Thursday, April 13, 2006
Northern Gannet - Cape St. Mary's Colony
The Great Northern Gannet is a spectacular bird and a familiar sight to fishermen in our coastal waters. It is a bird of the open seas not coming to land except to nest in dense colonies on offshore islands. There are three main colonies in Newfoundland: Baccalieu Island, Funk Island and Cape St. Mary's. The latter colony is the second largest in North America having 5000 nesting gannet pairs. This colony is also notable for its easy access and its magnificent coastal scenery.