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Hooded Warbler and Sandy Cove's Beach

May 19, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

I have been visiting Sandy Cove's Beach since 2000 and every year a rare bird or two shows up and often many uncommon species. The area has a special ecosystem that fosters marine flora and fauna. The National Research Council of Canada has a research station here and no wonder considering the abundance of marine life; https://nrc.canada.ca/en/research-development/nrc-facilities/marine-research-station.

The kelp heaps team with maggots and various coastal fly species that are so abundant here that birds feed non stop. My rarest species found here is the Loggerhead Shrike which I couldn't even find in Manitoba. The photos are from the recent visit of the Hooded Warbler from late April. This beach and Hooded Warbler are doubly rare since not only is the bird rare but finding it feeding out in the open and easily photographed is also rare.

Hooded Warbler

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