Tuesday, November 4, 2014

11.4.14 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets
Lee Baldwin Trail & Museum Trail - Brewster, MA

The tides were not going to cooperate for a long-distance walk this morning, so we adapted like the birds.  We don't always have children on our walks and they always add their unique perspective and share their knowledge - it was refreshing!  Our first sighting this fall of Yellow-rumped Warblers, both male and female.  I feel I've FINALLY learned their call. 
I shall have to rely on Rick's spectacular photos - see below(THANK YOU RICK!!!) for the Belted Kingfisher sighting.  I just couldn't take my eyes off that bird! (double click photos below to enlarge)
Our List:
House Wren
Black-capped Chickadee
Downy Woodpecker
Blue Jay
American Crow
Coopers Hawk 
Mourning Dove
Yellow-rumped Warbler (female & male!)
American Goldfinch
Belted Kingfisher (!!!)

High tide waders

Yellow-rumped Warbler (photo credit: RICK)

Monkshood.  Aconite (Thanks Janice!)

Red-tailed Hawk

Belted Kingfisher (photo credit: RICK)

Belted Kingfisher (photo credit: RICK)


Yellow-rumped Warbler (photo credit: RICK)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (photo credit: RICK)

Downy Woodpecker
Thanks for the gorgeous photos Rick!
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 11.18.14 at 9:30am $2Member/$4Non-member
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

 
10.28.14 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets
John Wing Trail - Brewster, MA
 
It's always nice when there are new-comers to Tuesday Tweets!  So nice to meet you Alice! It also gives me a great feeling when folks return for the hour long bird walk, so thanks so much Rick & Marty!  When it is low tide on the marsh, I don't have to worry about our feet getting too wet, but we were not treated to any waterfowl that we might have been able to view had Quivett Creek been full.  Still, it was a lovely morning and there are a few photos to share.   Two photo credits to Rick, a repeat Tuesday Tweeter with a fancy schmancy camera & lens (THANK YOU RICK!!!)  A new species for Tuesday Tweets as well - see list and photos below.  Periodically we're also treated to Mammal watch on our walks - how lucky for us - THREE White-tailed Deer went bounding through the marsh in the distance.  SPECTACULAR!  
Also, thanks to museum staff &/or volunteers who recently installed a mini-boardwalk next to the mud puddle near the beach at one end of the John Wing Trail.  It is a HUGE help! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
Great Blue Heron (only heard it though!)
House Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow (!!! a first for Tuesday Tweets!)
Northern Flicker
American Goldfinch
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Sparrow (female)
 
White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)

White-crowned Sparrow (juvenile)

House Sparrow (males)
 
House Sparrow (males) PHOTO CREDIT: Rick
 
White-tailed Deer
White-tailed Deer PHOTO CREDIT: Rick

Red Admiral Butterfly

John Wing Trail - looking south

Butterfly shadow
 
Next Opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 11.4.14 at 9:30am $2/Member $4/Non-member
Binoculars & shoes that can get muddy recommended! 
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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

It's kind of funny when you wrongfully assume you may not see or hear many birds due to the weather, which is what I did this morning. It's as if I had a reverse jinx on our walk today. It didn't hurt that even though it was cloudy at the start of our walk - it was warm, and that warm sunshine broke through.  Many Fish Crow sightings this morning which makes me happy every time!  Something the Tuesday Tweeters can smile about: when I was headed back to the museum, I bumped into Sue, who does the bird banding: Check out her beautiful blog:CapeCodBander.  We had heard an unusual song when we paused at the calendar on Wing Island, and Gretchen, who assists Sue said they'd seen Myrtle Warblers... 
Well, when I asked Sue about it, they were using the Myrtle Warbler call on their devices to lure other birds!!! So we DID hear that song - but it was probably not the actual bird.  Sigh...
(double click on photos below to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
House Sparrow
European Starling 
American Goldfinch
Great Blue Heron
American Crow
Downy Woodpecker (female)
Northern Flicker
Blue Jay
Coopers Hawk
Fish Crow (!!!)
Red-breasted Nuthatch

Song Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
I feel guilty about the next one, because I saw them when I was just getting back to the museum... Cedar Waxwing (juveniles)

House Sparrow (male)

House Sparrow (female)

House Sparrow

House Sparrow (female)

House Sparrow (female) balancing in the marsh reeds

Northern Flicker silhouette in the distance - note the white rump

The boardwalk over the marsh to Wing Island

Welcoming trail


Staghorn Sumac, so pretty this time of year



Virginia creeper

Virginia creeper, creeping up the pitch pine
View of Cape Cod Museum of Natural History from the marsh

European Starling flock

Deciduous holly
 
Cedar Waxwing (juveniles) - sorry we didn't get to see them as a group!

Cedar Waxwing (juvenile)

Cedar Waxwing (juveniles)

Not sure why I love the moon so, but I do.
I'm still feeling guilty for spotting the Cedar Waxwings when I was just arriving back at the museum.  They weren't exactly posing for anyone, I was happy to get a tiny glimpse.  Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets 10/28: $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

Rain typically cancels Tuesday Tweets... but it was lightly raining and the bird enthusiasts who decided to come were anxious to get on the trail, rain or no rain... so we did!  The forest gave enough of a canopy for rain protection, although we had a slightly quiet walk, bird-wise.  Heavier rains were in the forecast for later and the following day so perhaps the birds were laying low and finding shelter.  The photos are all from the trail.  The brief glimpses of birds that we encountered were not long enough for me to get photos, but one of the Tuesday Tweeters, who had a MUCH fancier camera than mine, said he would send me photos.  (double click on photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Grey Catbird
Blue Jay
Tree Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
American Crow


Poison Ivy vine


Cedar trees on the trail

Looking southward over the marsh
 
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 10.14.14 $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

Friday, September 26, 2014

9.26.14 - Private Walk - Massasoit State Park
East Taunton, MA

It's pretty cool when you can meet an old friend for lunch and work a hike in the wilderness into the deal.  That's exactly what I did with my friend Lisa... We used to co-own a pet sitting company (Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Care) many years back.  When people ask me how I became so interested in birds, one of the reasons I give them, among many, is from this time frame in my life.  Lisa & I also had daily walks for dogs incorporated into our business, and I would see and hear SO MANY BIRDS on those walks!  It would frustrate me that I didn't know some of the species' names.  So I got myself some bird guides and when I had the time, I simply sit and read them.  Being outside with the birds is the best way to learn though I feel.  It was on this particular walk that we saw a VEERY!!!  (photo below) My first on a bird walk! (double click on images to enlarge) 

Upcoming class: Birdwatching For Beginners 10.9.14 at 10am
Upcoming walk: Tuesday Tweets 10.14.14 at 9:30am
both at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster, MA

Our List:
Blue Jay
Eastern Towhee
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Veery!!!

Autumn hues at Massasoit State Park

Made me think of Monet

 Veery

Veery
 
Wood Frog
 
Next opportunity for Birdwatching For Beginners: 10.9.14
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 10.14.14
Both offered at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Brewster, MA

Happy Birding!