Bird News debuts as a monthly, one-hour show with Mindy Todd and Vern Laux. A discussion of alcids, lots of listener calls, and special guest Sandy Komito, who holds the Big Year record with 745 species seen.
"Goatsuckers and Groundhogs," The Weekly Bird Report, by Vern Laux
Some early settlers believed these night-flying birds stole milk by suckling on goats and sheep, giving them their common name, goatsuckers. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux considers these increasingly rare summer residents of our region. They're also known as Whip-poor-wills and Chuck-wills-widows.
Dovekies are usually scarce around the Cape and Islands, but this winter large numbers have been sighted. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux details sightings in the near-shore waters of Nantucket, and in Wellfleet and Provincetown harbors. Dovekies are a variety of auk, and Vern says the birds resemble a cute, wind-up bathtub toy.
A staggering number of birds winter on Cape Cod and the Islands. On Bird News, ornithologist Vern Laux tells us of the many eiders, razorbills, alcids, and other birds attracted to the cold seasonal life in this part of the world.
Winter is no fun for birds, despite the cheery note of a Carolina Wren. On this week's Bird Report, Vern Laux discusses the stresses birds face this time of year, and gives tips for helping birds survive. Consider a heated birdbath, keep the food coming - and maybe you'll be rewarded with a sighting of an Eastern Bluebird!