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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-11-14 05:57
last episode published
2019-11-13 11:44
publication frequency
5.62 days
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Number of Episodes
199
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
13.11.2019

Birding in Honor of a Legend

This past weekend, an all-start cast of birders gathered in Nantucket, united in one purpose – to go all out birding the island in honor of the late legend himself, and the originator of these radio pieces, Vern Laux.
Mark Faherty author
12.11.2019

Bird News, November 2019

This month's Bird News is broadcast live from the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary with wildlife biologist Mark Faherty and host Mindy Todd. Cold weather is here, and birds are coping thanks to their many special adaptations.
Mindy Todd author
6.11.2019

Winter Finches and Clues from the North

A few weeks ago, my wife Emily and I packed up the toddler and the dog and headed to what has become a special place for us, Mt. Desert Island in Downeast Maine.
Mark Faherty author
30.10.2019

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
23.10.2019

Rarities on the Cape and Islands

As we head into the last days of October, change is evident in the bird world. Our backyard catbirds are mostly gone, headed for Central American forests. New ducks are arriving by the day on both pond and bay. Behaviors are also changing, as our resid...
Mark Faherty author
16.10.2019

Stormy Weather Brings a Windfall of Sightings for Bird Watchers

After wearing out its welcome over several days, last week’s never-ending Nor’easter finally passed, leaving a handful of smiling birders in its wake. Why are they smiling? Are they storm-damage sadists who are really into coastal erosion? Maybe, but m...
Mark Faherty author
9.10.2019

“Catastrophic” Bird Declines

This is a time of year when it can be hard to imagine that birds are declining. With flocks of sometimes thousands of Tree Swallows swarming the dunes of Sandy Neck in Barnstable or High Head in Truro, marauding bands of over a thousand grackles stormi...
Mark Faherty author
2.10.2019

October is for the Feather Peepers

In my ever humble opinion, October is the best month to witness bird migration on the Cape and islands. While migration has been revving its metaphorical engine since July, October is when it starts to peel out and leave skid marks. Warblers and shoreb...
Mark Faherty author
25.09.2019

Formerly “Extinct” Bird Shows Up in Massachusetts Waters

If you listen regularly, you know that I occasionally report on the so called Extreme Pelagic birding trips run by the vaunted Brookline Bird Club. Well, those wacky, ocean going birders were at it again this past weekend, when, on a quest for rare sea...
Mark Faherty author
18.09.2019

When It Comes to Migration, It’s a Global World

It’s a global world. You hear that a lot these days, and while this statement has all the keen insight of the equally inane modern cliché “it is what it is”, there is a certain amount of truth in it. And at no time is the natural world more “global” th...
Mark Faherty author
11.09.2019

Native Plant Gardening Benefits Wildlife and Your Yard

September is a great time to add plants to the yard to benefit wildlife. Last week I covered some trees, shrubs, and hummingbird plants to liven up your property , and I promised to cover perennials this week.
Mark Faherty author
10.09.2019

Bird News for September

September on the Cape and Islands is full of potential for finding interesting birds. On The Point, Mark Faherty, wildlife biologist at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary , joins our host Mindy Todd to discuss the monthly reports and share tips on wh...
Mindy Todd author
4.09.2019

Landscape Trees and Shrubs for Both Birds and Bees

September is a great time to think about adding some good native plants to your yard for the benefit of wildlife, like fruiting shrubs and trees as well as perennials that attract insects and birds alike. Based on what I've learned from my own yards ov...
Mark Faherty author
28.08.2019

The Migration South

In the midst of this fall weather preview, it feels more natural to be talking about southbound bird migration. While the migration is sometimes subtle, with local birds like Orchard Orioles, Yellow Warblers, and Purple Martins quietly slipping away in...
Mark Faherty author
21.08.2019

Offshore Seabirds and Weird Whales

As you might expect, I religiously check the eBird rare bird alerts for the three Cape and Islands counties – Barnstable, Nantucket, and Dukes. This week, the Nantucket alert was blowing up with rare seabirds from faraway lands.
Brian Morris author
14.08.2019

Migrating Birds Are All Around

Almost exactly a year ago, the bird report was about a rare stowaway on a boat off the Cape and Islands, a Brown Booby that hitched a ride on a boat heading into Mnemsha on Martha’s Vineyard. Last weekend I received a text message from naturalist and l...
Mark Faherty author
7.08.2019

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
31.07.2019

Shearwaters and Whale Watches

In this time of tourists, the whale watch business is in full swing. 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.
Mark Faherty author
24.07.2019

