During my last visit to Newfoundland, my friend Emma and I made a ridiculous journey from across Newfoundland and back over the course of about 30 hours, all in the idea of seeing puffins. One of the folks that we met on the Long Range Traverse mentioned this great place on the east coast, where one could view a puffin colony from land. Intrigued, we drove to Elliston, NL to see some Atlantic Puffins (Fratercula arctica) --a first for both of us. It was a short trip, but well worth it.
On this recent return trip that Martha, Ellery, and I recently took, one of our must-see stops was a revisit to Elliston, so Ellery could see her second-favorite seabird. Leaving Gander early on a Sunday morning, we stopped for a few hours on our way towards St. John's. The puffin viewing on this visit was amazing. One of the fascinating things about this site, is that the island that the puffin colony is on is only about 150 meters from mainland. Its probably the closest that one can view these birds where one doesn't have to be on a boat. The morning we visited had puffins hanging out on the mainland, many of them only a few meters from where we were sitting.