Re-Tern to Bird Island, MA

A sure sign of spring in southern New England is the return of common and endangered roseate terns to the little chunk of land in Upper Buzzards Bay known as Bird Island.

A few years ago, I visited Bird Island with Marion, MA, harbormaster Mike Cormier and Carolyn Mostello of MassWildlife, who gave me an up-close look at the historic lighthouse and introduced me to some of the local (and vocal) residents. Warning: If you suffer from ornithophobia, the accompanying video is not for you!