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Parents have just a few weeks to bring their offspring to independence, fending off countless risks in the process.
Little is known about where willets winter, how they migrate, and how our coastal population is related to a second population that nests on the northern plains.
Knowing the habitats of these excellent butterflies will help you notice them in the first place.
They may be small and inclined to hide, but insects are fully equal to birds as quarry for the careful observer.
I've always augmented my memory with written records, especially when working on a specific project.
Flightless and strongly associated with horticultural plants, this species surely didn't get here on its own.
Bird song is everywhere, now, and the number and diversity of birds singing seems to increase every day.
Bright red males are unmistakable, but even females are eye-catching and a cinch to identify.
The bluebird is welcome for its song, its role in controlling insect numbers, and above all because of that blue.
A green lawn and beds of non-native ornamentals benefit the lawn and garden product industry more than native wildlife.
In early January, chickadees begin to chime in; later in the month, they're joined by house finches, and as February proceeds, song sparrows tune up.
Prolonged cold, especially when paired with snow cover, represents a sort of ecological bottleneck, killing many individuals.
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.