Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • The pine warbler of Bowring Park

    A pine warbler is a summer bird. Normally it would be no closer than the northeastern United States in the summer and in the winter it favours ...

  • A bird’s gotta eat

    Let’s just say the forecast was correct with the snow squall warnings for the southern Avalon Peninsula. Being out in the harsh winter weather ...

  • Celebrity woodpecker sightings

    There is no doubt the woods are at a low point of the cycle for wild food. The lack of cones means there is a scarcity of food for the seed ...

  • Winter outlook for backyard birds

    Juncos are an abundant bird on the Avalon Peninsula but actually quite scarce elsewhere in winter. For instance, the Corner Brook Christmas bird ...

  • The best of birdwatching 2014

    A total of 279 species were reported in 2014, slightly above the five-year annual average of 275 species. This includes many out of range rare ...

  • Egrets, I've seen a few

    Groups of birders divide the circle into sections in which they birdwatch for the day.Each group records all the birds they see, including ...

  • Going up or down the tree trunk

    The chickadees and kinglets search for tiny dormant insect life or eggs cases of spiders tucked in the needles or among the branches of the fir ...

  • Here come the snowy owls

    However, it was without warning that two snowy owls appeared at Cape Spear and five were seen by Diane Burton at Cape Freels on Nov. 26. This is ...

  • The winter feeder outlook

    Birdfeeder watching is an addictive yet enriching activity. With the colder weather setting in the birds are more careful about lining up their ...

  • Rare birds, one after another

    White-eyed vireos are not usually as obliging as this one was. Just as the birders were coming down from that high, word came that Shawn ...