The Brant breeds in coastal Alaska and the Canadian Arctic and travels south to winter along the Pacific coasts of California and the Atlantic coast from Cape Cod the Carolinas. They can be found in salt marshes and estuaries. Newfoundland is not in its typical range so it is a special treat to see one. This one has stayed so long now that it may stick around till Spring when it is time for it to migrate north again. Hats off to the hunters in the area that have left this great bird alone!
I always like to have an idea of just how unusual a visitor like this is to the province. One of the best public records of rare bird visits and species arrival patterns is the Google group: NL Birds. I flipped through the references to a Brant and found this record.
Kelligrews lagoon (Conway Brook) - October 12, 2002St. John's Landfill - Nov 5 2002
Mundy Pond in the baseball field - Nov. 23, 2002
Long Beach, Southern Shore - Oct. 26, 2006 (Possible in-flight sighting)
Chamberlains Pond - Oct 20, 2007
Frenchman's Cove, Burin Pen. (found dead) - Oct 21, 2007
Long Beach, Southern Shore - Nov. 12, 2008
O'Dea's Pond, Bonavista - Nov 10, 2008
Harbour Grace - Nov. 9 2011
With the Harbour Grace Brant this is the first time in five years since this species was recorded in a Winter count. What I didn't find in the postings was the last day that each of these birds was seen. It seems that the Brant shows up here it on its rare visits sometime between early October and middle November.