Cape St, Mary's is a seabird sanctuary with the largest nesting colony of gannets in Newfoundland and the third largest in North America. There is no other place in North America where one can see more closely the courtship, nesting and the rearing behaviour of these magnificent birds. During the summer months the cliffs appear to coated in icing while being host to thousands of seabirds. Roger Tory Peterson, during one of his visits to the colony, remarked that "... the birds swirl past the cliffs like a blizzard of snow!"
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