Previous Tours - GASPÉ PENINSULA OF QUEBEC
TOP TEN HIGHLIGHTS
GASPE PENINSULA of QUEBEC and COASTAL NEW BRUNSWICK TOUR
1-8 July 2009
- NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW--great scope views at 6+ individuals that were singing in the salt marsh at Kouchibouguac National Park.
- Tennessee Warbler--Carolyn heard her life bird as we were driving toward Lake Paul in the Chic-Choc Mountains. We had extensive scope views, then found many more.
- Northern Gannet--the nesting colony was the highlight of our afternoon on Bonaventure Island. There were numerous chicks and eggs.
- Long-tailed Duck--a single drake was a nice surprise from the Darmouth River Bridge at the town of Gaspé.
- Pine Grosbeak--we saw one and heard several on Mont St. Anne above Percé.
- Philadelphia Vireo--two were found on the grounds of our lodge, Gite du Mont Albert, in the Chic-Chocs.
- Fox Sparrow--excellent views of this fine songster.
- Common Merganser--a hen with 17 ducklings was also at the Darmouth River Bridge.
- Magnolia Warbler--not rare, but incredibly gorgeous.
- Razorbill--large numbers nesting at Bonaventure Island, and feeding in nearby waters.
Marine highlights include several Minke Whales and Gray Seals. We saw five Moose, including a cow with two calves. Very nice were two Black Bears. We also found a Coyote, Red Fox, Porcupine, and several Snowshoe Hares.
July 5-11, 2006
- ATLANTIC PUFFIN--a group of four adults on the cliffs of Bonaventure Island among the thousands of nesting Black-legged Kittiwakes, Common Murres, and Northern Gannets.
- Ruffed Grouse--two separate family groups along the many miles of gravel road between Murdochville and the Chic-Choc Mountains.
- White-winged Crossbill--numerous sightings of males, females, and juveniles in the Chic-Chocs. They were singing almost constantly.
- Boreal Chickadee--great looks at a family group on Mount Saint Anne near Perce. The adults were feeding the fledged young.
- Common Merganser--the antics of six ducklings with their mother on Lac Paul was just about irresistible. Every time she dived for food, they swam like a fuzzy flotilla of jet skis.
- Northern Gannet--nearly 30,000 pairs nest on Bonaventure Island. The majority of pairs that we saw were caring for young.
- Piping Plover--we found at least four adults along the beach at Kouchibouguac National Park in New Brunswick.
- Sora--after seeing a family of Soras and Virginia Rails at the Sackville, NB Waterfowl Marsh, we taped an adult Sora in so close that it nearly stepped onto my shoe. It launched an all-out attack on the tape player.
- Common Loon--there was an adult on Lac Noire as a bull Moose swam the width of the lake.
- Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow--a single adult sang from short woody growth at the edge of the salt marsh at Kouchibouguac.
Land mammals included an adult Porcupine in full view and numerous Snowshoe Hares in their brown summer pelage. We saw a total of eight Moose, including a calf nursing from its mother and a large bull swimming across a lake as a cow grazed along the shore. At sea we had excellent looks at Gray Seals, Minke, Fin-backed, and Humpbacked Whales, and FIVE Blue Whales, the largest mammal on Earth.
June 22-28, 1998
- Northern Gannet
- Boreal Chickadee
- White-winged Crossbill
- Winter Wren
- Pine Grosbeak
- Black Guillemot
- Common Snipe
- Ruffed Grouse w/chicks
- Lincoln’s Sparrow
We saw 4 Moose in one evening: it was unanimously voted our favorite mammal.
June 22-28, 1997
- Spruce Grouse
- Bicknells Thrush
- Black-legged Kittiwake
- Northern Water Thrush
- Magnolia Warbler
- Tennessee Warbler
- Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow
- Northern Gannett
- Alder Flycatcher