Birding on the Avalon
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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


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.  [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.