Ahoy Oystercatchers
Robert A. Culbert
Multiple observers found tree swallows on Feb. 24, and many found red-winged blackbirds as of Feb. 23.
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Birds of Spring; Red-Winged Blackbirds, Tree Swallows Arrive
Robert A. Culbert
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
Luanne Johnson
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
Robert A. Culbert
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
Robert A. Culbert
An adult bald eagle is hanging around the Vineyard.
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Looking Back at the Birds of 2016
Robert A. Culbert
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
Robert A. Culbert

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
Robert A. Culbert

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
Robert A. Culbert
A snowy owl has been seen on Norton Point Beach for the past two weeks or so.
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Cold and Hungry Birds
Robert A. Culbert
Birds have a higher rate of metabolism than we do, and must eat large quantities of food.
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