Islanders Urged to Remove Feeders, Birdbaths
State wildlife officials and the Mass Audubon bird conservation group are advising residents to bring in their bird feeders and birdbaths until more is known about a mysterious avian ailment.
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Nesting Birds
There are behavioral observations that can help us confirm breeding status; my favorite ones are observing a bird carrying vegetation or carrying food.
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Loved, Reviled, Sometimes Hunted, Crows Are Cause for Study
As the calendar flips to March in the late winter doldrums, Islanders might be surprised to learn they’re living in the season of the crow.
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Hints of Spring
Robert A. Culbert
The northward migration of birds has begun.
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Beginning Birdsong

It is winter time and, no surprise, the weather is cold. This is not the time of year to expect to hear birds singing. But I have been hearing Carolina wrens singing just about every day this month. Not only their staccato chattering alarm call, but their boisterous, loud, whistled and usually three-syllabled song that is repeated over and over again. The song sounds something like “teakettle” or “committee.”

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Backside Bones
Which weighs more: a bird's bones, or its feathers?
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A Heated Topic

We all have bird feeders to provide nutritious food for our feathered friends. Likely the feeders are fairly close to our houses, so the birds can be seen up close and personal. All well and good, but we can all do more! They need water to drink and to bathe in. To be most effective, the water needs to be shallow for the smaller birds like the chickadees, and deeper for the larger birds. A small pile of pebbles reaching up to the surface can provide the necessary varied depths.

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Christmas Bird Count
The 61st annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan. 2, but the initial compilation of the data was started the next day when we all gathered via Zoom to review the species we saw in the field.
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Taken for Granted
Some local species may seem ho-hum to us, but visitors from abroad will rave about them.
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Felix Neck Concert Benefits Bird-a-thon
Island musicians will play an all-ages Zoom concert Saturday to benefit the Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon and Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.
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