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!  
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Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
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
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!

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