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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Ospreys' Winning Year
Gus Ben David and crew’s osprey poles are now the proud surfaces on which 83 osprey pairs are nesting.
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Osprey By the Numbers
Rob Bierregaard was introduced to the Vineyard’s osprey population by Gus Ben David and has been studying the Vineyard’s ospreys since the 1960s.
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Reigning Raptors
There are a lot of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls around the Island. These large birds are always fun to see and many people continue to report them.
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Snowy Owl Invasion
There have been three very interesting sightings this past week. One is of snowy owls that were seen and photographed in two locations.
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