Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • 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 ...

  • Up for the count

    The Christmas Bird Count is an annual event organized by the National Audubon Society taking place at hundreds of centres across Canada and the ...

  • Sparrows in the snow

    My first stop was in Mobile. The flat, calm cove contained a couple of peaceful-looking common loons. Loons living in the water probably could ...

  • Winter watching

    Other people may be new at it, perhaps in the experimental stages of seeing just what kinds of birds will be attracted by your seed offerings. ...

  • Lingering birds of November

    Most of the birds in the province now know what lies ahead and are prepared. They are equipped with the knowledge and capability to survive the ...

  • Schieffelin’s shape-shifters

    Birdwatchers and non-birdwatchers alike generally consider the starling a pest. It makes itself a nuisance at the bird feeder, gobbling down the ...