This week’s new arrivals are eastern phoebes and a piping plover. Both species showed up on March 18.
Spring migration is underway! This was expected, as we had a stretch of warm days with generally southern winds.
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.
Keep your eyes glued to the sky for a glimpse of these species common to our shores.
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