Wednesday, February 7, 2018

2.7.18  Bird Nerd Moment 

Sometimes you just need to take a walk.  It doesn't matter where you live, it will do you good.  My thoughtful husband bought me a new camera for Christmas and I've been dying to try it out, which I did the other day during Tuesday Tweets.  I don't know why I was feeling sheepish about trying the big lens that morning, and later I wished I had because I missed some fabulous Eastern Bluebird photos... they were too far for the lens with less power to get great images.  Bummer.  It was time to try out the new camera and lens, and I figured since I live on the Cape, I should combine my walk with my camera and the higher power lens.

The universe was really looking over me on this walk.  I didn't have too much time to spend this morning when I was on the beach, so I took a slightly less traveled sandy path through the low dunes to cut my walk shorter than I really wanted.  As I was approaching the pavement to head back to the car... I really couldn't believe my eyes or my luck.  I saw a white owl-sized blob in the distance on the dunes... and there he was.  
No joke - the Snowy Owl.  
I just couldn't believe it!!!  
I can't post on here what I said out loud, but I am so excited to post this photo!  HOORAY!!! The lens works...
(double click to enlarge)

Snowy Owl

Happy Birding!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

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

What to do on a chilly Tuesday morning... go for a bird walk, that's what.  Especially when you're surrounded by sweet folks who love the outdoors as much as you.  I highly recommend it.  We had a bit of life and death on our walk this morning, though not with the walking humans, don't worry!  We came across a bone on the trail.  When I first spied it, because the bones were all connected so nicely, I assumed it was a skull.  Nope.  Morning science.  I was so excited to find this perfectly preserved bunch of bones... then one of the Bird Nerds tipped it on its side and said, "I believe this is a pelvis."  Yup. 
So.  It's been a while since my favorite class, Anatomy & Physiology... like 27 years.  We had a good laugh and I hope to update this once I identify just whose pelvis it WAS.  

The birds in the forest were very quiet this morning and I was wondering why we weren't having our usual luck of sights and sounds, but again... we were together on one of the best trails on Cape Cod.  Still...  where WERE they?!  A storm for the next day was in the forecast, but that typically means a lot of activity.  Something was telling me to head for the meadow, so we did.

As we arrived, some of the colors of the rainbow decided to show up on branches and in the sky... red, yellow... and BLUE!  The Northern Cardinals were spotted first, soon followed by a small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers, American Goldfinches too...and then...Eastern BLUEBIRDS!  There are some birds, for whatever reason, who bring smiles to most every person's face.  When it's Bird Nerds you're talking about... even tears.  Tears of happiness.  Thanks little bluebirds.  We needed you this morning!  (double-click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Great Black-backed Gull
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Eastern Bluebird (!!!)
American Goldfinch

Cedar Waxwing
Downy Woodpecker

Bird Nerds on the trail

A pelvis...  not a skull. : )
Boy did I feel silly...but I can laugh at myself.

So well preserved!
We just never know what we'll find in the woods!

The east end of the dune trail was flooded out

Ok, so the tiny black dot on the branch in the middle of the photo is a Northern Cardinal
Definitely time for a lens lesson.  I just love the view though.

Bird Nerds!  Aren't they the CUTEST?!
Here, they're checking out a distant Yellow-rumped Warbler show.

The warblers flew right over us!
The blurs of blue in the top left and bottom right of this photo
are Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

Eastern Bluebirds

These pretty birds are trying to match the ocean blue

We got the greatest Eastern Bluebird ballet!

Sometimes we hit the birdie jackpot at the mudpuddle.
Today we sure did!

I love the contrast of the bird against the natural surroundings

The bluebirds were posing for us, I SWEAR!

It's wonderful just how much happiness birds can bring just being themselves

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets 3.20.18 at 9a. $4Members  $6Non-members
Happy Birding!