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
17.07.2019

A Silent Summer Migrant Bringing Beauty to Your Yard

I hate to bug you, but it’s that time of year when I turn my attention to some of our less appreciated winged neighbors. As with birds, this group includes beautifully colored, long-distance migrants and hard to identify little brown jobs that live the...
Mark Faherty author
10.07.2019

Stop and Listen to Find These Rare Nesting Birds

Is there a bird in Massachusetts so obscure that even the bird guy hasn’t heard of it? No – don’t be ridiculous. But there is a species that nests on the Cape and Islands that is so rare, so poorly understood, and so mysterious in its habits that even ...
Mark Faherty author
9.07.2019

Birds of Midsummer

Here's the July bird report on The Point, with wildfife biologist Mark Faherty of Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and host Mindy Todd. We hear about which species have begun to migrate already (many shore birds) and about the behavior of various flock...
Mindy Todd author
3.07.2019

The Stealth Endangered Species of the Cape and Islands

You’re probably aware of the Endangered Species Act, that landmark piece of federal environmental legislation signed into law by that hippy environmentalist Richard Nixon back in 1973. It’s helped bring back species like the Bald Eagle, Whooping Crane,...
Mark Faherty author
26.06.2019

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
19.06.2019

A Rare Inter-Species Pairing

In the past I’ve been known to refer to June as the birding doldrums. In a way, it is – the flashy, globe-trotting migrant songbirds and shorebirds have passed us by, and we’re a month away from seeing the first southbound shorebirds and peak numbers o...
Mark Faherty author
12.06.2019

Stalking the Mysterious Whip-poor-wills

On a recent spring night, I was hustled through security at the gate of Camp Edwards, where I soon found myself embedded with an elite tactical squad. Armed with specialized gear and satellite-based technology unavailable just a few years ago, the team...
Mark Faherty author
5.06.2019

Migration Season's End Brings Birds of Many Kinds

While bird migration is essentially happening year-round in some form or another, the start of June brings with it perhaps the most abrupt and definitive end to any migration season.
Mark Faherty author
29.05.2019

Seldom-seen Southern Birds

You may have noticed that we had a pretty good weather weekend. Warm air in late-May brings two things – hope to weary, cold Cape Codders, and Mississippi Kites. And also tourists – so make that three things. Of those things, I thought I’d focus on the...
Mark Faherty author
22.05.2019

Lost Birds Find Their Way to the Cape

On Sunday, a birding group from Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay was sorting through migrant shorebirds on Morris Island in Chatham. The usual suspects were in place – Semipalmated Sandpipers newly arrived from Brazil; Dunlins, Sanderlings, and Ruddy Turnsto...
Mark Faherty author
15.05.2019

Bird-a-thon Brings Competition and Interesting Sights

The madness of another Mass Audubon Bird-a-thon has come and gone, and those of us who participated have mostly lived to tell the tale. Bird-a-thon is a 24-hour, bleary-eyed birding blitz held each May to raise money for the conservation and environmen...
Mark Faherty author
14.05.2019

Bird News in the Month of May

On The Point, Host Mindy Todd and Wildlife Biologist Mark Faherty of the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary , bring us the highlights from the Avian world in the glorious month of May. This is the time of year that exotic migrants turn up at feeders, on ...
Mindy Todd author
8.05.2019

Wacky Bird Sightings on the Cape

If there was a perfect physical embodiment of our slow developing spring, it’s the seriously tardy Snowy Owl that’s been hanging around Falmouth this last week. A veritable Old Man Winter of a bird, this apparent male has been glowering down at people ...
Mark Faherty author
1.05.2019

Early Birds And Globe-Trotting Shorebirds

In birding terms, the southern winds of early April are a gift that just keeps on giving. Though the weather has been a little dreary, we’ve had just enough nice days for the birders to get out there and discover more surprising species lurking in our ...
Mark Faherty author
24.04.2019

Early Birds and Spring Overshoots

Nearly a week of southerly winds has set the stage for migrants of all sorts to drop into the region, including a real jaw dropping species we’ll get to in a bit. This also includes those species we expect to arrive in mid-April, like Eastern Towhees.
Mark Faherty author
17.04.2019

Species Are Arriving for Their Seasonal Stays

For those who know how to look, spring is arriving rapidly on the tired wings of migrating birds. Mid-April is an inflection point in the migration curve – the pace will only quicken from here on out. I suggest that you take this time to go out and ref...
Mark Faherty author
10.04.2019

