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Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary


On May 12th 2016 three Nature Sussex members took off early from Sussex to be at the Amherst Point Migratory Bird Sanctuary for 8:00 am. It was a crisp morning, the temperature was in the single digits, but the sun was out with little to no wind. This was a new experience for all of us. We were not disappointed for, though the quantity was low, we saw 16 species of birds with new ones for all of us. The terrain was interesting with a portion of the path located on the crest of a ridge. As it was a weekday we pretty much had the area to ourselves and didn't actually see another person for over two and a half hours. I highly recommend taking some sunflower seeds because the Chickadees and squirrels were extremely tame.  One of the squirrels followed along the trail behind us for a considerable distance.

The day warmed up quite nicely and we finished our field trip with a lunch stop at the Sackville Waterfowl Park where we added a few more species to the day's list.

We saw the following species:

Ring-necked duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Black & White Warbler, Hairy Woodpecker, Red-winged Blackbird, Black Capped Chickadee, Bald Eagle, Grackle, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Canada Goose, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Greater Yellow Legs, Blue Jay, Common Loon, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Purple Finch, Mourning Dove, American Robin, Sora, American Tree Swallow.

American Widgeon by Mark

Gadwall by Sharon

Sora by Sharon

Yellow-rumped Warbler by Mark

Golden Crowned Kinglet by Sharon

Swamp Sparrow by Mark



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