Monday, 6 March 2017

Swept to Sea


St. Anthony has been wiped off the map:

A non-stop 72+ hour winter blast pummelled the Northern Peninsula this past weekend, dumping at least 80cm of snow.
Even the snow plows were taken off the road.

A short 30 minute (mis)adventure into the worst of it and I was hurrying back to my cave:

The hospital:


Wouldn't want to dig out of this one:

... or this one:

The main highway coming....

Snow drifts up to the power lines:



Roads leading to and from St. Anthony were still blocked off this afternoon.
The only new birds I've discovered, so far, were a flock of 30+ redpolls which included two pale individuals:





Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Starry Sky Over a Foregone Home

L'Anse-aux-Meadows
The only known settlement of Vikings in North America

As a birder I tend to have unusual priorities. And one of the priorities to this 4-week rotation here was to see the Northern Lights. So, with last nights forecast for clear skies and cold air I found myself, at midnight, gazing over the Strait of Belle Isle with a sense of longing for Labrador.

In the foreground stood the remains of several buildings from the long abandoned Norse settlement and high above was a sky of crowded infinities. Dividing these two unfamiliar worlds was a green hue buoyantly wandering over the big land: Labrador.








In other news, I will be in Newfoundland for at least another three years!
Birding time (as I always seem to surmise) will be drastically cut - but I can't think of any better place to work while dreaming of the birds outside the hospital walls!