of 5–30 centimetres (2.0–11.8 in), sheathed with highly reduced leaves 5–10 millimetres (0.20–0.39 in) long, best identified as scales or bracts. These structures are small, thin, and translucent; they do not have petioles but instead extend in a sheath-like manner out of the stem.

As its scientific name suggests, and unlike the related Monotropa hypopitys (but like the close relation Monotropastrum humile), the stems bear a single flower 10–20 millimetres (0.39–0.79 in) long, with 3–8 translucent petals, 10–12 stamens and a single pistil.[7][8][9][10] It flowers from early summer to early autumn, often a few days after rainfall. The fruit, an oval capsule-like structure, enlarges and becomes upright when the seeds mature, at this point stem and capsule looking desiccated and dark brown or black.

The seeds of M. uniflora are small, ranging between 0.6-0.8 mm in length.[11]

Ecology

The flowers of M. uniflora are visited by various bee and fly species, most commonly bumblebees.[12] Bumblebees are an important pollen dispersal agent for the plant.

Genetics

Monotropa uniflora is found in three general distribution areas: Asia, North America, and Central and northern South America. DNA analysis has shown that these three populations are genetically distinct from one another.[1] Furthermore, the North American population and the Central/South American population appear to be more closely related to each other than either are related to the Asian population.

M. uniflora has 48 chromosomes.[13]

Usage

The plant has been used as a nervine in herbal medicine since the late nineteenth century.[14]

Gallery

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Indian Pipe on Fundy Ridge

Indian Pipe 100Indian Pipe 100 Indian Pipe 101Indian Pipe 101 Indian Pipe 102Indian Pipe 102

Late Day Clouds

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Least Sandpiper, Our First Shorebirds

The peeps, Least Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover will arrive on mass the third week of July

Least Sandpiper 100Least Sandpiper 100

Raven

Raven 300Raven 300

Red Hawkweed

Red Hawkweed 200Red Hawkweed 200

European Starling

This amazing bird is more a kin to humans than other bird species; intelligent, gregarious, aggressive, devoted to their young and highly adaptable.

Starlings Flying 100Starlings Flying 100

White-winged Crossbills

They are everywhere now and I still have not used my big telephoto-wait for it.

White-winged Crossbill 200White-winged Crossbill 200

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler 300Yellow Warbler 300 Yellow Warbler 301Yellow Warbler 301

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Fundy Ridge Trail Indian Pipe Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventire-day-16-july-14 Thu, 15 Jul 2021 23:35:39 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 15, July 13 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-15-july-13 Laura and I traveled the coastal highway today from Advocate Harbour to Masstown to see family for the first time in two years and to enjoy some good food. The COVID pandemic has been well handled in Nova Scotia with competent leadership from our Chief Medical Officer of Health and two Premiers. Indeed all the Atlantic provinces deserve credit for their competent leadership.

Highlights on route included a visit to Five Islands Provincial Park and also finding some angel wing clams.

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher 300Alder Flycatcher 300

Angel Wing Clams

It was delight to see beach walkers showing environmental responsibility by displaying these treasures and not pocketing them.

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Cyrtopleura costata

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Cyrtopleura costata
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Cyrtopleura costata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Mollusca
Class: Bivalvia
Subclass: Heterodonta
Order: Myida
Superfamily: Pholadoidea
Family: Pholadidae
Genus: Cyrtopleura
Species:
C. costata
Binomial name
Cyrtopleura costata
Synonyms[1]
  • Capulus shreevei Conrad, 1869
  • Leuconyx tayleriana H. Adams & A. Adams, 1863
  • Pholas costata Linnaeus, 1758

Cyrtopleura costata, or the angel wing clam, is a bivalve mollusc in the family Pholadidae. It is found in shallow parts of the northwest Atlantic and also in the North Sea of Scotland coastline and west coast of the Adriatic Sea by a remote area in the Marche region in central Italy, living in the seabed, where it digs its burrows on a very slow revolving movement for years through soft sand and mud always to a max depth of 8ft but always below 3 feet (0.91 m) at the lowest tide.[2]

Description

Cyrtopleura costata has a pair of brittle, asymmetric white valves and can grow to about 7 inches (180 mm) in length. The anterior end is elongated and has a rounded point which is used for digging through the substrate. The posterior end is truncated and rounded and near the beak has an apophysis, a wing-like flange, which helps provide an attachment for the foot muscles. On the anterior side of the beak, the margin is smooth and bent slightly upwards. The whole valve has finely sculptured radial ribs which intercept with a series of concentric growth rings parallel with the margin. In the living animal, the valves are covered by the periostracum, a thin grey protective layer of protein which is part of the shell. This layer has usually been stripped away by sand and surf by the time that the empty shells are washed up on the beach, and the valves are usually found singly, because the muscles that hold them together are weak. Internally, the live mollusc has a powerful muscular foot and a pair of long, fused siphons. These siphons are unable to retract back into the shell and as a result, the two valves permanently gape apart.[3]

Distribution

Cyrtopleura costata is found in shallow seas in the north east Atlantic Ocean between Cape Cod and the Gulf of Mexico.[1] It is also found in the West Indies, Central America and as far south as Brazil. It is commonest in the intertidal zone and just below low water mark.[2]

Biology

Cyrtopleura costata lives beneath the surface of the sea bed. It is able to bore through sand, mud, wood, clay and even soft rock using a twisting motion of its pointed, anterior end assisted by jets of water ejected from the mantle cavity. It is a filter feeder. The siphons extend to the surface of the substrate and water is drawn in through one and expelled through the other with microalgae and zooplankton being filtered out as the water passes through the gills. Respiration takes place at the same time. Cilia then waft the food particles to the mouth.[2][3]

Spawning usually takes place in summer. Gametes are passed out of the exhalent siphon and fertilisation takes place externally. After hatching, eggs develop into veliger larvae which are planktonic. After 16 to 21 days these undergo metamorphosis into a pediveliger stage and settle out onto a soft substrate such as sand. There they become juveniles and start burrowing.[2]

Uses

Cyrtopleura costata is used as food in Cuba and Puerto Rico. It is a fast-growing species, and it has been investigated for possible use in commercial aquaculture. Under optimal conditions it was found that the larvae were ready to undergo metamorphosis after 12 days, and settlement could be triggered by use of a dilute solution of epinephrine. The clams could reach a marketable size of 6 centimetres (2.4 in) within 6 months.[4]

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Angel Wing Clams

Angel Wing Clam 100Angel Wing Clam 100 Angel Wing Clam 101Angel Wing Clam 101

Cape Split

Cape Split 100Cape Split 100 Cape Split 101Cape Split 101 Cape Split 102Cape Split 102

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 800Eastern Bluebird 800 Eastern Bluebird 801Eastern Bluebird 801 Eastern Bluebird 802Eastern Bluebird 802 Eastern Bluebird 803Eastern Bluebird 803

Five Islands Provincial Park

Five Islands Provincial Park 100Five Islands Provincial Park 100 Five Islands Provincial Park 101Five Islands Provincial Park 101 Five Islands Provincial Park 102Five Islands Provincial Park 102 Five Islands Provincial Park 103Five Islands Provincial Park 103 Five Islands Provincial Park 104Five Islands Provincial Park 104 Five Islands Provincial Park 105Five Islands Provincial Park 105 Five Islands Provincial Park 106Five Islands Provincial Park 106 Five Islands Provincial Park 107Five Islands Provincial Park 107 Five Islands Provincial Park 108Five Islands Provincial Park 108 Five Islands Provincial Park 109Five Islands Provincial Park 109 Five Islands Provincial Park 110Five Islands Provincial Park 110 Five Islands Provincial Park 111Five Islands Provincial Park 111 Five Islands Provincial Park 112Five Islands Provincial Park 112 Five Islands Provincial Park 113Five Islands Provincial Park 113 Five Islands Provincial Park 114Five Islands Provincial Park 114 Five Islands Provincial Park 115Five Islands Provincial Park 115 Five Islands Provincial Park 116Five Islands Provincial Park 116 Five Islands Provincial Park 117Five Islands Provincial Park 117 Five Islands Provincial Park 118Five Islands Provincial Park 118

Memories

Memories 500Memories 500 Memories 501Memories 501

Port Grenville Beach (sailing ships were built here)

Ships Were Built Here 100Ships Were Built Here 100

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow 400White-throated Sparrow 400 White-throated Sparrow 401White-throated Sparrow 401

End of Day

Day's End 100Day's End 100

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Angel Wing Clams Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Five Islands Provincial Park Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-15-july-13 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 23:58:58 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 14, July 12 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-14-july-12 Today was another gorgeous day; no fog, mild temperature and lots  of sunshine.

We did the Squally Point Trail today a companion to yesterday's Three Sisters Trail. The highlights were finding Lycopods  the oldest plant species known and still growing today. Where's a botanist when you need one?

Another highlight was us meeting White-winged Crossbills. The  crossed bills are an adaption to feeding off cone heads. It's interesting because while I was photographing the scenery I could hear plop...plop...plop as something was falling from above. I thought it was a wind effect but after the third plop I looked up and there they were, working the pine cones and dropping bits as they worked.

Anderson's Cove

Anderson's Cove 101Anderson's Cove 101 Anderson's Cove 102Anderson's Cove 102 Anderson's Cove 103Anderson's Cove 103 Anderson's Cove 104Anderson's Cove 104 Anderson's Cove 105Anderson's Cove 105 Anderson's Cove 106Anderson's Cove 106 Andersonès Cove 100Andersonès Cove 100

Eastern Bluebird

There is no sign of youngsters emerging yet.

Eastern Bluebird 800Eastern Bluebird 800 Eastern Bluebird 801Eastern Bluebird 801 Eastern Bluebird 802Eastern Bluebird 802 Eastern Bluebird 803Eastern Bluebird 803 Eastern Bluebird 804Eastern Bluebird 804

Lycopods

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Lycopodiopsida

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Lycopodiopsida
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Palhinhaea cernua with close-up of branch
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Lycophytes
Class: Lycopodiopsida
Bartl.
Orders
Synonyms

See Table 1.

Lycopodiopsida is a class of herbaceous vascular plants known as lycopods, lycophytes or other terms including the component lyco-. Members of the class are called clubmosses, firmosses and quillworts. They have dichotomously branching stems bearing simple leaves called microphylls and reproduce by means of spores borne in sporangia on the sides of the stems at the bases of the leaves. Although living species are small, during the Carboniferous, extinct tree-like forms formed huge forests that dominated the landscape and contributed to coal deposits.

