Icebergs, whales and puffins are here, it’s fantastic, and it’s all happening at the same time in late May, how great is that!?

With these splendid sights along the trail, it’s easy to forget about the little guys:

Belted kingfisher, tending to his nest - Silver Mine Head Path

Belted kingfisher, tending to his nest – Silver Mine Head Path

Do you know this bird?

It’s a belted kingfisher on Silver Mine Head Path, close to Middle Cove beach. The eroding hillside below the trail there is ideal for these little birds to build a nest. See the dirt on the tip of his beak? That’s there because he was using it to do some ‘nestoration’ to his tunnel, he comes back every year and uses the same burrow to raise his young.

Finding kingfisher nests is pretty easy because these birds are so very very vocal. If you come anywhere near their nest, like walking by on the trail for example, they’ll go off like an alarm clock. Trust me, you’ll know it when you hear it.

A few weeks later when the chicks have grown, be as quiet and discreet as you can and you may even hear their begging calls coming from inside the nest :-).