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  • A cold July for the birds

    But on the Avalon Peninsula, daytime high temperatures struggling to reach 10 C in July is not right! I am hearing from my correspondents ...

  • It’s shorebird season

    The shorebird group is large and varied. A couple dozen species of shorebird visit the province every year. They come in a range of shapes and ...

  • A passel of puffins

    More than 95 per cent of all the Atlantic puffins in Canada nest in Newfoundland and Labrador. They nest on choice islands from the mid-Labrador ...

  • Daytime hunter of the barrens

    The meadow vole is a fat, short-tailed field mouse. They live in open grassy area or barrens. Meadow voles are not to be confused with any ...

  • It’s ‘feed me!’ season

    If you look carefully at the next robin that flies across your path, you may notice it is carrying a small load in its beak. This is lunch for ...

  • Partridge of the barrens

    Trivia question: do you know where the southernmost point of land is in Newfoundland and Labrador? It is on the Avalon Peninsula between Cape ...

  • Summer brings cedar waxwings

    They do not have any special colours to play with, just pale brown, lemon yellow and ashy grey, but they know how to make it work. Waxwings have ...

  • A tale of two plumes

    I drove south from St. John’s, wondering if the gale force southerly winds might drive some migrating seabirds near shore in the Portugal Cove ...

  • A long weekend’s chorus

    Sunrise had happened 20 minutes earlier. I came to listen to the dawn chorus of spring birds. The road from Highway 10 down into the campground ...

  • The quickening pace of spring

    A large percentage of the songbirds that fill our woods and fields in the summer are dependent on insects as their main source of food. Eons of ...