Bruce also taught me a new birding technique, called "ditch birding". In winter, ditch birding is regularly checking open creeks, streams and wet areas for rarities. We spent a couple of afternoons "ditch birding", hoping to find an Eurasian Woodcock, Common Snipe or Jack Snipe. We did find 5 Wilson's Snipe.
We also visited a number of feeders on the Avalon Peninsula. Small numbers of Song and White-throated Sparrows and a small flock of Common Grackles were observed. Other birds of note for the day included 4 Horned Grebe, 3 Red-throated Loon, 1 Rough-legged Hawk and a Common Murre. Unfortunately Dovekie's which are usually easy to see, were not cooperating on our tour of the Avalon. The next day we birded in the St. John's area and had great views of a number of Lesser Black-backed Gulls. On January 15th we birded the South Shore Road area of the Avalon and had great views of a flock of Purple Sandpipers with a few Ruddy Turnstone. The winds were strong 40+km and the seas were rough making observations on the water difficult. All in all a wonderful trip to Newfoundland!
Both the Ruddy Turnstone and Purple Sandpiper were equally interested in the clams.
One of 5 Wilson's Snipe seen while " ditch birding".