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Birding the OB pumping station for spring arrivals …

by Lanny McDowell on May 12, 2009

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My friend Pete says that he had White-eyed Vireo, one or two, at this location at least three weeks ago and maybe earlier.  The Vineyard Birds II book lists the earliest record for white-eyed as April 29th.  That sure sounds late, but who knows, and how many white-eyeds are seen and recorded on Martha’s Vineyard every spring?  Not that many.  Pete and I were at the pumping station at the head of the Lagoon on the morning of May tenth.  We met up there with Sally, who was on her appointed spring birding rounds.  Everything looked quite dull at first, although a close look at breeding yellow-rumpeds and yellow warblers should not really qualify as dull.  Then we heard the vireo’s call and then the full song.  He acted very much like a local, not a transient, to my eyes,  as though he were not  just passing through.  Of course I already knew he had been seen in the same general spot a number of times, which very likely shaded my judgement.  We saw no evidence that he was gleaning to feed a mate on a nest.  He did sing up a storm, as the photos imply.

The only other migrant of note that we found was a Tennessee Warbler. Pete knew the song.  I was trying to make it into some variable of a Winter Wren.  We did see it, but mostly we heard its distinctive call and could not relocate it even though all three of us were scanning nearby vegetation for quite a while, trying to get an angle on it.  I think it was throwing its song around like a ventriloquist.  We would hear the song; but then two of us would point in directions about ninety degrees apart.  We also remarked that it was feeding and singing close to the ground, rather than favoring the canopy habitat where you might expect it.

The butter-butt photo is a reminder of how exotic a fully feathered example can be.

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Birds are cool!  Lanny

Tuesday Bonus Pix

by Lanny McDowell on January 27, 2009

Bonus pix are issued any day I feel like it.  Today is Tuesday.  Usually the photos are from the day I publish the blog and are usually not from stock files. 

The young BC Night Heron hangs out near the Felix Neck waterfowl pond, which is frozen.  Thanks to Susan Bellincampi for her report to the Bird Hotline (  508-627-4922  ) for that.  The  two snowies were out at Long Point WR late today.

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 Birds are cool!  Lan

Chickadee with Shawl

by Lanny McDowell on January 27, 2009

This morning I enjoyed the initial visit to my feeders of a dolled-up leucistic black-capped showoff.  I had one before with extra white in the tail.  This one looks like it was designed this way, not just dressed up for the party.  A babuchka in town from the countryside for the weekly market. 

Given how many chickadee species there are just in North America, not counting all the tits worldwide, this one looks like another (though unique) boreal or arctic wanderer down for the off season.

The photos are off just a smidge because I am shooting through the kitchen window.  Drives me nuts, but that’s the deal.

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I have a list of folks who get an emailed notice from me with a URL to click on when I have posted a new blog.  There are times when I just send out photos to the list without bothering to blog about them or post them to a listserve.  Not on the list?  Want to be?

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Ebony and Ivory

by Lanny McDowell on January 20, 2009

Sorry, I could not figure out a smooth way to introduce ebony into this narrative except maybe to say one the other two birders who joined me to go off-Island to Gloucester in search of the Ivory Gull seen there since Saturday last is by profession a high level piano technician and innovator here on the Vineyard named David Stanwood.  The other bird sleuth was Whit Manter, another West Tisburyite with a hankering to blow off a Monday in favor of finding a rare and exquisite life bird.

On the way to the ferry, when it was still predawn, Whit and I had a near miss with a Barn Owl, as we headed out of town to catch the seven o’clock.  At the other end of the day, as we crossed the Sagamore Bridge back onto Cape Cod, we had an adult Peregine sitting atop one of the large light pillars right alongside the roadway.  However, the purpose of this meander is the meat of this avian sandwich, one beautiful adult Ivory Gull frequenting some very accessible maritime haunts up in Gloucester.

If you are unfamiliar with this avian gem, please consult your birding reference and note the range of this gull. That range is far north of New England.  The bird is an unblemished golden white all over.  The feet are black and they have longish toenails for gripping the ice which is its home.

Approximately two point three gazillion pictures have been taken of this bird over the last few days, many of them quite striking.  I humbly offer some of my own, but the first is a shot of the hopeful crowd on the nineteenth. 

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 Please note Comment #2 for updated info.   And now … our star!

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Birds are cool!  Lanny     These images and more are available for purchase.  Contact me or View store.