There has been a lot of family activity around recently. Go just about anywhere, and the birds that you see are likely taking care of their young.

I was all set to write about the osprey population on the Vineyard but realized that shorebird migration was in full swing.

On June 24 a Facebook report claimed several Atlantic puffins were flying into Menemsha Pond up the channel.

A recent survey of the major breeding grounds of waterfowl predicts record numbers of ducks will be migrating south in the fall.

There are several species nesting on the Vineyard whose abundance has not been documented this year.

By all accounts the breeding season is in full swing. The shorebirds that nest on our beaches and marshes are escorting their chicks around.