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Spotted Sandpiper, Waterford River, photo by Rick West



Snowy Owl at Cape Spear, photo by Rick West



Gray Morph and White Morph Gyrfalcons, photo by Rick West



Yellow-breasted Chat, photo by Rick West



Male Gadwall, photo by Rick West



Osprey, photo by Rick West



Sooty Shearwater and Capelin, photo by Rick West



Green-winged Teal Male, photo by Rick West



Ruffed Grouse, photo by Rick West



Yellow Warbler, photo by Rick West



Rose-breasted Grosbeak, photo by Rick West



Atlantic Puffin, photo by Rick West



Brown Creeper, photo by Rick West



Pectoral Sandpiper, photo by Rick West


2018
  Jan 2 - Cape Spear and Quidi Vidi Lake; Jan 4 - Mobile Bay; Jan 17-20 - Bowring Park  
Black Guillemot, female Scaup, female Tufted Duck, American Coot, Common Loons, male American Wigeon, female and male Northern Pintails, Double-crested Cormorants, female and male Downy Woodpeckers.

  Jan 23 and 29 - Quidi Vidi Lake; Jan 29 - Cape Spear 
Double-crested Cormorant with Herring Gulls, Black-backed Gull, Female Northern Pintail, Female Ring-necked duck, Eider Ducks.  

  Feb 7, 15 and 18 - Quidi Vidi Lake; Feb 7 and 18 Cape Spear; Feb 17 - Harbour Grace;
     Feb 19 - Torbay Beach and the Flatrock Beamer  
Common Mergansers, Great Cormorant, Pied Grebe, Black-headed Chickadee, American Gold Finch, Crow, Male and Female Greater Scaups, Female Tufted Duck, Female Ring-necked Duck, Double-Crested Cormorants, Humpbacked Whale, Long-tailed Ducks, Snow Bunting, Common Goldeneyes, Black Guillimot, Common Eider Ducks with one Long-tailed Duck.

  Feb 20 - Cape Spear  
Snowy Owl, Dark-morph Gyrfalcon, Snow Bunting, Horned Lark, Red Fox.  

  Feb 26 - Quidi Vidi Lake  
Bald Eagles, Male Tufted Duck, Female and Male Ring-billed Ducks.

  Feb 28 - Quidi Vidi Lake  (1/2)
Dark (immature gray) and White (adult) Morph Gyrfalcons. 

  Feb 28 - Quidi Vidi Lake  (2/2)
Male Gadwall.  

  Mar 3-16 - Quidi Vidi Lake, Bowring Park, Rennie's Mill River. St. John's
Bald Eagle, American Coot, Greater and Double-crested Cormorants, Song Sparrow, Ring-necked Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Common Mergansers, American Crow, Tufted Ducks, Swan, and Orange-crowned Warbler.

  Mar 16 - Cape Spear
Common Eiders and King Eider, Long-tailed Ducks, Black Guillemots and Purple Sandpipers.

  Mar 20-21 - Cape Spear and Quidi Vidi Lake
Snow Buntings, Black-headed Gulls, Gadwall, Pied Grebe, Double-crested Cormorants and Iceland Gull.

  Mar 30 - Long Pond North Trail at Pippy Park, St. John's.
Red -breasted Nuthatch, Robin and Northern Flickers.

  Mar 27 and Apr 1-4 - Cape Spear
Snow Buntings, Common Loon, Black Guillemots, Long-tailed Ducks, Common Eiders and one Male King Eider.  

  Apr 8 - Cape Spear
Snowy Owl and Immature Bald Eagle.  

  Apr 10-17 - Portugal Cove, Mobile, Cape Spear
Ruffed Grouse, Northern Mockingbird, American Goldfinch, Male Horned Lark.  

  Apr 23-25 - Virginia Lake and Stick Pond, St. John's
Male Gadwall and female Mallard, Bald Eagle and Great Egret. 

  Apr 28 - May 4 Harbour Grace, Virginia Lake, St. John's
Immature Bald Eagle (HG); Male and Female Northern Shoveler, American Crow.  

