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Mega Road Trip to Far-Eastern Canada, July 06
July 06

Day 46. July 06, 2014. Sunday. Tatamagouche to Amherst, Nova Scotia.

After weaving among downed trees and getting past power company workers rebuilding powerlines after the hurricane, we birded the Wallace Bay area again. It was windy and the birding wasn't great, but we had a really nice time. I mostly looked for birds while Liz cleared down trees and limbs off the trail.

From there, we drove to Wentworth Provincial Park and did a bit of birding after lunch. Again, the birding wasn't great, but we did see a Chestnut-sided Warbler. We haven't seen one since 1988.

We then drove to the Joggins Fossil Beds Visitor Center on the shore of the Bay of Fundy. We arrived too late in the day to visit the fossil cliffs, but the museum was quite interesting. The fossil site is Carboniferous, encompassing the time when amphibians crawled out of the swamp and became reptiles. The site mostly has plant fossils (trees), but there are a number of fish, amphibians, the first reptile, and even some bug fossils.

With the Bay-of-Fundy tide coming in, we went to a tidal-bore viewing site hoping to see a wall of water come rolling up the bay, but we saw barely a ripple and were disappointed. We found another place where we can watch again tomorrow.

Late in the day, we drove to downtown Amherst and got a room at the Victorian Hotel. Some of the buildings here in downtown near the hotel were built in the 1890s time frame. This hotel isn't that old, but it feels pretty worn out.

July 06
Windy morning at the Balmoral Hotel
July 06
Nice free breakfast at the Balmoral Hotel
July 06
Wallace Bay National Wildlife Area
July 06
Wallace Bay birding trail (freshwater side of the dike)
July 06
Wallace Bay birding trail
July 06
Wallace Bay birding trail
July 06
Wallace Bay birding trail
July 06
Wallace Bay birding trail (saltwater side of the dike)
July 06
Wentworth Provincial Park
July 06
Wentworth Provincial Park
July 06
Joggins Fossil Beds Visitor Center
July 06
Joggins Fossil Beds Visitor Center
July 06
Waiting for the great Bay-of-Fundy tidal-bore
July 06
Victoria Hotel

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