Black tern with common terns. Lanny McDowell

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

May brings a flurry of avian activity, with the arrival of colorful songbirds and distinctive shorebirds. Birders keep a close eye on feeders and trees as migrating favorites like ruby-throated hummingbirds, Baltimore orioles, catbirds and indigo buntings return for the season. Black skimmers and least terns return to Vineyard shores.

Keep up to date with bird activity on Martha’s Vineyard through the Bird News column, and report bird sightings to

Comments (9)

RW Price, San Francisco
Wonderful pictures! This is a great feature. Would be nice to keep up monthly if Lanny McDowell can do so.
May 5, 2020 - 1:54pm
Lanny McDowell, Vineyard Haven
Posting the current month's bird photos is a regular feature at the Gazette online, RW. For a number of years now, the Gazette has been posting my bird photos that are submitted to illustrate Rob Culbert's column, "Bird News", at an additional location online. I regularly submit five or more species for each week. But neither the paper nor the digital edition of "Bird News" can include them all. They are gathered in monthly collections, titled "Bird Sightings on Martha's Vineyard: ...", which appear under the Photography tab online. Each month starts fresh, but you can find past months in the archives. Typically, at the bottom of the weekly column there is a "More photos" link to show you the rest of the photos that are posted for the current month. Thanks a lot for your interest.
May 15, 2020 - 11:14am
Elizabeth Stocker, West Tisbury
Is the sandhill crane an unusual visitor to the island? Will it be here for the summer?
May 19, 2020 - 9:24am
Harland Gibbs, Edgartown
Love the photos. Great color... Need more for Bird watchers and children study
May 6, 2020 - 6:24pm
Jody Angevin, Edgartown
wonderful collection of pictures. Please keep having this monthly wrap up.
May 19, 2020 - 7:58am
Mary Ellen Geary, Milton, MA
Thank you, I love putting names with the birds who visit the Island.
May 19, 2020 - 11:58am
Jesse Dennerlein, CLEARWATER, FL
Thanks for those beautiful pictures, please keep them coming. Please do more articles like this!
May 20, 2020 - 9:41am
Art Malley, Naples, Florida
Beautiful Photos. Thank you, Lanny, for your great work Here in Florida, I have seen some Sand Hill Cranes. I was surprised to see them on Martha's Vineyard
May 22, 2020 - 6:52pm
Lanny McDowell, VH
These cranes are only occasional visitors, and by no means an annual event here on MV. It is more unusual still to get reports of more than one at a time. It seems there have recently been two separate Sandhill Cranes on the Vineyard. It is hard to say how long they will linger.
May 28, 2020 - 4:19pm


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