Friday, April 3, 2015

4.3.15 - Private Walk - Cape Cod & South Coast Home Schoolers
Four Ponds Conservation Lands - Pocasset, MA

Off again with the enthusiastic home-schooled students...and we were doing our best to walk in between rain storms.  Four Ponds in Pocasset is a peaceful set of trails, although we amazingly were still dealing with some slippery ice and poop.  LOTS.  I'm baffled that folks who hike with their dogs through the woods simply leave it all over the trails.  It's so disrespectful to other visitors, but more importantly to the woods themselves.  Sigh... 
These woods are a hidden treat, and it's impossible not to appreciate the simple beauty of the water trickling between the ponds - especially when you need to carefully tip-toe over the boards between. The students did just that and I could tell they understood  the unique nature of this special spot, not only the sights, but also the peaceful sounds.  Due to my schedule this year, I hadn't had the time to go searching for my favorite duck in the kettle ponds of the Cape - the Ring-necked duck, but I was rewarded this morning.  What a handsome guy (see photos below).  I'm looking forward to our next bird walk and excited to explore another special area of the Cape with these families in a week! (double click photos below to enlarge)

Our List:
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
White-breasted Nuthatch
Ring-necked Duck
Downy Woodpecker

Bufflehead (male, female & male juvenile)

Appreciating the water flowing between the ponds

Princess Pine

Ring-necked Duck male

Ring-necked Duck male

feather attached to piece of branch - feathers are treasures

Fallen trees nurse the pond & forest floor

The kids spotted a Mallard couple

Mallards male & female

Bufflehead (female, male juvenile, male)

Bufflehead male

Welcoming path 

Hydrangea at the pond's edge

This impressive pine needed a hug


'Til we walk again... Happy Birding!

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