Maybe the most-viewed bird in the state this summer, an American Avocet appeared at Plum Island in late July and lingered in the area for over a month. Suzanne Sullivan took the photograph above. The August 2016 edition of the BBC Extreme Pelagic was its usual spectacular self, with at least five White-faced Storm-Petrels and a Black-capped Petrel, plus a Sowerby’s Beaked Whale and perhaps most astonishingly a Whale Shark! Luke Seitz took the photo above. Ginger Andrews and Trish Pastuszak discovered not one, but two White-winged Doves at their feeders on August 20. One kept visiting until at least the 24th. Trish took the photo above. A Baird’s Sandpiper found near Williamstown by Manuel Morales was the first in the Berkshires since 1976. Gael Hurley took the photo above.