Resident Birds

The Park has many interesting species of birds on the tableland including pileated woodpeckers, flickers, ring-necked pheasants, and goldfinches. One of the most spectacular is the bald eagle and the Park has a resident pair that nests, raises young, and feeds in the area. Peregrine falcons, also found here, have made a comeback in numbers and distribution since DDT was banned in the 1970s in Europe and North America. Another species of falcon occasionally sighted is the Osprey. Nova Scotia adopted the osprey as its official bird by an Act of the House of Assembly in 1994.
These three raptors hunt and fish along the shoreline. Watch out for them soaring overhead.

Migratory Birds

A very great number of shorebirds pass over Nova Scotia on their way south to winter over in warmer climates. Some come from as far north as the Arctic Circle where they have their breeding grounds. Burntcoat Head Park being situated on the Minas Basin has been designated as an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) due to its significance as a stopping off ground for these migratory shorebird species. The tides here fluctuate up to 53 feet between their highest and lowest so at medium or low tide, there are huge expanses of mud flats exposed on the Bay of Fundy and Minas Basin. These flats are teeming with highly nutritious mud shrimp. Birds begin to arrive in early August dropping down to rest and recuperate. They stay for two weeks fattening up on mud shrimp before continuing their long journey south to their winter grounds.

These migratory shorebirds include sandpipers, whimbrels, plovers, yellowlegs, willets, and turnstones.