Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • 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 ...

  • As winds finally change, spring birds flood in

    When the winds finally wheeled around to the southwest on May 9 and 10, the migrants flooded in. It was like a dam of migrant birds had burst.On ...

  • A wild week of birdwatching

    The common players in the game of finding Icelandic gems were the European golden plovers. Reports of small flocks of golden plovers came from ...

  • RDF brings Icelandic gold

    It was April 23 when the wind went northeast in St. John’s. When I saw our trusty weatherman Ryan Snoddon on CBC evening news introducing the ...

  • The first shorebirds of spring

    A few snipe do manage to successfully overwinter in Newfoundland at select mud holes, but the majority did leave the province last fall. There ...

  • Spring has a foot in the door

    Now, two weeks into April and the constricting grip of winter is finally letting go. Spring is bounding in. Lots and lots of snow and ice is ...

  • A rare duck for the chasing

    It showed pictures of a duck on the beach at Renews. It was clearly a common shelduck. This is a European species of duck, common in coastal ...

  • Eiders galore

    The emails, phone calls, and the conversations over the weekend surprised me a little at how much people missed their weekend bird column. This ...