Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

One of the best things to wake up to on a Tuesday Tweets morning for me is... NO WIND. Yes, there was a chill in the air, but no bitterly cold coastal breeze to freeze us to the bone and lots-o-sunshine to give us the opportunity for a beautiful walk.  Oddly enough, we didn't see too many species of birds, and when I thought of it later, that can be a bit of a drawback to birdwatching on the ocean when it is low tide.  Many of the birds that we did see were hundreds of feet in the distance where the water met the shore.  What a walk though!  Cape Cod Bay is tough to beat when it comes to admiring the open space, the sea's blue hues and the warm winter sun on your cheeks. 

An interesting thing that can happen when there aren't as many birds about as perhaps you'd like, you get to noticing other details while you're out appreciating nature.  We discovered a gull's track in the sand, which was made more interesting by the double lined track that went along with it, for most of the stretch of sandy beach we covered on our walk and then some.  We discussed what the lines might be, including a dragging tail, though the lines were off to the side of the tracks... being outside makes you question things and conjure up scenarios in your head.  It makes you wonder, "What happened here?" and gets your brain going.  Fresh air will do that to you. Tuesday Tweets is good for you!  

So, we didn't see lots of birds, but we were outside enjoying all that open space and it reminded me of the Rolling Stones' song "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Sometimes being outside for a while and simply enjoying the state of mind it can transport you to, is getting exactly what you NEED.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
House Sparrow
American Crow
Ring-billed Gull
American Black Duck
Great Black-backed Gull
American Robin 
Black-capped Chickadee...camouflaging

American Crow

American Black Duck (butts) & Ring-billed Gulls

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gulls

Gull tracks and...?
What do you suppose made the lines in the sand next to the bird?

Bird Nerd silhouettes on the sand

Nature's artsy arcs

Northern Cardinal - male
who poked his head out at the tail end of Tweets

Next Tuesday Tweets: 2.14.17 $2Members/$4Non-members
Happy Birding!

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