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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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-01-16 23:44
last episode published
2019-01-16 11:39
publication frequency
6.2 days
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Number of Episodes
132
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Science & Medicine Sports & Recreation Natural Sciences Outdoor

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
16.01.2019

Coaxing The Adorable Killer in Your Neighborhood

A couple of times this winter I’ve been lucky enough to hear one of our more obscure nocturnal residents in my neighborhood. This species is relatively quiet in winter compared to our more common owls, but, if you can whistle, they can be coaxed to rev...
Mark Faherty author
9.01.2019

The Bird Counts Are In

The final Christmas Bird Counts for the Cape and Islands were held over the last week – the Truro count on the 2nd and the Vineyard count on the 5th. The closer it gets to the end of the count period, the risker the weather gets, with higher chances of...
Mark Faherty author
26.12.2018

Birdwatching in December? You Bet. Christmas Bird Counts Are Coming

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas Bird Count season! Birders are digging out their warmest winter garb, polishing their optics, and marking their calendars to prepare for the all-out birding blitz that is the Christmas Bird Count sea...
Mark Faherty author
19.12.2018

The Christmas Bird Count: Citizen Science at Its Best

This past weekend marked the start of the 119th Christmas Bird Count season, which means that on certain count days, bird-hungry teams of tallyers are combing local hotspots and seldom-visited backwaters alike.
Mark Faherty author
12.12.2018

The Rarest of Yard Birds

As a lifelong birder, and thus someone who is constantly and obsessively monitoring the birds around me, I’ve had my share of rare avian visitors to my various yards. Last week brought the latest such bird, and though it’s a species that breeds right h...
Mark Faherty author
5.12.2018

Western Bird Makes its First Appearance on Nantucket

While October provided a non-stop rare bird show on the Cape and Islands, November proved a little quieter, before going out with a bang last week. Two Sundays ago, a biking birder on Nantucket flushed a nondescript gray bird from a dune near Low Beach...
Mark Faherty author
28.11.2018

Counting Waterfowl

In early November of 1983, Cape birder and prototypical citizen scientist Blair Nikula organized members of the Cape Cod Bird Club to count waterfowl on the freshwater lakes and ponds of the Cape. They covered more than 200 ponds that first year, tally...
Mark Faherty author
21.11.2018

Jakes, Jennies, Caruncles & Snoods: Vocabulary for Talking Turkey

As I sat down to write this week’s bird report, I was prepared to talk about the latest mind-bogglingly rare bird to turn up on the Cape. But then I had one of those forehead-slapping realizations where the proper course of action becomes painfully obv...
Mark Faherty author
14.11.2018

Striking Seabirds Are Making an Appearance

Another week of fall has brought another slate of wacky birds to the Cape and Islands. Whether late lingering landbirds are your thing, or southern seabirds are what tickles your fancy, as usual, we can accommodate you here on this birdy archipelago.
Mark Faherty author
7.11.2018

An Avian Tour Around the Compass Rose

Fall on the Cape and Islands can be a head-spinning time, with interesting birds coming at us from literally all directions – migrants from the north and west, wind-blown vagrants from the south and southwest, and seabirds from the east. Our weather, a...
Mark Faherty author
31.10.2018

Appreciating and Identifying Sparrows

On this All Hallows Eve, I'd like to address a particularly terrifying topic – something that strikes fear into the hearts of many, including, I suspect, some of you. It’s risky even talking about it, as the mere mention of it may produce a deafening r...
Mark Faherty author
24.10.2018

Shrieking Creatures of the Night

I want you to envision a 17th century, agrarian version of yourself. Superstitions are rampant and it’s generally accepted that ghosts live among us. You’re entering an old abandoned barn on some spooky fall night, when suddenly a white, spectral figur...
Mark Faherty author
17.10.2018

A Painted Redstart on Cuttyhunk

While birding Cuttyhunk Island recently, Lakeville birder Mike Sylvia saw something that gave him quite a “start” – a Painted Redstart, that is, representing only the second state record for this stunning warbler from Mexico. Of all the western U.S. ra...
Mark Faherty author
10.10.2018

Forecasting the Winter Finch Flight

The incredible hit-parade of off-course birds from the Western US continued this week, with sightings of Western Kingbirds from High Head in Truro and Lark Sparrow and Bell’s Vireo at Fort Hill in Eastham. But instead of these actual birds, I’m more in...
Mark Faherty author
3.10.2018

The Rarest of Fancy Birds Visit Cape Cod

October is a time when I struggle with the bird report. The risk of producing a rambling, disjointed essay is high, as it feels like everything amazing in the birding world is happening at once.
Mark Faherty author
26.09.2018

