Nesting Bank Swallows
Robert A. Culbert
The bird of the week is some sort of strange bunting common in Edgartown over the July Fourth weekend.
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Herons, Egrets, and Secretive Virginia Rails
Robert A. Culbert

Virginia rails are secretive birds of the marshes. They are heard more than they are seen.

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Beach Closures to Over-Sand Vehicles Begin
Sara Brown

Oversand vehicle access will be restricted on the barrier beaches that rim Chappaquiddick and Edgartown over the next few weeks to protect piping plover and least tern chicks.

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Baby Birds on Board
Robert A. Culbert

Fledglings are abundant now, and will be for the next month. They may or may not be with their parents.

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Peak Breeding Season for Birds
Robert A. Culbert

Birds are territorial during the breeding season and do not move around much.

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Nesting Season Is Underway
Robert A. Culbert

June has made it to our shores, even though the cool wet weather seems more suitable for April or May.

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Now the Shorebirds Arrive
Robert A. Culbert
Migrating shorebirds have been scarce so far this month; we have observed relatively few.
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Return of the Roseate Terns, Cattle Egret Sighting
Robert A. Culbert

Allan Keith found a cattle egret in the fields at the Grey Barn on May 20.

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Glossy Ibis and Other Arrivals
Robert A. Culbert

A glossy ibis was spotted by Richard Price on May 12, as it foraged in the salt marsh along Sengekontacket Pond.

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Headwind Blues; Bird Migration Slows
Robert A. Culbert
Last week’s column was too good to continue.
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