Birding Factoids

389 species
in 45 families

19 of the 246 species 
endemic to 
North America are 
represented here. 
No endemic species. 

    New Brunswick
Checklist of New Brunswick BirdsLocal EventsTours and GuidesRare Bird AlertsSpeciality Birds
New Brunswick Specialities
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Black-capped Chickadee - NB Provincial Bird - Photo by Marcus Martin
Photo by Marcus Martin

Black-legged Kittiwake - Photo by Bert Frenz

Photo by Bert Frenz

Swainson's Thrush - Photo copyright Steve Nanz

Photo copyright Steve Nanz

Osprey - Photo copyright Peter Wallack

Photo copyright Peter Wallack

Pine Grosbeak - Photo copyright Robert McDonald

Photo copyright Robert McDonald

Fieldfare - Photo by Juhani Kyrro

Photo by Juhani Kyyro

American Black Duck - Photo copyright Tina MacDonald

Photo copyright Tina MacDonald

Piping Plover - Photo copyright Bill Scholtz
Photo copyright Bill Scholtz

    Explanation of Icon....Puffins & Machias Seal Island - Machais Seal Island is located 
      in the lower Bay of Fundy, approximately ten miles west of Grand Manan Island. The island is barely a mile long at low tide, and a few hundred feet wide. A lighthouse is located there and in the non-nesting season the only occupants on the island are the two lighthouse keepers. The lighthouse has been maintained by the Canadian Coast Guard for over 100 years. This is disputed territory between the US and Canada.
    .. .
    Explanation of Icon.. .Machais Seal Island - a great illustrated trip report by Bill Scholtz. 
    .. .
    Key to Icons....Grand Manan Island - Grand Manan is a paradise for bird-watchers.
      Puffins and Arctic terns, marsh-dwelling cranes and heron, magnificent eagles and peregrine falcons -- the island boasts hundreds of species. See also Grand Manan Tourim - site includes a checklist of Grand Manan birds. 
    .. .
    ....Potential New Brunswick IBAs - This is a working list and map of
      potential Important Bird Areas in New Brunswick. The process of identifying IBAs in this region is by no means complete. Additional sites that qualify as IBAs will likely be identified and likewise, some of the sites mapped may not qualify as IBAs once a thorough evaluation is completed. Once a site has been formally identified as an IBA the site name is linked to a one-page site summary. Includes details about:
      • Restigouche River Estuary
      • Kouchibouguac National Park Sand Spits and Barrier Islands
    .. .
    ....Sackville Waterfowl Park - The Sackville Waterfowl Park is home to
      many species of wildlife. The Park is located near the Tantramar Marshes. The Park is a partnership between the Canadian Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited.
    .. .
    ....Birding in Restigouche - from the Restigouche Naturalists Club. 
      Restigouche County, on the northern tip of New Brunswick, is one of the more interesting areas in the province for birders. In part, this is because the ranges of many northern and southern species overlap here.
    .. .
    ....Campobello Island, New Brunswick - Eastport is know as the world's
      second largest whirlpool and is an internationally recognized feeding and staging area for tens of thousands of small gulls in summer and fall and equal numbers of Black-legged Kittiwakes in winter.
    .. .
    ....Great Drives Along New Brunswick's Fundy Coast - From old 
      Acadia to Grand Manan Island, the southern shore of New Brunswick offers quiet villages, great scenery and birding, parks, historic treasures, and the highest tides in the world. 
    .. .
    ....Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick-Nova Scotia, Canada, Hemispheric .. .
    ....Mary's Point, New Brunswick (40 km south of the City of Moncton, .. .
    ....Tabusintac Lagoon and River Estuary, New Brunswick (50 km
      northeast of the city of Chatham in Northumberland County) - Information Sheet on Ramsar Wetlands. 
    .. .
    ....The Daly Point Reserve  - comprised of 40 ha of saltmarsh and 
      associated upland. The park consist of 6 km of trails running through more than 100 acres of saltmarsh, old fields, and mixted forest. Special attractions include the thousands of Canada Geese who arrive on their migratory voyage in the fall and the many different species of shorebirds who feed on the invertebrate communities located on the wide tidal flats. 
    .. .
    ....Chimney Swifts in Frederickton - A quaint tradition in some 
      Fredericton families was telling children that it was time for them to go to bed when the chimney swifts came in to roost for the night. Unfortunately, many of the chimneys that formally housed chimney swifts have been torn down or sealed up. However, there a few exceptions, including the Incutech Building Chimney on the University of New Brunswick campus. The chimney at the Incutech Building has served as a roosting site for swifts for many years. 
    .. .
    ....New Brunswick Trip Reports - a number of New Brunswick trip reports
      are available from Blake Maybank's "Birding the Americas - Trip Report and Trip Planning Repository". 

