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Snapshot #84: Newfoundland Birding Sites, Part 3

Posted on: August 19, 2016

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. For our most recent vacation, my husband and I visited various birding sites in Newfoundland. I shared photos from Cape St. Mary’s and from Witless Bat, both seabird ecological reserves. This week’s post will feature Elliston.

Just off the Bonavista Penlsula, Elliston is dubbed Root Capital of the World. The small fishing community is also known as a tourism destination for many other many wonders including a sealers memorial and puffins. The last is the main reason we visited.

The late hour in which Andy and I arrived at Elliston inspired our first adventure. The only restaurant in town was closed. We faced the choice of a snack shop in a park or driving to the next town. We choose the snack shop, only to find the lady closing up when we arrived. She reopened just so we could have hot food. That’s Newfoundland hospitality!

The next day, we partook in additional adventures. First up were the puffins. At first, there didn’t seem to be any. By waiting long enough, however, we discovered that the puffins had disappeared into the water to eat. Eventually, we got to to see ones.

Next, we hit tourist shops and other sites. By now, having seeing the cute and bright puffins in abundance, we were enamored with them. We brought several puffin-related souvenirs.

Root cellars are known for keeping food supplies at a low temperature and steady humidity. They keep food from freezing during the winter and keep food cool during the summer months to prevent spoilage. While interesting in their own right, root cellars couldn’t compete with the comical puffins. We returned a second time to see them, focusing mostly on taking shots of the puffins taking off, flying, or landing.



12 Responses to "Snapshot #84: Newfoundland Birding Sites, Part 3"

Newfoundland is on my list of places I want to visit! Looks beautiful there – and you saw puffins in the wild! So cool. Thanks for sharing your adventures –


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I think Newfoundland is one of the prettiest places on earth. 🙂 I hope you to get to visit one day.

What amazing captures! I so love puffins and hope to see them for myself one day.

One tourist in a previous year apparently had a puffin actually come up to him. I’d love to have this happen on day!

I don’t think I could resist any puffin souvenirs, either!

A puffin quilt was also very tempting…. another year. 😉

What great photos of a fun outing! I’d love to see puffins in their natural habitat. I can see why you became enamored with them.

Some year we’d like to visit other provinces in the Atlantic Region. Nova Scotia is also famous for puffins and whales.

The puffins are adorable! I would also love to explore the tourist shops. Thanks for sharing, and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

What we most liked about this tourist shop is that everything was hand-crafted. No commercial stuff!

That painted puffin train is adorable!

All throughout the town, there were cute signs for the puffin craft shop. The signs made a visit irresistible!

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I am focusing this year on other commitments. Once a month, I’ll post reviews of Advanced Reader Copies. Titles will include: Freddy Frogcaster and the Flash Flood by Janice Dean, One Two by Igor Eliseev, Incredible Magic of Being by Kathyrn Erskine, Dragon Grammar Book by Diane Robinson, and Wide as the Wind by Edward Stanton.



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