Last Week’s Warm Weather Brought an Influx of Spring Migrants

For a few glorious days last week, we had spring. Or was it summer? It felt like we went from March to August in one day. Such is Cape Cod in spring. But with the warm weather came the long awaited fallout of May migrants — the warblers, tanagers, grosbeaks, and even shorebirds that we only get for a few weeks each May.
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Little Blue Heron, Worm-eating Warbler, Pacific Loon Among Bird-a-thon Highlights

As the dust continues to settle after Mass Audubon’s statewide fundraiser and epic birding blitz known as Bird-a-thon, we team captains are tallying the results to submit to headquarters. At stake is the vaunted Brewster Cup, awarded to the sanctuary reporting the most species in the 24-hours of Bird-a-thon.
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Here Are Birding Hotspots to Catch Spring Migrants

April is the month on the Cape and Islands where spring starts to tease us. While we get some token 50 degree days, we’re forced to chuckle at the reports of 70 or even 80 degree weather from the Boston news stations – those mainlanders know a different kind of spring than we do. Their trees leaf out weeks earlier than ours, which are held back by the cold, wet embrace of the ocean water surrounding us.
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In Woodlands and Clearings Woodcocks Are on Display

Recently, one of our more flamboyant seasonal residents has been performing at a variety of obscure local venues, venues that you might describe as off-off-off Broadway. Performances generally take the form of a one man show, and they only work nights, so don’t even think about catching a matinee.
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Plea to Hollywood: Get Your Bird Sounds Straight

I’m sure all of you are still basking in the glow of the Oscar win for Pixar’s beautiful animated short “Piper.” The six minute piece, and winner of the Oscar for Best Animated Short, is about a sandpiper chick too afraid of the crashing waves to learn to feed himself. The combination of gorgeous, cutting edge animation and a cute, wordlessly conveyed story explain the win, but as is typical of anything having to do with birds in Hollywood, they definitely didn’t get the Oscar for biological accuracy.
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Never Mind the Temperature, Increasing Photoperiod Means Birds Are Singing Louder and Longer

When it comes to late winter on Cape Cod, and the knowledge that beach weather is still four months away, it’s the little signs of better things to come that keep you going. If you are paying attention to the birds around you every day, you should be brimming with hope, because they clearly are, too.
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