Cloudy With a 50% Chance of Warblers

We are a weather-obsessed people – talking about the weather, prognosticating about the weather, complaining about the weather - so I assume you have checked the forecast for the next few days. But have you checked the BirdCast? Yes, there is such a th...
Mark Faherty author
19.09.2018

September Bird Migration

It’s hard to avoid the subject of migration this time of year. Each week, perhaps each day brings new species leaving, arriving, or passing through this avian crossroads of an archipelago we all inhabit. Whether you are a connoisseur of the showy wadin...
Mark Faherty author
12.09.2018

What to Plant to Attract Hummingbirds

September is a time of transitions, especially here on the Cape. Summer visitors have transitioned back over the bridge. Our kids transition back to school, our beaches and parks transition back to local ownership. And perhaps more than in any other mo...
Mark Faherty author
5.09.2018

Keep Your Eyes Peeled for Bird Bling

Most of you would agree that shorebirds are inherently beautiful – these graceful and delicate, long-winged beach sprites arrayed in subtly beautiful earth tones, often splashed with brighter orange or red, are not in need of further adornment.
Mark Faherty author
29.08.2018

The Weekly Bird Report: Back to School Edition

With summer winding down, and back to school time upon us, I thought we should check in on the kids of the bird world and see what they are facing this fall. With more than “pencils, books, and teacher’s dirty looks” to worry about, they may help put y...
Mark Faherty author
22.08.2018

The Not-So-Common Ringed Plover

Late August often brings periods of unsettled weather, as if the engine of summer has begun to sputter a little. As a kid summering at White Horse Beach in Plymouth, I always enjoyed these August cold fronts because they cleared the beaches of people, ...
Mark Faherty author
15.08.2018

Wacky Vagrants of Summer

A dragger steaming into Menemsha Harbor on Martha’s Vineyard back on August 6th was harboring a stowaway. This unauthorized passenger from the Caribbean had awkwardly boarded the boat about 5 miles south of Gay Head before settling calmly on the cooler...
Mark Faherty author
8.08.2018

'Nature's Morticians,' Turkey Vultures Increasingly Common on Cape Cod

Are there monsters in your barn? For property owners on the Outer Cape, the answer in recent years has increasingly been “yes.” I’m talking about categorically ugly, hissing, projectile vomiting monsters. But don’t call the Ghostbusters just yet, becau...
Mark Faherty author
1.08.2018

The Miracle that Is the Migratory Shorebird

Astronomically speaking, we are only a third of the way through summer. But once August arrives, the term “late summer” starts to creep into our speech, and, to the dismay of school kids everywhere, back to school ads appear in the papers.
Mark Faherty author
25.07.2018

The Status of Our Four-Winged Migrants

It’s late July, which means it’s peak time for some of my favorite flying critters. They include many of our most beautiful species and one of our most impressive long-distance migrants. They can often be found gracefully winging their way through your...
Mark Faherty author
18.07.2018

The Sneaky Brown-headed Cowbird

There’s a sneaky bird in our midst. A bird so devious, so duplicitous that even this bird guy was recently fooled. To make matters worse, the tragedy I will now describe happened in my own backyard, just a few feet from my door. The innocent victims in...
Mark Faherty author
11.07.2018

Obscure Marsh Birds and Ducks on Monomoy Island

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge includes a network of ever-shifting barrier beaches and islands dangling from the elbow of Cape Cod. Once home to a 19th-century fishing community complete with a school and, of course, a tavern, the island is now mostl...
Mark Faherty author
11.07.2018

Obscure Marsh Birds and Ducks on Monomoy Island

Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge includes a network of ever-shifting barrier beaches and islands dangling from the elbow of Cape Cod. Once home to a 19th-century fishing community complete with a school and, of course, a tavern, the island is now mostl...
Mark Faherty author
4.07.2018

The National Symbol, The Bald Eagle

You may have noticed that the rotaries are choked with tentative, confused motorists, which must mean that July has occurred. And this year, the Bird Report falls squarely on Independence Day, that holiday that bottle-rockets us into the tourist season...
Mark Faherty author
4.07.2018

The National Symbol, The Bald Eagle

You may have noticed that the rotaries are choked with tentative, confused motorists, which must mean that July has occurred. And this year, the Bird Report falls squarely on Independence Day, that holiday that bottle-rockets us into the tourist season...
Mark Faherty author
27.06.2018

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...
Mark Faherty author
27.06.2018

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...
Mark Faherty author
20.06.2018

Piping Plover Nesting Brings Beach Restrictions

It’s June on Cape Cod, which means that it’s time for people to start squawking a little louder about Piping Plovers. These small, sand-colored local residents have been nesting on our beaches for eons, but in modern times they have come into conflict ...
Mark Faherty author
20.06.2018

