If I recall correctly, the Northern Lapwing (NL) of last year was found on the Cape Race road. I really figured that I wouldn't see the bird because that is not an easy road to drive, and I didn't plan to take it on. I became hopeful when I recently learned that a NL had been found in Portugal Cove South and had remained for about a week.
I really wanted to go but I had other obligations. When the plans suddenly shifted on Saturday, I called an old friend to join me on a drive down the Southern Shore. It was a beautiful sunny, crisp day and that alone would be enjoyable.
We (Linda C. and I) got a late start because of the change in plans, so there wasn't much time to tarry along the way. We did stop in a few places on our way to Portugal Cove South (PCS) and found a few birds that I will share over the days to come.
mid-stream and get in the car to lead a stranger up the road.) He was a living example of the Christmas Spirit.
When we reached the site where the NL had been regularly sighted, the man who owned the property came out and gave us a short history of the day's activity. Again, he was very helpful. Although the NL was nowhere around, he said that it tended to return to this field in the late evening.
We decided to venture out a bit in the area to see what else we might find with the intention of returning to this location just before dark.
I was really expecting to find two sea ducks sitting in the cove where I saw
I drove up and with the help of the binoculars and the camera lens, it became evident - we hit the jackpot! There in front of us were not one but TWO Northern Lapwings feeding in the grass.
For more information about these Eurasian immigrants, I have provided several links at the end of this post that will provide much better pictures taken by Bruce McTavish and more information about this special visitor.
There are even more sites available. Query: Northern Lapwing Newfoundland and several resources pop up.
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