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Prospect Barrens

October 23, 2020

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.

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