What is going on with red-breasted mergansers? Why are these handsome ducks so scarce this winter?

Last week Lanny McDowell reported that Happy Spongberg spotted an osprey on Feb. 22, an unusually early date.

The gull family is a good place to look for identification challenges. Learning to identify all the gulls takes diligence and persistence.

You wouldn’t find yourself on a pelagic birding trip if you were not pretty sure that you wanted to be there, especially in February.

The best sighting of the week has to be Alex Friedman’s sighting of four subadult bald eagles on Oyster Pond on Feb. 13.

This weekend is the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, when you can watch birds and help scientists understand bird populations.

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