The nomenclature and classification of plants with microphylls varies substantially among authors. A consensus classification for extant (living) species was produced in 2016 by the Pteridophyte Phylogeny Group (PPG I), which places them all in the class Lycopodiopsida, which includes the classes Isoetopsida and Selaginellopsida used in other systems. (See Table 2.) Alternative classification systems have used ranks from division (phylum) to subclass. In the PPG I system, the class is divided into three orders, Lycopodiales, Isoetales and Selaginellales.

Characteristics

Club-mosses (Lycopodiales) are homosporous, but the genera Selaginella and Isoetes are heterosporous, with female spores larger than the male, and gametophytes forming entirely within the spore walls. A few species of Selaginella such as S. apoda and S. rupestris are also viviparous; the gametophyte develops on the mother plant, and only when the sporophyte's primary shoot and root is developed enough for independence is the new plant dropped to the ground.[1] Club-moss gametophytes are mycoheterotrophic and long-lived, residing underground for several years before emerging from the ground and progressing to the sporophyte stage.[2]

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Lycopods

Lycopod 100Lycopod 100 Lycopod 101Lycopod 101 Lycopod 102Lycopod 102

Mushrooms

I don't even try to ID these guys.

Mushroom Species 1 100Mushroom Species 1 100

Ancient Beach

Raised up by pressure probably caused by an ice age.

Raised Natural Beach 100Raised Natural Beach 100 Raised Natural Beach 101Raised Natural Beach 101 Raised Natural Beach 102Raised Natural Beach 102

Pillars-caused by erosion of softer rock around a usually volcanic and harder centre.

Son Pillar 100Son Pillar 100

Squally Point Trail

Squally Point Trail 100Squally Point Trail 100 Squally Point Trail 101Squally Point Trail 101 Squally Point Trail 102Squally Point Trail 102 Squally Point Trail 103Squally Point Trail 103

Pillars

Stone Pillar 101Stone Pillar 101 Stone Pillar 102Stone Pillar 102 Stone Pillar 103Stone Pillar 103 Stone Pillar 104Stone Pillar 104 Stone Pillar 105Stone Pillar 105 Stone Pillar 106Stone Pillar 106

Swamp Candles

Swamp Candles 100Swamp Candles 100 Swamp Candles 101Swamp Candles 101

White-winged Crossbill

White-winged Crossbill 100White-winged Crossbill 100 White-winged Crossbill 101White-winged Crossbill 101 White-winged Crossbill 102White-winged Crossbill 102

End of Another Fine Day

Sunset 300Sunset 300

 

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Lycopods Nova Scotia Pillars Squally Point Trail White-winged Crossbills https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-14-july-12 Wed, 14 Jul 2021 00:03:49 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 13, July 11 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-13-july-11 It was a cloudy morning but by noon the sun was shining brightly on a gorgeous day, and quite mild.

Today we did the Three Sisters Trail at Cape Chignecto Provincial Park. Tomorrow it will be its companion, the Squally Point Trail, then the coast to Masstown.

The highlight today was two photos of a Cedar Waxwing collecting nesting material. They are late nesters.

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing 200Cedar Waxwing 200

 

Cedar Waxwing 201Cedar Waxwing 201

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 700Eastern Bluebird 700 Eastern Bluebird 701Eastern Bluebird 701

Mill Brook Trail (the beach part)

Mill Brook Trail 100Mill Brook Trail 100 Mill Brook Trail 101Mill Brook Trail 101 Mill Brook Trail 102Mill Brook Trail 102 Mill Brook Trail 103Mill Brook Trail 103 Snowshoe Hare 100Snowshoe Hare 100

Three Sisters Trail

Three Sisters Trail 100Three Sisters Trail 100 Three Sisters Trail 101Three Sisters Trail 101 Three Sisters Trail 102Three Sisters Trail 102 Three Sisters Trail 103Three Sisters Trail 103 Three Sisters Trail 104Three Sisters Trail 104 Three Sisters Trail 105Three Sisters Trail 105 Three Sisters Trail 106Three Sisters Trail 106 Three Sisters Trail 107Three Sisters Trail 107 Three Sisters Trail 108Three Sisters Trail 108 Three Sisters Trail 109Three Sisters Trail 109 Three Sisters Trail 110Three Sisters Trail 110 Three Sisters Trail 111Three Sisters Trail 111 Three Sisters Trail 112Three Sisters Trail 112 Three Sisters Trail 113Three Sisters Trail 113 Three Sisters Trail 114Three Sisters Trail 114 Three Sisters Trail 115Three Sisters Trail 115 Three Sisters Trail 116Three Sisters Trail 116 Three Sisters Trail 117Three Sisters Trail 117 Three Sisters Trail 118Three Sisters Trail 118 Three Sisters Trail 119Three Sisters Trail 119 Three Sisters Trail 120Three Sisters Trail 120 Three Sisters Trail 121Three Sisters Trail 121 Three Sisters Trail 122Three Sisters Trail 122

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) "Birds of Nova Scotia" "Nova Scotia" Canada Cedar Waxwing Collecting Nesting Material Mill Brook Trail Three Sisters Trail https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-13-july-11 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 00:08:56 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 12, July 10 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-2 It was another gorgeous day, mostly sunny with light winds and moderate temperatures. We visited several places with no usual bird or animal sightings.

Just keep bringing on the good weather. Tomorrow we start working the park trail networks.

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher 300Alder Flycatcher 300

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle 200Bald Eagle 200

Brown-eyed Susan and Daisies

Brown-eyed Susan and Daisy 100Brown-eyed Susan and Daisy 100

Cape d'Or

Cape d'Or 300Cape d'Or 300

Chicory

Chicorey 100Chicorey 100

Chicorey 101Chicorey 101

Ceropsiss

Coreopsiss 100Coreopsiss 100

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 600Eastern Bluebird 600 Eastern Bluebird 601Eastern Bluebird 601 Eastern Bluebird 602Eastern Bluebird 602 Eastern Bluebird 603Eastern Bluebird 603

Laura

Laura 200Laura 200

Memories

Memories 400Memories 400 Memories 401Memories 401

Mullien

Mullien 100Mullien 100 Mullien 101Mullien 101

Wildflower Bouquet

Mullien-Evening Primrose-St. Johns Wort 100Mullien-Evening Primrose-St. Johns Wort 100

Parrsboro Light

Parrsboro Light 200Parrsboro Light 200 Parrsboro Light 201Parrsboro Light 201 Parrsboro Light 202Parrsboro Light 202 Parrsboro Light 203Parrsboro Light 203

Waterfall at the Red Rocks

Waterfall at Red Rocks 101Waterfall at Red Rocks 101 Waterfall at Red Rocks 102Waterfall at Red Rocks 102 Waterfall at Red Rocks 103Waterfall at Red Rocks 103 Machinery for Building Sailing Ships

Wooden Sailing Ship Building Machinery 100Wooden Sailing Ship Building Machinery 100 Wooden Sailing Ship Building Machinery 101Wooden Sailing Ship Building Machinery 101

Forest and Water

Woodland and Water 100Woodland and Water 100 Woodland and Water 101Woodland and Water 101 Woodland and Water 102Woodland and Water 102 Woodland and Water 103Woodland and Water 103 Woodland and Water 104Woodland and Water 104 Woodland and Water 105Woodland and Water 105 Woodland and Water 106Woodland and Water 106

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow 300Song Sparrow 300

OK, what is it?

Thing-ma-chig 100Thing-ma-chig 100

Two Islands

Two Islands 100Two Islands 100 Two Islands 101Two Islands 101 Two Islands 102Two Islands 102

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Parrsboro Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-2 Sun, 11 Jul 2021 23:36:27 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 11, July 9 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-11-july-9 Tonight is the night that Post Tropical Storm Elsa hits us with all its fury. Advocate Harbour is slightly south of the projected path of the storm's centreline.  Elsa's frontal boundary is apparent in some photos and there is an overall tranquil feeling of doom and foreboding. We slept through the whole event. It was mostly wind with some isolated power outages.

The Eastern Bluebird's continue to feed their young with ease as both parents deliver goodies at a regular pace. Nest cleanliness is also attended to after most food deliveries.

Common Loon

Common Loon 100Common Loon 100

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat 500Common Yellowthroat 500

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 500Eastern Bluebird 500 Eastern Bluebird 501Eastern Bluebird 501 Eastern Bluebird 502Eastern Bluebird 502 Eastern Bluebird 503Eastern Bluebird 503 Eastern Bluebird 504Eastern Bluebird 504 Eastern Bluebird 505Eastern Bluebird 505

The Approach of Post Tropical Storm Elsa

Elsa 100Elsa 100 Elsa 101Elsa 101 Elsa 102Elsa 102

Ring-necked Pheasant

Ring-necked Pheasant 100Ring-necked Pheasant 100 Ring-necked Pheasant 101Ring-necked Pheasant 101

White-throated Sparrow

White-throated Sparrow 100White-throated Sparrow 100

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird Nova Scotia Post Tropical Storm Elsa https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-11-july-9 Sat, 10 Jul 2021 23:23:50 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 10, July 8 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-11-july-9 It was raining steadily this morning but skies improved in the afternoon as we awaited post tropical storm Elsa.

Some of the wildflower photographs are of escapees but they are still wildflowers, just not native wildflowers like many birds and Eurasian races of humans are not native to this place.

Since every bird and plant on these continents of North and South America were all given names thousands of years ago what gives the Eurasians like me the pretension to rename them all after cities, states or old men that came here later. All names are folk names except the scientific names which is really just a catalogue of species.

American Redstart

American Redstart 400American Redstart 400

American Redstart 401American Redstart 401

 

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Blac-throated Blue Warbler 100Blac-throated Blue Warbler 100

Bunchberry

Bunchberry 100Bunchberry 100

 

Bunchberry 101Bunchberry 101

Cape d'Or

Cape d'Or 200Cape d'Or 200 Cinquefoil

Cinqfoil 100Cinqfoil 100

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 300Eastern Bluebird 300 Eastern Bluebird 301Eastern Bluebird 301 Eastern Bluebird 302Eastern Bluebird 302 Eastern Bluebird 303Eastern Bluebird 303 Eastern Bluebird 306Eastern Bluebird 306 Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 100Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 100 Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 101Eastern Bluebird and Canada's Flag 101

Foxglove

Foxglove 100Foxglove 100 Foxglove 101Foxglove 101 Foxglove 102Foxglove 102

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker 100Hairy Woodpecker 100

Heal-all

Heal-all 100Heal-all 100

Heal-all

Heal-all 101Heal-all 101

Isle Haute

Isle Haute 100Isle Haute 100 Isle Haute 101Isle Haute 101

Late Day Sky Over Cape Chignecto

Late Day at Cape Chignecto 100Late Day at Cape Chignecto 100 Late Day at Cape Chignecto 101Late Day at Cape Chignecto 101

Magnolia Warbler

Magnolia Warbler 100Magnolia Warbler 100

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly 100Monarch Butterfly 100

Sheep Laurel

Sheep Laurel 100Sheep Laurel 100

Stonecrop

Stonecrop 100Stonecrop 100

Yellow Rocket

Yellow Rocket 100Yellow Rocket 100

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-11-july-9 Fri, 09 Jul 2021 23:50:35 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 9, July 7 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-9-july-7 Today we visit the Joggins Fossil Cliffs, a UNISCO World Heritage Site: https://www.jogginsfossilcliffs.net/

The following is courtesy of the Joggins Fossil Institute:

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Where the world-famous Bay of Fundy exposes a 300-million-year-old story.