  May 6-8 - Virginia Lake and Stick Pond, St. John's
Greater Yellowlegs, Male Gadwall and Female Mallard, Canada Geese, Osprey Great Egret  

  May 12-15 - Ottawa Birding: Burnbank Street, Andrew Hayden Park, Mud Lake
Pileated Woodpecker, Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Double-crested Cormorant, Great Egret, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle), Immature Red-winged Blackbird, Gray Squirrel, Blackburnian Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Chipping Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Chestnut-sided Warbler.

  May 16-17 - Ottawa Birding: Mud Lake.
Downy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow, Raven, Red-winged Blackbird, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Veery, Wood Duck, Hooded Merganser, Spotted Sandpiper, Black-throated Green Warbler, Muskrat, Great-crested Fly Catcher, Warbling Vireo, Bay-breasted Warbler, Tennessee Warbler.  

  May 18 - Ottawa Birding: Mud Lake
Black-crowned Night-Herons, Wilson's Warbler, Gray Catbird, Weasel carrying young. Photos by Rick West  NEW!

  May 29 - June 14 - Waterford Lane Bridge, St. John's; Voisey's Brook Trail, Portugal Cove;
     Raymond's Bridge, Goulds; Mundy Pond, St. John's NEW!
Purple Gallinule, Spotted Sandpiper, Gray Jays, Sandhill Crane, Cedar Waxwing and Common Terns.

2017
  Dec 22-2016 to Jan 19-2017. Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's  
Bald Eagle, American Widgeons, Eurasian Widgeons, Pigeons, Song Sparrows, Pied-billed Grebe.

  Jan 24-2017,Quidi Vidi Lake; Jan 25-Feb 4, Bowring Park, St. John's  
Red-winged Blackbird (QV); Double-crested Cormorants, Black Ducks, Northern Pintails, Tufted Ducks, Wood Ducks (BP).

  Apr 11, Kelligrews, Conception Bay  
Red-breasted Mergansers, Milbert's Tortoiseshell Butterly, Herring Gull.

  May 4 and 26, Virginia Lake, St. John's; May 26 Neil's Pond, Paradise  
Caspian Tern, Mallard X domestic ducklings, Northern Shovelers.

  June 2-4, Kelly's Brook, St. John's; Bowring Park, St. John's; Freshwater Pond  
Crow, Yellow Warbler, Spotted Sandpiper, Song Sparrow, Common Tern, Swamp Sparrow.

  June 22, Virginia Lake, St. John's
Mallard Ducklings, Osprey and Trout, Common Tern

  July 17-22, Portugal Cove, Stravanger Drive and Virginia Lake, St. John's
Hairy Woodpecker, Osprey nest, Osprey fishing, Boreal Bluet and Four Spotted Chaser

  July 20, Molly Bawn Boat Trip from Mobile
Black-legged Kittiwakes, Puffins, Razorbills, Common Loons, Humpback Whales

  August 3, St. Vincent's
Northern Gannets, Arctic Terns, Common Tern, Black-legged Kittiwakes

  August 8-14, Mobile Bay and Tors Cove
Great Shearwaters, Sooty Shearwater, Juvenile Herring Gulls, Common Murres, Atlantic Puffins,
Humpback Whales 

  August 21-27, Virginia Lake, St. John's
American Black Duck, Greater Yellowlegs, American Wigeon female, Osprey, Belted Kingfisher male [NEW!]

  August 29, Mobile Bay Beach
Semipalmated Plover, Common Ringed Plover, Spotted Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Ruddy Turnstone. 

  Sept 6, Virginia Lake
Muskrat, Belted Kingfisher female, Greater Yellowlegs eating a Stickleback.  

  Oct 15 - 2 Nov, Virginia Lake; Oct 24, Quidi Vidi Lake; Nov 27, Cape Spear
Female Belted Kingfisher, Female and Male Green-winged Teal, Male Eurasian Wigeon, Greater Yellowlegs, Pigeon, Male Mallard, Juvenile Bald Eagle, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Purple Sandpipers.  [NEW!]

  Quidi Vidi Lake 19 and 25 Dec; Cape Spear 11 and 25 Dec
Yellow-breasted Chat, Lincoln's Sparrow, Female Mallard, Male Gadwall, Northern Flicker, Common Eiders, one male and one female King Eider.  [NEW!]

