Osprey, Osprey, Wherefore Art Thou Osprey?

No confirmed osprey sightings have been reported as of my writing this column.

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Ahoy Oystercatchers

It is March and definitely winter is still hanging on. As I write this we have had several days of below freezing temperatures, with lows in the teens and a strong westerly wind.

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Birds of Spring; Red-Winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallows Arrive

A conspicuous species soon to arrive is the American robin, which will announce its presence by its loud caroling from the treetops.

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One Merlin, 831 Buffleheads: Christmas Bird Count Results

The annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Dec. 30. Thirteen teams and feeder watchers tallied 18,679 birds of 119 species

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Blackbirds on the Move and Visiting Grackles

The annual Great Backyard Bird Count concluded on Feb. 20. The results are not yet complete.

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Bald Eagles and Eastern Bluebirds

An adult bald eagle is hanging around the Vineyard.

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Looking Back at the Birds of 2016

A review of all the sightings mentioned in this column shows that we observed 264 species of birds on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016.

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Winter Birds Blown Off-Course

Birds can be blown off course by strong winds of 25 to 30 miles per hour and with stronger gusts of 40 mph.

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Winter Birdsong Carries Promise of Spring

Birdsong is on the increase, and more species will start singing in the coming weeks — a sure sign of the coming spring.

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Snowy Owls and Other Winter Visitors

A snowy owl has been seen on Norton Point Beach for the past two weeks or so.

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