The Weekly Bird Report with Mark Faherty can be heard every Wednesday on WCAI, the local NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. Mark has been the Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since August 2007 and has led birding trips for Mass Audubon since 2002. He is past president of the Cape Cod Bird Club and current member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee.
Amazing ornithological discoveries keep coming
This has been a giddy week for the Massachusetts ornithological community, as the hits just keep coming from the Cape and Islands.
You know you’re having a heat wave when South American birds try to breed on the Cape
Like so many things these days, it began on Facebook. In a group devoted to birds on the Cape, buried in a comment thread, someone from the Upper Cape – I’ll call her “Jo Anne” because, well, that’s her name - casually mentioned she had been seeing a certain big, improbably rare bird hanging out in her yard.
A debate around the state of Monarch butterflies
We need to talk about Monarchs. Yes, it’s that time of year when I hijack the bird report to talk butterflies, and it’s come none too soon.
Listen carefully for songbirds; they're still here
Last week I had the chance to do something I haven’t done in years — camping on the Cape.
Bird activity to look for in July
A great spot to view rare seabirds? Go on a whale watch
Now that summer is fully here in tourism terms, it’s peak time for whale watches — a must on anyone’s list of summer activities, whether you’re a salty local or a wide-eyed weekly renter.
Beginner Bird Watcher
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