Preserved in nature, uncovered by force. Explore one of nature’s most inspiring creations, where the highest tides in the world reveal the most complete fossil record of the “Coal Age,” 100 million years before the dinosaurs. Every rock holds the possibility of discovery, and our guided tours may lead you to finding a missing piece of time’s puzzle. At Joggins, our backyard may be 300 million years old but every day is different!

The swamp forests produced massive quantities of organic matter that, over millions of years, created the coal deposits for which this period of history is named.

A group of students looking at an exposed fossil tree stump in the cliffs
A group of students looking at an exposed fossil tree stump in the cliffs.

The Joggins Fossil Centre

The Joggins Fossil Centre is situated on the reclaimed site of the Old Joggins No. 7 Coal Mine overlooking the Joggins Fossil Cliffs. The Centre provides an exceptional learning experience, featuring an extensive fossil specimen collection, exhibits, and displays depicting

  • the rich geological history of the Joggins Cliffs
  • the history of scientific discovery at Joggins
  • the history of coal mining that shaped the local community.

Fossils at Joggins

Season and hours

Support the Joggins Fossil Institute

Your donation to the Joggins Fossil Institute helps us conserve and promote the Joggins Fossil Cliffs UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The first thing I do in the morning is check out the Eastern Bluebird nest box. I do not want to miss the fledglings on their first flights. The light is best in the morning. If you visit and an adult bird eats the food intended for the fledglings you are too close. I'm shooting at 1200mm so I am a safe distance away and I never stay for more than 10-15 minutes.

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 200Eastern Bluebird 200 Eastern Bluebird 201Eastern Bluebird 201 Eastern Bluebird 202Eastern Bluebird 202 Eastern Bluebird 203Eastern Bluebird 203 Eastern Bluebird 204Eastern Bluebird 204 Eastern Bluebird 205Eastern Bluebird 205 Eastern Bluebird 206Eastern Bluebird 206 Eastern Bluebird 207Eastern Bluebird 207

Joggins Fossil Cliffs

Joggins Fossil Cliffs 100Joggins Fossil Cliffs 100 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 101Joggins Fossil Cliffs 101 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 102Joggins Fossil Cliffs 102 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 103Joggins Fossil Cliffs 103 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 104Joggins Fossil Cliffs 104 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 105Joggins Fossil Cliffs 105 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 106Joggins Fossil Cliffs 106 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 107Joggins Fossil Cliffs 107 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 108Joggins Fossil Cliffs 108 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 109Joggins Fossil Cliffs 109 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 110Joggins Fossil Cliffs 110 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 111Joggins Fossil Cliffs 111 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 112Joggins Fossil Cliffs 112 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 113Joggins Fossil Cliffs 113 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 114Joggins Fossil Cliffs 114 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 115Joggins Fossil Cliffs 115 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 116Joggins Fossil Cliffs 116 Joggins Fossil Cliffs 117Joggins Fossil Cliffs 117

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow 300Song Sparrow 300

Sunset over Cape Chignecto

Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 100Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 100 Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 101Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 101 Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 102Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 102 Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 103Sunset Over Cape Chignecto 103

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird Joggins Fossil Cliffs Nova Scotia Sunset over Cape Chignecto https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-9-july-7 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 23:39:54 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 8, July 6 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-8-july-6 It was foggy and drizzling in the morning and cloudy bright in the afternoon with no sunset to photograph.

I tried for some bird photography today with some success. The highlight was the Eastern Bluebird actively feeding young. I will watch this next box in hopes of photographing the fledged birds or best of all the parents feeding their young outside the bird box.  In central Canada; Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba environmentalists have set up Blue Bird trails to help this threatened species recover with dozens of Blue Bird and Tree Swallow boxes.

American Redstart

American Redstart 400American Redstart 400

Birdsfoot Trefoil

Birdfoot Trefoil 100Birdfoot Trefoil 100

Black-and-White Warbler

Black-and-White Warbler 100Black-and-White Warbler 100

Cedar Waxwing

Cedar Waxwing 100Cedar Waxwing 100

Common Yellowthroat

Common Yellowthroat 400Common Yellowthroat 400

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird 100Eastern Bluebird 100 Eastern Bluebird 101Eastern Bluebird 101 Eastern Bluebird 102Eastern Bluebird 102 Eastern Bluebird 103Eastern Bluebird 103 Eastern Bluebird 104Eastern Bluebird 104 Eastern Bluebird 105Eastern Bluebird 105 Eastern Bluebird 106Eastern Bluebird 106 Eastern Bluebird 107Eastern Bluebird 107

Laura

Laura and wood Pile 101Laura and wood Pile 101 Laura and wood PileLaura and wood Pile

Turkey Vulture (9)  See if you can find them all

Nine Turkey Vultures 100Nine Turkey Vultures 100

Red Hawkweed

Red Hawkweed 100Red Hawkweed 100

Red-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo 100Red-eyed Vireo 100

Ruffed Grouse

Ruffed Grouse 200Ruffed Grouse 200

Swainson's Thrush

Swainson's Thrush 100Swainson's Thrush 100 Swainson's Thrush 101Swainson's Thrush 101

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow 100Tree Swallow 100

Yellow Warbler

Yellow Warbler 100Yellow Warbler 100 Yellow Warbler 101Yellow Warbler 101

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Bluebird" Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-8-july-6 Thu, 08 Jul 2021 00:11:57 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 7, July 5 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-7-july-5 This was our first day with decent weather. It was cool by the water but one heats up fast hoofing through the bush. Laura and I tried our first trail, the McGahey Brook Canyon Trail. Its was hard trudging all uphill. We heard lots of birds but I only managed a rather sad image of a beloved bird, the woodland soprano, the Winter Wren.

We also enjoyed our first sunset on the trip.

Alder Flycatcher

Alder Flycatcher 100Alder Flycatcher 100 Alder Flycatcher 101Alder Flycatcher 101 Alder Flycatcher 102Alder Flycatcher 102

Barn Swallow

Barn Swallow 100Barn Swallow 100 Barn Swallow 101Barn Swallow 101 Barn Swallow 102Barn Swallow 102

Beachfront Home

Beach Front Home 100Beach Front Home 100

Hike Towards the Red Rocks

Beach Walk 100Beach Walk 100

Late Blue Flag Iris

Blue Flagf Iris 100Blue Flagf Iris 100 Blue Flagf Iris 101Blue Flagf Iris 101

Bluebell

Bluebell 100Bluebell 100 Bluuebell Mystery Flower 100Bluuebell Mystery Flower 100

Cape Chignecto

Cape Chignecto 100Cape Chignecto 100 Cape Chignecto 101Cape Chignecto 101

Dumb Beach House

Dumb Beach Front Home 100Dumb Beach Front Home 100

Lighthouse Home

Lighthouse Home 100Lighthouse Home 100 Lighthouse Home 101Lighthouse Home 101

The McGahey Brook Canyon Trail

McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 100McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 100 McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 101McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 101 McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 102McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 102 McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 103McGahey Brook Canyon Trail 103

Organic Salmon Farm

Organic Fish Plant 100Organic Fish Plant 100

Our First Sunset

Sunset 100Sunset 100 Sunset 102Sunset 102

Winter Wren-This was a blind shot since I Never saw the bird

Winter Wren 100Winter Wren 100

Nice Patch of Daisies

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-7-july-5 Wed, 07 Jul 2021 00:30:59 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 6, July 4 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-6-july-4 It was the worst day yet with steady rain and wind. Ugh! What does one do on such a day? Exploring is an option and I checked out the road to Eatonville. It's broad and in good condition so I will head into the bowels of the forest and attempt a day of serious bird photography, probably on Tuesday.

I checked out Cape d'Or very quickly. Two large rain splotches on my photographs were my reward for trying.

Cape d'Or

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Cape d'Or Light Homes with Memories Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-6-july-4 Mon, 05 Jul 2021 23:24:35 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 5, July 3 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-6-july-6 The weather continues as wet, windy and gloomy but the fog has lifted somewhat so Isle Haute is now clearly visible, but we have not seen a sunset yet. Birds are mostly hunkered down in this weather but we may have found a Bobolink field and that would be something considering how this species has been trashed by humans.

We will look for Bobolinks when it stops raining, drizzling and misting.

Fish Motif at Advocate

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Lights of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Parrsboro Light Wildflowers Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-6-july-6 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:26:29 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 4, July 2 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-5 Yes folks, it was yet another day of fog, rain and gloom. On the up side the weather is cool, a two sweater walk this evening, and we are sleeping better than we have in a long time.

We are struggling with some plant identifications so please send me a note if we got something wrong. Internet searches are slow and unreliable since many photo postings are incorrectly identified.

The weather is predicted to be worse tomorrow. We have still not hiked a woodland trail where all the good stuff is; birds, plants and woodland scenes.

A park officer reported a bear on the Eatonville Road. That news cut our evening walk short.

High Tide at the Advocate Dock

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Canada Hawkweed

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Dock Canada Chignecto Provincial Park Fishing Boats Nova Scotia wildflowers https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-day-5 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:58:16 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 3, July 1 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-3-july-1 It was another day of fog, rain and gloom. We drove to the Joggins Fossil Cliffs and Amherst for an outing but a walkabout was impractical. This evening we may take a walk up the Eatonville Road if the rain holds off. It was along this road that I shot my best Mourning Warbler photos several years ago.

Advocate Dock at Low Tide

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Advocate Home

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Breakwater at a Home

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Advocate Homes Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Fishing Boats Grey Catbird Nova Scotia Red Rocks https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-3-july-1 Fri, 02 Jul 2021 20:47:41 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 2, June 30 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-2-june-30 I used to identify plants from the records on my own website but alas the internet service out here are so slow I cannot download it. We are trying to identify plants and flowers from memory. Yes, all of our nature books are packed and in storage as well. The internet doesn't help much either due to slow speeds. I now clearly understand what country folks have been complaining about having to live without high speed internet service. Times and expectations do change.

