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  • Glorious winter eiders

    Eiders are an extremely durable duck, able to withstand heavy winter seas and cold winds. The drakes are strikingly attractive in their canvas ...

  • Two birds dressed in black

    Most of you are also aware there is another black bird similar to a crow called a raven. But when is a crow a crow and not a raven? This question ...

  • When luck is with you

    Last Saturday was one of those days. It was the first nice day on a weekend in some time. The company was good, with Ken Knowles at the wheel of ...

  • The purple sandpipers of Cape Spear

    Everyone likes the grey jay. These exceptionally friendly, inquisitive birds are grey and white with a touch of black. Low-key dressers, to say ...

  • The pine warbler of Bowring Park

    A pine warbler is a summer bird. Normally it would be no closer than the northeastern United States in the summer and in the winter it favours ...

  • A bird’s gotta eat

    Let’s just say the forecast was correct with the snow squall warnings for the southern Avalon Peninsula. Being out in the harsh winter weather ...

  • Celebrity woodpecker sightings

    There is no doubt the woods are at a low point of the cycle for wild food. The lack of cones means there is a scarcity of food for the seed ...

  • Winter outlook for backyard birds

    Juncos are an abundant bird on the Avalon Peninsula but actually quite scarce elsewhere in winter. For instance, the Corner Brook Christmas bird ...

  • The best of birdwatching 2014

    A total of 279 species were reported in 2014, slightly above the five-year annual average of 275 species. This includes many out of range rare ...

  • Egrets, I've seen a few

    Groups of birders divide the circle into sections in which they birdwatch for the day.Each group records all the birds they see, including ...