Weekly Bird Report


The Weekly Bird Report with Mark Faherty can be heard every Wednesday morning at 8:45am and afternoon at 5:45pm.

Mark has been the Science Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary since August 2007 and has led birding trips for Mass Audubon since 2002. He is past president of the Cape Cod Bird Club and current member of the Massachusetts Avian Records Committee.

Vern Laux

Despite the recent cold and wintry weather, spring is imminent. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux notes that the days are getting longer - and the natural world is highly attuned to the photoperiod. Among the birds we can soon expect to become more prominent are woodcocks and migrating red-winged blackbirds.

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Blizzard Brings Puffins in Spectacular Numbers

Feb 13, 2013
Vern Laux

The Blizzard of 2013 left in its wake plenty of damage, but it also brought to our coast an impressive variety and number of birds. In the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux tallies the sightings, which include a count of 52 Atlantic Puffins - what he calls, "far and away the most ever seen from anywhere on the Cape and Islands." Also noteworthy were hundreds of other Alcids, including over a thousand Razorbills, a single Dovekie, and a Thick-billed Murre. Other interesting seabirds included 4 tubenoses in the form of Northern Fulmars, 65 Northern Gannets, and 105 pelagic gulls called Black-legged Kittiwakes.

Taking Pleasure in Gulls

Feb 6, 2013
Vern Laux

Enjoy them - they're everywhere. On the Weekly Bird Report, Vern Laux says gulls are an excellent bird group for learning observational skills that can be useful in identifying all birds. There are 22 species of gulls that breed in North America.  The Cape and Islands are one of the premiere gull-watching locations on the eastern seaboard, as more than half the species found on the continent may be seen by an active field observer in a year.

Bird News: The Hour-long Premiere

Feb 2, 2013
V. Laux

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.

Audio posted above

Goatsuckers of the Cape and Islands

Feb 1, 2013
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 a More Common Sighting This Winter

Jan 23, 2013
Vern Laux

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.

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