Birding Prince Edward Island in August

August - Island

An August Morning – Victoria-by-the-Sea.

August is always an interesting month to be Birding on Prince Edward Island because things have slowed down, the scenery is beautiful, the water is warm, and the birds are always interesting.

August - Downy Woodpecker

Just up the road, a family of Downy Woodpecker was forging in the woods. These are two of the four.

August - Hummingbird Battles

Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and young were contending at the feeder.

August - Hummingbird Young

Juvenile Hummingbird displays his new medal.

August - Osprey Family

Osprey Nest in DeSable.

August - Osprey Young

The noisy Youngsters

August - Osprey

The stoic Adult

August - Pied-billed Grebe Young

Juvenile Pied-billed Grebe in Noonan’s Marsh.

August - Caspian Tern and Young

Caspian Tern with Juvenile in Cape Traverse.

In August we are seeing the activities of the birds that have nested on the Island and the success of raising their young. Osprey nests seem to be around each corner and it is always interesting to observe their activities but they are not only ones. It is also interesting to see the sparrows, swallows, hummingbirds and all the others.

August - Lesser Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs in Canoe Cove.

August - Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper

Semipalmated Plover and Sandpiper in Victoria-by-the-Sea.

August - Semipalmated Plover

Semipalmated Sandpiper in Borden.

August is also the month that we see the movement of those birds that have had success on their breeding territories to our north and are on their way south; and stop to visit our Island. These include an nice variety of Terns, Gulls and Shorebirds.

August - Bonaparte's Plumage

Bonaparte’s Gulls are regular August visitors. Here they display the range of plumage we might see from alternate to breeding.

August - Greater Yellowlegs

Yellowlegs, mostly Greater, line up on a log in Noonan’s Marsh.

August - Black-bellied Plover

Black-bellied Plover going after a tasty morsel in Carleton Cove.

August - Least Sandpiper and Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone with Least Sandpiper in Augustine Cove.

Shorebird tracks

Shorebirds were here!

August - Beach

Day is done.

And this weekend we are off to the beach to count shorebirds during the World Shorebird Day. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!


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3 Responses to Birding Prince Edward Island in August

  1. Ron Arvidson says:

    I am not aware of any plovers known as chocolate plovers. On PEI we have Piping Plover and Semipalmated Plover (among the “peeps”) as well as Black-Bellied Plover, which are larger.

  2. Pauline Godbout Santerre says:

    I was wondering on the picture of the piping pluvers. In Miguasha Quebec, I have seen some pluvers but I was told that they were chocolate pluvers.

  3. Sharon says:

    Lovely to see your PEI birds, Ron! Great Yellowlegs photo. … Re tomorrow’s World Shorebird Count, here on the far west coast of the country, on Gabriola Island, I’ll be doing the same thing. 🙂