The weather continues to treat us with fog, drizzle, thunder showers but cool temperatures.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Angelica Canada Great Blue Heron Luppin Nature Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Ovenbird Raven Song Sparrow Yarrow https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-2-june-30 Thu, 01 Jul 2021 21:51:34 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure Day 1 , June 29 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-1-june-29 This is our first day at Advocate Harbour. The weather was mostly fog with sunny breaks.

 Wildflower Display

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Driftwood on Beach Ridge

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Columbine and Beatle

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Povincial Parks of Nova Scotia Wildflower Displays https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure-day-1-june-29 Thu, 01 Jul 2021 16:26:43 GMT
House Wren https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/house-wren The House Wren is a feisty and vocal bird and well named due to its habit of nesting in nest boxes often on the side of homes.

These photos were taken a few days before our departure to Advocate Harbour. Images are low resolution, 250K or less.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) . Birds of Nova Scotia Canada House Wren Nova Scotia Wrens f Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/house-wren Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:34:02 GMT
Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/yellow-ladys-slipper-orchid I went to the West Hants limestone lands to photograph the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid. Sadly the environmental terrorists have torn out more of the Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid, a protected species. These photos are low resolution and taken a few days before our departure to Advocate Harbour.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Orchids of Nova Scotia Yellow Lady's Slipper Orchid https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/yellow-ladys-slipper-orchid Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:28:00 GMT
American Redstart https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/american-redstart The American Redstart with the folk name of Butterfly Bird (an improved name) is prolific in Nova Scotia. It arrives late and leaves early since it is a long distance migrant. These are low resolution files, 250K or less.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) American Redstart Birds of Nova Scotia Butterfly Bird Canada Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/american-redstart Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:15:28 GMT
Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Adventure https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure Laura and I are re-homing. We have 37 days to wait before our new place is completed so a 37 night trip to advocate Harbour is our plan. From this place we can visit:

-https://parks.novascotia.ca/park/cape-chignecto

-https://jogginsfossilcliffs.net/

-https://themaritimeexplorer.ca/2014/08/12/isle-haute/

-https://novascotia.ca/nse/protectedareas/wa_ChignectoIsthmus.asp

-https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g182200-d4597668-Reviews-Amherst_Point_Bird_Sanctuary-Amherst_Nova_Scotia.html

-https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nb/kouchibouguac/visit/covid-19-info

-https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/nb/fundy/visit/covid-19-info

-https://www.thehopewellrocks.ca/index.php/en/page/shorebirds-wildlife

-https://www.natureconservancy.ca/en/blog/archive/nd-johnsons-mills.html

I had to pack my computer so I cannot process my 117GB RAW files from my Sony mirrorless camera or my 40GB RAW files from my walkabout/hiking camera on my laptop computer. I will store all the RAW files on my external drive and use reduced 250K (less if cropped) files for our blog record of the trip. There will be  a loss of image quality in both definition (sharpness) and colour definition.

Internet is slow out this way and is through a phone line. Typing on the tiny keyboard of my laptop gets some getting used to after being trained on a full sized keyboard but I will struggle along.

I will post daily updates. So far its been fog, rain and wind but the temperature is cool, thank you very much.

Advocate Harbour and Area

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Advocate Harbour Canada Cape Chignecto Provincial Park Nova Scotia Provincial Parks of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/7/cape-chignecto-provincial-park-adventure Thu, 01 Jul 2021 13:04:05 GMT
Common Yellowthroat https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/common-yellowthroat This Common Yellowthroat was as the military expression goes, "under the guns". I was expecting a distant target so I was powered up with a 400mm-1200mm zoom lens but I had to retract to 400mm and even that was too much focal length for this bird. Needless to say image definition suffered somewhat.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Common Yellowthroat Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/common-yellowthroat Sat, 05 Jun 2021 10:11:54 GMT
Ruffed Grouse https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/ruffed-grouse I was bumping along a country road when I spotted a dozen or so golf ball sized Ruffed Grouse chick-lets in the centre of the road. I stopped immediately and I am sure that's when the mother uttered a warning call and the the little grouse-lets scattered and hid. I did manage a few photos of the annoyed mother but she soon settled down when she realized I was not an immediate danger.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Grouse and Pheasants of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Ruffed Grouse https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/ruffed-grouse Fri, 04 Jun 2021 20:39:57 GMT
Blackburnian Warbler https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/blackburnian-warbler The Blackburnian Warbler is a stunning bird. I always look forward to meeting this bird. It is easy to find in its favored habitat thanks to its distinctive song.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Blackburnian Warbler Canada Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/blackburnian-warbler Fri, 04 Jun 2021 13:39:04 GMT
Bay-breasted Warbler https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/bay-breasted-warbler Nova Scotia has been under a partial lockdown in recent weeks due to Covid-19 with residents restricted to movement within their own community. This restriction was lifted today, and I was able to travel and get out to some of my favourite locations.

A handshake was had between me and the Bay-breasted Warbler, a special bird friend of mine. It's common in favoured habitat but in other locations its hard to find. The song is high-pitched, but I can still hear it.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Bay-breasted Warbler Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/6/bay-breasted-warbler Wed, 02 Jun 2021 22:44:18 GMT
Rose-breasted Grosbeak https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is near to an annual regular at our place in Portuguese Cove. It usually stays for two or three days and then moves on looking for the mature hardwood forests.

If you think this adult male is handsome just wait until you stand near it when it bursts into song. You'll be looking for your socks after that experience. The song is akin to an American Robin that has taken singing lessons.

Photos are taken through windows. This is a motivator to keep the glass clean.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Finches of Nova Scotia nova scotia Portuguese Cove Rose-breasted Grosbeak https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/rose-breasted-grosbeak Mon, 24 May 2021 16:47:54 GMT
Broad-winged Hawk https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/broad-winged-hawk The Broad-winged Hawk is common in the mild seasons in Nova Scotia but uncommon in the winter after most move further south. It often returns to its same rough nest site year after year. The high pitched screech of this buteo is unmistakable. It is commonly found around water but soars widely looking for prey.

Back lit high photos are typical of this species. They are found in large numbers on Brier Island, Nova Scotia, in the fall.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Broad-winged Hawk Buteos of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/broad-winged-hawk Sun, 23 May 2021 15:19:20 GMT
Bullock's Oriole https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/bullocks-oriole The Bullock's Oriole is a rare bird although it has become an annual regular to Nova Scotia. It used to be combined with the Baltimore Oriole and known as the Northern Oriole. It resides primarily from the centre of the North American continent to the west.

This is a first spring male and as such is a tricky identification. When identifying birds never use Google images since about 30 percent of the identifications are wrong. Use only the accepted sources such as, "The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern (or Western) North America". Online sources such as the American Bird Association and The Cornell Lab of Ornithology do not provide enough examples or details on field marks to be useful.

So I have to resort to the tried and true Sherlock Holmes method of deduction, "If you eliminate what is impossible whatever is left, no matter how improbable, is the truth".

I eliminated the Orchard Oriole as a candidate because my bird is too large and has a rapier like bill. The Orchard Oriole, especially the female, is hardly larger than a warbler and has a shorter less pointed bill. Also it is yellow not orange like my candidate bird.

The other candidate is the Baltimore Oriole but I can find no reliable confirmed example of a first spring Baltimore Oriole with a black chin or goatee without  the associated black head.

The most reliable field mark is the black line through the eye of the Bullock's Oriole and although it is faint it is visible on some images. The Baltimore Oriole does not have the black line through the eye. The lack of a pale grayish under belly is inconsistent with the first spring Bullock's Oriole and this does concern me unless it is a second spring Bullock's Oriole. The beginnings of the large white wing patch is also evident which is another field mark for Bullock's Oriole. It is also possible that it is a hybrid Bullock's/Baltimore Oriole.

I will have lots more photos if the bird lingers feasting on my suet offerings. It is a yard first. Photographing through two panes of glass never produces good results so I will try to photograph it in the open.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Bullock's Oriole Canada Nova Scotia Orioles of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/bullocks-oriole Fri, 21 May 2021 23:00:54 GMT
Ipswich Sparrow https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/ipswich-sparrow The Ipswich Sparrow is an "all Canadian bird", almost all born on Canada's Sable Island. The proper name should be Sable Island Sparrow and it should be recognized as a species in its own right.

They bunch up along the coast and then make their over water sortie to Sable Island. The late Dr. Ian Mclaren was a strong proponent of this bird's nature and coauthored a book on its uniqueness.

It is larger and sandier in tone than the Savannah Sparrow with a different song and certainly a very different personality something naturalists experience when they meet these birds along our Atlantic coastal shores.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia canada Ipswich Sparrow Nova Scotia Sparrows of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/ipswich-sparrow Thu, 13 May 2021 23:01:49 GMT
Eastern Towhee and Grey Catbird https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/eastern-towhee-and-grey-catbird I reedited my photos from yesterday due to excessive noise in the photographs. Noise is the curse of all good photography. Often it shows up in the opens spaces like the sky behind the subject but in all cases it compromises colour and definition.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Towhee Grey Catbird Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/eastern-towhee-and-grey-catbird Tue, 11 May 2021 20:10:04 GMT
Eastern Towhee https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/eastern-towhee The Eastern Towhee is an annual visitor best described as uncommon, certainly not rare. This example was a male in its finest regalia. I see one or two every year but they are usually juveniles or females.

I will update these photos with better copies in a day or two after I learn the new Adobe format  probably when it rains which is a reliable event in Nova Scotia

The Eastern Towhee and Spotted Towhee (the western variant) were once classified as the same species, the Rufous-sided Towhee.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Eastern Towhee Nova Scotia Towhees of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/eastern-towhee Mon, 10 May 2021 20:43:09 GMT
Grey Catbird https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/grey-catbird Our Grey Catbird has returned, the first of a pair. This time of year before the leaves erupt one can see their nest in the centre of the tangle of multiflora brambles in our front yard. They have nested here for several years. I put out some suet for it amongst the finch and chickadee fodder and the catbird found it quickly and dug right in.

I bungled my editing thanks once again to Adobe. It seems in the culture of software developers if you can't make it better just reformat the software and your customers will be fooled into thinking its an upgrade. Not likely!

I will have to reedit both the Grey Catbird and Eastern Towhee photos.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Grey Catbird Mimics of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Wildflowers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/grey-catbird Mon, 10 May 2021 20:27:57 GMT
Pine Warbler https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/pine-warbler The Pine Warbler is a tough bird, often the first to arrive in the spring and the last to leave in the fall. It has nested in Nova Scotia for some time. The official confirmed first nesting is in 2010, but this is wrong. I have encountered this species on its nesting territory in the mature pine forests before that date and have encountered them ever year thereafter. Laura and I heard and saw our first Pine Warblers two weeks ago. There were several on territory today.

