Profile of Bruce Mactavish

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  • The little known Longspur

    It is not a rare species and it usually occurs by the flock. I am talking about the Lapland longspur. We see them during spring and fall ...

  • Rare birds in your own backyard

    The rarities add spice to season. The hard-core birders might spend the whole weekend driving around hoping to find a rare bird. Sometimes you ...

  • The secretive marsh chicken

    The view of a plump robin-size bird with a bob tail was brief but long enough before it plopped down into the wet reeds to make him think it was ...

  • Recent bird sightings

    One of the early indications of summer’s imminent end is the disappearance of the tree swallows.Those who are lucky enough to have tree swallows ...

  • Bellevue Beach — a Newfoundland birding treasure

    Shorebirds that finished nesting in the Arctic are moving through the province now. They stop to fuel up on marine invertebrates they find along ...

  • The travelling dove

    When a dove turned up at his feeder on Regatta Day, he was genuinely surprised. Mourning doves are occasional visitors to Newfoundland and ...

  • A tale of two rare terns

    Continuous gannets, shearwaters and kittiwakes were flying both east and west as they rounded the corner at Cape Race. Your eye subconsciously ...

  • Fishing with the birds

    I was aching to correct a rookie mistake of installing an uncharged battery into my camera thinking it was freshly charged. I wanted a second ...

  • Ultra-rare bird spotted over Newfoundland

    Due to a compounding series of events Ken Knowles and I were driving through Portugal Cove South on the southern Avalon Peninsula at 1 p.m. on a ...

  • The summer sandpiper

    More than 40 species of sandpipers and related shorebirds have been recorded in the province. They come in various shapes and sizes. Many of ...