red knot

Red knots are a not something you tie, but a type of shorebird that is causing quite a stir in the birding world. A bit of history: the red knot’s...

bobwhite

Once upon a time northern bobwhites were a common bird on Martha’s Vineyard. Their bob, bob, white calls were a welcome sound coming from the meadows...

night heron

Gus Ben David, of the World of Reptiles and Birds, and I have received a few calls or e-mails about ailing sea birds and shorebirds. Deb Hancock...

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,...

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