Wild Side: Seaweed flies

The Christmas bird count (see bit.ly/mvbirdcount) held on Dec. 28 was a snoozer for me: Low numbers, no good birds, many expected species missed....

Wild Side: Winter hummingbirds

Martha’s Vineyard is famous among birders, with a well-earned reputation for both a skillful birding community and a tendency to attract rare birds. While...

Wild Side: Snow buntings

Some winters back, I was out birding Lobsterville with the late Vern Laux and a couple of beginning birders. When we found a flock...

Wild Side: Spring peepers

Late November may be a strange time of year to write about an animal with “spring” in its name, but among the absolute truths...

Wild Side: Ravens

  While the peak of fall migration, long since past, offers the most active birding of the Vineyard year, many of the more unusual avian...

Wild Side: Barrens buck moths

From the naturalist’s perspective, the Vineyard is an odd and endlessly surprising place. Between the young geological age of the Vineyard, the ocean barrier...

Wild Side: Tree crickets

As the weather cools, the nocturnal chorus of insects gradually fades across the Vineyard. Among the hardiest singers are the tree crickets, an unusual...

Wild Side: Coneheads

On any mild October night — assuming we get one — you can step outdoors virtually anywhere on the Vineyard and hear insects singing....

Wild Side: Welcoming the red-banded hairstreak butterfly

Colorful, relatively easy to find and identify, butterflies have long been a favorite of collectors and field observers alike. Butterfly diversity is low enough...

Wild Side: A trio of kestrels at Katama

Updated, Thursday, Sept. 8, 8:30 am Poking around the FARM Institute’s fields at Katama Farm last Saturday, I saw something I haven’t seen in decades:...