The grassy cliffs of Cape St. Mary’s, along the south western tip of the Island of Newfoundland’s Avalon Peninsula, support impressive populations of birds, such as Murres, Kittiwakes, Gannets and other sea birds. The Cape St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve is a Newfoundland tourism attraction and a popular adventure travel destination for birders and Ornithology experts. An easy walk gives visitors a view of Bird Rock and thousands of sea birds.
Bird Rock is a sea stack standing just a few feet from the main body of the Cape St. Mary’s headland. The towering rock rises 100 meters from the sea. Millions of years of erosion have worn away the softer limestone that once connected the rock pinnacle to the cliff, thus creating a natural refuge from the land-based predators of birds eggs and chicks. Bird Rock is the second largest gannet rookery in North America.