Birds of Nova Scotia

NS Provincial Bird Osprey

Birds of Nova Scotia Specialties

  • Osprey
  • American golden plover
  • Double-crested cormorant
  • Black-headed gull
  • Dovekie
  • American crow

429 species in 47 families

One of Canada’s Maritime Provinces, Nova Scotia is located on its southeastern coast. The province’s 580 kilometre peninsula is surrounded by four bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean, with Newfoundland to the north and east; the Bay of Fundy, with New Brunswick across the bay to the east; the Northumberland Strait, the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and Prince Edward Island to the north; and the Gulf of Maine and the United States to the south and west.

With an area of 55,491 square kilometres, its average width of 128 km means that no part of the province is far from the sea. Nova Scotia is a montage of craggy headlands, quiet harbours and beautiful ocean beaches.

Cape Breton Island, a large island to the northeast of the Nova Scotia mainland, is also part of the province, as is Sable Island, a small island notorious for its shipwrecks, approximately 175 km (95 nautical miles) from the province’s southern coast.

Nova Scotia is framed by the rocky Atlantic Uplands, the Cape Breton Highlands and the wooded Cobequid Hills. The agricultural areas are predominantly lowlands. When the glacial ice withdrew from coastal Nova Scotia 15,000 years ago, the ocean flooded ancient river valleys and carved out hundreds of small protected harbours which became fishing ports.

Nova Scotia Web Links

Birding Sites in Nova Scotia

NS Winter Bird List

Federation of Nova Scotia Naturalists

Nova Scotia Bird Society

Where Do You Want To Go Birding in NS?

Birding Pals in Nova Scotia

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas

 

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8 Responses to Birds of Nova Scotia

  1. Pat Bumstead says:

    Although it seems a bit far north for it, I suspect your bird is a cattle egret. Nova Scotia is just a bit north of what is shown on their range maps, so maybe you have a wanderer. You can read more about them on http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/cattle_egret/id

  2. allie macpherson says:

    I saw a large white bird the size of an owl . Yellow beak and legs. Follows cows and the cows chase it away . When it flies it looks like a blue herin . What might it be ?

  3. Pat Bumstead says:

    I doubt you could remove the nest with babies in it without them dying. If there are currently babies in the nest, they should be gone in a short time when you could then remove the nest. If possible, you should also try and block the area so they can’t nest there again. You should probably contact the folks at the Nova Scotia Bird Society – http://www.nsbirdsociety.ca/ as they will be more aware of the laws in that province.

  4. Pat Bumstead says:

    Sorry, I have no idea. You might want to contact the Nova Scotia Bird Society – http://www.nsbirdsociety.ca/ or the Birds of PEI blog – http://naturepei.ca/birds/

  5. adam wedgewood says:

    I am having problems with woodpeckers. There are 2 adults and a few babies. My wife has a home office and the noise is preventing her from getting work done so we would like to remove them. I am having problems finding resources and was hoping you could give me information regarding any laws in place protecting them as well as tested methods of removal. I would like to keep them safe. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

  6. Joan Wright says:

    My husband and I are visiting Nova Scotia and PEI in the last week of August (from the UK). Could you please advise us of a couple of good birding spots that we might visit.
    Thanking you so much.

  7. Hi Bernice, you can send the photo to me and I can take a look. My email address is: cnafarm@gmail.com

    Happy birding,

    Charlotte

  8. Bernice Fisher says:

    I have a picture of a bird I took. It was on my feeder, I would like to know who I can send the picture to so they can tell me what the name of this bird is? Please & Thank You

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