Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • Bruce Mactavish on birdwatching: The quest for eiders and falcons

    One of the features of late winter in eastern Newfoundland is the pack ice. It reaches its maximum southerly extent by March. Ice forming during ...

  • Mactavish on birding: Changes in the finches

    It is mainly the finches that are sweetening the pot. Most notably in the last couple weeks has been the widespread arrival of pine siskins. They ...

  • Winter robins

    "Does it mean an early spring?" they ask in vain. We associate robins with the arrival of spring, but this is not always the case. Robins are ...

  • Celebrity spotted at Lumsden

    The previous weekend was all about the Sabine’s gull at St. Vincent’s. This weekend’s rarity was from Europe. It was a member of the thrush ...

  • Stranger at St. Vincent’s

    On Sunday, I planned a photo session with the purple sandpiper flock that spends the winter at the tip of Cape Spear. I got there early in the ...

  • Naming names

    It is a pleasure to help folks put a name on the unfamiliar bird they saw at their bird feeder or in the woods by the cabin. Sending me a picture ...

  • Lured by seabirds

    Typically they are organized professional tour companies, but at other times it is people with the bravery to tackle a winter Avalon Peninsula ...

  • The state of the season

    The total of 57 species tallied was near the average for the last 10 years. It was a lacklustre count for rarity surprises with a duo of ...

  • The results are in

    A sunny day, with temperatures around the freezing mark and light winds, was a blessing that rarely coincides with Boxing Day. A total of 78 ...

  • Top 10 rarities of 2015

    When you have a growing number of dedicated birdwatchers and an ever more efficient communication system, more and more truly rare birds are ...