The birds are leaving and the leaves are falling

As I am typing, more and more species are leaving not just my area, but all of New Brunswick. There aren’t any shorebirds left in Woodstock although you can still find a nice variety all along the coast, but the numbers are decreasing. Most of the warblers are gone, almost all the flycatchers & vireos have moved on and it is even hard to find a blackbird now that it is almost November.

Since I last posted I’ve checked two more species off my life list (Ruddy Duck & Greater Scaup) and added three first timers to my county list (Lesser Scaup, Bufflehead & Common Tern). As I have mentioned before, there is very little data for species found in Carleton County. There are 15 counties in New Brunswick and right now Carleton is in just 12th place.

Before I started submitting to ebird, Carleton was in just 14th place so I’m slowly bringing them along. One of the few birders around here has found at least another 10 species in the area and I’ve been trying to convince them to start using ebird. No luck yet, but I am hopeful!


Here are a few pictures from either my backyard or in the general area;

Yellow-rumped Warbler – I’ve had a couple right in my yard during the past few weeks. It is one of the few types of warblers left to be found in NB.

Yellow-rumped Warbler


Green-winged Teal – I have been finding a lot of different species of duck in the local sewage lagoon. I finally found a bright male just a few days ago and it was close enough to the fence to get a decent picture.

Green-winged Teal


White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile) – A few showed up in my yard a couple of weeks ago. The only reason I could even figure out what this was is because there were two adults with the two juveniles.

White-crowned Sparrow


Fox Sparrow – A few of these have been spotted in the province during the last few weeks. They really stand out from other common sparrows that visit backyard feeders.

Fox Sparrow



Rarities for October;

 Blue-winged Warbler –

Fork-tailed Flycatcher –

Western Kingbird –

Stilt Sandpiper –

Hooded Warbler –


I can close again by mentioning that “my” Carolina Wren was still around this past weekend. It has been raining since Monday and that was the last day that I heard and saw it in my yard. Even if I don’t see it around this weekend, I got to have it around for more than two months!

Until next time,

Nathan Staples

About Nathan Staples

I am a public school teacher who has always lived in New Brunswick. My wife and I have three boys who love to watch birds nearly as much as I do. We currently live in the province's oldest town, Woodstock.
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