Signs of spring are becoming more frequent, except for our weather.

Many a birders’ favorite shorebird — the American oystercatcher with its long bright red beak — returned to our shores this week.

Birding is exciting, as Lanny McDowell discussed in last week’s column.

A lot of what birding is about does not need to be put into words. But here we are.

An osprey — possibly everyone’s favorite species along with snowy owls — was heard calling over Major’s Cove.

23,222 individual birds were observed, comprising 120 species, during the 2017 Christmas Bird Count.