Oncoming Ospreys
Robert A. Culbert
We all eagerly anticipate when the first osprey will return home to the Island.
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Eastern Phoebe Surprise
Robert A. Culbert
The most unexpected bird this week is the Eastern phoebe reported by Mike Ditchfield, which he found in Dark Woods on Feb. 10.
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Christmas Bird Count Results
Robert A. Culbert
Large flocks of grackles are not necessarily welcome at feeders.
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Robbing One Nest to Feed Another
Rob Culbert

Kleptoparasitism is a fancy word for a rather odd behavior: when an animal robs another animal of its food.

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Hello Goldeneye
Robert A. Culbert
Barrow’s goldeneyes are not very common in these parts, but it seems that at least one or two individuals show up in January or February.
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Bird Count Comparisons
Robert A. Culbert
Last week’s column gave an accounting of how my team fared in the field on a warm and wet 59th annual Christmas Bird Count.
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Christmas Bird Count Adventures
Robert A. Culbert
Christmas Bird Counts are fun days, combining camaraderie, teamwork, and adventure as we search the land and sea for all the birds we can find.
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Christmas Bird Count Time
Robert A. Culbert
True to predictions, this has been an invasion year for the irruptive northern species of the boreal forests.
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When Down Came a Grosbeak
Robert A. Culbert
Evening grosbeaks are a favorite of mine. They have been virtually absent for the past 10 years or so but this year they have been seen regularly for the past month.
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Razor Sharp
Robert A. Culbert
Three species of mergansers visit the Vineyard at this time of the year. Two of them — the red-breasted and the hooded mergansers — are quite common, but the third is not.
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