Thursday, July 9, 2015

7.9.15 - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History - Marshview Room - Brewster, MA

Occasionally I get to help out and work at the museum, which I love!  I call the Marshview Room the "drive through window", drive through - for the birds and the window - for the humans.  It's INCREDIBLE what you are able to observe through the giant windows in this particular room and from the first time I visited CCMNH when I was about 13 years old, this is one of my favorite spots. There were infants with bright eyes, teenagers appreciating not only the birds, but also the cuteness of the squirrels, and seniors telling bird stories and taking advantage of the binoculars.  Due to the time of year, all interested visiting this particular gem of a room this morning, were treated to several groups of juvenile birds relentlessly pestering their parents to FEED THEM, even though the food (seed & suet) were RIGHT THERE.  They were learning though, so it's fair to cut these youngsters a little slack.  It was funny to listen to the reaction of some of the human moms watching the birds through the windows!  The first photo I took below is of this sweet (fair or not - sometimes I cannot help labeling creatures with emotional language, including captions below) juvenile Northern Cardinal.  Watching this young one figure things out on the ground in front of the window was fascinating, even with the bustle of activity going on in the Marshview Room.  It was like watching this bird's brain grow, learning things every tiny step of the way.  I loved it, and I loved pointing it out to those interested.  Yes, this very same room has an array of attractions, (Eastern Box Turtle, snakes & frogs, the amazing wooden carvings....) the birds always steal the show for me, and many other museum visitors, every time.  We were able to observe 14 species, up close & personal, in less than an hour!  There were visitors all the way from Moscow, Scotland, Long Island, Arizona, & naturally, local families - including a Station Ave School teacher who brought her son's family, introducing her young curious grandchildren to CCMNH.  She loves it because all of the hands-on experience the kids get.  I couldn't agree more and it was fantastic to see her there, enjoying the local treasure this museum certainly is. (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Osprey (click to watch live feed of the osprey family of 3 chicks)
Tufted Titmouse
Song Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Mourning Dove
American Crow
Blue Jay
Tufted Titmouse
Brown-headed Cowbird
European Starling

Northern Cardinal - juvenile

Common Grackle (adult on the left, note yellow eyes.  Juveniles on the right)


Eastern Chipmunk filling those cheek pouches

The Common Grackle parent was relentlessly followed...


Mom/Dad can't even take a drink in peace.

Red-winged Blackbird-female (left), House Sparrow-female (right)

Northern Cardinal - juvenile & male

Northern Cardinal - juvenile, learning about its surroundings

House Sparrow - juveniles

House Sparrows & Red-winged Blackbird - male (with perhaps a mite problem?)

Gray Squirrel

House Sparrow family, being fed

House Sparrows

Are we cool?

...for the moment, they are.

Blue Jay

House Sparrow, feeding young

Brown-headed Cowbird - female (left), House Sparrow - female (right)

Hangin' out...

Upcoming Tuesday Tweets: 7.14 & 7.21 at 9:30am.  $2Members/$4Non-members 
Birdwatching For Beginnners: 7.16 at 10am.  Included with Museum admission.
Happy Birding!

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