Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2.23.16 - Cape Cod Museum Of Natural History - Tuesday Tweets - John Wing Trail
Brewster, MA

These winter bird walks are worth bundling up for because it's good to get out there, as long as the air temperature is not too ridiculously low, or the wind-chill too extreme.  We did deal with some chilly winds, but the sun helped us to enjoy our time outside with the birds we did see and hear.  Those song sparrows provided a lovely soundtrack to our leisurely pace behind the museum.  As much as Wing Island pulls for me to 'come hither', the full moon was the night before and we'd have been walking back through inches of brackish water...not a great plan for a February morning!  So we did a bit of back tracking after a quick glance at some ducks flying into the marsh to land.  I'm wondering if the birds were sensing a storm or if it was merely too windy for us to see a long list of species.  The company is always pleasant and bird stories and questions keep us chatting, until we're interrupted by a bird song or call, or a sudden "Did you see that?".  Most of the photos are of house sparrows, and the fact that they allow us the proximity they do, I feel is their gift to us.  I know there are invasive species dislikers (haters) out there and I can see both sides.  I can't deny, all birds have their beauty.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Tufted Titmouse
Song Sparrow
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
American Crow
Ducks (Mallards? American Black Ducks?  Too far away)
Herring Gull
Mourning Dove (Thanks Marion & DAVID!)

Red Squirrel

Song Sparrow - not a great photo, but I wanted
to post it because of the camouflage.  This guy
blends right in.

Song Sparrow

House Sparrows - male & female

House Sparrows - male & female

Red Squirrel 

House Sparrow - male

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 3.8.16 at 9:30am $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

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