I visit the breeding territory of the Pine Warbler before they nest and after they have finished nesting when the young have fledged. This is to eliminate human interaction during this critical period.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Pine Warbler Warblers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/5/pine-warbler Mon, 03 May 2021 20:46:00 GMT
Carolina Wren https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/carolina-wren The wrens are a wonderful family of birds with a wide variation in song types; the haunting woodland song of the Winter Wren unequaled by almost any bird, the mixed jumble of notes from the Marsh Wren, the awe inspiring jaw dropping melody of the Canyon Wren and the exuberance of the Carolina Wren. All these songs come from such a diminutive bird.

I met a Carolina Wren several years ago in the dead of winter and got some wonderful photos. The photos from this example are not too bad either:)

The wrens are feisty and meticulous. I foolishly put a layer of sawdust on the bottom of a wren box which was on the side of our house. Sure enough the House Wren who was moving in removed every speck of the sawdust and dropped it on the ground in front of the wren house. It started building the nest from scratch properly this time without human assistance. I watched this House Wren complain about a nearby red squirrel for a time and then watched as it flew at the red squirrel and knocked it from a tree branch to the ground. We kept our distance.

It was a successful nesting. Interestingly all the young wrens fledged and disappeared over night or early in the morning. There was a major fuss as the nestlings were fed one evening but the next morning they were all gone.

Carolina Wren

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Carolina Wren Nova Scotia Wrens of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/carolina-wren Mon, 19 Apr 2021 22:43:44 GMT
Pileated Woodpecker https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/pileated-woodpecker Laura and I enjoyed an early spring woodland walk this morning. Our target species was the Pine Warbler which was a no show but the Pileated Woodpecker was an excellent substitute. We also saw and heard a Winter Wren and heard a White-breasted Nuthatch.

Pileated Woodpecker

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Pileated Woodpecker Woodpeckers of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/pileated-woodpecker Sun, 11 Apr 2021 22:01:18 GMT
American Tree Sparrow in Snow Storm https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/canadian-tree-sparrow The Tree Sparrow is another all Canadian bird with most breeding well north of the U.S. of A. border in Canada's boreal forest. As usual Alaska gets credit for some nesters as well.

The use of the name American is bizarre since everyone living in South America, Central America and North America is American, people and birds included. How the abuse of this name evolved is a study in laziness.

Tree Sparrow

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) American Tree Sparrow Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Sparrows of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/canadian-tree-sparrow Sun, 04 Apr 2021 20:45:59 GMT
Dark-eyed Junco in Snow Storm https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/dark-eyed-junco-in-snow The Dark-eyed Junco is actually a sparrow and challenging to photograph due to its (you guessed it) dark eye. The eye is the most important feature of all critters human and otherwise and focusing on it is the key to all successful photographs. 

It is a year round resident in Nova Scotia and all Canadian provinces. It is primarily a Canadian bird born and almost all breed north of the American border, although some breed in Alaska.

Dark-eyed Junco

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Dark-eyed Junco Nova Scotia Sparrows of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/dark-eyed-junco-in-snow Sun, 04 Apr 2021 20:28:20 GMT
Blue Jay in Snow Storm https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/blue-jay-in-snow The Blue Jay is a common North American bird and is a year round resident in all Canadian provinces although many do migrate a little further south during the worst of the winter.

Although common to residents it is especially appreciated by European visitors. It is ironic that some of our best looking birds are so common and thus taken for granted.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Blue Jay Canada Corvids of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/blue-jay-in-snow Sun, 04 Apr 2021 20:07:42 GMT
Song Sparrow in Snow Storm https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/song-sparrow-in-snow The recent snow storm, the last of the season we hope, brought most of our local birds up to the feeders. We usually have about 25 species and 200 to 300 birds with the peak activity occurring during and just after weather events.

The Song Sparrow is usually the first to sing in the spring and it has a varied and melodic series of tunes. It stays all year round in this area. The White-throated Sparrow is also a year round resident and it is also an early singer, "Oh...sweet Canada..Canada..Canada".

Song Sparrow

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Song Sparrow Sparrows of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/4/song-sparrow-in-snow Sun, 04 Apr 2021 20:02:10 GMT
West Pennant Sunset at Long Cove Point https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/west-pennant-sunset-at-long-cove-point Long Cove Point has spectacular views for seabirds and ocean vistas. It is sheltered water so bobbing and diving sea birds are easy to photograph.

The clouds that add character to a sunset were not present but it was a warm and calm evening with no biting insects. No complaints from me:)

Long Cove Point Sunset

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Long Cove Point Sunset Nova Scotia Sunsets of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/west-pennant-sunset-at-long-cove-point Fri, 26 Mar 2021 12:39:50 GMT
Fox Sparrow https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/fox-sparrow The Fox Sparrow is among our most elegant sparrows with an amazing song. We had one stay with us for 18 months several years ago yet last year we had none. It has irruptive migrations such that there will be Fox Sparrows behind every bush in suitable habitat  followed by a year when very few are seen.

This Fox Sparrow was photographed through our kitchen window through two panes of glass in a snow storm.  It keeps scratching and scratching with snow flying everywhere.

Fox Sparrow

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Fox Sparrow Nova Scotia Sparrows of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/fox-sparrow Fri, 19 Mar 2021 17:01:56 GMT
Lesser Scaup https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/lesser-scaup The Greater and Lesser Scaup can be hard to tell apart. On the Greater Scaup the high point of the head is ahead or over the eye whereas on the Lesser Scaup the high point of the head is behind the eye. The Lesser Scaup also has a flat topped head while the Greater Scaup's head is rounded like it was drawn with a compass.  These differences are most evident in breeding males. These birds are called Blue Bills in some areas.

Even when one knows all this separating the species can still be tricky. Bring your bird identification book.

................and please feel free to correct my identification but please tell me where I went wrong:)

Lesser Scaup

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Ducks of Nova Scotia Lesser Scaup Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/lesser-scaup Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:34:03 GMT
Black Guillemot https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/black-guillemot The Black Guillemot is a stunning bird in breeding plumage with its jaunty red legs and feet. In winter it presents a more modest appearance as it forages along the inshore coast often in bays.

I've been to their breeding colonies and its amazing to see these birds at work and play. I hope to get to one of our offshore islands this year, Covid restrictions permitting.

Black Guillemot

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Alcids of Nova Scotia Birds of Nova Scotia Black Guillemot Canada Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/black-guillemot Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:11:20 GMT
Iceland Gull https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/iceland-gull Whenever I see an Iceland Gull I usually take a good look just to make sure its not the mega rare Ivory Gull. I once had an Ivory Gull within two feet of me while I fed it chicken wieners. The gull loved them! I was leaning against a building on a off loading area for larger fishing vessels in the warm sunshine.

The face patch is confusing in the second photograph. It could be a Thayer's Gull a variant of the Iceland Gull. The Iceland Gull breeds in the arctic and winters in coastal areas further south like balmy Nova Scotia (-12C today).

Iceland Gull

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Gulls of Nova Scotia Iceland Gull Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/iceland-gull Tue, 16 Mar 2021 15:04:59 GMT
Lesser Black-backed Gull https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/slaty-backed-gull The Lesser Black-backed Gull appears to be sleeping in Sambro Harbour which is dangerous since Bald Eagles roam this area and will pluck gulls and ducks from the water. The photographic lighting was as bad as it gets with back lighting on the gull.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Gulls of Nova Scotia Lesser Black-backed Gull Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/slaty-backed-gull Thu, 04 Mar 2021 20:00:22 GMT
Portuguese Cove Sunrise, Spectacular Once Again https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/portuguese-cove-sunrise-spectacular-once-again It was yet another spectacular sunrise at Portuguese Cove. I took these photos from my front deck at 24mm, the widest lens capability I currently have. I hope sometime in the not too distant future to purchase the Sony 12-24mm, full frame, lens and then photo stitching will no longer be required. One needs about 16mm to capture a full sunrise and also to capture a full 180 degree rainbow.

We would never own a home with a western exposure. Sunsets don't cut it like sunrises which act as nature's kick start to the day.

Portuguese Cove Sunrise

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Portuguese Cove Portuguese Cove Sunrise https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/3/portuguese-cove-sunrise-spectacular-once-again Mon, 01 Mar 2021 21:19:25 GMT
Merlin https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/merlin The Merlin is a mid sized falcon larger than the Kestrel and smaller than the Peregrine Falcon. It also tends to hunt more like an accipiter, sitting in trees and waiting for prey to appear within scoring range. It is also the tamest of our Nova Scotia falcons although my experience with the Gyrfalcon is limited.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Falcons of Nova Scotia Merlin Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/merlin Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:36:27 GMT
Bald Eagles Aplenty https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-aplenty Bald Eagles have a favorite tree in the Annapolis Valley but this display and congregation is larger than usual. Count them if you dare.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Bald Eagles birds of nova scotia canada Eagles of Nova Scotia nova scotia The Gathering of Bald Eagles https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-aplenty Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:29:43 GMT
Iceland Gull https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/iceland-gull The Iceland Gull, primarily a winter visitor, is plentiful this time of year. I've seen dozens flocking together over the surf near our beaches. It is similar in appearance to the uncommon Glaucous Gull a much larger lookalike although their sizes nearly overlap so size is not usually diagnostic. A better determinant is the bill size. The Glaucous Gull has a bill just as large as the Great Black-backed Gull whereas the Iceland Gull's bill is more akin to the size of a Ring-billed Gull.

Iceland Gull

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Gulls of Nova Scotia Iceland Gull Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/iceland-gull Wed, 24 Feb 2021 23:25:42 GMT
Hooded Merganser https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/hooded-merganser The Hooded Merganser is an elegant and photogenic duck if you can find one close enough to photograph. Its quite flighty probably due to hundreds of years of being slaughtered by humans, a rather sad commentary on our species.

It was snowing when I took these photographs so the photographic definition does suffer a bit.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia canada Diving Ducks of Nova Scotia Hooded Merganser Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/hooded-merganser Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:05:11 GMT
Herring Cove Sunrise https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/herring-cove-sunrise I enjoyed the Sunrise at Herring Cove prior to my trip to the Annapolis Valley. The sunrises here are a recent discovery although Laura and I enjoy the sunrises every morning at our home in Portuguese Cove. The sun continues to move north and will be rising in the centre of Herring Cove in a couple of weeks.

Herring Cove Sunrise

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Herring Cove Sunrise Nova Scotia Sunrises of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/herring-cove-sunrise Wed, 24 Feb 2021 21:00:14 GMT
Horned Lark https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark The Horned Lark despite its diminutive size is a winter survivor in Nova Scotia. It moves in flocks and it is easily startled and put to wing. I've had difficulty photographing this bird just for that reason. It works the open ground around corn fields.

