Friday, January 24, 2014

1.21.14 - Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets
John Wing Trail - Brewster

Freezing!  It was a cold start Mary, I know, and in order to keep warm we had to keep moving.  The nice part was being able to complete the Wing Island Trail Loop!  Due to the impending storm, we really did not see too many of our flying friends... but being outside, no matter the weather, is always a good way to start! 

Our List:
We Saw:
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
American Black Duck
Canada Goose
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
Blue Jay

We Heard:
White-breasted Nuthatch

I was not able to get too many photos either, but here they are...
American Black Ducks

Wintery dune colors

The stairs on the Wing Island Trail

Blue Jay, all puffed up to keep warm

Next Tuesday Tweets - February 4 at 9:30am at Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History
Happy Birding 'til then!

Monday, January 20, 2014

1.20.14 - West Dennis Beach - Bird Nerd Moment
Dennis MA
It was a Cape Cod Bird Nerd moment...shared my many...
There were several reasons why I moved to Cape Cod, not that it's a distant land, but it is a naturally beautiful place.  We brake for Wild Turkeys and Mute Swans who cross busy streets at inopportune moments... that's normal for us.  However, it's not just any day you can catch a glimpse of a Snowy Owl!!!  Snowy Owls don't always visit this far south each year, but there have been SEVERAL sightings in the lower 48 this winter, yes, even on Cape Cod... from Sandy Neck to Nauset Marsh to this one we saw today at West Dennis Beach.  What a treat!!!  I have never laid eyes on a wild Snowy... and not only did I get to today, but also I got to share this chilly moment with my two kids, which made my eyes well up with happiness.  Call me crazy, or just call me a nerd... it was a special day! 
Thank you Snowy Owl!  What a beauty...

I thought about turning around to take a photo of all of the bird nerd paparazzi,
but I could not take my eyes off of this princess!
  This experience even touched our 7 year old who mentioned,
"I usually don't like birdwatching, but today I did."
Happy New Year!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

1.12.14 - Green Briar Nature Center - Monday Morning Bird Walk
Sandy Neck Trails - Barnstable MA
We managed to keep warm on this January day thanks to the abundant sunshine and being surrounded by the endless sands of Sandy Neck
Our List:
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
American Crow
Canada Goose
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Ring-billed Gull
Red-tailed Hawk
Herring Gull
Canada Goose

Red-tailed Hawk

Oak in the dunes

There must have been about 100 Canada Geese in small flocks all over the enormous marsh

American Robin

Sometimes Sandy Neck feels like another planet to me

Cape Cod Bay

Driftwood Bottle...still not sure where the message was.


Dunlins (notice the slightly drooping bill)

Sanderling & Dunlins

Snoozing in the Sandy Neck Sun


Nature's sculpture

White-winged Scoter (female)

Surf Scoter (male)

Herring Gull

Next Monday Morning Bird Walk: 2/10/14
Happy Birding 'til then!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

1.7.14 - Happy New Year!

Tuesday Tweets is cancelled today the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History due to bone chilling WIND! 
Stay warm and the next Tuesday Tweets is scheduled for 1/21/14 at 9:30am.  Hope to see you there...Happy Birding until then.
-Cape Cod Bird Nerd