Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • Quidi Vidi Lake: a birdwatcher’s saviour in the winter doldrums

    The novelty of winter has worn off. There is as much winter behind us as there is ahead. We are caught in the middle, but we have turned the ...

  • Know your winter mergansers

    The merganser tribe is separated from the rest of the duck clan by their long thin bills with serrated edges. Mergansers have tiny tooth-like ...

  • Weather fit for a duck

    The warmup and melting of the snow pack over a two-week period was nothing short of incredible. I think we all knew it was possible, but it did ...

  • A superstar snipe visits the Avalon

    A few small groups of birders arrive in St. John’s from various locations on mainland Canada and the United States. The tour companies usually ...

  • Blackout 2014 and birds

    It was not an unusual cold spell, but the first good one in 10 years or so. In this time period, there has been a significant urban growth on the ...

  • A tale of two loons

    Red-throated loons migrate through coastal Newfoundland during October. A few linger into winter at choice locations on the southern Avalon ...

  • The birding year-end review

    This is the second best total since I have been keeping track in 2010. Such a total includes many rare and exciting birds. Rarest winter birdsThe ...

  • Christmas bird count season is here

    This is Christmas Bird Count time. There are days specifically organized for birding all day long during the Christmas holiday period. It is an ...

  • Belted kingfishers are settling in for winter

    The kingfishers that have chosen to over winter in Newfoundland are moving out to coastal locations and fast-moving brooks where they have access ...

  • Where are the backyard feeder birds?

    The feeder birds are actually enjoying good times. There is a tremendous abundance of wild food in the woods. You may have noticed all the cones ...