AIRING OUT

Birds let heat escape from their bodies by resting with their bills open, especially those with dark feathers that absorb sunlight, like crows and this American Robin. Text and Photo by John J. Galluzzo   What’s Been Seen: There’s a rule scientists live by: absence of data is still data. That means that if, with…

small warbler bird

MAKING THEMSELVES AT HOME

Birds like this Pine Warbler can be seen carrying nesting material in June and July, anything from sticks to feathers to mud. [John J. Galluzzo photo] What’s been seen: It’s been an as-expected month for the birds of Hull. Reports that came in during the first few days featured a few species that were probably…

MAKING THEMSELVES AT HOME.

What’s been seen: It’s been an as-expected month for the birds of Hull. Reports that came in during the first few days featured a few species that were probably still in migration and may or may not nest nearby, like Black-crowned Night-herons, Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and Orchard Orioles. Beyond that, everything is in place. The…

June 2022 Taking Flight

What’s been seen: We were a little bit light on the songbirds in May, but then, Hull is not ideally suited habitat-wise for many of the warbler species that pass through here anyway. If you happened to the top of Farina Road and Fort Revere Park mid-month, though, chances are you heard some warblers singing.…

June is for Lovebirds

Text and photo by John J. Galluzzo What’s been seen: We were a little bit light on the songbirds in May, but then, Hull is not ideally suited habitat-wise for many of the warbler species that pass through here anyway. If you happened to the top of Farina Road and Fort Revere Park mid-month, though,…

up close photo of small brown sparrow

Song of Spring

SONG OF SPRING. Song Sparrows can be generally identified, and separated from other ‘little brown jobs,’ by the brown spot in the middle of their breast. Their eponymous song, too, is unmistakable. [John Galluzzo photo] What’s Been Seen: The changing of the guard is taking place as planned. Despite a sluggish start to spring, as…

loon bird swimming on a gray winter day

Common Loons, like this one photographed off Pemberton Point, change plumage dramatically each spring and fall. As residents of their winter destination, we get the drab, nonbreeding season colors.

What’s Been Seen: Scan The Hull Times and scroll through social media. Bird sightings are all around us. A Bald Eagle was seen down by the Weir River. A Peregrine Falcon fought off the snow. January was an active month for birds and birders in Hull. And, as expected, the species diversity is holding pretty…