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)
Great Black-backed Gull
Eastern Bluebird (!!!)
|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
|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|
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