I am an amateur birder and the visit to Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve, commonly called "Bird Rock", was one of those life experiences I will never forget. It was one of the highlights of our trip to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in July of 2012. My friend and co-traveler is not a birder, but she was also blown away by this experience. We got there in the evening for our first visit, after the visitor center had closed, but walked out to Bird Rock, and were mesmerized by the thousands and thousands of large white beautiful birds (gannetts) calling and soaring in the sky. The gannetts are in the pelican family, with six-foot wing spans, and were beautiful to watch. We went back the next morning so we could get a "tour" - the ranger walked out to Bird Rock and stood there with us, and talked to us about what we were seeing. He pointed out the kittywake chicks and other chicks that we had not seen the night before. We were told that we were there at the right time of year - mid-July. The marine fog layer was off shore and did not interfere with our views. There are seven different species of birds nesting here, for a total of 150,000 birds. Amazing!
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