Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Birding Newfoundland 24 Birder's Guide to Tra vel | March 2016 the hardships, many loved it too much to leave. And the birds love it there, too. Newfoundland boasts some of the largest seabird colonies in the world, with astonishing numbers of Atlantic Puf - fn, Common Murre, Northern Gannet, and Black- legged Kittiwake lining rocky cliffs and islands. Forests are alive with northern songbirds includ- ing Boreal Chickadee, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Pine Grosbeak. Even the barrens, which often appear empty at frst glance, are bountiful with species like Willow Ptarmigan, Horned Lark, and Rough-legged Hawk. Winter brings a whole new suite of birds to the island, such as Dovekie, fnch - es, Snowy Owl, focks of Common Eider, and oth- er sea ducks. And Newfoundland's location, facing east across the open ocean, often brings rare visi- tors from across the Atlantic. These are the many reasons why birders come to visit Newfoundland, although sometimes it is the scenery and spectacle that amazes them most. SPRING & SUMMER Spring and summer in Newfoundland combine incredible scenery and mind-boggling numbers of seabirds. The island hosts some of the largest and most majestic breeding colonies on the conti- nent, along with a rich variety of tundra, barren- n Boreal Owl. Photo © Jared Clarke n Atlantic Puffn. Photo © Brad James

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