Tuesday, 7 September 2021


Saturday at 3am...

Saturday, 30 January 2021

Sea Ice Around Newfoundland

Some of us monitor the to and fro of sea ice around Labrador & Newfoundland throughout the winter months in an effort to predict when and where seabirds (mostly eiders, but also certain gulls and falcons) may be found. 

This is a series of 8 images showing the extent of sea ice on this date (Jan 30 +/- 2 days) across the years 2014 to 2021.

Just one of those things I follow and another way to say this winter has been remarkably mild.

Second shot shows a small fraction of a flock of 20000+ eiders escaping the encroaching ice during the winter of 2017.

Wednesday, 18 November 2020

VERMILION FLYCATCHER - Stephenville (Newfoundland)

 With eBird being down for all of 48 hours it's not as easy to share photos today!

Discovered today by Kathy Marche. The first record for Newfoundland and Labrador...

Location of the Vermillion Fly is the port of Stephenville - across from Indian Head. White circle shows the strip of land where it was seen:

Photos of the bird:

Temperatures of -2 and snow squalls as I type in Stephenville...

Same observer who found an unidentified empid 2 weeks ago, that was thought to be a probable Dusky Flycatcher... also would have been a first for the province. 

Tundra Swan, Red-headed Woodpecker (2nd provincial record) on the other side in the past few weeks...West coast is the best coast??

Good luck!