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Birdwatching

Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve
Baby Sea Birds
Puffin
Bald Eagle
Common Murres

With over 350 species of birds, there's no question Newfoundland and Labrador is a major destination for birdwatching. Whether it's by land or sea, you can get up close and personal to millions of seabirds, rare birds, and birds of prey. Between the boat tours and kayaking tours, the ecological reserves and the many hiking trails, there's a bird around every turn.

Seabird Capital of North America

Over 29,000 kilometres of coastline - no wonder our 35 million seabirds love this place. Witness the chaotic gatherings of 25,000 gannets, 500,000 puffins, and 7 million storm-petrels, just to name a few. Or try standing a mere 20 metres from Bird Rock at the Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve. May we suggest you bring an umbrella.

Birds of Prey

Smart. Quick. And plentiful. Hawks, falcons, ospreys, and owls patrol these parts. And share their nesting grounds with over 800 American bald eagles - making this place one of the largest populations on the continent.

Rare Birds

Many non-native birds find themselves here, so sightings in this climate zone are not uncommon. Every year, we welcome a few European travellers like the European golden plover and the Northern wheatear. And endangered species like the harlequin duck or the piping plover have also been known to make the odd appearance too.

Best Ways to Watch Birds

Boat tours are one of the best ways to watch seabirds around places such as the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve. In addition, there are a number of top bird gathering spots across Newfoundland and Labrador that are 'must-sees', and also very accessible by land. Cape St. Mary's Ecological Reserve and Cape Bonavista Lighthouse Provincial Historic Site are two great examples.

Birding Hot Spots

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Icebergs, Whales and Birds – the Triple Play!

Triple Play Map

For tourists keen on viewing whales and seabirds, it should be noted that they migrate north in the late spring and early summer - and can often be plentiful through to early fall. The opposing southerly iceberg migration allows for brief intervals where all three may happily coexist. This spectacle is not entirely uncommon but should not necessarily be expected by sightseers even when travelling at the optimal time of year. Many factors affecting timing, location, and populations naturally vary from year to year, so it's hard to be accurate.

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Birding Newfoundland with Dave Brown

Google Groups - Bird lovers in Newfoundland & Labrador

Starting at $1349 Per Person
Multi-region
The title says it all - with more than 29,000 kilometres of coastline, there are plenty of vantage points to see the true stars of this package, the whales, birds and bergs!

Package includes expert travel advice, 7 nights’ accommodation, 7-day mid-size car rental with unlimited kilometres, two whale watching boat tours, St. John’s city tour, a Lighthouse Picnic, and admission to select museums and attractions.

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Maxxim Vacations

Starting at $359 Per Night
Come experience some of the best quadding on the island on the Bonavista Peninsula. Create a one, two, three or more multiday package to experience wildlife and raw nature at its finest in the great Newfoundland outdoors. Experience a traditional Newfoundland boil up on the trail with an open fire alongside one of the many ponds, creeks rivers or the ocean. We use our lodge as the jump off point for our tours and the accommodations on our one and two day packages.
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Trinity Eco-tours Lodge

Starting at $50.99 Per Person
Experience the freedom of the great outdoors. After an exhilarating day take advantage of this great stay and birding package which includes one night in a standard guest room at St. Christopher's Hotel, hot breakfast for two, and a field checklist prepared by Bill Montevecchi for the Codroy Valley Area Development Association.
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St. Christopher's Hotel

Starting at $259 Per Person
This is a two night accommodations / three day package featuring guided Zodiac or kayak tour, nature hike, historical three hour walk around Trinity and an evening play featured at the Rising Tide Theatre. Staying at our lodge you can visit the local churches Anglican and Catholic to view their historical significance in a community that made its living form the sea plus related historical sites. A guided walking tour is included that will reveal all of these features and more of the local lore.
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Trinity Eco-Tours Lodge

 

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