Preparing for Christmas Bird Count
Is it possible to count all the birds on the Island? On Friday, Dec. 30. about 60 people will try to do just that.
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Kids' Bird Count and Black-Chinned Hummingbird

On Dec. 11 the first ever Christmas Bird Count for kids was held at Long Point Wildlife Refuge.

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Happy Hummingbirds Linger on Vineyard
Any hummingbird in November or December is newsworthy.
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White-Winged Dove Arrives, Sounds Like She's Singing
Far and away the most unusual species this week is the white-winged dove.
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Rebounding Shorebirds Flock to Sandy Expanse at Norton Point

The sky above Norton Point Beach was swarming with terns on a cloudy day this week, as tiny chicks — newly hatched and full of life — raced around on the sand below.

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One Rusty Blackbird, One Snowy Owl: Counting 22,033 Birds

The 56th annual Martha’s Vineyard Christmas Bird Count was held on Saturday, Jan. 2.

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Best of the Birds
Bob Shriber's yard in Aquinnah was the hot spot on August 26 as he spotted a yellow-billed cuckoo, which has been very rare on the Vineyard this summer.
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The Eagle Has Landed, This Time in Edgartown
Noah Galley was carrying grain to the family barn when when he saw a large bird flying in short bursts across the property. He identified the bird as a juvenile bald eagle. The young bird has been rescued for possible rehabilitation by noted naturalist Gus Ben David.
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Migration In Motion
I had an inkling that migratory movement was afoot when I received a call from Laurie Reese of Abel’s Hill. She reported two yellow warblers and two ovenbirds feeding in a mini flock in her yard.
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Picture This
We usually don’t start seeing black-legged kittiwakes from the Island beaches until October, unless we have a storm from the north prior to that month.
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