The ferry crossing can be, at times, a good place to find seabirds or marine mammals. On this beautiful, calm (but cold!) June day, despite vigilant efforts on my part, we failed to find either one.
Only about 20 km west of Digby is the attractively-restored Gilbert's Cove Lighthouse, first erected in 1904.It was a pleasant stop for a picnic lunch, and it gave me another opportunity to look out over the surface of the ocean for seabirds and whales, and not see any.
I had to make do, instead, with this very cooperative Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor).
Our next few days were taken up with standard tourist things: visits to the attractive little town of Annapolis Royal, the port at Lunenburg, and the provincial capital, Halifax. At Lunenburg, we watched fishing boats set out from the harbour...
… and, in my case, enjoyed a photo session with an American Herring Gull (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) posing attractively on a lamppost.
While in search of the sparrows, I came across a family of American Black Ducks (Anas rubripes).
This is not a Nelson's Sparrow, but the much more common Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia). One clue to this, other than the bird's appearance, was that it was out in the open where I could see it.
Another common species on the reserve: the Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia), a bird of low growth (especially near water) that is the most widespread and common North American wood warbler away from the northern forests.
Finally out of an extensive patch of marsh grasses, I heard the song of a Nelson's Sparrow.
I managed to call up a pair (without overdoing the playback, I think..). One of them sat quietly at the edge of the reeds playing peek-a-boo with me. I managed these few just-recognizable photos, none without a blade of grass obscuring part of the bird's face. Oh well..