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Weekly Bird Report on WCAI

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Weekly Bird Report on WCAI

Weekly Bird Report on WCAI

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The Weekly Bird Report with Mark Faherty can be heard every Wednesday on WCAI, the local NPR station for Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket, and the South Coast. 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.

Latest Episodes

Look What the Storm Dragged In: Sooty Terns

Tropical Storm Isaias passed last Tuesday, delivering us a glancing blow on its way through western Massachusetts and New York. We saw big gusts, spotty outages, and not nearly enough rain. But for the astute and ambitious birder, the storm brought gifts as well, gifts hoovered up from Caribbean waters and deposited far from home - Sooty Terns made a series of appearances in the region, delighting some lucky birders who picked up a life bird normally requiring a trip to a remote tropical island.

3 MIN3 d ago
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Look What the Storm Dragged In: Sooty Terns

Birds of August, and Other Creatures Too

August is flying by and so are many avian species. Recent stormy weather brought some unusual birds to the Cape and islands. Mark Faherty, wildlife biologist at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins host Mindy Todd to update us on the latest bird news, along with listeners from throughout our region calling in or emailing questions and stories about birds, and other creatures too... Mark tells us about the upcoming Mass Audubon Field School course on pollinators and other insects where

49 MIN4 d ago
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Birds of August, and Other Creatures Too

Going on a Whale Watch? Keep an Eye out for Birds Too

In this time of tourists, the whale watch business is in full swing. Or at least half-swing - boat capacity is reduced and masks are required, but people are flocking to the boats, nonetheless. And with good reason – the Cape offers some of the world’s best whale watching, with our close proximity to the perennial whale feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank.

3 MIN1 w ago
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Going on a Whale Watch? Keep an Eye out for Birds Too

Cape Cod's Top Spots to See Shorebirds

It’s nearly August, and shorebird migration is well underway. Small, delicate looking creatures that spent the month of June dodging Arctic foxes and Snowy Owls are now winging their way Cape-wards. Some may stay just a week or two before continuing on to the southern reaches of the hemisphere, perhaps as much as 10,000 miles from their breeding grounds. Shorebirds are such incredible migrators that species who fly almost 5000 miles one way to wintering grounds in the Caribbean Basin are

3 MIN2 w ago
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Cape Cod's Top Spots to See Shorebirds

The Birding Mecca: Race Point

At this point in the summer, a coastal birder’s focus becomes clear. Seabirds and shorebirds are currently arriving from all corners of the hemisphere, and the same goes for birders hoping to see them. The need to see them is enough to compel otherwise sane people to head out into Cape traffic and toward major beach parking lots.

3 MIN3 w ago
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The Birding Mecca: Race Point

Keep Your Eye Out for Floral Flutterers

One week each summer I set birds aside, ever so briefly, to talk bugs. Of course, I mean “bugs” in the colloquial sense, not “true bugs” in the order Hemiptera, but I bet you entomological sophisticates knew that already.

3 MINJUL 15
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Keep Your Eye Out for Floral Flutterers

This Saltmarsh Bird Is Becoming Increasingly Rare

If you spend any time around saltmarshes here on the Cape, there’s a special but underappreciated bird I bet you haven’t noticed. For one thing, it’s a sparrow – the birds everybody loves to ignore. They’re “little brown jobs”, too hard to identify, not pretty enough – they’ve heard it all, but they haven’t let it get them down. But one mighty force is starting to get to this particular sparrow, and it’s the reason they are the latest addition to the Massachusetts endangered species list. It’s

3 MINJUL 8
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This Saltmarsh Bird Is Becoming Increasingly Rare

Baby Birds Everywhere

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but mine is getting more crowded by the day. The annual population explosion, and attendant noise, is right on schedule, just in time for the 4 th of July. This year it seems like it will be particularly difficult to satisfy all of these new mouths to feed. In addition to the endless stream of renters at my neighbor’s place, I am of course talking about all the young birds that are suddenly everywhere. Baby birds abound, and they are really livening up the

3 MINJUL 1
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Baby Birds Everywhere

Feathered Candidates for 'Father of the Year'

A couple of weeks ago, as I celebrated my first Father’s Day by sharing a loungy morning on the deck with my wife and four-month-old son, I thought about what it takes to be a great dad. Looking up at one point, I noticed that I wasn’t the only new dad at my house.

3 MINJUN 24
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Feathered Candidates for 'Father of the Year'

There’s Another Big Blue Bird in Town

We are now past the halfway point of June, and knocking on summer’s door. This means that your standard, work-a-day bird migration is over for the time being. Everyone that’s coming back is back, and those passing through are through. Even the late-comers are nesting now, like the Eastern Wood-Pewees that don’t arrive until early June. But that doesn’t mean that the bird finding fun is over, because the wandering weirdo birds are out in full force.

