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Juncos are not particularly shy birds, and if they are frequenting your feeding station, you can't miss them.
Approximately 60 birders took to the field, and tracked down more than 21,000 individual birds representing 121 species.
Though they're hard to find and even harder to get a good look at, I've always had a fondness for the auks.
Birds are nice friends to have. Feeding them, as lots of Islanders do, can have unintended consequences.
The episode reminded me that humans and animals, for all their differences, also share many similarities.
On the Vineyard as well as in the rest of our region, this will be a bountiful season for these northern birds.
Conditions have produced an unusually lengthy season for these interesting Islanders, along with robust numbers and diversity.
The complexity of nature is virtually infinite, and in a half-century of study, I've barely scratched the surface.
With sufficient stealth, patience, and a flashlight if it's night, you may be able to zero in on the sound of a calling Orthopteran in order to watch it sing.
Domestic cats can live and hunt at densities many times higher than any natural predator would ever reach.
The aptly named giant swallowtail, one of the largest and most strikingly marked butterflies occurring in North America, has paid us a visit.
These predatory insects have never been systematically studied on the Vineyard, so hard information about their diversity here is lacking.
In a few decades, this elegant orange butterfly, once a rarity, will almost certainly be a boring butterfly in Vineyard yards and gardens.
Many kinds of plants, including most grasses and many trees, opt for the shotgun approach, releasing huge quantities of pollen onto the breeze.
Our dragonflies are diverse, abundant insects, and major players in our ecology: they eat everything from gnats up to other dragonflies.
For the last 12 years or so, a high point of my birding year has been covering a Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) route for the for the U.
Changing habitat and restrictions on pesticides have helped the population of house wrens rebound on the Island.
Unchecked, garlic mustard can shove aside all kinds of native plants, including trees.
Chipping sparrows are all around us, but you're more apt to hear them than see them.
Along with most other migrating birds and animals, butterflies have appeared on the Island much earlier than usual.