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Monday, June 17, 2013

Journey's End

Unusually for Dee and I a lay in on the Sunday morning before heading off along the eastern coast to our final overnight stop at Murphy's Campground.

Mourning Dove
From the RV dinette window while having breakfast on Sunday morning we watched a Downy Woodpecker in a nearby tree and a couple of Common Terns were diving in the harbour just below, right next to us a Mourning Dove had come down to feed.

Black-capped Chickadee
The journey along the eastern coast of the province seemed more built up than other areas, no surprise as we're now nearing Halifax once more, but there was plenty of stop off points to enjoy and investigate. Bald Eagle, Red-tailed Hawk, Common Merganser and the usual friendly Black-capped Chickadee, who's call is almost identical to our own Willow Tit. I'm also around 90% sure that a Sharp-shined Hawk flew across in front of the RV at one stage, but this will have to remain as an unknown.

Osprey 'Official bird of Nova Scotia'
After arriving at Murphy's Cove for our final night of this tour a lovely evening walk along the shoreline produced Tree Swallow, Eider, American Black Duck, Yellow Warbler, Myrtle Warbler and Red Crossbill in the spruce tree right outside the RV, but  fittingly on our final evening here two Osprey, which flew across the harbour, 'the official bird of Nova Scotia'.

Finally, we were invited to an evening campfire as darkness fell by the campsite hosts, Marilyn and Brian Murphy and had a thoroughly enjoyable evening. We met some fellow travelers and sat eating local steamed mussels and listening to local folklore. It was a brilliant end to our time in Nova Scotia and also a time to reflect. My thoughts go out to my wonderful wife a soul mate Dee, who sadly had to cope with the loss of her lovely Gran last Friday.....


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