Saturday was nice, so we went for a drive on the Irish Loop. This locally famous route tours the southeastern shore of the Avalon Peninsula, it passes lots of picturesque settlements and offers great views of the Atlantic coast.

The Ferryland lighthouse was our initial destination, but because of the slippery road we stopped at the Ferryland harbour instead, just a few kilometres shy of our goal. At this small harbour we saw a harp seal resting on the ice in the bay from about 20 m away. It looked at us for a minute and when it saw no threat it silently surrendered to its slumber again:

Harp seal on the ice – Ferryland

In the crystal clear water before us we noticed a small seabird searching the bottom for food, to our eyes it kind of resembled a tiny penguin. We watched its routine for several minutes, it kept coming up for air right in front of us. After looking the bird up back home, we learned it was a dovekie, a very cute cousin of the murre:

Dovekie – Ferryland

To put some icing on this wildlife-watching cake, a belted kingfisher flew by and sat down in a tree on the other side of the harbour, where it enjoyed a commanding view of its future lunch below the surface.

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Today we had another weather dump, it dropped 25 cm of snow on an already white island. Tomorrow I’ll try to hike up Sugarloaf Path near the Ocean Sciences Centre through what now must be in excess of 1 m deep snow. I’ve got my fingers crossed and my overshoes ready! πŸ™‚

Fresh snow on the car – Torbay