Wildlife-filled Tanzania

I’m now several weeks removed from leading a birding safari to Tanzania, and now that I’m back here in reality-ville, it feels a world away. While I was gone, the first of the early migrants snuck in, like Common Grackles. Upon seeing some as I drove t...
Mark Faherty author
3.04.2019

The Sounds of Spring Are Upon Us

When it comes to the Cape and Islands “birdscape”, which is the word I just made up for the collective avian sights and sounds at any given time, a lot has changed in the last month, and the influx of new birds will only accelerate from here on out. I ...
Mark Faherty author
20.03.2019

In Cape's Woodlands and Clearings Woodcocks Are on Display

Recently, one of our more flamboyant seasonal residents has been performing at a variety of obscure local venues, venues that you might describe as off-off-off Broadway. Performances generally take the form of a one man show, and they only work nights,...
Mark Faherty author
13.03.2019

Feeding Birds, Part 2

Last week I started an in-depth look at bird feeding including why we do it and whether it actually helps the birds. If you missed it, the results are mixed, but studies do show that, as you may have suspected, feeding birds can increase their health a...
Mark Faherty author
12.03.2019

Birds in the Last Weeks of Winter

On The Point's monthly birds show, we discuss the seasons's news from the avian world. Who's nesting already, who's arriving from afar, and how to protect their habitats. We get tips on how to design our landscapes to maximize the attractions for birds...
Mindy Todd author
6.03.2019

Enjoy Your Busy Bird Feeders

While it seemed like we might get away with leaving the shovels in the shed this year, it looks like winter finally caught up to us. I, for one, don’t mind a little snow on the ground, notwithstanding the 8-foot-wide plow ridge they inexplicably left i...
Mark Faherty author
27.02.2019

We Are Lucky in These Parts

I’ve had the opportunity to spend time in northern New England a couple of times in recent weeks. I often feel drawn to the woodsy wildness of our northern states, even in winter. The big, girthy birches and huge hemlocks, the Christmas tree smell of B...
Mark Faherty author
20.02.2019

Never Mind the Temperature, Increasing Photoperiod Means Birds Are Singing Louder and Longer

When it comes to late winter on Cape Cod, and the knowledge that beach weather is still four months away, it’s the little signs of better things to come that keep you going. If you are paying attention to the birds around you every day, you should be b...
Mark Faherty author
13.02.2019

Mating Behaviors in the Birding World

Here we are knocking on the door of another Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time we had the talk… the talk about the birds and the bees. Before you relive any memories of teenage trauma and retreat to your happy place, I should point out that I’m tal...
Mark Faherty author
13.02.2019

Mating Behaviors in the Birding World

Here we are knocking on the door of another Valentine’s Day, which means it’s time we had the talk… the talk about the birds and the bees. Before you relive any memories of teenage trauma and retreat to your happy place, I should point out that I’m tal...
Mark Faherty author
6.02.2019

Rare Sightings In Falmouth

I probably don’t talk about Falmouth enough. As an Outer Cape person, it seems about as close as Boston does, which keeps me from birding it very much. And Falmouth lacks the exciting seabirding and the history of rare birds of the Outer Cape. But a co...
Mark Faherty author
6.02.2019

Rare Sightings In Falmouth

I probably don’t talk about Falmouth enough. As an Outer Cape person, it seems about as close as Boston does, which keeps me from birding it very much. And Falmouth lacks the exciting seabirding and the history of rare birds of the Outer Cape. But a co...
Mark Faherty author
30.01.2019

Are You Ready For The Superb Owl?

Are you ready for the Superb Owl? While you Stephen Colbert fans and meme-savvy denizens of Facebook are already rolling your eyes, and saying things like “that’s so four years ago”, you may be surprised to know how many people are unfamiliar with the ...
Mark Faherty author
30.01.2019

Are You Ready For The Superb Owl?

Are you ready for the Superb Owl? While you Stephen Colbert fans and meme-savvy denizens of Facebook are already rolling your eyes, and saying things like “that’s so four years ago”, you may be surprised to know how many people are unfamiliar with the ...
Mark Faherty author
23.01.2019

The Punk Rocker of Ducks and Other Waterfowl

Last Thursday, intrepid Cape Cod Bird Club treasurer Mary Jo Foti was perusing the waterfowl on Long Pond, which straddles the Harwich-Brewster line. She noted the typical winter species for this often duck-rich pond – scaup, goldeneye, mergansers, Buf...
Mark Faherty author