Wednesday 4 July

An early start to catch the ferry back to Newfoundland – thick fog all the way which cleared as we landed leaving the rest of the day hot and sunny. This is not normal for the place. Five dolphins and a Loon graced the journey.

Longish drive to the Burnt Cape Environmental Reserve – a unique limestone headland, extremely exposed which can have frosts twelve months of the year … but not today. The “forests” on it, such as they are qualify as old growth but are barely twelve inches high. Huge number of calciphile plant species but all dwarfed. Many orchids. Never seen anything like it, incredibly sensitive.

Brief sight of a mature male Moose (we ate one of his relatives for dinner) in a breaking the forest as we drove in.

Saw leaping Hump-backed whales and more Minke off the cape and icebergs in the far distance. Beautiful singing Horned Lark.

Evening at the B&B in l’Anse-aux-Meadows a Short-eared Owl flew by.

Birds included:
Belted Kingfisher, American Crow, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Common Raven, Common Loon, Pine Grosbeak, Fox Sparrow, Wilson’s Warbler, American Robin, Gray Jay, Short-eared Owl, House Sparrow, Eider.