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  • Bruce Mactavish: One hour in the desert

    In 14 days we did not see one drop of precipitation. Daily temperatures averaged in the mid to high 20s. I did not see a single natural pond. ...

  • Bruce Mactavish: The signs are out there

    In reality, it will be a week after the first official day of spring that the first ring-billed gulls get back, followed by the fox sparrows and ...

  • Bruce Mactavish: A soft winter for birds

    Eastern Newfoundland had it easier than the west coast and the Northern Peninsula. Here, it is not quite mid-March and I am talking dangerously ...

  • 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 ...

  • A live bird show

    Are you looking for an interesting bird related outdoor activity this summer? Maybe a family outing is in order? Maybe you want to impress ...

  • 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 ...