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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Last Heath Hen is Dead and Race is Now Extinct, Expert Observers Agree
The Vineyard Gazette

Somewhere on the great plain of Martha’s Vineyard death and the heath hen have met. One day, just as usual, there was a bird called the heath hen, and the next day there was none. How he came to his end no human being can know. But the death of wild birds is a violent death. The eye becomes dimmed, the beat of the wings lags ever so little, the star of fortune blinds for a fraction of a second it is enough. An enemy strikes and death has come.

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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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Birds That Produce Milk? Not So Far-Fetched
Suzan Bellincampi
There are a few bird species that are giving those milk-making mammals a run for their money.
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Shorebird Count Nets Rare Sparrow
Susan B. Whiting
Last weekend Luanne Johnson and Liz Baldwin of Biodiversity Works asked for volunteers to help celebrate World Shorebirds Day.
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September Brings Early Comers
Susan B. Whiting
The American golden plover was hunted on the Vineyard and elsewhere in the 1800s.
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Best of the Birds
Susan B. Whiting
Bob Shriber's yard in Aquinnah was the hot spot as he spotted a yellow-billed cuckoo, which has been rare on the Vineyard this summer.
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