David McCorquodale lives with his family near Georges River on the shores of the Bras d'Or Lakes. Birding has been his major avocation since his childhood in Ontario. Since moving to Cape Breton to become a biology professor at the University College of Cape Breton in 1990, he has searched for birds over much of the island.
French Mountain: Cape Breton HighlandsThis area, including the Bog Trail, Benjies Lake Trail and the highway is good for Boreal birds including Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee and Blackpoll Warbler. The most intriguing bird is the recently discerned Bicknell's Thrush. This is probably the easiest (right next to a highway) place to hear them.
Ingonish:There is a good variety of forest birds (warblers, thrushes, etc.) that nest here. I think the best time for birding here is in the late fall and early winter. Highlights then include Purple Sandpiper, Dovekie, Northern Gannet, Thick-billed Murre and a variety of sea ducks.
More information about these sites is available through Cape Breton Highlands National Park.
Bird Islands, Victoria County:Home of most of Nova Scotia's nesting Atlantic Puffins, Razorbills, and lots of Black-legged Kittiwakes, Black Guillemots and Great Cormorants.
Louisbourg:There are lots of nesting Boreal birds here such as Spruce Grouse, Gray Jay, Blackpoll Warbler. Again the late fall is a great time for birds. Vagrants show up at feeders in town (Painted Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Baltimore Oriole, Yellow-breasted Chat, Dickcissel) and the sea birds can be great, depending on the wind. Dovekies, Purple Sandpiper, Common Eider, Harlequin Duck, scoters, and other sea ducks are regularly seen.
More information is available through the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
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