Tuesday, September 19, 2017

9.20.17  Flax Pond Bird Walk

I'm afraid we've had to cancel this walk due to the weather for this week... bummer.  Our next opportunity is only a week away though!  Hope to see you at Flax Pond in South Yarmouth in a week, 9.27 at 9am.

Stay safe during this storm, and don't forget feed the birds!
Happy Birding!

Monday, September 18, 2017

9.18.17  Bird Walks with Yarmouth Park & Recreation - Flax Pond Recreation Area
South Yarmouth, MA

I'm excited to be teaming up with the Town of Yarmouth for bird walks at Flax Pond this fall...Wednesdays: September 20 & 27, October 11 & 25, November 1 & 15.  Walks begin at 9am & are $10 per person.  Please register through the town by clicking here: BirdWalkRegister.

The walk this Wednesday may be in jeopardy due to weather, as rain cancels the walk.  I will make the decision by 8am and post it here on capecodbirdnerd.com, as well as capecodbirdnerd.org.  

Learn these trails, listen to the birds and see how alive these woods are!
Happy Birding!


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

9.12.17 Tuesday Tweets - John Wing Trail - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

It's not every bird walk I get a bonus assistant!  The trail we hike at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is remarkable on its own.  When I get to share it with this many Bird Nerds for about an hour and a half, well, it just makes our experience that much more exceptional. The weather was pleasant, with little to no breeze, nice sunshine and perfect temperatures.  As we walked along the salt marsh boardwalk, we noticed that the Glasswort has turned its purpley autumn hue.  We could smell the leaf litter giving off a natural fertilizer scent and the birds shared their lovely songs and flighty moments with us.

I have never seen so many Eastern Phoebes on a bird walk before, and I had to believe, most of them were juveniles.  They seemed to be everywhere we paused on our brief journey.  We paused near the Groundsel trees, Goldenrod & Asters to listen to the busy bees buzzing along with their pollination business.  

Not one, but TWO Great Blue Herons gave us a graceful view across the shoreline of Cape Cod Bay and we walked along the sands discovering beachy treasures.  I also had the perfect surprise, because one of my aunties showed up for the walk as well.  Getting to share this walk of unique habitats with nature loving people really is the highlight of my morning.  September Tuesday Tweets tend to be some of the best of the year. (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Gray Catbird
Tufted Titmouse
Osprey
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
European Starling
Blue Jay
Eastern Phoebe
Belted Kingfisher
American Goldfinch
Tree Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant
Canada Goose
Great Blue Heron
Herring Gull
Northern Mockingbird
Great Black-backed Gull
Red-winged Blackbird
Bird Nerds on the salt marsh

European Starlings flocking on the powerlines

Mud fiddler crab

Glasswort or "sea pickle" on the marsh, showing of its magenta fall color

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Bayberry, with berries

Rabbit on the trail



We heard buzzing bees at many spots throughout our walk this morning

Arriving on the dunes

Great Blue Heron & Canada Geese

Juvenile gull

The mudflats were calm, quiet & mostly empty today

Great Blue Heron - looks like something's up with
his/her leg the way it's dangling in flight

Auntie & me!

Beachy treasures, including a vertebrae!

Eastern Chipmunk desperately trying to camouflage

Eastern Phoebes

Red-winged Blackbird

My assistants for the morning!
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 9.26.17 at 9am. $4Members/$6Non-members
Happy Birding!

Friday, August 25, 2017

8.22.17 Tuesday Tweets - John Wing Trail - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

It's always a great Tuesday for me when I start the day with Tuesday Tweets!  We were looking forward to reaching Cape Cod Bay, because you really cannot beat the view... not to mention the feeling.  As we began on our walk, we immediately encountered a Northern Cardinal female...I'm pretty sure she was a juvenile, because she was a little puffed out in the feathers.  This time of year there are so many juvenile birds everywhere and with all of the lovely leaves still on the trees, we don't always get to SEE the birds we hear.  What a gift to begin our walk with a sighting.

It turned out to be quite the American Goldfinch Show almost everywhere we paused! There was even a moment where a young male was singing away, at the edge of the dunes and a Gray Catbird seemed very intrigued with the sight and sound.  We were watching a bird, birdwatch!  There was more action on the beach as well, when we noticed that a young Ring-billed Gull started imitating a Greater Yellowlegs behavior as s/he became successful in the mudflats on the beach, enjoying a great breakfast.  (see photo below)

As usual... I didn't want to leave the beach.  It was a perfect visit, with so many sounds to take in and a sweet summer ocean breeze.  We are so often rewarded towards the end of our walks, today included.  We saw a Northern Harrier, a pair of Snowy Egrets made a graceful presence and at the tail end... a Belted Kingfisher flying and calling over the marsh. You just can't beat it.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Northern Cardinal
Laughing Gull
American Crow
Gray Catbird
American Goldfinch
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
Baltimore Oriole
Song Sparrow
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Common Tern
Northern Harrier
Snowy Egret
Belted Kingfisher



Northern Cardinal - female

Northern Cardinal - female

American Goldfinch - male

Baltimore Oriole - female

Found feathers - Northern Flicker's probably

Honey Bees

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

Tuesday Tweets

Song Sparrow

American Goldfinch - male

Gray Catbird (lower right) checking out
an American Goldfinch 

Bird Nerds

Great Black-backed Gulls, Ring-billed Gulls, Laughing Gulls

Black-bellied Plovers (immature on left & right, mature in middle)

Black-bellied Plover, Semipalmated Plover (below)

Semipalmated Plover

I LOVE this photo.  The four major gulls are hanging here, coexisting...
Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Laughing Gull & Ring-billed Gull

Black-bellied Plover - immature

Black-bellied Plover - immature

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Sandpipers

Semipalmated Plovers


Black-bellied Plovers & Semipalmated Plover

Laughing Gulls & Herring Gulls

Semipalmated Plover


Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs



Semipalmated Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, Semipalmated Sandpiper

Semipalmated Sandpiper (above), Semipalmated Plover (below)



Semipalmated Plovers

Greater Yellowlegs


Ring-billed Gull imitating the Greater Yellowlegs' fishing technique

Semipalmated Plover & Ring-billed Gull

Snowy Egret, check out those fancy yellow feet!

Snowy Egret

Laughing Gull & Common Tern

Snowy Egret


Northern Cardinal - male

Osprey


Mud Fiddler Crab
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 9.12.17 9-10:30am $4Members/$6Non-members
Happy Birding!