4 MINJUN 17
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There’s Another Big Blue Bird in Town

Latest Episodes

Look What the Storm Dragged In: Sooty Terns

Tropical Storm Isaias passed last Tuesday, delivering us a glancing blow on its way through western Massachusetts and New York. We saw big gusts, spotty outages, and not nearly enough rain. But for the astute and ambitious birder, the storm brought gifts as well, gifts hoovered up from Caribbean waters and deposited far from home - Sooty Terns made a series of appearances in the region, delighting some lucky birders who picked up a life bird normally requiring a trip to a remote tropical island.

3 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Look What the Storm Dragged In: Sooty Terns

Birds of August, and Other Creatures Too

August is flying by and so are many avian species. Recent stormy weather brought some unusual birds to the Cape and islands. Mark Faherty, wildlife biologist at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins host Mindy Todd to update us on the latest bird news, along with listeners from throughout our region calling in or emailing questions and stories about birds, and other creatures too... Mark tells us about the upcoming Mass Audubon Field School course on pollinators and other insects where

49 MIN4 d ago
Comments
Birds of August, and Other Creatures Too

Going on a Whale Watch? Keep an Eye out for Birds Too

In this time of tourists, the whale watch business is in full swing. Or at least half-swing - boat capacity is reduced and masks are required, but people are flocking to the boats, nonetheless. And with good reason – the Cape offers some of the world’s best whale watching, with our close proximity to the perennial whale feeding grounds of Stellwagen Bank.

3 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Going on a Whale Watch? Keep an Eye out for Birds Too

Cape Cod's Top Spots to See Shorebirds

It’s nearly August, and shorebird migration is well underway. Small, delicate looking creatures that spent the month of June dodging Arctic foxes and Snowy Owls are now winging their way Cape-wards. Some may stay just a week or two before continuing on to the southern reaches of the hemisphere, perhaps as much as 10,000 miles from their breeding grounds. Shorebirds are such incredible migrators that species who fly almost 5000 miles one way to wintering grounds in the Caribbean Basin are

3 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Cape Cod's Top Spots to See Shorebirds

The Birding Mecca: Race Point

At this point in the summer, a coastal birder’s focus becomes clear. Seabirds and shorebirds are currently arriving from all corners of the hemisphere, and the same goes for birders hoping to see them. The need to see them is enough to compel otherwise sane people to head out into Cape traffic and toward major beach parking lots.

3 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Birding Mecca: Race Point

Keep Your Eye Out for Floral Flutterers

One week each summer I set birds aside, ever so briefly, to talk bugs. Of course, I mean “bugs” in the colloquial sense, not “true bugs” in the order Hemiptera, but I bet you entomological sophisticates knew that already.

3 MINJUL 15
Comments
Keep Your Eye Out for Floral Flutterers

This Saltmarsh Bird Is Becoming Increasingly Rare

If you spend any time around saltmarshes here on the Cape, there’s a special but underappreciated bird I bet you haven’t noticed. For one thing, it’s a sparrow – the birds everybody loves to ignore. They’re “little brown jobs”, too hard to identify, not pretty enough – they’ve heard it all, but they haven’t let it get them down. But one mighty force is starting to get to this particular sparrow, and it’s the reason they are the latest addition to the Massachusetts endangered species list. It’s

3 MINJUL 8
Comments
This Saltmarsh Bird Is Becoming Increasingly Rare

Baby Birds Everywhere

I don’t know about your neighborhood, but mine is getting more crowded by the day. The annual population explosion, and attendant noise, is right on schedule, just in time for the 4 th of July. This year it seems like it will be particularly difficult to satisfy all of these new mouths to feed. In addition to the endless stream of renters at my neighbor’s place, I am of course talking about all the young birds that are suddenly everywhere. Baby birds abound, and they are really livening up the

3 MINJUL 1
Comments
Baby Birds Everywhere

Feathered Candidates for 'Father of the Year'

A couple of weeks ago, as I celebrated my first Father’s Day by sharing a loungy morning on the deck with my wife and four-month-old son, I thought about what it takes to be a great dad. Looking up at one point, I noticed that I wasn’t the only new dad at my house.

3 MINJUN 24
Comments
Feathered Candidates for 'Father of the Year'

There’s Another Big Blue Bird in Town

We are now past the halfway point of June, and knocking on summer’s door. This means that your standard, work-a-day bird migration is over for the time being. Everyone that’s coming back is back, and those passing through are through. Even the late-comers are nesting now, like the Eastern Wood-Pewees that don’t arrive until early June. But that doesn’t mean that the bird finding fun is over, because the wandering weirdo birds are out in full force.

4 MINJUN 17
Comments
There’s Another Big Blue Bird in Town
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