Bird news

Pecking Order

So you think birds get along together at your feeders? Not so fast.
common grackle

Hints of Spring

The northward migration of birds has begun.

Spring on the Wing

Wow, on Tuesday thunderstorms are forecast with temperatures climbing into the 50.

Beginning Birdsong

As I write this we are heading into a week where the temperatures will mostly be below freezing.

Silver Linings

As I write this week’s Bird News, I just heard that Phil, our groundhog friend in Pennsylvania, predicted another six weeks of winter.
Carolina wren

Beginning Birdsong

It is winter time and, no surprise, the weather is cold. This is not the time of year to expect to hear birds singing. But I have been hearing Carolina wrens singing just about every day this month. Not only their staccato chattering alarm call, but their boisterous, loud, whistled and usually three-syllabled song that is repeated over and over again. The song sounds something like “teakettle” or “committee.”

Seaduck Scarcity

Common eiders used to be plentiful in Vineyard waters.

Backside Bones

Which weighs more: a bird's bones, or its feathers?

A Heated Topic

We all have bird feeders to provide nutritious food for our feathered friends. Likely the feeders are fairly close to our houses, so the birds can be seen up close and personal. All well and good, but we can all do more! They need water to drink and to bathe in. To be most effective, the water needs to be shallow for the smaller birds like the chickadees, and deeper for the larger birds. A small pile of pebbles reaching up to the surface can provide the necessary varied depths.

Black and white warbler photo by Lanny LcDowell

Christmas Bird Count

The 61st annual Christmas Bird Count was held on Jan. 2, but the initial compilation of the data was started the next day when we all gathered via Zoom to review the species we saw in the field.