Seasonal Arrivals
Robert A. Culbert
We saw these species last winter or last spring, so they are not new sightings for the year.
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Hummingbird Identification
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If you think sandpipers and sparrows are difficult to identify, you have not tried hummingbirds.
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Nelson's Sparrow Makes Appearance
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Nelson’s sparrows are one of the smallest and most secretive sparrows.
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Shorebird Nesting Success
Robert A. Culbert
The shorebird nesting season is long over and most of the nesting species are long gone to their more southern non-breeding season homes.
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Where to Find Migrating Songbirds
Robert A. Culbert
For a number of weeks this column has detailed two completely unexpected species: one white pelican and two common ravens.
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Osprey Success and New Fall Birds
Robert A. Culbert
There were only two pairs of osprey nesting on Martha’s Vineyard in 1970. This year there were 89 breeding pairs.
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Common Raven and Other Uncommon Bird Sightings
Robert A. Culbert
I frequently take my bird tours to the headquarters of the State Forest. The sighting of two ravens on Sept. 2 tops the list.
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American White Pelican Visits the Vineyard
Robert A. Culbert
A white pelican is totally unexpected. This is the fourth time that this species has been seen on Martha's Vineyard.
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Wilson's Phalarope and Golden Plovers
Robert A. Culbert
The most unusual species is a mostly winter plumage Wilson’s phalarope, found by Warren Woessner on August 16.
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Bobolink Beginning and Glossy Ibis
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Dick Jennings and Antone Lima found a juvenile glossy ibis in a salt marsh on Cape Pogue on August 11.
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