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Check out our Tours by Season in the table below. Here you will find seasonal highlights and some of the less common to rare species we look for amid the more common and resident birds of Southwestern Newfoundland!   Click on the link for more information about each tour including what else you might see and when to visit.

Tours by Season
Newfoundland Birding SeasonBirding ToursBirds to Look For


(March 21 to June 20)

Seasonal Highlights:

Return of spring migrants, waterfowl; songbirds claiming territories, singing to defend them and attract a mate; migration dwindles later in the season.

Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Eurasian Wigeon, Green-winged Teal (Eurasian), Black-billed Cuckoo, Common Nighthawk, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, American Coot, Piping Plover, American Woodcock, Willet, Black-headed Gull, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Alder Flycatcher, Eastern Phoebe, Yellow-throated Vireo, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Northern Wheatear, Veery, Gray Catbird, Clay-colored Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Baltimore Oriole, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting


(June 21 to September 20)

Seasonal Highlights:

Quieter period for songbirds as singing is reduced and birds settle into nesting and raising young; seabird colonies are active; Arctic shorebirds arrive from breeding grounds mid-season marking start of fall migration.

Brant, Wood Duck, Northern Shoveler, Black Scoter, Ruddy Duck, Common Nighthawk, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Virginia Rail, Common Gallinule, American Golden-Plover, Piping Plover, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Willet, Red Phalarope, Parasitic Jaeger, Bonaparte’s Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Arctic Tern, Northern Fulmar, Great Cormorant, Little Blue Heron, Philadelphia Vireo, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Blue-winged Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler


(September 21 to December 20)

Seasonal Highlights:

Migrating raptors, fall warblers after molt; migrants wandering outside normal range or birds blown off course; shorebirds taking refuge at stopover sites; winter waterfowl begin to appear later in the season.

Snow Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Lesser Scaup, Harlequin Duck, Surf Scoter, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Hooded Merganser, Spruce Grouse, Horned Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, American Coot, American Golden-Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Red Knot, Baird’s Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Solitary Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs, Pomarine Jaeger, Bonaparte’s Gull, Glaucous Gull, Red-throated Loon, Red-tailed Hawk, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, Black-backed Woodpecker, Peregrine Falcon, Northern Shrike, Brown Creeper, Northern Mockingbird, Bohemian Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Lapland Longspur, Nelson’s Sparrow, Rusty Blackbird, Orange-crowned Warbler, Indigo Bunting


(December 21 to March 20)

Seasonal Highlights:

Arctic seabirds move in to ice-free waters; seed eaters in small flocks move about woodlands to forage, finch and woodpecker species frequent backyard feeders, winter waterfowl begin courtship displays later in the season.

Tufted Duck, King Eider, Bufflehead, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Willow Ptarmigan, Purple Sandpiper, Black-headed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Great Cormorant, Great Horned Owl, Snowy Owl, American Three-toed Woodpecker, Black-backed Woodpecker, Northern Shrike, Brown Creeper, Bohemian Waxwing, Evening Grosbeak, Hoary Redpoll, Red Crossbill