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!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

9.21.14 - Cape Cod Bird Festival - Cape Cod Bird Club - John Wing Trail
Brewster, MA

Heading out on the bird walk, we heard several "customers"(birds) as I like to call them, and lots of busy songs and calls filled the thickets surrounding the John Wing Trail.  We were fortunate to also catch a decent glimpse of a Red-tailed Hawk who was resting and perhaps hunting over the edge of the marsh. (double click photos to enlarge).  Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets is 9.30.14 at 9:30am. 
Our List:
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Blue Jay
Northern Cardinal
Turkey Vulture
Black-capped Chickadee
American Crow
Northern Flicker
Red-tailed Hawk
Eastern Towhee

Eastern Towhee

John Wing Trail - on the island

John Wing Monument

Nest along the trail

Red-tailed Hawk 
Red-tailed Hawk
 
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is 9.30.14 at 9:30am $2Member/$4Non-member
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

9.16.14 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets
John Wing Trail - Brewster, MA
 
It was a Rain or Shine kind of morning... and thankfully, there was plenty of SHINE!  If you've never been to the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, do not underestimate the wonder of the trails.  Birds are always there, not always in the same number each day, but they are there.  When it comes to foliage, it can often work against the most avid bird nerd, and today was one of those days.  We heard more than we saw, although, we DID make it to the water - always a goal, but not always attainable due to the birds along the way.  It was a VERY quiet morning, although our bird watching, turned mostly into bird listening.
 
Our List:
Northern Cardinal
Blue Jay
American Crow
Song Sparrow
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Black-capped Chickadee
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Cormorants
 

John Wing Trail
 
Song Sparrow

Cormorants & Gulls on the distant sand bar at the mouth of Quivet Creek
 
Next Opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 9.30.14 9:30am $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

9.9.14 - Bird Nerd Moment
Yarmouth, MA
 
I know that not everyone appreciates House Sparrows...they were introduced from Europe in the mid 1800's and basically have taken over.  They are considered invasive and so an annoyance to many.  Human beings are pretty good at screwing up local ecology, often unwittingly...
Even so, our felines do so enjoy the goings on of the House Sparrows that visit our yard, along with Song Sparrows, Black-capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse, Northern Cardinals, Downy Woodpeckers, American Goldfinch, Northern Flicker, Blue Jay, Dark-eyed Junco, Mourning Dove, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Eastern Towhees and the occasional Coopers Hawk.  Having a feeder is great entertainment, yeah... no doubt frustration, for indoor cats.  Here they are getting their feline fix...


Leeland & Krejci
I believe "Happy Birding" would mean something entirely different to these two...

Monday, September 8, 2014

9.8.14 - Private Walk - Crowes Pasture

East Dennis, MA
 
Even though an afternoon walk may not be the most prolific when considering bird sightings, being outdoors and walking towards Cape Cod Bay, is nothing to be disappointed about.  We were fighting the breeze on this hike, which means the birds were either fighting it too, or resting to conserve energy.  We did manage to get brief visits along our woodsy - beachy way. (double-click on images below to enlarge)
Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker
Eastern Kingbird
Gray Catbird
American Robin
Mourning Dove
Double Crested Cormorant
Semipalmated Plover
Great Black-backed Gull
American Crow
Greater Yellowlegs
American Goldfinch
Northern Flicker
Song Sparrow
 
Mourning Dove
  
         Semipalmated Plover
Double-crested Cormorants & Great Black

American Goldfinch (female or juvenile)

Gray Catbird

Song Sparrow
 
Happy Birding!