hummingbird clearwing sphinx

I must deviate from bird news to speak of other winged creatures, the snowberry clearwing and the hummingbird clearwing. These two belong to a group...

sanderling

The sky turned steel gray and then black. The thunder thudded to the northeast. The black clouds rolled in, bringing the booms and cracks closer....

greater shearwater

The four pairs of black skimmers on Norton Point are causing great excitement. Two families have four chicks, one family has three chicks and a...

merlin

Great excitement on Norton Point and also on Chappaquiddick!

black skimmer chicks

The Vineyard is a huge maternity ward for birds at this time of year. I have e-mails and phone calls galore about young birds in people’s yards, at...

Little Blue Heron

Well, it seems to me that shorebird migration is early. I have always considered July 4 the date for the beginning of the movement of sandpipers,...

Bird Razorbill

Three southern species which are now seen on the Vineyard are making news this week. As our climate changes and warms, these southern birds are...

royal tern

All of us have been impressed by the birds that have shown up at the old jetties at Harthaven this spring. The latest highlight is Alex Greene’s...

terns

An entertaining e-mail from Bob St. Germain reminded me that it is that time of year again. I must give my annual lecture on the importance...

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