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Request for Information => Birding Areas => Topic started by: Drpepper on July 19, 2016, 11:51:15 pm

Title: Newfoundland
Post by: Drpepper on July 19, 2016, 11:51:15 pm
I'm heading to Newfoundland in August and spending a week in the St. John's area. Any suggestions for birding? I've heard about Cape St. Mary's. Anything else?
Title: Re: Newfoundland
Post by: Pat Hodgson on July 20, 2016, 08:36:08 am
I'm not sure when seabirds disperse from their colonies.  Cape St. Mary's is fabulous but good to try to avoid being fogged in, less impressive then.  There are numerous boat tours in Witless Bay area - they are mostly whale-focussed and treat birds as a bit of an afterthought, however.  Cape Spear is a good place to go for a short excursion, Cape St. Francis for a medium one (great blueberries), whole Irish Loop south of St. John's, including Cape Race, for a full day excursion.  Check both nf.birds google group and Newf. birdwatching group facebook page for rarities, they can get some great ones!
Title: Re: Newfoundland
Post by: BetCrooks on July 20, 2016, 09:01:40 am
I'm not much help on the spots, but there are some sites and blogs to skim through if you want to whet your appetite

Newfoundland Birding Blog
http://brucemactavish1.blogspot.ca/ (http://brucemactavish1.blogspot.ca/)

Birding with Buckley
http://alvanbuckley.blogspot.ca/ (http://alvanbuckley.blogspot.ca/)

Bird the Rock (a nature tour co but also has a blog)
https://birdtherock.com/blog/ (https://birdtherock.com/blog/)

There's also a Google Groups for NF birds
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nf.birds (https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/nf.birds)
Title: Re: Newfoundland
Post by: Drpepper on July 21, 2016, 03:57:14 pm
Thanks for the info. I've checked out those blogs and I am certainly going to Cape Spear. I'll check out the other sites mention too. Thanks again!
Title: Re: Newfoundland
Post by: Dr. John on July 25, 2016, 06:42:01 pm
Agree with the recs above.  Regarding Witless Bay, we were able to book a Zodiac boat tour, which allowed us to customize where we went and how long we viewed things.  More expensive but then you have more control.  Cape St. Mary's is a must.