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Top Greebe,it took a trip through my bird books to give a definite identification. It was a female, and after I let it rest awhile, I took it back and released it in an open area near the water. I have sighted the Scissorstail Flycatcherand Northern Mockingbird in this area, as well as the Dickcissel,Waxwing, and Cardinals."


"I often bird watch on old road to Stephenville at the bottom of Seal Cove. Last year in the Autumn, after the leaves had fallen I spotted a

Yellow Warblernest. The nest was empty, but they often return to the same nest the next year, so I marked the area, and decided to look again in the Spring. I returned in the Spring and found that a Chickadee had taken up residence in the Warbler's nest. Upon closer inspection, I spotted a new Warbler nest only feet from the first nest, that contained 4 tiny eggs. You will often see the same birds returning to the same areas year after year if the conditions are just right."

"Bird watching is a wonderful hobby. It costs very little, and provides you with exercise in the outdoors, and with some wonderful stories to relate."
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"About five years ago, after I had finished my bird count in town, I took my skies and went down to the Black Bank area. When I arrived at the open area, where the farm used to be, I immediately noticed a large number of tracks."

"I saw a bird in the distance that looked to be a Murre, which is often call Turr in Newfoundland. As I got closer, my dog got a little too close to the bird, and it started to come right towards me. I realized immediately that the bird was a Horned Greebe, it appeared uninjured, but very weak. We had experienced a big wind storm for two days prior to my siting, and we often see rare birds at that time."

"The Greebe is strictly a water bird and cannot walk, because like Loons, their legs are too far back on their body. I returned to my vehicle and retrieved a carboard box. I brought the bird back to my home. While I knew it was a