Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • The thrill of a warbler

    Circumstances worked out different this year and I found myself free for some Avalon birding this month. Making up for lost time, I spent last ...

  • The white-winged crow revealed

    It is known that a small percentage of American crows have white in the wings. American crow is the official name of the everyday crow seen ...

  • Fall warblers not so hard to peg

    In real life, with a little experience, the fall warblers are not that difficult to identify — if you can get a look at them. Warblers are small ...

  • Birdwatching in Nunavut

    I have been to the Arctic a few times and have a rapidly growing appetite to see more. The Arctic is a huge area. There is so much to learn about ...

  • Birds spice up the day

    One person’s rarity might be another’s common bird. It is all about circumstance. Take the common grackle, for example. This bird is so common on ...

  • Young birds learning the ropes

    The noise was coming from the trees in the yard next door and spreading into the canopy of the tall Norway maples in my backyard. Starlings are a ...

  • We’ve reached the midpoint of summer birding

    There is absolutely no reason to panic, however, for the best time of the year in Newfoundland and Labrador is late summer and early fall. ...

  • Shear grace

    Being an avid birdwatcher by nature, I have a need to see birds every day just to feel normal. So, I have been watching seabirds as the fog ...

  • The shorebird-watching season is open

    This past spring there was a stellar influx of rare Icelandic shorebirds in eastern Newfoundland and Labrador after prolonged east winds in April ...

  • From egg to sandpiper

    The sandpiper has been here all winter but lately it feels a growing urge to leave this comfortable winter home to do something important up ...