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BlowMeDown mountains (Jun 28, 2006 - Jul 05, 2006)
BlowMeDown mountains (NLWCBMD) 30K W of Corner Brook on Hwy 450, NF (CAN) Lat,Long: 49.04911,-58.25090 Map Elevation: 1000 feet 28 species 2 trips (2 non-trip sightings)
The Blow-me-down nature trail leaves the S side of Hwy 450 about a half-kilometer W of the bridge over Blow-me-down Brook (30K W of Corner Brook) and traverses SW along the base of the Blow Me Down mountains through boggy/brushy meadows dotted with hemlock and white pine. The area was apparently burned quite a few years ago and has been slow to recover. Silver stumps with charcoal etched away by the weather bear witness to the fire and although some of the pines are fair-sized, I doubt they predate it. Shubby cover in most areas would make off-trail travel difficult. The nature trail is well used for the first 1K to a swimming hole in a small gorge in BlowMeDown brook. Beyond that it continues through bogs and sparse pine-larch-spruce forest to the brook which runs out of the next cirque to the east. The BlowMeDowns are a flat-topped range of orange-weathering serpentine, exposed to the south and east but capped in the BlowMeDown Brook area by a blocky gray-weathering gabbro/diabase (according to the geological map). Little vegetation grows on the dirt and gravel serpentine slopes but up on top, the ledgy and rocky rim slopes gently south to broad marshy meadows and a few ponds. Vegetation on top is the usual barrens carpet of black spruce, common juniper, alpine birch (or willow), alder, crowberry, sedges, reindeer moss and more. Marshy meadows are mostly sedges I think, with lots of tiny sundew plants, larger pitcher plants and more.
Species Sightings Trips First Date Last Date Avg/Sighting Avg/Trip Max Ct
Common Eider 1   0 06/29/2006 06/29/2006 1.0 0.0 1
Common Goldeneye 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
Rock Ptarmigan 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1   0 06/29/2006 06/29/2006 1.0 0.0 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 1.0 2
Herring Gull 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 5.0 2.5 5
Northern Flicker 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
American Crow 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 4.0 2.0 4
Common Raven 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
Black-capped Chickadee 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 2.0 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 3.0 1.5 3
Swainson's Thrush 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 1.0 1
Hermit Thrush 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
American Robin 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 4.0 2.0 4
Cedar Waxwing 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 2.0 2
Northern Waterthrush 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 1.0 0.5 1
Common Yellowthroat 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 1.0 2
Magnolia Warbler 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 4.0 2.0 4
Yellow Warbler 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 1.5 1.5 2
Blackpoll Warbler 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 3.0 1.5 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 1.0 2
Savannah Sparrow 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 10.0 5.0 10
Fox Sparrow 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 1.5 1.5 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 8.5 8.5 12
Swamp Sparrow 1   1 07/04/2006 07/04/2006 3.0 1.5 3
White-throated Sparrow 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 13.0 13.0 16
Purple Finch 2   2 06/30/2006 07/04/2006 2.0 2.0 2
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