It's getting to be that time of year..what time?? Euro vagrant time that is!! Each year in the last half of April and first half of May Newfoundland usually gets at least a few European vagrants. The most common stray is European Golden Plover (which is now annual),but other species such as Eurasian Oystercatcher, Common and Spotted Redshank, Common Greenshank, Pink-footed Goose and garganey have all appears within the last 10 years. Not to mention Northern Wheatear,of which there are usually a few.

This is ofcourse, in addition to our returning North American breeders,which include the 2nd largest population of Atlantic Puffins ( great photo ops), along with breeding Common, Thick-billed, Murres, Razonbills, Black Guillimots, Black-legged Kittiwakes and Northern Fulmars. As I mentioned there are great photo ops for these species.

Of course,we will still have our assirtment of year round boreal residents, such as Boreal Chickadee, Pine-Grosbeak, Black-backed Woodpecker, etc etc.

Anyway, a great time to be birding in Newfoundland. Want to get a great Newfoundland birding or bird photography experience with an experienced local guide? Check out my blog at You have the choice of joining a pre arranged tour, day trips or even customized tours for target species. Please take a look around the site, there are a number of photos of recent rarities, such as Ivory Gull and Yellow-legged Gull, trip reports form previous tours this winter and more!

Dave Brown