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!

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