Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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

Birds, birds...BIRDS!  We saw perhaps the most amount of species of different birds on this particular Tuesday Tweets, and it was an added bonus, that the weather was Cape Cod Perfection.  It was hot, but there was a gentle breeze, lots of sunshine... a time to be outdoors, binoculars around your neck, comfy shoes on sandy feet and a smile on your face.

We don't always make it to Cape Cod Bay, because the birds we see and hear along the way are so often wonderfully distracting and detaining... we simply (well I simply) cannot make it all the way to the water in a mere hour.  This morning was a slightly extended Tuesday Tweets.  I could not tear myself away from the shore, with the terns flying just above our heads, singing their beachy song - at least that's what it means to my ears. When I hear terns screeching and calling and creating the sound that is all their own, it makes me want to stretch out on the sand and take a leisurely beach nap.  It's that peaceful for me.  I realize sights and sounds of the shore have different meanings to different people, but I was mesmerized this morning.  We were overrun with TERNS!  It was gorgeous.

The bird nerds seemed so pleased and I have to make mention that a former Birding 101 KidSummer Kid and her mom, joined in on this particular Tuesday Tweets.  I am so PROUD of her!  I loved birding with her!  She was taking it all very seriously and seemed to be enjoying each moment, identifying species and taking in the moment that we all so fortunately were able to share together.  Thanks Bird Nerds!  What a morning! (double click photos to enlarge & don't miss Rick's photo contributions!)

Our List:
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
American Robin
Song Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Blue Jay
Black-capped Chickadee
American Crow
Barn Swallow
European Starling
Gray Catbird
Eastern Towhee
Prairie Warbler
Mourning Dove
Laughing Gull
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Kingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Baltimore Oriole
Great Black-backed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ruddy Turnstone
Black-bellied Plover
Short-billed Dowitcher (???)
Least Terns
Common Tern

Bumble Bees with legs COVERED 
in pollen!
Photo Credit: RICK

Osprey - by the next Tuesday Tweets
we probably will not be seeing any Osprey for 2016

European Starlings - flocking on the power lines

American Goldfinch - male

Bird Nerds on the saltmarsh

Song Sparrow

Eastern Chipmunk

Prairie Warbler - Photo Credit: RICK

Prairie Warbler - Photo Credit:RICK

Mourning Dove

Cedar Waxwing...couldn't see the mate

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird - Photo Credit: RICK

Gray Catbird - looks like juvenile, kinda scruffy looking

Baltimore Oriole

Sometimes photos look blurry and more painting-like
(never will claim to be a professional photographer)

Laughing Gulls with breeding plumage filling in 
in varying stages

Laughing Gull - Photo Credit: RICK
Double-crested Cormorant - Photo Credit: RICK
Sure wish I could...

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone - Photo Credit: RICK

Ruddy Turnstone...on a mission, which
did not phase the Laughing Gull in the least

Common Terns - Photo Credit: RICK

Black-bellied Plover, Short-billed Dowitcher (???) Common Tern
Photo Credit: RICK

So very strange to observe so many different species
of birds, mingling so happily & in such proximity!
Everyone's happier on the shore!

Herring Gull - juvenile - Photo Credit: RICK

Common Tern - juvenile - Photo Credit: RICK

Ring-billed Gull - Photo Credit: RICK

Laughing Gull - juvenile

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phobe silhouette
It's COOL to be a BIRD NERD!

Happy Birding!

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