Rusty blackbirds are now a rare species. So it was with some excitement that I spotted a rusty blackbird on the recent Christmas Bird Count on Jan. 2.

The 56th annual Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, Jan. 2.

Up at first light, three Vineyard birders met at Martha’s Vineyard Airport. Flip Harrington, Lanny McDowell and I were bound for Nantucket.

The day after Christmas, Ken Magnuson spotted a Pacific loon off Lobsterville, a rare and exciting find for Island birders.

Most studies of the effects of climate change have focused on spring phenomena.

The 56th annual Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Bird Count will be held on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016. The Vineyard’s count became an annual event in 1960.

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