Friday, May 1, 2015

5.1.15 - Private Walk - Cape Cod & South Coast Home Schoolers
The Knob - Woods Hole, MA

Hooray for May!  It seems as though we'd never arrive in this month, and though the air temperatures are still chilly here on the Cape, and the wind picked up half way through our hike... it was The Knob after all; the cold could not govern my mood.  Whenever I know I'm headed to this destination, I get excited.  This enthusiastic bunch spotted nests galore as we started on the trail.  The Knob is an easy walk - beautiful in any season, except perhaps in a hurricane.  It seemed the winter migrants had already moved on, at least the species we typically see close to shore.  I'm used to seeing Common Goldeneye and Red-breasted Mergansers in this area... but it's too late in the season I believe.  We did see cormorants and just a few gulls.  See below for our complete list.  It was great to be able to meander back along the shore, something you cannot do at high tide when at the Knob.  There were periwinkles and barnacles to be seen along the boulders of the shore.  When you live near the coast, your ankles adapt to walking on stones and sand and slippery spots.  It was a peaceful walk, with some beautiful bird sightings, with a bunch of wonderful families.  I'm going to miss this group!  Happy Spring! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
Great Black-backed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Northern Harrier
Snowy Egret
Herring Gull
Canada Goose
American Robin
Common Eider
Song Sparrow
American Crow

Jellyfish on the Aurelia/

Nest on a beech tree, made from seaweed & twigs

Great Black-backed Gull


Snowy Egret (far far away...)

Double-crested Cormorant

Bird watching can be exhausting

Herring Gull

A lively bunch!

They even let me get in on the action!

Osprey nest

Who needs a playground when you've got big rocks?

Canada Geese

Cedar with exposed roots on the shore

American Robin

American Robin 

American Robin

Canada Geese

Buffleheads (female) & Common Eider (male & female)

American Crows

Common Eider (female)

Common Eider (male)

Comfy spot

More comfy with a pal!

Happy Birding!

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