Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • Drum roll, please

    The brown booby three weeks ago at Long Beach near Cape Race was a great Newfoundland rarity but it was seen by only three people. Other features ...

  • Empty-nest season

    The nesting season is all but finished. Young birds are everywhere learning the ropes of life, or not. Failing the test may mean failing life ...

  • A rare bird chase

    Instantly arrangements were made for a group trip in Ken’s car. It is a two-hour drive to Long Beach from St. John’s. There were only two hours ...

  • Babies and bald birds

    Blue jays were coming to the backyard for their daily peanuts as was normal, but now they had young blue jays in tow. The distinctive food ...

  • A cold July for the birds

    But on the Avalon Peninsula, daytime high temperatures struggling to reach 10 C in July is not right! I am hearing from my correspondents ...

  • It’s shorebird season

    The shorebird group is large and varied. A couple dozen species of shorebird visit the province every year. They come in a range of shapes and ...

  • A passel of puffins

    More than 95 per cent of all the Atlantic puffins in Canada nest in Newfoundland and Labrador. They nest on choice islands from the mid-Labrador ...

  • Daytime hunter of the barrens

    The meadow vole is a fat, short-tailed field mouse. They live in open grassy area or barrens. Meadow voles are not to be confused with any ...

  • It’s ‘feed me!’ season

    If you look carefully at the next robin that flies across your path, you may notice it is carrying a small load in its beak. This is lunch for ...

  • Partridge of the barrens

    Trivia question: do you know where the southernmost point of land is in Newfoundland and Labrador? It is on the Avalon Peninsula between Cape ...