Sunday, April 26, 2015

Bully of the Seas at Bay

Yesterday evening a report came in saying that there was a Pomarine Jaeger at the Elks Club just a 10 minute walk from my house. When I got to the Elks Club there was no sign of a large sea bird with a powerful bill. Just a limp wet dirty bird on the ground dead as a doornail. There it was - the bully of the seas. The carcass was in good condition, so I dropped it of at Ian Jones's (who is a ornithology prof here at MUN) house. A photo of the bird is below.


Sunday, April 19, 2015

Tufted ducks

Every where else in North America you expect to see Mallards and Black ducks at your local duck ponds, but in Newfoundland things are a bit different. When you go to local ponds you can expect to see some very neat and in everywhere else in the country rare birds. Birds such as Northern pintails, Lesser black-backed gulls, Tufted ducks, Eurasian wigeons and Iceland gulls. Tufted ducks are a major attraction for eco tourists to St John's. Tufted ducks or Tufties are a lot like a scaup - small, they have black on them and they usually flock together. At places like Quidi Vidi lake, Burtons pond and Long pond finding Tufted ducks is usually a simple task.

A Tufted Duck.

A common gull of the atlantic - The Herring gull

A stylish Tufted duck

A Borea chickadee

A Northern Pintail
A Dark-eyed junco

American wigeon the cousin of the Eurasian wigeon

A American wigeon

Saturday, April 18, 2015


This is a posting to keep this blog going. Some pictures from this week are below.
                                         A Ring-billed gull at Burtons Pond
                                          A Northern Pintail
                                          A Ring-billed gull. A sign of spring.
                                          Spring Crocuses