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  • 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 ...

  • Summer brings cedar waxwings

    They do not have any special colours to play with, just pale brown, lemon yellow and ashy grey, but they know how to make it work. Waxwings have ...

  • A tale of two plumes

    I drove south from St. John’s, wondering if the gale force southerly winds might drive some migrating seabirds near shore in the Portugal Cove ...

  • A long weekend’s chorus

    Sunrise had happened 20 minutes earlier. I came to listen to the dawn chorus of spring birds. The road from Highway 10 down into the campground ...

  • The quickening pace of spring

    A large percentage of the songbirds that fill our woods and fields in the summer are dependent on insects as their main source of food. Eons of ...

  • The bald eagles of Signal Hill

    Normally we would not advertise the nest site of a bird of prey for fear of disturbance from too many human visitors. But this eagle nest is just ...

  • A mix of spring and winter birds

    Many thousands of common eiders spend the winter around the island of Newfoundland. They nest along the Labrador coast and farther north into the ...

  • Surprising sightings

    A week ago it was seeing the first spiffy ring-billed gull of spring that was the thrill. A week later there are over 100 ring-billed gulls in ...

  • New arrivals for spring

    The greatest sign that winter is coming to an end is the arrival of new spring birds. One of the first new spring arrivals in the St. John’s area ...

  • Paradise found

    It is easy to combine the two at most any holiday resort in Costa Rica. It was our second trip there and already we want to go back for more. The ...