Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • Shear grace

    Being an avid birdwatcher by nature, I have a need to see birds every day just to feel normal. So, I have been watching seabirds as the fog ...

  • The shorebird-watching season is open

    This past spring there was a stellar influx of rare Icelandic shorebirds in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador after prolonged east winds in April ...

  • From egg to sandpiper

    The sandpiper has been here all winter but lately it feels a growing urge to leave this comfortable winter home to do something important up ...

  • What birdwatching tourists come to see

    A growing minority come with all these expectations, but with an additional focus on birds. Newfoundland offers quality birdwatching experiences ...

  • June birding in the Codroy Valley

    The rich soil supports a farming community and a mixed deciduous and coniferous forest, more like that found in Cape Breton Island on the other ...

  • Yes, there are hummingbirds in Newfoundland

    They seem to be an exotic life form somewhere between a bird and an insect.People on the island of Newfoundland often ask whether hummingbirds ...

  • Territorial cries are music to our ears

    When I left, there were still some species of warblers and flycatchers that had not yet arrived on their breeding grounds. To catch up on the ...

  • Counting May birds

    Bird Studies Canada capitalizes on this sporting side of birders as a method of fundraising to support their projects aimed at protecting birds ...

  • Cold weather and spring birds

    It is a graph with one line showing the average daily temperatures for each day over the next two weeks and then another line showing the ...

  • My friend, the ruffed grouse

    Maybe outcrop is too ambitious a word to describe this piece of exposed bedrock. But to one bird, this bare rock on the forest floor is its whole ...