This tiny little seabird is only about 20 cm long. I think I could fit it in the palm of my hand. Typically, they are at sea about 9 months of the year but they clearly do come inland.
This little female Red-necked Phalarope has been sitting in a small puddle of water called the Ruby Line Pond. It is quite tame and not easily flushed. This one swam right over to me and had a good look.
These are the true colors of this bird with no adjustments needed. With this species, the female is the more brightly colored bird which is the reverse of most species.
Some field guides indicate that this bird should not be in Newfoundland, but "The Birds of Newfoundland Field Guide" does list this bird. This suggests that the bird is a frequent visitor to the island. Apparently, this one arrived quite early in the season.
I have heard that this little pond on Ruby Line has a history of special and unusual landings. If you travel in that area, keep an eye out. To see this small bird, it may be necessary to get the binoculars out because it is hard to spot from any distance.