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Spring Season is drawing to a Close.

June 9, 2018 The Spring season is drawing to a close. Less than two months ago, the world was largely black and white. Now, it is a study in green with singing birds busy establishing territories, building nests, and laying

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A tale of two Springs

The Spring season is one of change and transition. That’s why I tend to think of Spring as being divided into two Springs, before and after the Ruby-throated Hummingbird’s arrival. Before the return of these little jewels, for me, it

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The rare, the weird, and the quirky!

Bird migration monitoring at Cabot Head has a long and colorful history. Starting in 2002, we can dig into 17 years of data to explore and try to explain the phenomenon of bird migration in our little region of the

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A constant stream of new arrivals

The last six days (May 4 to 9) have brought Spring sharply into focus with a constant stream of new species arriving almost daily. Even though inclement weather (heavy rain or strong winds) precluded banding in three of these days,

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Season of extremes!

The last ten days or so have been a study in contrast, with wild swings in the weather and correlated bird movements. Spring is always a season of change; with extreme fluctuations, blowing hot one day and blowing cold the

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The station is up and running!

After an epic, non-stop snowstorm that lasted four days, the skies finally cleared. However, wheeled access to the Cabot Head Research Station remained blocked by thick snow that blanketed the lighthouse road. When it seemed more than likely that the

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Spring migration has begun! Or has it?!

It is now mid-April, a time when eager birdwatchers scan the sky, dust off their binoculars, and wait (often impatiently) for the return of the beloved migrants. It is also the time when the Cabot Head Research Station gets opened

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Another season comes to an end!

Moving back the clock by one hour, as we happily did last weekend, will not be enough to stop time flying fast. Once again, the fall migration monitoring has come to an end. The nets have been taken down and

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Short-lived excitement at Cabot Head

On the morning of October the 20th, I spotted a small bird on top of a Spruce across the basin. I quickly put the scope on it and realized with delight that it was a juvenile Crossbill. No deep green

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Storms, Otters, and an Owl!

In the eight days since the last posting on the blog, the storms have continued to pound and hammer the area around the station. No less than four days (half the period of October 12th to 19th) had winds too

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