Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • The changing seasons

    Today’s Winging It gathers together a few small signs that someday winter will end. As the song says, “You must believe in spring.”Canada geese! ...

  • A boom for dogberry birds

    To overwintering birds, it is simply manna from heaven, and this winter it is probably a life-saver for many of our birds.The winter of 2013-2014 ...

  • The state of the season

    Persistent periods of cold weather are causing more ice buildup along the east coast then we are used to in recent years.What birds are around in ...

  • The small owls of winter

    They have an air of the mystic about them as they sit looking wise and solemn by daylight, but by night they become active in a life we can only ...

  • 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 ...