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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These Tough Little Birds Doesn’t Always Fly South for the Winter

From the time we are children, we know that birds fly south for the winter. Think of hummingbirds that disappear before the first frost, skeins of honking geese cutting through the crisp autumn air, or warblers and tanagers abandoning northern forests and beating it for food-rich Central American jungles.
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Rare Birds on Cape Cod: Elegant Tern and Male Painted Bunting

With the annual Cape Cod Waterfowl Census coming up this weekend, it’s time to talk ducks. But first I need to make good on my teaser from last week about the latest wacky rare bird to drop by the Cape – specifically the ocean side of Wellfleet. That rare bird was an Elegant Tern, and is about an unlikely a visitor as you could dream up for late November on Cape Cod.
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Razorbills Highlight a Seasonal Incursion of “Flying Footballs”

The flying penguins are here – have you seen them? No, this is not an allusion to other seemingly impossible events of recent occurrence, but a reference to one of my favorite groups of birds – the alcids! November is when alcids arrive in numbers to the waters of the Cape and Islands, which means I get to tell you all about them.
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Cape Birders Hot to Catch Sight of Two Rare Visitors: Gray Kingbird and Bell’s Vireo

Though I’m recording this week’s bird report from my temporary headquarters on the big island of Hawaii, I know through the magic of the internet that the Cape is currently hosting a very rare visitor. For the first time ever, a Gray Kingbird has made its way to the archipelago, and is now holding court with throngs of local birders.
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Here’s a Rundown of Essential October Birding

October, the season of asters and goldenrods, of sparrows and seabirds, is perhaps my favorite month in New England, and not just because I look better in pants than shorts. October is a time of many significant transitions in the bird world, and I’m going to try to cover as many of them as I can this week, so buckle your seat belts.
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