I've enjoyed listening to this wonderful singer on its nesting territory in Newfoundland. Hundreds will sing simultaneously. Yes it does have horns. The horns are small but still count.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Horned Lark Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/horned-lark Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:22:36 GMT
Bald Eagles on Grand Lake https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-on-grand-lake There are usually Bald Eagles patrolling the icy surface of Grand Lake. They prey on gulls usually the young ones that rest alone. Its important to flock together and post sentry birds to alert the group when a Bald Eagle approaches. Bald Eagles use the same technique with sleeping ducks.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Bald Eagle" "Grand Lake" "Eagles of Nova Scotia" Canada Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-on-grand-lake Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:10:44 GMT
Red-tailed Hawk https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/red-tailed-hawk The Red-tailed Hawk is a buteo spending most of its time soaring while looking for prey or sitting in a tree or on a hay bail. Its easy to identify at a distance due to its belly band which "shows" clearly especially on adults. Its a wary bird and will usually take flight when one approaches.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Hawks of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Red-tailed Hawk https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/red-tailed-hawk Tue, 16 Feb 2021 16:03:38 GMT
Short-eared Owl, the Revisit https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/short-eared-owl-the-revisit Laura and I found Short-eared Owls once again on our second trip to the Annapolis Valley. The Short-eared Owl blends well into its open country environment so it can be tricky to find. More than once we flushed it simply because we did not see it. I do not know if the Northern Harrier preys on this owl or whether its a bit too large to wrestle. Northern Harriers are always cruising around open ground also looking for small mammals and birds.

Short-eared Owl

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Annapolis Valley Canada Nova Scotia Owls of Nova Scotia Short-eared Owl https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/short-eared-owl-the-revisit Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:53:31 GMT
Common Loon in Portuguese Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/common-loon-in-portuguese-cove Occasionally I visit Portuguese Cove itself a small one acre sized horseshoe shaped haven from the nearby pounding surf. The break water no longer does its work as it should and the waves curl up into the cove, albeit much smaller than at the break water. The dock has been removed so boats no longer moor here but it still serves the Common Loon just fine.

Common Loon in Portuguese Cove

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Common Loon Nova Scotia Portuguse Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/common-loon-in-portuguese-cove Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:40:15 GMT
Surf on Eastern Head https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/surf-on-eastern-head I photographed the surf pounding on Eastern Head, Herring Cove, Nova Scotia. It's tricky to get interesting photographs of ocean surf without another subject in the frame but it is good exercise for my new equipment. I'm still photographing at 1200mm, ISO 6400, full frame auto focus and 61mp.

Surf on Eastern Head, Herring Cove, Nova Scotia

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Angry Ocean Canada Eastern Head Herring Cove Park Nova Scotia Surf https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/surf-on-eastern-head Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:33:07 GMT
Bald Eagles in the Valley https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-in-the-valley Laura and I enjoyed another decent day for a trip to the Annapolis Valley. Like our last visit this one was also successful. First we met a few Bald Eagles but the one I managed to photograph was in the Aspotogan Valley.

I am still photographing at 1200mm with ISO 6400, full frame and auto focus. Lenses and cameras have come a long way in recent years.

Bald Eagle

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Annapolis Valley Bald Eagle Canada Eagles of Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/2/bald-eagles-in-the-valley Tue, 16 Feb 2021 15:25:44 GMT
Spectacular Sunrise https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/unusual-sunrise There was a spectacular sunrise last Thursday that lasted mere minutes as usual so I stepped out onto the porch to obtain these photos quick as a bunny.

Great sunrise photographs are usually the product of air pollution around cities and polluting industries but not in this case. The view was, "au naturel".

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Portuguese Cove Spectacular Sunrise https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/unusual-sunrise Sat, 30 Jan 2021 14:22:56 GMT
Peggy's Cove to Tantallon https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/peggys-cove-to-tantallon I have not visited the Peggy's Cove area in the winter but I will return more often since the scenery as usual is spectacular.

There were no foot prints on the trail to the light which is unusual but the cold weather is a deterrent.

Peggy's Cove to Tantallon

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) canada Light Houses of Nova Scotia nova scotia Peggy's Cove Peggy's Cove Light Tantallon https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/peggys-cove-to-tantallon Sat, 30 Jan 2021 14:15:22 GMT
Pine Grosbeak https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/pine-grosbeak Laura and I enjoyed the antics of Pine Grosbeaks as they fed beside the road on our trip to the Annapolis Valley. They prefer boreal forests so seeing these birds in farm country was unusual.

Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland are more common haunts of this elegant northern finch.

In my haste to photograph this bird I did not remove my 2X lens extender so there was some loss of definition in the photos, but who cares?

Pine Grosbeak

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia canada Finches of Nova Scotia nova scotia Pine Grosbeak https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/pine-grosbeak Sat, 30 Jan 2021 14:09:11 GMT
Bald Eagles https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagles A visit to the Annapolis Valley is always an opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles. Thanks to the disposal of dead chickens on the adjacent lands the Bald Eagle population has exploded in Nova Scotia. This could be harming the balance between apex predators but there is no way to be certain. Meanwhile just enjoy this magnificent bird.

Bald Eagle

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Bald Eagle birds of nova scotia canada Eagles of Nova Scotia nova scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/bald-eagles Sat, 30 Jan 2021 14:00:27 GMT
Tufted Duck https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-duck The Tufted Duck is a Eurasian species but it commonly nests in Iceland. It is an irregular visitor to Nova Scotia and can be considered rare.

They hybridize with Greater Scaup and telling the difference can be challenging.

We had one last year so this example could be the same bird that never left the Nova Scotia area.

Tufted Duck or Hybrid Greater Scaup/Tufted Duck

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Tufted Duck with Lesser Scaup

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) birds of nova scotia canada Ducks of Nova Scotia nova scotia Tufted Duck https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/tufted-duck Sat, 30 Jan 2021 13:53:44 GMT
Short-eared Owl https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/short-eared-owl I have been trying for thirty years to get decent photos of the Short-eared Owl. They were a common site at Oak Hammock Marsh in Manitoba usually at dusk so photography with the old film cameras was a challenge. I've seen them several times sitting and in flight in Nova Scotia but I was never able to successfully photograph one. That changed today.

We saw a flock of six Short-eared Owls but they scattered quickly upon our approach. Some patience allowed a chance at two sitting on the ground, and hooray I finally got some decent photos of this coveted owl. They can be tricky to see when standing still on the ground. Its best to examine every hummock.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) birds of nova scotia Canada Nova Scotia Owls of Nova Scotia Short-eared Owl https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/short-eared-owl Thu, 28 Jan 2021 21:57:25 GMT
Peregrine Falcon https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/peregrine-falcon Yesterday was a very successful day of photography in the upper Annapolis Valley for Laura and me. We found Bald Eagles (easy), but also much harder to find Short-eared Owls (6) and Peregrine Falcon. All of the birds were photographed, but the flock of Horned Larks eluded my camera. An absolute delight was a flock of Pine Grosbeaks, a truly nifty bird.

First up for display is some poor photos of a Peregrine Falcon. This example has characteristics of Pacific and Tundra species. The large rounded side burns suggest Pacific but the large white patch behind the side burns suggest Tundra. Perhaps this is a hybrid of the two races. You decide.

Photographing at low levels across barren ground is seldom successful due to rising air currents and dust swirls.

Peregrine Falcon

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) birds of nova scotia Falcons of Nova Scotia nova scotia Peregrine Falcon https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/peregrine-falcon Thu, 28 Jan 2021 21:45:47 GMT
Snowy Scenes Early One Wintry Morning https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/snowy-scenes-early-one-wintry-morning After our recent snowfall I enjoyed a walk and tour from the Armdale Roundabout to Sir Sanford Fleming Park and points in between.

Despite the fresh snow in the parks the trails were trampled down from the previous day when it was still snowing.

Fresh Snow in Halifax on a Frosty Morning

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Armdale Roundabout Canada Halifax nova scotia Sir Sanford Fleming Park Snowy Scenes Early One Wintry Morning https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/snowy-scenes-early-one-wintry-morning Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:02:54 GMT
Sunrise and Snow at Herring Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-and-snow-at-herring-cove My hopes for a combination of fresh snowfall and a clear sunrise were realized sooner than I hoped. I planned to visit several locations on this morning to enjoy the snowy scenes. I started my day with the sunrise at Herring Cove. The sea fog was a surprise that added to the luminescence of the sun's morning glow.

Sunrise and Snow at Herring Cove

There is sea fog in several photos.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Sunrise and Snow at Herring Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-and-snow-at-herring-cove Sun, 24 Jan 2021 17:12:33 GMT
Roof Icicles on a Sunny Morning https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/roof-icicles-on-a-sunny-morning We were treated to back lit roof icicles this morning. This is unusual for our home since it is well insulated and has a metal roof of interlocking aluminum shingles which has a nice habit of shedding snow in sheets. Of course, one has to wear a hard hat around the danger zone until the avalanche happens:), and enjoy a second snow shoveling event.

Roof Icicles on a Sunny Morning

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Portuguese Cove Roof Icicles on a Sunny Morning https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/roof-icicles-on-a-sunny-morning Sun, 24 Jan 2021 15:07:59 GMT
My New Birding and Wildlife Camera and Lens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/my-new-birding-and-wildlife-camera-and-lens Its been a long time coming but I finally have my Sony A7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens. I have also purchased the rather expensive 2X teleconverter but I do obtain acceptable 1200mm photographs and yes folks it autofocuses with ease at 1200mm. The camera has a 61mp sensor which allows me to make substantial crops and still have excellent results. The 61mp files, up to 128mp in RAW format which I normally shoot, presents challenges for my computer which already has all the RAM it can hold, but this will require verification.

The teleconverter which converts my camera's reach into 400-1200mm is primarily for astrophotography although it can also be used for bird photography (if I can find the bird in the viewfinder:)). I will wait until the spring to get a "go to", tracking equatorial head. "Go to" refers to the computerized nature of the equatorial head. Once the setup is aligned to true north I can punch in a target on the keyboard and the equatorial head automatically slews to the target, and then automatically begins tracking the target. The "go to" equatorial head is about the same price as a moderate focal length lens.

Bird photography has been slow this winter thanks to the fine weather which has allowed our migrants to move south in a orderly manner, so there are no trapped birds this winter, as yet. This is all good! Our usual overwintering birds are scattered in the local forests with no need of human assistance yet.

