Tuesday, May 19, 2015

5.19.15 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets - John Wing Trail
Brewster, MA

Spring scents were in the air as we began our walk and they typical symphony of bird calls and songs were clear on both sides of the trail.  It was wonderful to see familiar faces as well as some new visitors.  The Osprey were in sight as we approached the marsh and we could hear that haunting seaside sound of a Willet in flight.  Then, there it was again once we entered the woodsy section of the trail on Wing Island... that mystery warbler!  I hadn't researched it yet and watching birds for me is exciting largely because it's about learning CONSTANTLY!  When you have a busy family, full of pets and more than one job, it's impossible to be able to keep up with what I want to do and read about.  When the situation presents itself - I get to it.  I finally know that our mystery warbler is a Prairie Warbler.  What a bird!  They were everywhere too!  I'm definitely old-school when it comes to learning as well, I don't use any apps (though maybe I should try) but I consult my comfortable reliable sources, and I find I learn better that way, when I'm researching.  I know, it can take time, but for me it's time well spent.  I'll never NOT recognize that upward spirally song coming from the Prairie Warbler.  It was an experience having everyone see him teasing us from the tree tops!  We caught a brief view of Cape Cod Bay before I had to turn around.  Oftentimes an hour is just not enough, but it is an hour well-spent, in Brewster Massachusetts.  Thanks for the great Prairie Warbler photos Susan!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List: 
Brown-headed Cowbird
Northern Cardinal
Song Sparrow
Mourning Dove
Blue Jay
Downy Woodpecker
Canada Goose
Herring Gull
Laughing Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Red-winged Blackbird
Tree Swallow
American Crow
American Goldfinch
Praire Warbler (!!! - our mystery warbler)



Song Sparrow

We took time to smell the lovely flowers!

Searching for the mystery warbler - a Praire Warbler!

Prairie Warbler - male (PHOTO CREDIT: SUSAN)

Prairie Warbler - male (PHOTO CREDIT: SUSAN)

Praire Warbler silhouette from below

Westward view of Cape Cod Bay

Tree Swallow

Canada Geese

Gulls in search of herring

Mrs. Osprey

Came across a Common Yellowthroat on the way back

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 6.2.15 at 9:30am $2Members/$4NonMembers
Happy Birding!

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