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Tours and Guides

>>>>> > A Birding Pal is not a paid guide, but someone who likes to help out of town visitors. You can become a Birding Pal today! Help someone to enjoy your local birding spots and find a pal to help you when you travel. Click here for New Brunswick Birding Pals, or join to be a Birding Pal!
Common Tern - highest breeding density - Photo copyright Don DesJardin
Photo copyright Don DesJardin

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Photo copyright David Massie

Photo copyright David Massie
    **..Grand Manan Autumn with Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT)
      Located in the Bay of Fundy (off the coast of Maine and New Brunswick), Canada's picturesque island of Grand Manan makes an ideal base for experiencing the phenomenon of fall migration on the northeast coast.  This area stands out from other migration hot spots because of the ready availability of exciting pelagic birding. Nearby submarine canyons promote cold-water upwellings that attract numbers of pelagic birds every fall. 
      • September 03 - September 09, 2001 (7.0 days - Limit 16 ) with leaders Jeff Gordon 
      VENT offers nearly 140 tours to over 100 land-based destinations each year and is the largest tour company in the world specializing in birding and natural history.
    ...."Puffins, Whales, and Wilderness Trails" with Fundy Hiking and ....Sea Watch Tours in Grand Manan Island - Step aboard to watch and
      learn about whales from experienced guides and see seabirds flock to our boat as we drop bait. Machias Seal Island Tour - Machias Seal Island is a bird sanctuary for Atlantic Puffins, Arctic Terns and Razorbilll Auks. The island is operated by the Canadian Wildlife Service and visitors may observe the Puffins, Terns and Auks from blinds. Wildlife Officer must be present. Limited visitors permitted on island.
    ....Island Coast Boat Tours, Grand Manan Island Tel. (506) 662-8181

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Local Birding Events

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Rare Bird Alert

        Shediac/Moncton (French) Hotline: (506) 532-2873
        New Brunswick (Provincewide) Hotline: (506) 382-3825
        Check also New Brunswick RBA Archives

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North American Specialities in

New Brunswick

Information derived from Sibley & Monroe checklists in Thayer's Birder's Diary - Version 2.02.
These counts will differ in minor ways from counts based on the ABA classification,
but an international checklist system was required to enable world-wide
country to country comparisons.These speciality birds may be uncommon, or extremely rare
at this location, or may only be present in migration. However, documented sightings of
each species noted below have been made in New Brunswick. Consult the Breeding Bird Survey or
Christmas Bird Count data on the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center website
to determine the "best" place to see each bird.

North American Endemic Specialities in New Brunswick - No Canadian Endemics

___ Bewick's Wren
___ Black-headed Grosbeak
___ California Gull
___ Chestnut-collared Longspur
___ Harris's Sparrow
___ House Finch
___ Le Conte's Sparrow
___ Mountain Bluebird
___ Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow
___ Pileated Woodpecker
___ Red-bellied Woodpecker
___ Red-shouldered Hawk
___ Ruffed Grouse
___ Say's Phoebe
___ Seaside Sparrow
___ Spotted Towhee
___ Spruce Grouse
___ Townsend's Sparrow
___ Tufted Titmouse

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