Bird⋅The⋅Rock will be offering a series of small group tours from May-August 2022. Join us on any of the dates below for great birding trips to Newfoundland’s beautiful boreal forests and spectacular seabird colonies! Tours are leisurely paced and generally do not require long or difficult hikes, however weather appropriate clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended.
- Expected group sizes are 4-8 people. All tours start and end in St. John’s and run ~7:30am-5:00pm. Picnic style lunch included.
Seabirds & Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
This tour begins with a morning birding in a variety of songbird habitats, searching out gems such as Boreal Chickadee, Fox Sparrow, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and numerous species of warbler – among many others. In the afternoon, we take a boat tour of Witless Bay Ecological Reserve which is home to more than 4 million seabirds – including North America’s largest Atlantic Puffin colony, thousands of Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Razorbill. And of course, we may also encounter whales. ($225 +HST; Tour includes transportation, boat tour and picnic style lunch.)
Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
This tour is a day-trip to visit the majestic Northern Gannet colony at Cape St. Mary’s, where 30,000 of these beautiful birds nest atop a towering sea stack and nearby cliffs. We will also enjoy the thousands of other seabirds at this site, including Black-legged Kittiwake, Common Murre and the world’s southernmost breeding Thick-billed Murre. We will look for Horned Lark, American Pipit and other songbirds on the beautiful sub-arctic tundra, as well as other wildlife and unique wildflowers. Willow Ptarmigan, raptors and possibly Woodland Caribou may be spotted along the way. Several short stops will be made during our drive to stretch our legs and look for boreal songbirds. ($185 + HST; Tour includes transportation and picnic style lunch.)
Birding on the Edge (of Avalon)
This two-day tour explores one of Newfoundland’s most rare and special places – the sub-arctic barrens of the southeast Avalon Peninsula. We will search for tundra birds such as Willow Ptarmigan, Horned Lark and migrating Whimbrel. Seabirds such as Atlantic Puffin, Black Guillemot and Razorbill can be found nesting along the rugged coast and towering cliffs. Sheltered patches of forest and tuckamore are home to hardy songbirds such as Boreal Chickadee, Yellow-bellied Flycatchers and Gray Jays. And with any luck we may spot some of the world’s southernmost Woodland Caribou, Moose or frolicking Whales! We’ll enjoy a guided hike to the ancient fossils of Mistaken Point (Canada’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site), and visit two of the island’s most iconic lighthouses including Cape Race which played a prominent role in the final hours of the Titanic tragedy. ($500 + HST; Tour includes transportation, Entry fee @ Mistaken Point, two picnic-style lunches, breakfast and one night accommodations in beautiful Trepassey. Single room supplement: $50) Read more here.
* The tours above can be combined for a comprehensive 4-day tour of the Avalon Peninsula when dates allow.
Avalon Birding Blitz (New for 2022)
This three-day tour combines the highlights of those above in a shortened timeframe:
Day 1: A boat tour of the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, combined with birding in several forest and coastal locations. Overnight in Trepassey (included in price).
Day 2: Birding in a variety of forest, coastal and tundra habitats combined with a guided hike to see the fossils of Mistaken Point UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight in Trepassey (included in price).
Day 3: A visit to Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve before ending our tour back in St. John’s.
$825 + HST; Tour includes transportation, boat tour, guided hike at Mistaken Point, three picnic-style lunches, two nights accommodation and breakfast in beautiful Trepassey. Single room supplement: $100
* We will be offering this tour on two sets of dates this summer: June 2-4 & August 2-4.
SCHEDULE (SUMMER 2022)
- Other dates, itineraries and private bookings may be available on request
Thursday May 26: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Friday May 27: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29: Birding on the Edge
Thursday June 2 – Saturday June 4: Avalon Birding Blitz
Saturday June 11: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Sunday June 12: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Monday June 13 – Tuesday June 14: Birding on the Edge
* Please note that we are booked for a charter tour June 15 – 26 an unavailable during this time *
Wednesday June 29: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Thursday June 30: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Saturday July 2: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Sunday July 3: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Wednesday July 6: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Thursday July 7: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Friday July 15: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Saturday July 16: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Sunday July 17 – Monday July 18: Birding on the Edge
Thursday July 21: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Friday July 22: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Sunday July 24 – Monday July 25: Birding on the Edge
Tuesday July 26: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Wednesday July 27: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Saturday July 30: Seabirds and Songbirds of the Northeast Avalon
Sunday July 31: Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve
Tuesday August 2 – Friday August 4: Avalon Birding Blitz