Birds, birds...BIRDS! We saw perhaps the most amount of species of different birds on this particular Tuesday Tweets, and it was an added bonus, that the weather was Cape Cod Perfection. It was hot, but there was a gentle breeze, lots of sunshine... a time to be outdoors, binoculars around your neck, comfy shoes on sandy feet and a smile on your face.
We don't always make it to Cape Cod Bay, because the birds we see and hear along the way are so often wonderfully distracting and detaining... we simply (well I simply) cannot make it all the way to the water in a mere hour. This morning was a slightly extended Tuesday Tweets. I could not tear myself away from the shore, with the terns flying just above our heads, singing their beachy song - at least that's what it means to my ears. When I hear terns screeching and calling and creating the sound that is all their own, it makes me want to stretch out on the sand and take a leisurely beach nap. It's that peaceful for me. I realize sights and sounds of the shore have different meanings to different people, but I was mesmerized this morning. We were overrun with TERNS! It was gorgeous.
The bird nerds seemed so pleased and I have to make mention that a former Birding 101 KidSummer Kid and her mom, joined in on this particular Tuesday Tweets. I am so PROUD of her! I loved birding with her! She was taking it all very seriously and seemed to be enjoying each moment, identifying species and taking in the moment that we all so fortunately were able to share together. Thanks Bird Nerds! What a morning! (double click photos to enlarge & don't miss Rick's photo contributions!)
Great Black-backed Gull
Short-billed Dowitcher (???)
Bumble Bees with legs COVERED
Photo Credit: RICK
Osprey - by the next Tuesday Tweets
we probably will not be seeing any Osprey for 2016
European Starlings - flocking on the power lines
American Goldfinch - male
Bird Nerds on the saltmarsh
Prairie Warbler - Photo Credit: RICK
Prairie Warbler - Photo Credit:RICK
Cedar Waxwing...couldn't see the mate
Eastern Kingbird - Photo Credit: RICK
Gray Catbird - looks like juvenile, kinda scruffy looking
Sometimes photos look blurry and more painting-like
(never will claim to be a professional photographer)
Laughing Gulls with breeding plumage filling in
in varying stages
|Laughing Gull - Photo Credit: RICK|
|Double-crested Cormorant - Photo Credit: RICK|
Sure wish I could...
Ruddy Turnstone - Photo Credit: RICK
Ruddy Turnstone...on a mission, which
did not phase the Laughing Gull in the least
Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher (???) Common Tern
Photo Credit: RICK
So very strange to observe so many different species
of birds, mingling so happily & in such proximity!
Everyone's happier on the shore!
Herring Gull - juvenile - Photo Credit: RICK
Common Tern - juvenile - Photo Credit: RICK
Ring-billed Gull - Photo Credit: RICK
Laughing Gull - juvenile
|Eastern Phobe silhouette|
It's COOL to be a BIRD NERD!