So far this winter we have had at our place in Portuguese Cove; Northern Cardinal (comes and goes), White-winged Crossbills, Nashville Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, up to five male Ring-necked Pheasants and four female Ring-necked Pheasants at a time, Cooper's Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Bohemian Waxwings, the usual overwintering sparrows, overwintering Grey Catbirds, Blue Jays, corvids (mostly Ravens), finches, doves, dozens of Tree Sparrows, White-breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpeckers, 50,000 Starlings and one Pine Siskin.

The Grey Catbirds nest in our rose brambles every year!

Sony A7R IV and Sony 200-600mm

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Portuguese Cove Sony A7R IV with Sony 200-600mm lens Tracking go to equatorial Head Winter Birds https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/my-new-birding-and-wildlife-camera-and-lens Fri, 22 Jan 2021 14:18:16 GMT
Sunny Morning on the Prospect Barrens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunny-morning-on-the-prospect-barrens I enjoyed a morning hike on the Prospect Barren, west of Prospect, Nova Scotia. I came into the barrens from the west end. There were few birds about except for some chattering Snow Buntings.

This is a wintering area for Harlequin Ducks but I did not venture that far east since I wanted to visit the ocean-side bluffs. There are rock climbers pins at the bluffs. A fall here would take you directly into the Atlantic Ocean.

Photos taken with Lumix camera.

Western Prospect Barren

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Prospect Barrens Prospect Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunny-morning-on-the-prospect-barrens Wed, 20 Jan 2021 12:54:00 GMT
Sunrise at Herring Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-at-herring-cove I enjoyed a rare clear sky sunrise at Herring Cove although a few clouds would add to the spectacle with the reflection and diffraction of light. These photos were taken with my Lumix hiking camera since my new Sony camera does not have wide angle lenses yet.

As the year progresses the sunrise will move further north, to the left of the frame, and will be in the centre in a couple of weeks. This will be a good time to revisit the sunrise especially if there is some snow.

Sunrise at Herring Cove, Nova Scotia

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Herring Cove Nova Scotia Sunrise https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/sunrise-at-herring-cove Mon, 18 Jan 2021 12:54:00 GMT
Blustery Morning at the Coastal Barrens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/blustery-morning-at-the-coastal-barrens I try to get down to Duncan Reef and the nearby coastal barrens frequently mostly for the exercise although Harlequin Ducks do winter here.

It was a dreary windy day so typical of winter in Nova Scotia. Photos taken with my Lumix camera.

Coastal Barrens near Duncan Reef, Nova Scotia

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Coastal Barrens Duncan Reef Harlequin Ducks Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2021/1/blustery-morning-at-the-coastal-barrens Fri, 15 Jan 2021 12:54:00 GMT
Cold Moon, December 27, 2020 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/cold-moon-december-27-2020 My targets were the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades which I could see clearly from my front deck but alas my hiking camera could not display the stars or nebula in the monitor. Also, without a tracking head long exposures are iffy to impossible.

I did manage to photograph the Cold Moon also known as the Ice Moon one day before it would have been full. It's handy for setting infinity focus on a manual focus setup but it lights up the sky which also diminishes the display from the Orion Nebula and the Pleiades star cluster.

I've been without a professional camera since the accident with my Nikon. It took two months for those characters to tell me the camera was not economical to repair so there are further delays as I go through the insurance process. The crummy service from Nikon has given me a reason to finally switch to a higher resolution Sony mirrorless camera, hopefully my last change of systems for this life time.

Cold Moon

I didn't add the bluish tint. That is the way it was when I photographed it.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Cold Moon copyright Hans Toom Ice Moon Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/cold-moon-december-27-2020 Thu, 31 Dec 2020 23:17:03 GMT
Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, December 23, 2020 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/great-conjunction-of-venus-and-jupiter-december-23-2020 With rain and cloud on tap for the next several days yesterday was my last opportunity to take photographs of the Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. They are separating quickly now, quite a difference even from yesterday. I went directly to my chosen observing spot and took my last photographs. I shot at F8 at 3000mm from 1/4 second exposure to 1/400 second exposure, 6400 ISO.

The Galilean moons were from the top; Io and Europa above Jupiter and Callisto below Jupiter. Ganymede was further below Jupiter. Saturn was tilted so with its rings it showed an oblique shape.

The Great Venus Jupiter Conjunction

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) 2020 Canada December 23 Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/great-conjunction-of-venus-and-jupiter-december-23-2020 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 23:37:15 GMT
Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, December 22, 2020 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/great-conjunction-of-venus-and-jupiter-december-22-2020 After giving up on photographing the Great Conjunction from Peggy's Cove Light due to the gale force wind I looked for another place out of the wind. The parking lot on the eastern side of the Sou'Wester  Restaurant was OK for a while until the Great Conjunction moved too low on the horizon. I relocated to the look-off at the Swiss Air Memorial and it was perfect. I didn't need my tripod since I could pile bean bags on my car's door sill, and I could stay warm (er).

The reason the Hubble Space Telescope is where it is and why observation sites are high on mountain tops is due to our atmosphere which diffracts and distorts light from stars and planets. Cameras compress all the dust, high cloud and ice crystals onto the frame of the photo further degrading the image.

Before Sunset at Peggy's Cove Light

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The Great Conjunction the Day After the Closest Approach

I grew up and obtained my education in Vancouver and still consider it my home town although where Laura and I now live in Portuguese Cove is our longest stay in any home for both of our lives. I missed the closet approach of the Great Conjunction due to cloud and rain on December 22, 2020. Yes I know that you have to be a masochist to take up astrophotography in Nova Scotia. Interestingly, and I did check, Halifax gets more cloudy days than Vancouver.

The Great Conjunction of December 22, 2020

The Galilean Moons are from the top; Europa, Callisto and below Jupiter, Io and Ganymede

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) 2020 Canada December 22 Nova Scotia Peggy's Cove The Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/great-conjunction-of-venus-and-jupiter-december-22-2020 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 16:52:59 GMT
Our Moon of December 22, 2020 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/our-moon-of-december-22-2020 Whilst waiting for the Great Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter I photographed our moon. Our moon makes a handy target to set ones camera lens on infinity using the convenience and reliability of auto focus since one needs to be on manual mode to photograph the Great Conjunction.

I was at Peggy's Cove because it provides a fine vantage of the southern and western sky. Unfortunately, there was a gale force wind blowing which made photographing the Great Conjunction tricky unless one could find a sheltered spot behind a building. I tried standing behind Peggy's Cove Light but that didn't work because the south-western sky where the Great Conjunction would appear had me standing back in the wind again.

Our moon of December 22, 2020

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) 2020 Canada Nova Scotia Our Moon Our Moon of December 22 Peggy's Cove https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/our-moon-of-december-22-2020 Thu, 24 Dec 2020 16:09:49 GMT
First Photos of the Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/first-photos-of-the-conjunction-of-saturn-and-jupiter I made my first effort yesterday to photograph the great Saturn-Jupiter conjunction of 2020 with the best pairing yet to come on Monday December 21. It's going to be a close call as the weather is forecast to be lousy until Monday and even Monday's forecast is partly cloudy and showers in the evening. The best time and only time to photograph this mega rare astronomical event is one to two hours after sunset on Monday. I may have to travel a bit depending on what I see on the weather radar. I have a 3000mm setup but wind and vibration will be a concern.

Adding to the rarity of this event is that it is occurring on the Winter Solstice. Wow!

https://www.adlerplanetarium.org/blog/jupiter-and-saturn-great-conjunction/

On December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will appear so close together that they will be about 1/10th of 1 degree apart. This very close conjunction is given a special name: a great conjunction. They won’t appear to touch each other, but the proximity of this conjunction is closer than any Jupiter-Saturn conjunction since July 1623. That particular conjunction would have been hard to see because it would have been mostly lost in the glare of the setting Sun. The last time Jupiter and Saturn appeared this close AND they were easily seen away from the Sun’s glare? March 1226. This December’s conjunction is, indeed, a rare event. If you look at Jupiter and Saturn through a moderately magnified telescope, you should be able to fit both of them in the same eyepiece view.

Saturn is above Jupiter in the Photo with the Crescent Moon Below Jupiter

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada First Photos of the Conjuction of Saturn and Jupiter Nova Scotia Winter Solstice https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/first-photos-of-the-conjunction-of-saturn-and-jupiter Thu, 17 Dec 2020 17:05:52 GMT
Deep Panuke Under Tow https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/deep-panuke-under-tow The Deep Panuke is seen under tow off Chebucto Head on its way to its offshore location. This is an extending legs platform suitable for shallow water work. The Atlantic Kingfisher and Atlantic Kestrel are pulling while the Atlantic Larch is the rudder.

........................and we had White-winged Crossbills today at Portuguese Cove. Hooray for the winter finches. Another surprise this winter at our place is the nightly visits of the Southern Flying Squirrels(2). No they are not the more common Eastern Flying Squirrel. They usually come an hour or two after dusk. They drive our cats to distraction.

Deep Panuke

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Deep Panuke, Atlantic Kestrel, Atlantic Kingfisher, Atlantic Larch

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Atlantic Kestrel and Atlantic Kingfisher

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Atlantic Atlantic Kestrel Atlantic Larch Canada Deep Panuke Deep Panuke Towed Off Chebucto Head Kingfisher" Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/deep-panuke-under-tow Sun, 13 Dec 2020 17:01:21 GMT
Atlantic Kestrel https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/atlantic-kestrel The Atlantic Kestrel was photographed off Chebucto Head this morning. The wind was gusting to 60mph so I struggled to stay upright and keep the camera steady.

 
ATLANTIC KESTREL (IMO: 9557446) is a Offshore Supply Ship that was built in 2012 (8 years ago) and is sailing under the flag of Canada. It's carrying capacity is 4500 t DWT and her current draught is reported to be 7.3 meters. Her length overall (LOA) is 85.2 meters and her width is 22 meters.
 
Atlantic Kestrel

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Atlantic Kestrel Canada Chebucto Head Halifax Harbour Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/atlantic-kestrel Tue, 08 Dec 2020 23:53:38 GMT
CCGS Cadboro Bay Running at 25 Knots off Chebucto Head https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/cadboro-bay-churning-at-25-knots-off-chebucto-head The CCGS Cadboro Bay must have been at full speed or close to it at 25 knots (probably 100% continuous duty) based on my nautical experience. (Yes, I do have some). Twin 1600 hp turbo diesels had to be power limited since full out it would push the lifeboat at 36 knots well beyond its hull design speed. Like most cutters aka lifeboats it will restore itself upright if reversed in heavy seas. It's a handy maneuver if you remember to keep the doors closed:)

CCGS Cadboro Bay

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada CCGS Cadboro Bay Chebucto Head Halifax Harbour Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/cadboro-bay-churning-at-25-knots-off-chebucto-head Tue, 08 Dec 2020 23:46:52 GMT
Sunrise at Herring Cove Nature Reserve and Lookoff https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/sunrise-at-herring-cove-park-and-lookoff I visited Herring Cove Nature Reserve at the lookoff to photograph the sunrise. It was not a great sunrise but the light and shadow highlights on the docks and harbour cranes were interesting.

