2nd Week of April 2019 – Beaver River, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia

As is usually the case in southwest Nova Scotia during the spring, nocturnal migration is light during the month of April. Migrant passerines are typically detected late in the night, indicating that birds are arriving directly to their breeding territories. Passerines going further north seem to be taking another route, possibly along the New Brunswick side of the Bay of Fundy.

On the other hand, the small flocks of migrating sea ducks heard this week were more evenly distributed through the night. These consisted of two flocks of 5-7 Long-tailed Ducks and one flock of 1-2 Black Scoters. It is quite possible these were birds from the south shore of Nova Scotia passing overland to the Bay of Fundy and migrating north from there.

Passerines consisted of Song Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco.

The screech of a single Wilson’s Snipe was also recorded.

White-throated Sparrow Flight Call on April 14, 2019 at 00:01 hours

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