Songbirds to Shorebirds, a Flurry of Spring Arrivals
Robert A. Culbert

April goes out with a bang. The northward migration is in full swing.

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Great-Crested Flycatchers and other Early Birds
Robert A. Culbert

An eagerly anticipated arrival is that of the great crested flycatcher. Susan Shea is the first to spot one this year.

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Black-necked Stilt Makes Rare Appearance on Martha's Vineyard
Robert A. Culbert

Completely unexpected is a sighting of a black-necked stilt on April 8. It is a vagrant on the Atlantic Coast.

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Spring Arrives, Bright Yellow with Wings
Robert A. Culbert
The bird of the week is a prothonotary warbler, first spotted by Maria Thibodeau at Sheriff’s Meadow Sanctuary on April 8.
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Northerly Winds
Robert A. Culbert
I wrote last week that the flood gates had opened, signaled by the arrival of multiple osprey, greater yellowlegs, piping plovers and double-crested cormorants.
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All Outdoors: The Plight of the Plover
Robert A. Culbert
Is it too early to be thinking about the breeding season? Yes, in general, but no for the piping plover, a species that usually returns to Martha’s Vineyard in late March and begins nesting by mid-April. For this year, on Jan. 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added this species to its list of endangered and threatened wildlife.
 
This action was taken because of the nationwide declines in piping plover populations. In the Great Lakes region the decline has been so severe that there are now less than 20 pairs.
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Here Come the Osprey and Plovers
Robert A. Culbert

Here they come! We have numerous documented osprey sightings.

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Osprey, Osprey, Wherefore Art Thou Osprey?
Robert A. Culbert

No confirmed osprey sightings have been reported as of my writing this column.

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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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