Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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

Happy Tuesday Tweets Morning to you!  Well, I was convinced we'd luck out and have a great Osprey sighting... wrong!  BUT - we were fortunate to see a Red-breasted Merganser male in Paine's Creek!  We don't often take the eastern section on the John Wing Island Trail, but I felt like it, hoping we'd have such a find!  They should be migrating soon for breeding season, so another reason why we were so lucky for this sighting.  I did not want to hike all the way to the bay due to the wind.  There's a photo below of the white caps in the distance, and as gorgeous as that is... the wind whipping at us as we crossed the ever flooding marsh (high tide due at 11:30am with a full moon the next day) was plenty cold for me!  David spotted him first and we got some decent views, once I became slightly more patient.  I'm thinking the Merganser was having some luck fishing in the creek.  He was diving and swimming against the rapidly incoming high tide - fisherman's secret maybe.  Our sighting/sound list is starting to grow with migrating spring arrivals.  Pretty cool to have the overlap of a Red-breasted Merganser and to already be hearing the call of an Eastern Towhee!  He didn't let us SEE him, but we heard him!  Same with those tricky American Goldfinches.  What a tease!  They were RIGHT in the pitch pine over our heads... but no views for photos.  The photos are slightly limited this trip - but a fine walk it was for all I like to believe!  Great to see happy familiar faces as well as new bird nerds on our adventure!  Thanks Susan for sending some photos of your own! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Canada Goose (over the parking lot even before our walk began!)

Mourning Dove
Black-capped Chickadee
American Crow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Eastern Towhee
Red-breasted Merganser
Herring Gull
Blue Jay
European Starling

Mourning Dove silhouette

Mourning Dove (photo credit: SUSAN)

Winter damage to an old tree

Mostly dead tree... sometimes seen with raptors perching...soon

Bird Nerds
Photo Credit: SUSAN

Marsh & dunes between the creek & Cape Cod Bay

Red-breasted Merganser - male

Red-breasted Merganser -male

Cape Cod Bay with whitecaps in the distance

Chipmunk hole

Old Man's Beard Lichen on a fallen oak branch

House Sparrows on bat box

European Starling

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 4.12.16 at 9:30am  $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

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