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.

Christmas Bird Count a Year-end Highlight

Dec 20, 2012
Hilary Wood / Audobon.org

Count every bird and every species - that's the goal of the annual tradition known as the Christmas Bird Count. Bird News's Vern Laux admits it's not humanly possible - but it is an endeavor, he says, that produces meaningful statistics, as well as much joy.

Audio posted above

Going Owling a Different Approach to Birding

Dec 17, 2012
E. Vern Laux

On this week's Bird News, Vern Laux offers pointers for going owling. For birders, owling poses a unique set of challenges - and memorable rewards. Tune up your ears! 

White-winged crossbill
Christopher L. Wood / ebird.org

The Audubon's 113th annual Christmas Bird Count officially gets underway tomorrow, December 14th, and runs through January 5th. For ornithologist Vern Laux, it's a whirlwind few weeks, but also an anticipated holiday tradition and a chance to catch up with friends. Of course, it's also an invaluable source of data that scientists use to study everything from evolution to climate change. There are counts all over Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, and Nantucket. Find a Christmas Bird Count near you ... then tell us what you saw!

Bird News: Not What You Expected

Nov 27, 2012
Vern Laux

There's more wildlife awing than you might expect this time of year. And in this week's Bird News, Vern recommends a surprising vantage for birdwatching (hint: don't pay extra for the fast one...!).

Audio posted above.

Northern Lapwings Continue on Nantucket

Nov 14, 2012
Ian Barker / http://ibc.lynxeds.com

  

Northern Lapwings, Eurasian Plovers that are fairly common in parts of Europe, have exploded onto the North American scene after the passage of Mega Storm Sandy. It began with the discovery of two Lapwings in a field on Nantucket on the morning of October 30th.

Brown Pelicans

Nov 7, 2012
http://www.khosla.com

In this week's Bird News with Vern Laux, rare Northern Lapwings continue on Nantucket - and then go off.  Also, Brown Pelicans, blown in by the storm, find refuge.

Northern Lapwings Cause Excitement

Oct 31, 2012
Vern Laux

Hurricane Sandy largely spared us, but the storm did deliver a small "invasion" of a bird very rare indeed to New England.  

Gray-Tailed Tattler

Oct 24, 2012

Blackpoll Warblers

Oct 17, 2012

Fall is "the time" for birding on the Cape and islands - a chance to see a diversity of species that pass through on their way south for winter. Ornithologist Vernon Laux talks fall migration and brings us up to date on the latest bird news.

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