Weekly Bird Report

Mark Faherty

The king of the swallows is invading the Cape. Purple Martins, huge and muscular brutes among the swallows, have been making inroads into some new territory this spring. As of last week, two Mass Audubon sanctuaries – Long Pasture in Barnstable and Wellfleet Bay in Wellfleet – now have nesting Purple Martins for the first time in memory.

Mark Faherty

What do 10 thousand angry birds sound like? I recently learned the answer in Chatham. On Friday I helped the biologists at Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge conduct the annual census of their huge Common Tern colony on the south island.

Jeremiah Trimble

For the second time this week, a Mississippi Kite was seen in North Truro on Tuesday. It’s well known that Pilgrim Heights in the Cape Cod National Seashore is the best place in the state to see this rare and hopelessly graceful southern hawk. We know this thanks to the work of a rare breed of birder.

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I was recently checking on the nesting piping plovers at a beach in Eastham, something I have done a thousand times before without event. But this time would be different, as I would seemingly learn the answer to an important natural history question that has plagued me for years.

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In birding terms, May is fleeting beauty. May quickly ages into June, and the bejeweled migrant warblers that adorned our trees for a few weeks move on to more northerly forests to breed.

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Did you catch it? Bird-a-thon fever was in the air this past weekend! Mass Audubon’s flagship annual fundraiser, Bird-a-thon pits sanctuary against sanctuary in two important categories: fundraising and birding. 

Peter Flood

In this week's Bird Report, Mark Faherty tells us about a newly-arrived stranger to the shores of Provincetown.

Mark Faherty

Identifying and tracking birds is important during the Spring Migration.   Mark Faherty has more in this week's Bird Report.

Mass Audubon

It's a busy time in the birding world.  The spring migration is underway.  Mark Faherty tells us more in this week's Bird Report.


It’s getting to be late April, which means backyards will soon be humming with an especially kinetic kind of ornithological activity.