We moved into our Clam Point home on 28th May 2015. The yard list started as soon as the engine stopped, despite allegedly more pressing matters! Our yard is very nicely placed at Clam Point, Cape Sable Island and we have a great view of saltmarsh and some ocean out front with forest behind us. Aside from mowing the life out of the grass, the yard has not been ‘maintained’ for four years prior to our arrival and so is in excellent condition for birds and birding. Feeders are up, seats are out and any birders passing are welcome to come along and enjoy the birds.
The front lawns are now managed as summer meadows, the edges are thick with herbage and, in the long-term, I hope to make a viewing deck for the feeding area. To the rear of the house I have my own, personal ‘hole’ that I may develop as funds allow, it already gets birds.
If we get any rarities then you are welcome to come along and view them, just leave room for us to exit the drive. See eBird for details of our exact location, if you don’t use eBird, now is the time to learn.
April-06, 2018 we finally dug a pond and not only to try to get Green Heron for the yard list!
Here is the yard list as at May-23, 2018 – the photos are all of birds from the yard.
Birds – 167 species
Brant – 02-Feb-16.
Canada Goose – 25-Nov-15.
American Wigeon – 14-Jan-2017.
Black Duck – 03-Oct-15.
Mallard – 29-May-15.
Northern Pintail – 11-Oct-2016.
Green-winged Teal – 08-Nov-15.
Greater Scaup – 09-Feb-2017.
Common Eider – 04-Oct-15.
Long-tailed Duck – 02-Nov-15.
Black Scoter – 11-Oct-15.
White-winged Scoter – 11-Oct-15.
Bufflehead – 02-Nov-15.
Common Goldeneye – 27-Mar-17.
Hooded Merganser – 25-Jul-16.
Common Merganser – 08-Feb-2017.
Red-breasted Merganser – 02-Nov-15.
Ring-necked Pheasant – 14-Jun-15.
Red-throated Loon – 02-Nov-15.
Common Loon – 07-Jun-15.
Red-necked Grebe – 02-Nov-15.
Horned Grebe – 18-Jan-16.
Northern Gannet – 25-Jul-15.
Double-crested Cormorant – 29-May-15.
Great Cormorant – 16-Oct-15.
Great Blue Heron – 29-May-15.
Great Egret – 03-Jul-15.
Turkey Vulture – 13-Jun-15.
Osprey – 03-Jun-15.
Bald Eagle – 06-Jul-15.
Sharp-shinned Hawk – 22-Aug-15.
Cooper’s Hawk – 18-Dec-15.
Northern Goshawk – 03-Dec-15.
Northern Harrier – 13-Jul-15.
Broad-winged Hawk – 10-Aug-15.
Photo from 12-May-2016.
Red-tailed Hawk – 16-Dec-15.
Rough-legged Hawk = 15-Nov-2017.
Black-bellied Plover – 08-Aug-15.
Semipalmated Plover – 07-Aug-15.
Solitary Sandpiper – 06-Aug-15.
Purple Sandpiper – 07-Feb-16.
Greater Yellowlegs – 12-Jul-15.
Willet – 29-May-15.
Lesser Yellowlegs – 13-Jul-15.
Whimbrel – 22-Jun-15.
Buff-breasted Sandpiper – 31-Aug-2017.
Semipalmated Sandpiper – 07-Aug-15.
Least Sandpiper – 26-Au-2017.
Sanderling – 18-Aug-15.
Short-billed Dowitcher – 08-Jul-15.
American Woodcock – 26-Mar-16.
Bonaparte’s Gull – 15-Nov-15.
Black-legged Kittiwake – 01-Sept-16.
Ring-billed Gull – 16-Jul-15.
Herring Gull – 29-May-15.
Iceland Gull – 12-Dec-15.
Great Black-backed Gull – 07-Jun-15.
Common Tern – 01-Jun-15.
Arctic Tern – 31-Jul-15.
Razorbill – 02-Nov-15.
Black Guillemot – 11-Oct-15.
Rock Pigeon – 22-Jun-15.
Mourning Dove – 30-May-15.
Great Horned Owl – 27-Oct-15.
Northern Saw-Whet – 31-Mar-2018.
Common Nighthawk – 28-Aug-16.
Black-billed Cuckoo – 17-Jun-15, singing. This bird remained until 04-Aug-15 although it was absent from the date of discovery until 11-Jul-15 when it started to sing daily and occasionally showing.
Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 05-Jun-15.
Belted Kingfisher – 01-Jun-15.
Chimney Swift – 28-Apr-2017.