2016
  Feb 12-24. Quidi Vidi (QV), Cape Spear (CS), Voisey's Brook Trail Portugal Cove-St. Philips
     (VB),  Torbay Harbour (TH)  
Crow, American Coot (QV, 12-02); Female Hairy Woodpecker (VB, 16-02), Eider Ducks including one King (CS, 21-02); Red-breasted Mergansers, Glacous Gull (TH, 23-02); Gyrfalcon (CS, 24-02).

  Feb 28-17 March. Cape Spear (CS), Quidi Vidi (QV), Blackhead by Old School House (B)
CS 28-02: Bald Eagle Juvenile; QV 15-16-03: Lesser Black-backed Gull, Herring Gull (tagged), Pigeons, American Coot, Lesser Scaup male, Tufted Duck males, Mallard Ducks, Northern Pintails; B-4+17-03: White-winged Crossbills.

  Apr 7+12. Quidi Vidi (QV), Signal Hill (SH)
QV 7-04: Ring-billed gulls; SH 12-04: Kittiwakes.

  Apr 15-16 Neville's Pond, Paradise (NP); Torbay (T); and Portugal Cove (PC)
NP 15-04: Male Eurasian and American Wigeons, Ring-billed Gull; T 15-04: Guillemot; PC 16-04: Great Cormorant, Herring Gulls.

  Apr 17. Trailway, St. John's
Pine Siskin, Black-capped Chickadee, Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

  Apr 24. Cape Spear
Northern Gannets heading north.

  Apr 26. Torbay near beach
Black Guillemots.

  May 1. Rennie's Mill River Walk
Cedar Waxwings, Robin, Male Song Sparrow.

  May 30-June 17. Signal Hill, Neville's Pond,  Bidgoods Park, Oxen Pond, Freshwater Pond     
Bald Eagles, Tree Swallows, Northern Water Thrush, Black and White Warbler, White-throated Sparrow,
Yelllow-rumped Warbler, Purple Finch, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow Warbler.

  June 24-26. Voisey's Brook Trail, Portugal Cove-St. Philips    
Hairy Woodpecker.

  June 21-30. Signal Hill, Maddox Cove     
Bald Eaglets, Pine Grosbeak, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Tern, Northern Gannets.

  July 1-14. Cape Spear, Bidgood's Park, Donovan's Road (Goulds), Snow's Lane (St. John's)     
Savannah Sparrow, Black and White Warbler, Tree Sparrow, Robin, Blackpoll Warbler, Iris, Cedar Waxwings, Green Frog, Mallard, Osprey

  July 9-16. Harbour Grace and Spaniard's Bay    
Common Terns, Yellowlegs, Crow, Least Sandpipers.

  July 21, St. Vincent's Beach    
Northern Gannets.

  July 23 and 30, Perry's Cove and Harbour Grace    
Osprey, Least Sandpiper,Cormorants, Black Gullimot, Savanah Sparrow, Common Tern, Yellowlegs, Ruddy Turnstones.

  August 27, Virginia Lake, St. John's    
Greater Yellowlegs, Pectoral Sandpiper, Sora.

  August 29, Virginia Lake, St. John's    
Going Fishing: Ring-billed Gull, Greater Yellowlegs, Osprey.

  September 21-22, Virginia Lake, St. John's    
Dunlin, White-rumped Sandpiper, Semi-palmated Plovers, Greater Yellowlegs.

  October 13 & 16, Cape Spear    
American Golden Plover, Snow Bunting, Ruffed Grouse.

  October 31, Kelligrews Pond, CBS; November 8-15 Virginia Lake, St. John's    
Brant, Swan, Mallard Mix, Mallard, Yellowlegs, Belted Kingfisher

  November 30, Long Pond and December 1, Kelly's Brook, St. John's    
Great Egret, Black-throated Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Wilson's Warbler

  December 5, Kelly's Brook and December 7 Virginia Lake, St. John's    
Black-throated Green Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Green-winged Teals, Gulls [NEW!]

2015
  Jan 22 (Quidi Vidi, Cape Spear, Virginia Lake)  
Black-headed Gull, female and male Pintails, Purple Sandpiper, Sanderling and Green-winged Teal (female).