Piping Plover Nesting Brings Beach Restrictions

It’s June on Cape Cod, which means that it’s time for people to start squawking a little louder about Piping Plovers. These small, sand-colored local residents have been nesting on our beaches for eons, but in modern times they have come into conflict ...
Mark Faherty author
13.06.2018

A Crowded Summer Colony on the Lower Cape

Just offshore of Chatham there lies a seasonal village you may not be aware of. The residents arrive promptly and noisily each May, then leave for their winter homes again around October. During their stay, they create chaos, noise, and traffic - well,...
Mark Faherty author
13.06.2018

A Crowded Summer Colony on the Lower Cape

Just offshore of Chatham there lies a seasonal village you may not be aware of. The residents arrive promptly and noisily each May, then leave for their winter homes again around October. During their stay, they create chaos, noise, and traffic - well,...
Mark Faherty author
6.06.2018

Ruff and Other Spring Shorebirds

A couple of ace birders recently had a “Ruff” time in Chatham waters. By which I, of course, mean that they found a Ruff, an exceedingly rare old-world sandpiper – the waters were actually quite calm. Painfully obscure bird puns aside, this was indeed ...
Mark Faherty author
6.06.2018

Ruff and Other Spring Shorebirds

A couple of ace birders recently had a “Ruff” time in Chatham waters. By which I, of course, mean that they found a Ruff, an exceedingly rare old-world sandpiper – the waters were actually quite calm. Painfully obscure bird puns aside, this was indeed ...
Mark Faherty author
30.05.2018

Common Ravens Are Making a Comeback

An obscure population of Cape Codders has tripled in recent years, and they may be coming to a neighborhood near you. With a history of persecution, these gruff but intelligent residents have been finding Cape Cod hospitable for the first time in centu...
Mark Faherty author
30.05.2018

Common Ravens Are Making a Comeback

An obscure population of Cape Codders has tripled in recent years, and they may be coming to a neighborhood near you. With a history of persecution, these gruff but intelligent residents have been finding Cape Cod hospitable for the first time in centu...
Mark Faherty author
23.05.2018

Migratory Warblers of May

It’s the sweetest time of year for us songbird enthusiasts – the warbler wave has arrived. While at least some migrant warblers have been around since late April, starting on Friday, a swarm of at least 24 species of these colorful forest songbirds wer...
Mark Faherty author
23.05.2018

Migratory Warblers of May

It’s the sweetest time of year for us songbird enthusiasts – the warbler wave has arrived. While at least some migrant warblers have been around since late April, starting on Friday, a swarm of at least 24 species of these colorful forest songbirds wer...
Mark Faherty author
16.05.2018

Magical Moments and Tiny Nests

This past weekend was Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser, which meant that hordes of birders were scouring every corner of the state in search of birds that would put their team over the top. In hopes of winning the vaunted Brewster Cup, I se...
Mark Faherty author
16.05.2018

Magical Moments and Tiny Nests

This past weekend was Mass Audubon’s annual Bird-a-thon fundraiser, which meant that hordes of birders were scouring every corner of the state in search of birds that would put their team over the top. In hopes of winning the vaunted Brewster Cup, I se...
Mark Faherty author
9.05.2018

Bird Migration is Snowballing

While April slapped us around and spit in our face, it looks like May is treating us a little better. Spring is fairly exploding all around us as leaves, flowers, and colorful birds suddenly grace gray, previously lifeless branches. It might even be sa...
Mark Faherty author
9.05.2018

Bird Migration is Snowballing

While April slapped us around and spit in our face, it looks like May is treating us a little better. Spring is fairly exploding all around us as leaves, flowers, and colorful birds suddenly grace gray, previously lifeless branches. It might even be sa...
Mark Faherty author
2.05.2018

The Local Bird Soundscape is Changing

With the welcome arrival of May and a little warm weather, bird migration should finally be kicking into high gear. And with that comes a change in our local soundscapes as locally nesting songbirds arrive and the males immediately get down to defendin...
Mark Faherty author
2.05.2018

The Local Bird Soundscape is Changing

With the welcome arrival of May and a little warm weather, bird migration should finally be kicking into high gear. And with that comes a change in our local soundscapes as locally nesting songbirds arrive and the males immediately get down to defendin...
Mark Faherty author
25.04.2018

Spring Songbird Migration is On

Birds do what they want. They have no time for “the man” and his rules about where and when they should be found. I never would have predicted that this would be a year we would see our migrant songbirds back early from the tropics, but that’s what mak...
Mark Faherty author
25.04.2018

Spring Songbird Migration is On

Birds do what they want. They have no time for “the man” and his rules about where and when they should be found. I never would have predicted that this would be a year we would see our migrant songbirds back early from the tropics, but that’s what mak...
Mark Faherty author