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Hooded Merganser, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Hooded Merganser, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Mallard, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Mallard, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Great Blue Heron with fish, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Great Blue Heron with fish, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Sora, courtesy of Keith McKenzie
Sora, courtesy of Keith McKenzie
Glossy Ibis, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Glossy Ibis, courtesy of Brigitte Noel
Birds
 
Some of New Brunswickís best birding opportunities are in the vicinity of the Grand Lake Meadows. The unique eco-system of the Meadows, Grand Lake and the St. John River provide habitat for species rarely seen elsewhere in the province.
In spring during high water this is the place to view hundreds of Black Ducks, and many other kinds of both diving and dabbling ducks like Mallards, Mergansers, Pin Tails, Golden Eyes, Wood Ducks, Shovellers, Ring Necked Ducks, sometimes Canvasbacks and Buffleheads, as well as both Blue Winged and Green Winged Teal. A significant colony of Black Terns is found here and Osprey, Bald Eagles and Great Blue Herons are plentiful. The flood plain forest and the shrub meadow provide homes for a splendid variety of songbirds including several species of Warblers, and the Northern Oriole, an uncommon summer resident that is locally common among the silver maples on the ridges. In summer the marsh hides Bitterns, Soras, Pied Billed Grebes, Rails and nesting Loons, and in winter Rough Legged Hawks, Sharp Shinned Hawks and Snowy Owls are sometime denizens of the Meadows. In fact over the changing year more than 260 different species have been recorded in the immediate area including such local rarities as Turkey Vultures, Glossy Ibis, a Eurasian Widgeon and Wilsonís Phalaropes.