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 28-Sept-15.
Downy Woodpecker – 26-Jul-15.
Hairy Woodpecker – 7-Sept-15.
Northern Flicker – 07-Jun-15.
Merlin – 31-Jul-15.
American Kestrel – 15-Sept-15
Peregrine Falcon – 26-Jul-15.
Olive-sided Flycatcher – 31-Aug-2017.
Eastern Wood-Pewee – 31-Aug-2017.
Alder Flycatcher – 30-May-15.
Willow- Flycatcher – 31-Aug-2017.
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher – 31-Aug-15.
Least Flycatcher – 07-Jun-15.
Eastern Phoebe – 20-Sept-2016.
Western Kingbird – 22-Oct-2017.
Eastern Kingbird – 01-Sept-15.
Northern Shrike – 13-Oct-2017.
Blue-headed Vireo – 27-Jul-16.
Warbling Vireo – 11-Sept-17.
Red-eyed Vireo – 05-Jun-15.
Blue Jay – 29-May-15.
American Crow – 29-May-15.
Common Raven – 04-Jul-15.
Tree Swallow – 31-May-15.
Barn Swallow – 29-May-15.
Black-capped Chickadee – 31-May-15.
Boreal Chickadee – 18-Jul-15.
White-breasted Nuthatch – 12-Sept-16.
Red-breasted Nuthatch – 07-Aug-15.
Brown Creeper – 02-Aug-15.
Winter Wren – 19-Jul-15.
Golden-crowned Kinglet – 06-Aug-15.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 06-Oct-2017.
Hermit Thrush – 18-Jul-15.
American Robin – 29-May-15.
Northern Mockingbird – 27-Mar-17.
Gray Catbird – 29-May-15.
European Starling – 29-May-15.
American Pipit – 06-Oct-15.
Snow Bunting – 08-Nov-15.
Bohemian Waxwing – 06-Dec-2016
Cedar Waxwing – 29-May-15.
Black-and-white Warbler – 18-Jul-15.
Orange-crowned Warbler – 23-Nov-15.
Nashville Warbler 23-May, 2018.
Common Yellowthroat – 29-May-15.
American Redstart – 19-Jul-15.
Northern Parula – 18-Jul-15.
Magnolia Warbler – 10-Aug-15.
Bay-breasted Warbler – 21-May-17.
Blackburnian Warbler – 16-Jul-15.
Blackpoll Warbler – 6th-Sept-15.
Yellow Warbler – 29-May-15.
Chestnut-sided Warbler – 11-Aug-15.
Cape May Warbler – 02-Sept-15.
Palm Warbler – 18-Aug-15.
Pine Warbler – 13-Oct-2017.
Yellow-rumped Warbler – 19-Jun-15.
Black-throated Green Warbler – 06-Aug-15.
Black-throated Blue Warbler – 12-Sept-16.
Wilson’s Warbler – 04-Sept-2017.
Dickcissel – 01-Oct-15.
Below, October 2016 bird.
Eastern Towhee – 15-May-2016.
American Tree Sparrow – 23-Nov-2016.
Clay-coloured Sparrow – 13-Sept-15.
Savannah Sparrow – 28-Apr-2016
Chipping Sparrow – 28-Nov-15.
Lark Sparrow – 24-Sept-15.
Nelson’s Sparrow – 14-Jun-15.
Lincoln’s Sparrow – 09-Nov-2017.
Song Sparrow – 29-May-15.
Swamp Sparrow – 09-Nov-15.
White-crowned Sparrow – 17-May-17.
White-throated Sparrow – 20-Jul-15.
Fox Sparrow – 22-Nov-15.
Dark-eyed Junco – 08-Jul-15.
Northern Cardinal – 25-Jun-15.
Rose-breasted Grosbeak – 18-May-2016.
Blue Grosbeak – 01-May-2017.
Indigo Bunting – 9-May-2016.
Bobolink – 27-May-16.
Red-winged Blackbird – 09-Jun-15.
Rusty Blackbird – 25-Oct-2016.
Common Grackle – 29-May-15.
They don’t normally look as interesting as this leucistic one.
Brown-headed Cowbird – 21-Jun-15.
Baltimore Oriole – 29-May-15.
Purple Finch – 29-May-15.
Pine Siskin – 26-Jul-15.
House Finch – 10-Nov-15.
American Goldfinch – 29-May-15.
Evening Grosbeak – 05-Jul-15.
Canadian Tiger Swallowtail
Great Spangled Fritillary
Common Wood Nymph