Havre-Aubert and Area



Havre-Aubert and Area

The most interesting site is definitely the inside of the beach at Havre-Aubert. Countless shorebirds feed here during the fall migration period. There is a small grove of trees nearby, as well as a fallow field. This is a good place to observe birds of prey.

Gridley Cape is another interesting site, but mainly in winter. From here, you have a beautiful view over the sea.

Quality of site

January-February: Fair
March-April: Fair
May-June: Fair
July-August: Very Good
September-October: Good
November-December: Fair

Access to bird watching site

Observation from the side of the road or while walking along the shore.

Interesting ornithological features

Bonaparte's Gulls (Larus philadelphia), Common Black-headed Gulls (Larus ridibundus) and Common Terns (Sterna hirundo) can be observed on the Havre-Aubert beach. Caspian terns (Sterna caspia) are also seen on occasion. A Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) was sighted here in the fall of 2005, and a Laughing Gull (Larus atricilla) was also seen here. Fallow fields are good places to observe the Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) and flights of Snow Buntings (Plectrophenax nivalis). If you look carefully, you might see a Lapland Longspur (Calcarius lapponicus) hidden among them.

During the winter we often spot Oldsquaw (Clangula hyemalis), Common Eider (Somateria mollissima), Dovekies (Alle alle) and occasionally Scoters.

How to get there

To get to Havre-Aubert beach, you take Chemin Du Sable off Route 199. This road is not paved all the way. When you near the end, you come to a fork in the road. We suggest that you turn left at this spot and park your car near the old dry dock.

Cape Gridley can be reached along Route 199. It is located between the historical site at La Grave and the village dock. On the left side of the road, before going down the hill to the wharf, you will see a widening of the shoulder where you can park.

 

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