Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • A rare duck for the chasing

    It showed pictures of a duck on the beach at Renews. It was clearly a common shelduck. This is a European species of duck, common in coastal ...

  • Eiders galore

    The emails, phone calls, and the conversations over the weekend surprised me a little at how much people missed their weekend bird column. This ...

  • One step at a time toward spring

    It is probably a good thing that they are late because eastern Canada is still deep in the grips of winter. Spring may be slow but it cannot be ...

  • Escape to birding paradise

    In this day and age, the possibility of whisking away to a tropical destination has never been so easy. But a birder’s idea of an escape to a ...

  • 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 ...