Snowy Owl at the beach

bird of prey

Sometimes, you just wish you had a better camera!  Yesterday at Lawrencetown Beach we were lucky enough to see a snowy owl.  We spotted the white bird at a bit of a distance as it flew over the waves, and then flew over us!  The walk in the cold, cold wind over the cobbles was definitely worth it Sunday.

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On the winter beach, cobbles have virtually swallowed the stairs leading from the parking lot to the shore (crossing the dune). We walk frequently at Lawrencetown Beach.  It is close to Halifax and is an excellent hour plus walk on a cobble stone beach.

Waves and salt in the air

Last weekend the weather was warm and windy – a perfect day for the beach.  I love walking on the beach… so…another walk at Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park.  The sea was a froth of foam and salt was in the air – you could see it wafting above the shore and inland. (Later when I left the beach, my hands and face were sticky from the salt spray).

Shore birds (some kind of sandpiper?) were out in force, darting up and down the shore following the waves searching for food.

Days such as this are invigorating.

ducks feeding – black ducks and mallards

Saturday, after slipping along Frog Pond Trail, we walked along the shore and watched the ducks feeding.  They were ranged along (and in) a trickle of water from the woods/hill as it washed down the beach.  The ducks actually seemed to be eating the sand and mud.  I wonder what they were really finding – water or maybe some small invertebrate not yet frozen?  There were mallards and black ducks (or hybrids?) mixed together in this group and even a crow wandered by.

Information on Mallards and Black Ducks can be found in the excellent Birds of Nova Scotia by Robie Tufts published by the NS Museum on its web site.  Other really good information is available from the relaunched Hinterland Who’s Who series (anyone of a certain age will remember tv ads).  And I couldn’t resist putting up a page from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, which has such excellent material.

We meandered along the shore at Sir Sandford Flemming Park in Halifax, NS.