Friday, September 5, 2014

9.5.14 - Private Walk - Bayside Beach
Dennis, MA
Living on Cape Cod allows you to bask in the glory of September.  There are fewer places I treasure more than Cape Cod Bay, and having an opportunity to spend some time identifying shore birds (tricky stuff) that visit and/or live there... well, it's the definition of delightful for me.  One of the best ways to learn to ID shore birds is by habitat foraging choice.  Some prefer to dash about at the edge of the waves, while others prefer to be on the sandy beach, although today we saw several species wading in the mudflats on the sandbars, probing with their wild beaks.  We got SO close sometimes!  The next time you walk at low tide and carefully scan the rocky parts of the tidal flats.. .you will be AMAZED at how many birds you will see!  It's like a tiny natural gift, once you realize they are all around you waiting to be discovered.  Not to mention, their beautiful calls and songs will fill you with beach-y happiness.
Our List:
Semipalmated Plover
Herring Gull
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
American Crow
Ring-billed Gull
Ruddy Turnstone (!!!) - my first!

Sanderlings & Semipalmated Sandpipers

Semipalmated Sandpipers



Ruddy Turnstone & Herring Gull

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderlings & Semipalmated Sandpiper

How many birds can you count in this photo?

Ruddy Turnstone
Herring Gull & Sanderling

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Sanderling (top) & Semipalmated Sandpiper
Ruddy Turnstone
Happy Birding, on the shore, or wherever it is you are!

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful and the setting! Your photograpy...really dramatic. This is one terrific blog entry. Thank you so much!