9.5.14 - Private Walk - Bayside Beach
Living on Cape Cod allows you to bask in the glory of September. There are fewer places I treasure more than Cape Cod Bay, and having an opportunity to spend some time identifying shore birds (tricky stuff) that visit and/or live there... well, it's the definition of delightful for me. One of the best ways to learn to ID shore birds is by habitat foraging choice. Some prefer to dash about at the edge of the waves, while others prefer to be on the sandy beach, although today we saw several species wading in the mudflats on the sandbars, probing with their wild beaks. We got SO close sometimes! The next time you walk at low tide and carefully scan the rocky parts of the tidal flats.. .you will be AMAZED at how many birds you will see! It's like a tiny natural gift, once you realize they are all around you waiting to be discovered. Not to mention, their beautiful calls and songs will fill you with beach-y happiness.
Great Black-backed Gull
Ruddy Turnstone (!!!) - my first!
Sanderlings & Semipalmated Sandpipers
Ruddy Turnstone & Herring Gull
Sanderlings & Semipalmated Sandpiper
How many birds can you count in this photo?
Herring Gull & Sanderling
Sanderling (top) & Semipalmated Sandpiper
Happy Birding, on the shore, or wherever it is you are!