50,000+ Tickleasses and watching your step.

If you’re a bird watcher, this is for you. If not, maybe the snarky comments will hold your interest.

Cape St. Mary’s is in the part of Newfoundland, located on the southern tip of the southwestern arm of the Avalon Peninsula, known as the Irish Loop. It plays host to the second largest northern gannet colony in North America. I know you were sitting on the edge of your seat waiting for that one. The Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is located here. On this rock, this sea-hugging 300 plus foot hill, there are hundreds of thousands of sea birds covering these cliffs. And when they get to their non-stop talking/singing/screeching/cackling/whatever, they sound much like the cast of The View on speed, only louder, much, much louder. After all, there are so many of them and only 4-5 on The View. The good news though is there are no commercials on Cape St. Mary’s.

It truly is a sight to see. The cliffs covered with Murre’s, Gulls of several varieties, Razorbills, and my favorite named the Kittiwake or colloquially known as the Tickleass. The Tickleasses, sorry I can’t help myself, comprise perhaps the largest group of birds there. I won’t bore you with details about coloring etc, except they are just as loud and raucous as the others.

One other thing. I mentioned the cliffs are covered with them. That’s not entirely true. It’s also covered with a lot of guano so watch your step!

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