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Birds and Butterflies

Birds and butterflies flock to Grand Manan Island.  Birdwatchers come here to study and observe a combination of land birds, shorebirds and seabirds that can be easily found over a relatively small area.11737870_10152915401621697_4162906933209989110_n

Over 360 species have been reliably identified, 131 of which have been found breeding here since 1900. ‘Birding’ is a year round past time for many islanders (revelling in the winter with thousands of seabirds – common murres, razorbills, kittiwakes and dovekies – just offshore or along the ferry route), but the best times for visitors are the spring migratory periods (early April to early June), followed by the summer nesting season and the fall migratory period. The latter actually begins in late July when many shorebirds and phalaropes return from nesting in high Arctic regions.

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