Vineyard Christmas Bird Count Soars, Even in High Winds
Louisa Hufstader
A hardy band of birders braved chilly temperatures and gusty winds for the Vineyard’s 57th annual Christmas Bird Count.
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Flights of Fancy, Second Nature for Feathered Friends
Bill Eville
Last February the talk was of the lack of red-breasted mergansers. The plight of the mighty mergansers wore on you.
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Northern Goshawk and Flocks of Fish Crows
The bird of the week is Lanny McDowell’s sighting of what appears to be a northern goshawk — a species seldom observed here.
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Preparing for Christmas Bird Count
Robert A. Culbert
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
Robert A. Culbert

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
Robert A. Culbert
Any hummingbird in November or December is newsworthy.
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White-Winged Dove Arrives, Sounds Like She's Singing
Robert A. Culbert
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
Alex Elvin

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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If Loving an Injured Gull Is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right
Tom Dunlop
Word has come down from on high: If you’re a wounded gull, the place you want to seek refuge and rely on the kindness of islanders is Chappaquiddick Point, right where the ferry lands.
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One Rusty Blackbird, One Snowy Owl: Counting 22,033 Birds
Robert A. Culbert

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

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