25 March 2014 – ROAD TRIP!

Featured image courtesy of Mr. Andy De Champlain!

What a great day we had…missing from this picture is Val Smith who I finally had the pleasure of meeting outside of the FB forum. 🙂 What great friends I have made since I took up birding!

One of the reasons I started blogging is because that when I go birding, there is so much more that happens in the day that I wanted to share, but couldn’t because there was no forum to do it in. So here goes one of many blogs under the Adventure’s in Birdland tab in the menu. I will also be updating my Birds of NS page each time I get a picture of a different bird from my list and occasionally changing them as I get better ones. 🙂

To start the day off, we went on the hunt for a snowy owl. That didn’t work out so well…we didn’t find it in the location we were hoping, nor did we see the Rough Legged Hawk we were looking for. I found out when we got home that two separate people were in the same place as us a couple of hours later, and it was there! Grrrr…I may have to head out today and see if I can see it. 🙂

The girls I was with are big horse lovers and like to get pics of them. The time driving around wasn’t wasted. I got this picture on the way.



I was also able to see a lifer bird! The Common Goldeneye, although quite far away and not a good shot…goal for while I’m home!


On the way, we stopped to snap some pics of Mother Nature’s raw beauty….


And a surfer dude!


We also saw some Canada Geese….yes, I DID check for odd geese you can be sure!


And a lovely Black Backed Gull.


During the drive around this area, we also took advantage of getting some pics of these Fjord Horses (hope I spelled that correctly).



Now this brought a smile to my face! And to Susan’s and the Horse’s! LOL


A Billy Idol wannabe! LOL

We stopped at Conrad Rd and saw some Golden Crowned Kinglets! So cute!


And bonus! A brown Creeper!


After haunting that area for awhile, we headed to Hartlen Point where a Snowy Owl has been seen in the past. We weren’t disappointed!


It was so exciting to finally see one , after having sat so far away and watched people post such beautiful pictures of them. 🙂

Our final destination was Sullivan’s Pond where I was able to get some lovely snaps of the Eurasian and American Wigeons



The highlight of the day was finding this beautiful Glaucous Gull!


Tim met me at the pond and we split off…we did a couple of errands, then decided to go back to the same areas quickly to check if I could see the Hawk or the Owl better. No luck! But I did get some better pics of a Male Common Eider and a Lesser Scaup we had seen earlier on.



This little guy was on our route as well.


All in all, a fabulous day! But to round it off, the chicken guy up the road was out dumping, so this pair was hanging around waiting for a feast…the lighting was off, but still, a pretty picture I think.


Can’t wait to see what adventures I will have in Birdland today!

That’s it for today.

soldiermomma signing off.






About lbidal

I am an average woman, of average age, leading an average life...at least on the surface. Sixteen years ago, I chose to spice up the average-ness of my life by putting on combat boots. Some of my blogs reflect my experiences while wearing them. Some blogs are of my passion and hobby, birding and bird photography...and some, well, can't help but blogging about average things living an average life! Enjoy!

Posted on March 25, 2014, in Adventures in Birdland. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Love your report and pictures from the day. A great time was had by all!

  2. Looks like such a great day! You must feel such a sense of freedom being able to take off wherever you want, whenever you want. Enjoy and before you know it you will be back to stay!

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