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Cape Sable Expedition

August 12, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

 I visited Cape Sable last Saturday, including Cape Sable Light, the southernmost location in Nova Scotia. The weather was iffy from the get-go, with dark skies, and foreboding rain. Sure enough when I made it to the southern beach a thunder storm rolled in and Hans got wet. Fortunately I brought a light jacket to ward off the cool onshore wind.

Cape Sable Light

The clutter of trees is known as the "forest" since it represents the only tree growth on the sand spit of Cape Sable. It used to shelter birds from the rampaging Merlins but alas most of the trees have died so its not as useful to migrating passerines as it used to be.

Blue Flag Iris

They are scattered in small numbers about the sand spit.

Cape Sable Light

This foggy image was taken just as the thunder storm was approaching. There is very little shelter on the sand spit from rain or lightning.

Cape Sable Light is the tallest light in Nova Scotia

South Beach

Island Sheep

Shorebirds

The shorebirds are difficult to photograph well in this environment but include; Semipalmated Sandpipers and Plovers, Least Sandpipers, Black-bellied and Golden Plovers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, Short-billed Dowitchers and rarely Buff-breasted Sandpipers.

South Beach... looking west 

Lobster Traps Aplenty 


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