Bird Watching

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purple gallinule

Whether you come for the unique - like the little Purple Gallinule who has decided to make St. John's its summer abode, or whether you are fascinated by our daily plethora of sea birds -

think gannets, puffins, kittiwakes, etc...or the half a million nocturnal darlings -

the storm petrels - or the eagle whom we frequently see perched on the tree just outside the house....or the loons who lull you to sleep just outside your deck.. they are all waiting for you. With more than four hundred species of birds, bird watching in Newfoundland is part and parcel of our outdoor attractions…and there are several websites that provide daily updates from the most avid of enthusiasts. I will post a few click throughs here so you can see for yourself whether we are “worth a visit”!

One of the most subscribed-to of these websites, is of course, the with its international following. Here is a link to the St. John’s page and its specific sightings: Click here. . . how a couple of weeks back we went all a tizzy with the rare visit of a "Purple Gallinule”.

And this rare bird sighting of the Common Swift - not one of our native birds – back a couple of years ago. Click here to read more.

For all the news that is news for the ornithologist – this chat page will help you decide if we have what you want: Click here to have a look at this site.

Bruce MacTavish has a great blog cLick here to read more of Bruce's updates. With much credibility, enthusiasm and commentary - Bruce helps share information among a very vibrant birding community through his own personal and reported sightings.

I am no birder – but I will be your host! Where I live, here in St. Michael's, – just ashore from the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve – there will be enough to keep you busy. You can take a many-passenger, or few-passenger, or chartered boat trip out to the Reserve’s islands. The province’s website quotes "Witless Bay Islands support a globally significant colony of breeding seabirds. Great Island, in particular supports the largest colony of Atlantic Puffins in eastern North America.”  Here is link to the birding component of the Province's website..

For a website with a more technical perspective, The Fat Birder is for you. Click here to go to the website.

Finally, perhaps you would like to coordinate a guided tour of the Avalon Peninsulas birds. Bird-the-Rock is an ideal choice for you and/or your group.

Why not bring your binoculars and your large camera scopes to our shores. We would love to host your visit. Just email your dates and we can book you in.