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  • 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 ...

  • Invasion of the snowy owls

    Cape Race road is traditionally one of the best places to see snowy owls on the Avalon Peninsula. The sudden appearance of three was just an ...

  • One little, grey fellow electrifies the birding community

    It was Dave Brown calling from his cellphone in the White Hills in east St. John’s saying he’d glimpsed a warbler that looked all grey with ...

  • Encounter with the big one

    There are four species of falcon occurring in Newfoundland and Labrador. They are the merlin, American kestrel, peregrine falcon and gyrfalcon. ...

  • A fallout of sandpipers

    On Sunday, Ken Knowles, John Wells and I birded the southern Avalon Peninsula from Cape Race to Point La Haye. The rain and fog hampered our ...

  • Duck, duck, duck … goose

    Waterfowl instinctively know this is coming, so they migrate to a location with guaranteed open water and a suitable food supply for the ...

  • An abundance of wild food for the birds

    The berries are extra big and bright this year, a sign of a good summer for growth. Comments from St. Anthony, Rocky Harbour, Corner Brook, ...

  • My favourite big mistake

    A visiting birder from Ontario, Rolph Davis, was in town on business. First things first meant a little local birding.For starters, we drove out ...