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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January Birding Sparkles with Dovekies, Puffins, and Unusual Ducks

Back in November, I pronounced somewhat prematurely that the season of alcids was upon us. But, as is often the case, the flight didn’t really get going until January this year. So if you haven’t yet mounted a search for your first puffin or Dovekie, you’re in luck, because things are just starting to heat up up now.
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Sure It’s January, But With a Little Luck You May Catch Sight of an Eastern Bluebird

What’s blue and orange and generates a lot of questions from listeners? The answer is the Eastern Bluebird, everyone’s favorite neighborhood songbird. Especially your grandmother. While it may not seem like the right time of year to talk bluebirds, they can be fairly common in winter, and some lucky folks even get them in their yards. If you have the right kinds of fruiting trees and shrubs, some water, and maybe suet, you have at least a fighting chance of a visit from your local bluebirds all winter long. Eastern Bluebirds breed across the eastern two thirds of the United States and southern Canada, and winter widely within the same range. They are even year round residents in the piney mountains of Mexico and Central America. They eat mainly insects during the breeding season, but can subsist on fruit during the winter, which helps them stay as far north as southern Canada year round. Because their wintering and breeding ranges overlap so much, it’s tough to tell migrants from local
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Birder’s Epic “Big Year” Ends, Fittingly, on Cape Cod

With the end of another year comes the results of the latest American Birding Association Big Year competition – and I’m sure you’ve been holding breath waiting to hear the winner. They haven’t announced the official results yet, so you’ll just have to wait. But one of the top competitors chose Cape Cod to make his last stand in his quest to see more US and Canadian birds in one year than any birder in history.
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Northern Goshawk and Sedge Wren Highlight the First Round of Christmas Bird Counts

Like the postal carrier in the famous creed, “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays” the Christmas Bird Counter from the completion of their appointed rounds. And so, into the gale force winds and driving rain went the birders of the Buzzard’s Bay and Cape Cod Christmas Bird Counts this past weekend.
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