Brewster was beautiful this morning and we were prepared for the chilly walk, as there was abundant sunshine to solar power some warmth. Woodpeckers and nuthatches greeted us with song as we began along the trail. They were very busy flying this way and that, no doubt taking advantage of the seed and suet outside the Marshview Room of the museum.
Song Sparrows also let us know they were about as they conspicuously gave away their locations as we crossed the saltmarsh.
We were ALL surprised to see and hear a Gray Catbird! Cape Cod is within their year-round living habitat range but we so much more often associate them with spring and summer. It was just weird to hear their call on a cold December morning. It seemed to warm us all a bit from within, as the sound brought out memories of summer walks.
I somehow accidentally got an OK photo of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, who I could hear, but could NOT see in the thicket. As we approached the meadow, I was very happy to spot about five or six Eastern Bluebirds!!! I'd been waiting to see them this time of year and having to cancel a November Tuesday Tweets due to rain, I was afraid we may not get our glimpses in! They did keep their distance and this time of year, while insects are difficult to find, the bluebirds do get their fill on Juniper berries. Juniper is abundant on these trails and getting to spot those sweet birds is always a crowd favorite! (double click photos to enlarge)
Great Blue Heron
|Looking southward on the Lee Baldwin Trail|
Not the greatest photo, but I couldn't even see the bird when I was snapping the photo
It was a surprise to get this shot
|Northern Cardinal - male|
|Sometimes all you get are silhouettes|
|Eastern Bluebird - male (on left)|
|Eastern Bluebird - male|
|American Goldfinch - on the left|
Yellow-rumped Warbler - top right
|Yellow-rumped Warbler - on left|
American Goldfinch - male - on right
|Can you spot the Song Sparrow?|
|Frozen Mud Puddle|
|Marching through these leaves on the trail makes the BEST sound!|
|Poison Ivy berries|
|The museum's backside in the morning sun|
|Phragmites against the blue & clouded sky|
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster, MA 1.15.19 at 9am