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
2019-05-15 11:52
last episode published
2019-05-15 10:20
publication frequency
5.51 days
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Number of Episodes
170
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Science & Medicine Sports & Recreation Natural Sciences Outdoor

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

Painted Redstart on Cuttyhunk a Rare Sight

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
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
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