Friday, March 27, 2015

3.27.15 - Private Walk - Cape Cod & South Coast Home Schoolers
Scorton Creek - Sandwich, MA

Mud.  We started this adventure off with MUD!  One of the minivans got supremely stuck in the mud, but through perseverance, teamwork & thankfully some guys from MBL (I went to school there for a semester! See BUMP) showing up at the right time... the minivan was rescued and we were off on our walk!  Somehow we were able to sneak this walk in through the rain clouds and no wind to chill us.  The woods were basically ours.  We spotted some cavities in trees when discussing where some birds tough out the storms.  There was not a ton of bird activity, most likely due to the rain storm, but we did make it to the bridge over the creek where we discovered some feathery friends. This is such a sweet bunch of kids, and even though the mud incident delayed our walk, it made for an adventure that NEVER could have happened within the walls of a schoolhouse! (double click on photos below to enlarge)

Our List:
Herring Gull
Bufflehead
American Crow
Tufted Titmouse
Mallard
Great Blue Heron
Red-winged Blackbird

Bufflehead

Cavity in a tree (just the right size for bird shelter)


Nest

White Pine Tree grove

Mallard - male

Mallard - female




Great Blue Heron


There is a giant Newfoundland named Lucy in there...


Looking forward to our next outing! 
Happy Birding!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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

I kind of couldn't believe my eyes when we were able to see the boardwalk across the marsh this morning!  It was still coated in a thin sheet of ice, but we safely made it across and over to Wing Island and to the ocean blue!  Cape Cod is still involved in the big melt, but we have rains on the way, sure to help out the situation.  We didn't see or hear too many birds this morning, though the sun was shining and it sure was great to walk on a sandy beach without snow and ice!  I had to sneak a photo of a periwinkle simply because it reminded me of warmer days... they're coming!   We also got to hike a trail we rarely get to go on in the warmer months because it's typically too wild and overgrown.  It's always nice to get a new perspective on a familiar trail.  I am certain that during the next Tuesday Tweets, we will get some great views of the star of the show at CCMNH - the Osprey!  (double click photos below to enlarge & photo credits to *Rick as noted)

White-throated Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
American Black Duck
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Northern Flicker
White-throated Sparrow

American Robin

Crow prints in the sand

Herring Gull - *photo credit - RICK

Periwinkle - had to take this because it reminded me 
of warmer days.  They're on their way!

Northern Flicker


Northern Flicker *photo credit - RICK

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: April 14th 9:30am $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

Friday, March 20, 2015

3.20.15 - Private Walk - Cape Cod & South Coast Homeschoolers
Cape Cod Canal  Sandwich, MA

I've been very fortunate leading bird walks for so many reasons, and one of the best reasons is meeting wonderful nature loving people.  A lovely family joined in on Tuesday Tweets last fall and their mom contacted me to lead 4 private walks for their fantastic group of home schooled students!  This was our first walk together as a group and we had an incredible amount of sightings!  It was the perfect way to spend the first day of spring, as chilly as it was, outdoors & celebrating nature through the birds and our unique environment on Cape Cod.  Janice - Common Eiders eat crustaceans, mollusks and sea urchins from the ocean floor.  I can't wait for the next walk!  
(double click photos below to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Brant
American Crow
Herring Gull
Surf Scoter
Red-breasted Merganser
Common Eider
Long-tailed Duck (!!!)
Common Loon
Black Scoter
Ring-billed Gull
Horned Grebe
Red-throated Loon
Brant 
Brant 
American Crow

                                              Red-breasted Merganser (1st year male)

Surf Scoter - male

Long-tailed Duck (male)  A FIRST FOR ME!

Long-tailed Duck diving (male)

Long-tailed Duck - female & male

Long-tailed Duck - male & female

Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Common Eider - females

Common Eiders flying west through the Cape Cod Canal

Human garbage - pointed out by one of the young home school students


You can barely see the Sagamore Bridge in the distance

Common Eider - male


Sandal shaped driftwork

Common Eiders at the mouth of the canal


Common Eiders




Common Eiders - male & female

This solitary Common Eider male did not seem bothered by the enormous barge

Brant on the wing 

Red-breasted Merganser - male

Common Loon




                                  
Common Loon - non-breeding plumage

Horned Grebe - non-breeding plumage

Common Loon - non-breeding plumage

Horned Grebe

Common Loon  - non-breeding plumage

Common Loon, Red-throated Loon, Horned Grebe

Brant & Herring Gull

Herring Gull & Great Black-backed Gull (for comparison)

Common Eiders flocking through the canal to avoid a large barge

Looking forward to our next bird walk home schoolers!  That walk is going to be tough to beat!  Happy Birding!