NEWFOUNDLAND WINTER BIRD LIST, 2020-2021
While the scene outside my window leaves no doubt that winter is still here, the “official” winter birding season ended on February 28. This year, a total of 161 species were recorded on the island during that time — a new record!! Highlights were many, but obvious ones included Vermilion Flycatcher (1st provincial record), Gray Heron, THREE Redwings, Brown Thrasher, Tundra Swan, Slaty-backed Gull, (most recently) Spotted Towhee and of course the persistence of several very tough warblers. The growth of our west coast birding community certainly contributed to the record-setting season, with numerous species being found only there this year. One additional species in Labrador (Common Shelduck) puts the provincial tally at 162.
Two species (Tundra Swan & Vermilion Flycatcher) represented first winter records, bringing the all-time winter list to an amazing 266 species.
Thanks to everyone for all the great birding, spotting and reporting again this year. Enjoy what is left of winter and look forward to the excitement of spring 🙂