  Feb 15-25 (Pippy Park, St. John's; Stephanie Avenue Pond, Paradise; Quidi Vidi, St. Johns)  
Crow, Boreal Chickadee, Brown Thrasher, Northern Shoveller, Common Merganser and gulls.

  Feb 27 (Stephanie Avenue Pond, Paradise; Bowring Park, St. Johns)  
Eurasian and American Wigeons, Northern Shoveller, Mallards, Boreal Chickadee.

  Mar 10-14 (Fluvarium at Pippy Park and Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's) 
Brown Thrasher, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Common Mergansers, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gulls,
Double-crested Cormorant and Mallards.

  Mar 25- Apr 4 (Quidi Vidi Lake, Bowring Park, Long Pond Lagoon in Pippy Park, St. John's) 
Juvenile Bald Eagle, Double-crested Cormorant), Great Cormorant, Great Egret.

  Apr 7-27 (Kent's Pond, Cape Spear, Long Pond, Little Powers Pond, Bowring Park, Pier 17)
Leucistic Black-capped Chickadee and Boreal Chickadee, Common Eiders, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Geese, Eurasian
and American Wigeons, Swan, Parasitic and Pomarine Jaegers, Herring and Ring-billed Gulls.

  May 4- June 1 (Kent's Pond, Long Pond, Neville's Pond, Bidgood Park, Portugal Cove)
Muskrat, Blue-winged Teal, Hooded Merganser (female), Yellowlegs in flight, Spotted Sandpiper, American Bittern,
Purple Finch, American Goldfinch, White-throated Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Robin.

  June 8 (Virginia River near Logy Bay Road, St. John's)  
Great Egret.

  June 16-17 (Christie Lake, Ontario)  
Map turtles, Common Grackle, Osprey and chick, Bald Eagle, Turkey Vulture, Loons, Great Blue Heron,
Ruby-throated Humming Bird.

  July 26 (Puffin Rock, Elliston) 
Puffins having serious conversations.

  November-December (Mundy Pond and Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's)     
Male American Wigeon, Adult and Juvenile Swans, Tufted Duck, Pied-billed Grebe, American Coot and Black Duck.

2014
  Jan-Feb (Quidi Vidi, St. John's)  
Great Cormorant, Scaups, Domestic Duck, Green-winged Teal, American Pintail, Black-headed Gull, Mallard, Tufted Duck.

  Feb-Mar (Freshwater and Quidi Vidi)  
Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee, Peregrine Falcon.

  Mar 11-14 (Quidi Vidi)  
Wood Duck and Common Merganser.

  Apr-5 (Quidi Vidi)  
Wood Duck, and Peregrine eating a Starling.

  May-July (Ferryland, Renews, Gull Pond)  
Yellowlegs, Wheatear, Redshank, Spotted Sandpiper.

  Jun 1-5 (Rennies Mill R., Kent's Pond, St. John's)  
Yellow Warbler, Swamp Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Cedar Waxwings and Mallard with brood.
  Jun 21 (Three Pond Barrens, St. John's, )  
Golden-crowned Kinglet, White-throated Sparrow, Gray Jays.

  Jul 19-20 (Tern and Puffin Rocks, Elliston)  
Arctic Tern, Black-backed Gull.

 Jul 19-20 (Puffin Rock, Elliston)  
Puffins.

  Aug-Nov (Back Yard Portugal Cove)  
Blue Jay, Sharp-shinned Hawk, Pine Siskin, White-throated Sparrow, Crow, Northern Flicker, Fox Sparrow, Black-capped Chickadee, Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Purple Finch, Mourning Dove, Evening Grosbeak, Nuthatch.

  Sep 17-19 (Virginia Lake, St. John's)  
Mallard, Wilson's Snipe, Semi-palmated Plover, Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle.

  Aug-Dec (Portugal Cove, Paradise, St. John's)  
White-throated Sparrow, Pigeon, Crow, American Coot, Swan, various ducks, Brown Creeper, Pine Warbler.

  Nov 21 and Dec 9 (Virginia Lake St. John's)  
Great Egret, Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Crow, American Coot, Mallard.