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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.

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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.

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Beginner Bird Watcher

By malkahmae28 - Apr 05 2019
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Love this podcast; please don’t stop

iTunes Ratings

13 Ratings
Average Ratings
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1

Beginner Bird Watcher

By malkahmae28 - Apr 05 2019
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Love this podcast; please don’t stop
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Weekly Bird Report on WCAI

Latest release on Jan 15, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Ducks, Eiders, and Other Birds of November

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While birds like robins, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and goldfinches are still on the move, for the most part, songbird migration is over, symbolically marked by the arrival of juncos. Here on the Cape, it’s the comings and goings of waterfowl and seabirds that defines November. From quiet ponds to raging surf, backshore to bay, the winter waterbirds are here, and they are hungry.

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #2: Winter Finches and Clues from the North

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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.

Nov 06 2019

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Rank #3: Bird News, November 2019

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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.

Nov 12 2019

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Rank #4: A Rare Bird Was Spotted, But Not Really Seen

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If a rare bird shows up, but no “birder” sees it, was it really there? This was the deep, metaphysical question I was pondering this week, thanks to the emergence of some shadowy reports and blurry photos depicting one of the rarest birds on the Cape in many years.

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #5: Formerly 'Extinct' Bird Shows Up in Massachusetts Waters

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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 seabirds, they steamed out of Hyannis aboard the Helen H.

Sep 25 2019

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Rank #6: Native Plant Gardening Benefits Wildlife and Your Yard

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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.

Sep 11 2019

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Rank #7: Birding in Honor of a Legend

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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.

Nov 13 2019

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Rank #8: Shrieking Creatures of the Night

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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 figure with dead, black eyes slips noiselessly past you, right before you hear this .

Oct 30 2019

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Rank #9: 'Fowl' Weather Brings Rare Bird Sightings

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With the snow flying as I write, and a few wintry cold fronts already under our belt, it may not seem like prime time for finding rare birds from around the globe. But once again this week, feathered visitors from weird places have descended upon us, demanding my attention.

Dec 04 2019

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Rank #10: Stormy Weather Brings a Windfall of Sightings for Bird Watchers

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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 many birders welcome a good Nor’easter, or, as you weather nerds may call them, macro-scale extratropical cyclones. That’s because these storms often come bearing gifts. The initial strong northeast winds can load up Cape Cod Bay with all manner of offshore birds from the Gulf of Maine, many blown inshore against their will.

Oct 16 2019

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