Birds can be blown off course by strong winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and with stronger gusts of 40 mph.
Birdsong is on the increase, and more species will start singing in the coming weeks — a sure sign of the coming spring.
A snowy owl has been seen on Norton Point Beach for the past two weeks or so.
Birds have a higher rate of metabolism than we do, and must eat large quantities of food.
The 57th annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Friday, Dec. 30, 2016.
The bird of the week is Lanny McDowell’s sighting of what appears to be a northern goshawk — a species seldom observed here.
Keep your eyes glued to the sky for a glimpse of these species common to our shores.
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