Sunrise as Seen From Herring Cove Nature Reserve

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) canada Halifax Harbour Nova Scotia Sunrise at Herring Cove Nature Reserve https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/sunrise-at-herring-cove-park-and-lookoff Sun, 06 Dec 2020 23:49:05 GMT
Ring-necked Pheasant and Nashville Warbler https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/ring-necked-pheasant-and-nashville-warbler Several years ago a male Ring-necked Pheasant took to jumping onto our deck railing. This was during the killer winter of the flash freezes that resulted in the deaths of so many animals, all sentient creatures. The prodgeny of this original very bold and hungry pheasant have continued the tradition no doubt by example. We have at times three males and three females on the railing.

We also had a visit from an unusual and very rare warbler, a Nashville Warbler (super dumb name). This bird has a trill that can be tricky to learn especially where there are similar sounding trillers. The two or three part trill can be helpful. Its a hard bird to photograph not because its shy but because it tends to sing from tall tree tops. The one I photographed was a quick snap shot through glass.

Nashville Warbler

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Ring-necked Pheasant

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nashville Warbler Nova Scotia Ring-necked Pheasant https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/ring-necked-pheasant-and-nashville-warbler Sun, 06 Dec 2020 23:40:23 GMT
CCGS Cadboro Bay https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/ccgs-cadboro-bay There is new Coast Guard Vessel parked at Sambro, the CCGS Cadboro Bay, parked beside the CCGS Sambro. It's a much larger lifeboat than the CCGS Sambro. There is very little information available online.

Organization: HQ Ottawa., ON

 

All names prefixed CCGS=Canadian Coastguard Ship.

 

Bay-Class High Endurance Cutters (12 + 8)

The rights to build a new class of Lifeboat were bought by the Canadian Coast Guard in October 2012 when the Canadian Government commissioned Robert Allen Limited (RAL) to design a new lifeboat, based on the RNLI Severn-Class hull. The boatswere ordered on 10th  July 2015 and production of the 12 vessels was split between Hike Metal Products of Wheatley, Ontario and Chantier Naval Forillon of Gaspe, Quebec. The first vessel is due for delivery Autumn 2017. In April 2017 it was announced that a further 8 vessels  had been ordered.

 

Specifications

Dimensions

19m x 6.3

Speed 25 kts
Displacement 44t Range 200 nm (Ish)
Construction AAluminium hull and superstructure Range 200nm
Engines 2 x 2  MTU 1600 hp Crew 4

 

 

Fleet Details

Name Year C/sign Base/Region/Comments
Baie de Plaisance 2017   (CNF) Cap Aux Mules, Isles de Magdalen. Delivered 22/11/17
Pennant Bay 2017   (H205) St. AAnthony, NFD. Delivered 12/12/07
Pachena Bay 2018   Port Hardy, BC. Launched 13/09/18. left CNF 06/10/18 to Dartmouth, then onward by shi.
McIntyre Bay 2018   (H206)  prince Rupert, BC. Delivered 20/09/18.
Conception Bay 2019   CNF Twillingate, NL.. Delivered 07/2019.
Sacred Bay 2019   (H207) Old Perilcan NL.
Cadboro Bay 2020   (CNF) BC.Delivered 04/10/20.
Florrencia Bay 2020   H208, BC Delivered 05/10/20.
      CNF
      (H-209)
      CNF
       
       
       
       
       
       

 

CCGS Cadboro Bay

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Canadian Coast Guard Ships CCGS Cadboro Bay Nova Scotia Sambro Harbour https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/12/ccgs-cadboro-bay Sun, 06 Dec 2020 23:25:19 GMT
Western Prospect Barren https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/western-prospect-barren I hiked the western end of the Prospect Barren in excellent weather but alas there were few birds to be found. Black Ducks, gulls and a few flocks of distant Snow Buntings were all that presented themselves. Nevertheless my heart and lungs thanked me for the effort. Exercise is more important these days with viruses that attack our lungs.

At home in Portuguese Cove we have the usual late fall visitors; Pine Siskins (my spirit bird), Goldfinches, hordes of chickadees, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Hairy and Downy Woodpecker, Mourning Doves, Purple Finches and the greatly appreciated adult male Cardinal.

Western Prospect Barrens

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A flock of Snow Buntings never came close so this cropped photo is the best that I obtained.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Snow Buntings Western Prospect Barren https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/western-prospect-barren Sun, 15 Nov 2020 21:38:59 GMT
Harlequin Ducks https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/harlequin-ducks The Harlequin Duck is a hard bird to photograph not because its shy but because its often found fishing in the surf. Slippery rocks are the demise of photographers who try to get too close so you get what you can at a distance. I had a medium zoom 28-300mm when I photographed these Harlequins. The sun was directly behind and above the birds so contrast was very high which destroyed detail. Nevertheless I am always delighted when I meet this elegant duck. It stays in and around coastal bays all winter.

Harlequin Duck

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Ducks of Nova Scotia Duncan Reef Harlequin Duck Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/harlequin-ducks Sun, 08 Nov 2020 15:04:11 GMT
Blue Moon October 31, 2020 https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/blue-moon-october-31-2020 Yesterday's blue moon was on the same day as halloween, a rare coinicidence. It certainly got our cats excited:). My problems with my tripod continued. Also the distant tree branches compromised my camera's focus. The ship sailing past was another coincidence with the blue moon rising behind it. (the second full moon in a month),

Blue Moon Rising

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The moon low in the sky was still refracting reds and yellows.

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Blue Moon Canada Halifax outer harbour Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/blue-moon-october-31-2020 Sun, 01 Nov 2020 21:30:39 GMT
Ruffed Grouse https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/ruffed-grouse The Ruffed Grouse was having a sand bath near our home. I photographed the bird at 1200mm, the limit of my lens. My new tripod assembly turned out to be near to useless for this type of photography. There is no substitute for a good gimbal head to counterbalance a heavy lens and camera.

Ruffed Grouse

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Nova Scotia Portuguese Cove" Ruffed Grouse" https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/ruffed-grouse Sun, 01 Nov 2020 21:18:32 GMT
Rudleys Point https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/rudeys-point A tour of the eastern shore took me to Rudleys Point and the early morning yielded a spectacular sky. Birds on hand were Red-throated Loon, Blue-winged Teal (4), Solitary Sandpiper and Cattle Egret.

Red-throated Loon

....a distant bird in a severely cropped photo.

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Rudleys Point

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia canada nova scotia Red-throated Loon Blue-winged Teal Solitary Sandpiper and Cattle Egret Rudleys Point https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/11/rudeys-point Sun, 01 Nov 2020 21:12:32 GMT
High Coastal Barrens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/high-coastal-barrens I hiked the coastal barrens from Duncan's Cove to Duncan Reef, thence to Duck Reef and the high barrens. The fall colours were spectacular. The sea was high probably due to Hurricane Epsilon off shore. Birds were scarce probably due to the wind but I did spot a small flock of Cedar Waxwings and a pair of Northern Goshawks.

High Coastal Barrens

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Coastal High Barrens Duck Reef Duncan Reef Duncan's Cove Fall Colours of Coastal Barrens Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/high-coastal-barrens Sat, 24 Oct 2020 16:38:44 GMT
Sunrise Between Sambro Islands https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/sunrise-between-sambro-islands I enjoyed sunrise at Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park this morning. The park should have been named Pennant Point Provincial Park but that's another story.

It was not an impressive display as sunrises go but you get what you can. Both Sambro Island and Inner Sambro Island are visible in the photographs. The crashing surf is against Inner Sambro Island.

Sunrise Between Sambro Islands

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Birds of Nova Scotia Canada Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park Nova Scotia Sunrise Between Sambro Islands https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/sunrise-between-sambro-islands Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:18:23 GMT
Prospect Barrens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/prospect-barrens I try to get onto the barrens west of Prospect, Nova Scotia, a couple of times a year. The far west end is more productive for birds with a snug cove and a beach heaped high with kelp. The boreal forest is a few hundred metres west of the cove.  Nevertheless, migrating birds can be found anywhere along this barren and in the forest.  I spotted some flocks flying by but without my binoculars identification in flight is tricky with just the naked eye. My skill at flight and contact calls during migration could use some updating. Common and Hoary Redpolls, Ipswich Sparrows, Snow Buntings, American Pipits, Horned Larks and Lapland Longspurs can be found on these barrens during migration. Next time I will come in by way of the western route.

The Prospect Barrens

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Nova Scotia Prospect Prospect Barrens https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/prospect-barrens Fri, 23 Oct 2020 20:10:56 GMT
Bell Park, Mount Uniacke and Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/bell-park-mount-uniacke-and-mushrooms-lichens-mosses-and-fungi Laura and I visited Bell Park, Mount Uniacke and we met lots of Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi along the way. Bell Park is my favorite place to visit after a snow storm if you can get in there before the dog walkers mark up the trail. Its not bad for fall colours or forest scenes but birds are scarce although you can find both species of chickadee, both species of nuthatch, kinglets, brown creepers, woodpeckers including black-backed and winter finches. There are also several kindness rocks but don't take them away. Leave them for others to enjoy.

Bell Park, Mount Uniacke and Mushrooms, Lichens, Mosses and Fungi

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Bell Park canada Lichens Mosses and Fungi Mount Uniacke and Mushrooms nova scotia Places to Visit in Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/bell-park-mount-uniacke-and-mushrooms-lichens-mosses-and-fungi Mon, 19 Oct 2020 16:10:43 GMT
Fall Colours Along the Musquodoboit River https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/fall-colours-along-the-musquodoboit-river I continued my tour yesterday by following the Musquodoboit River from Middle Stewiacke to Musquodoboit Harbour. The fall colours were spectacular along the river.

Fall Colours Along the Musquodoboit River

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htoom@eastlink.ca (Canadian Nature Visions) Canada Fall Colours Along the Musquodoboit River Fall Colours of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/fall-colours-along-the-musquodoboit-river Sat, 17 Oct 2020 13:03:43 GMT
Butcher's Falls After a Heavy Rain https://www.hanstoom.com/blog/2020/10/butchers-falls-after-a-heavy-rain I continued my tour on the Brookfield Marsh, Butcher's Falls, Musquodoboit River loop by stopping at Butcher's Falls. The heavy rain of over 50mm in places was expected to bring a nice display to the waterfall as indeed it did.

Butcher's Falls After a Heavy Rain

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