Tuesday, January 22, 2013

January 14-15, 2013 Birding St.John's Newfoundland

Arrived in Newfoundland around 3:00pm and headed to Bowring Pond in St.John's hoping to see the Pink-footed Goose that had been frequenting the area for the past few weeks. We arrived at 4:00 pm and no goose. It had been seen earlier during the afternoon. Carefully checking the area we observed a late lingering  Lincoln's Sparrow but no goose. The following day we were back at Bowring Pond but no goose. At Cape Spear's we found a nice group of 75+ Purple Sandpiper, 20+ Black Guillemot and great scope views of Dovekie. At Kelly's Brook we observed a male Common Teal along with Green-winged Teal. Another couple of attempts produced no goose. This was becoming a wild goose chase! 

A view from Cape Spear's of the coast line. . 

A Dovekie  in flight. 

The Purple sandpiper is a regular winter resident in Newfoundland. 

A female Eurasian Wigeon  was a home with the Mallards. 

The male Common Teal  is easily recognized by its horizontal stripe. 

The male Greeen-winged Teal has a vertical stripe. 

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