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Bruce Mactavish
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Gray Heron on the Newfoundland Grand Banks Sept 2018
On 30 September 2018 at about 10 AM a GRAY HERON landed on the vessel I was on located 330 km east of Cape Race, Avalon Peninsula, Newfoundland. (Note: the EEZ limit is 370 km so the bird was within Canadian waters).  There had been three days of light to m...
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The Little Egret Two Months Later
The Spaniard's Bay Little Egret was big news on 1 July even though non-birders had been iphone snapping it for at least two weeks. It was a classic breeding plumage Little Egret. The 11th record for Newfoundland.  The bird hung around for the summer. It too...
The Little Egret Two Months Later
The Little Egret Two Months Later
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Common Ringed Plover Makes the August Scene
Just when it looked like we might miss Common Ringed Plover this month for the first August in a few years, a beautiful example of the species appeared out of nowhere at Renews on 26 August.  Even before the car rolled to a complete stop I had my eye on thi...
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Greenland Dunlin in Newfoundland - 18 &19 August 2018
On 18 August 2018 Ken Knowles, John Wells and I were birding at L'Anse au Loup, Burin Peninsula, Newfoundland. This excellent location is birded less than annually because it is off the beaten track of Newfoundland birders.  We were surprised to see a breed...
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STONKING FORKER @ Bonavista - 6th Newfoundland record
Alison Mews knows how to destroy a days work at the office.  It was close to 10:30 am when she sent a text with a picture. How much can go through one's mind in a full second? It would be interesting to have brain scan when news of FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER th...
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OROR in Newfoundland
It was around 08:51 on 13th August 2018 that Ethel Dempsey saw a 'good bird' at Cape Spear.  Alison Mews texted me on the Atlantic Raven 300 km offshore with Frank Kings photos of the bird. I became a hurting unit in an instance.  It was EXACTLY an Orchard ...
OROR in Newfoundland
OROR in Newfoundland
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Skipping Work for Birding
It is not like skipping work for birds has never been done before.  Trying to space out my precious allotted holidays was an overnight decision. There were 2 Sabine's Gulls and three species of jaeger to see and photograph at Pt La Haye, St. Mary's Bay. We ...
Skipping Work for Birding
Skipping Work for Birding
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Roseate Tern in July
Roseate Tern is somewhat of a legend in Newfoundland. It is a bird some of us are always on the outlook for when looking at the ubiquitous Common and Arctic Terns of summer around the coast.  It potentially could be breeding in Newfoundland undetected on th...
Roseate Tern in July
Roseate Tern in July
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Black Tern in July
Black Tern was a more regular stray to Newfoundland. It was kind of like what Little Gull has become in very recent years - more or less annual. The general retraction of the breeding range in Atlantic, Quebec and Ontario has mirrored the decline of records...
Black Tern in July
Black Tern in July
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Little Egret at Spaniard's Bay, Newfoundland - July 2018
Word reached the birding community of an unidentified egret at Spaniard's Bay on 30 June.  Lois Trickett was walking her dog on the Trailway when the egret flushed.  She posted blurry cell phone pictures on the Newfoundland Birdwatching Facebook. The bird l...
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