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Newfoundland and Labrador BirdingNewfoundland and Labrador Birding
Common yellowthroat is one of many North American warblers we enjoy

All of our holidays feature remarkable bird watching BUT they are not birding vacations. Some of our leaders are accomplished birders, and our itineraries do feature some excellent birding areas. Every year birders join us and have enjoyable vacations but we always tell them that we provide tours designed for their non-birding travel companions… and for birders too. Our eastern Newfoundland tours feature the unforgettable spectacle of North America’s largest puffin colony and second largest common murre colony plus some of the planet’s most accessible and dramatic cliff-side breeding areas. During our summer some of the continent’s largest gatherings of gannets, petrels, kittiwakes and other seabirds join fulmars, the world’s most southerly thick-billed murres, and a host of exciting feathered visitors including shearwaters, skuas, and jaegars to provide birding thrills and visual spectacles sure to delight anybody with an appreciation of nature. The birding highlights we feature do not require early rises and we travel in more comfort than is typically enjoyed on a birding vacation. (We do not cram 14 passengers into a 15 passenger van!) Birders will appreciate the locations of most of the hotels we use. There is typically good birding in the area for folks who want to rise early for an independent birding adventure or a sunrise walk. Sometimes our leaders offer optional early morning birding adventures but our typical day on tour features a wild but gentle exploration of a region from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. These daily adventures feature historic sites, wildlife gatherings, and a dramatic landscape. We often stop to enjoy warblers, birds of prey, and shore birds; but butterflies, wildflowers, fossils, icebergs, whales, fishing communities, and other local highlights turn Newfoundland and Labrador into a rich holiday adventure that all can enjoy.

An Adventure For EveryoneAn Adventure For Everyone
Harlequin couple on the Viking Trail.

Birders interested in an amazing vacation that will include both remarkable birds and enough other highlights to keep their travelling companions delighted should consider our Newfoundland Adventure, May Magic, or Whale Study Week programs.

Our programs featuring western Newfoundland and southern Labrador feature a greater variety of songbirds than our eastern Newfoundland trips but eastern Newfoundland is blessed with some of the planet’s most remarkable seabird gatherings. Our Viking Trail Experience itinerary does include opportunities to view puffins, arctic terns, fulmars, razorbills, murres, shearwaters, shorebirds, and more; however, it is eastern Newfoundland that features the spectacle of hundreds of thousands of murres, gannets, and puffins flying and feeding together.

Birders interested in a dedicated birding vacation can contact us about American Audubon groups who have us organize special excursions most years.  

Dave Snow - Author of Our Province's Seabirds GuideDave Snow - Author of Our Province's Seabirds Guide
Dave Snow at Cape St. Mary's

Our company president Dave Snow was the author of our province’s seabirds guide — printed in 1996 using illustrations of local seabirds and settings provided by the 20th Century’s most famous bird artist, Roger Tory Peterson. Click here to see the guide.

Interesting Birds (other than seabirds) From a Typical Wildland Tours trip:Interesting Birds (other than seabirds) From a Typical Wildland Tours trip:
We will be looking for rock ptarmigan who will still be in their winter colours


  • Common Loon (Great Northern Diver)
  • Red Throated Loon
  • Black Duck
  • Common Merganser
  • Bald Eagle
  •  Osprey
  •  Merlin
  • Northern Harrier
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Ruffed Grouse
  • Willow Ptarmigan
  • Common Snipe
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Common Flicker
  • Hairy Woodpecker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Horned Lark
  • Water Pipit
  • Yellow-Bellied Flycatcher
  • Tree Swallow
  • Golden-Crowned Kinglet
  • Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
  • Gray Jay
  • Blue Jay
  • Black-Capped Chickadee
  • Boreal Chickadee
  • Red-Breasted Nuthatch
  • American Robin
  • American Redstart
  • Black-and-White Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Black-Throated Green Warbler
  • Yellow-Rumped Warbler
  • Pine Siskin
  • White-Winged Crossbill
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • White-Throated Sparrow
  • Fox Sparrow
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • Dark-Eyed Junco
Birds of NewfoundlandBirds of Newfoundland
Almost all of our tours have featured bald eagles

Enjoy the Natural History Society’s on-line checklist of the birds of Newfoundland. Folks on our tours get proper checklists. Wildland Tours has sponsored a scholarship for the Natural History Society since the mid 1990s.

Eastern Newfoundland is famous among bird watchers for vagrants and interesting birds showing up from the south or from Europe. This is why most local birders include a Field Guide to the Birds of Europe in their personal libraries. From south polar skuas to ivory gulls to magnificent frigate birds, there is almost always something rare or of special interest about. Check out the latest postings about our birds, written by the local birding community.