Snapshot #84: Newfoundland Birding Sites, Part 3
Posted 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.