Monday, May 8, 2017

5.8.17  Bird Walk  Bells Neck Conservation Area
Harwich, MA

I've been fortunate to have been included in a unique and wonderful group of entrepreneurs over the past several months.  One of the ways I wanted to give back as a gift to the support they've given me, was a bird walk... on me.  We had to reschedule because last Monday the weather was just drizzly and lousy.  Today was bright and beautiful, but deceptively COLD with the wind!  I always carry spare hats, gloves & sweatshirt in such a case, so off we went once we were bundled up enough!  

I chose Bells Neck Conservation Area because of its diversity, beauty and basically... guaranteed birds, and LOTS of 'em! This morning did not disappoint!  Once we were off on the bridge it was species after species, so many in the first 10 minutes I needed to take a minute to write them all down!  What was especially fun for me was that none of these new friends of mine had ever been on a bird walk and they were eager to be outside in the sunshine, with binoculars to see what they could see, even if that meant viewing the fishermen out on the marsh! : )  We saw &/or heard 27 species of bird! (and two or three fishermen...)

I wanted to incorporate some of my learning materials that I use with other groups of all ages so that I could help them learn how to identify which species and why.  They asked me how I got into this... basically by being obsessed really.  I just love sharing the outdoors with people who want to be out there in it, appreciating all of the things that go on when we're not in an office, on a screen, or worried about our day to day concerns.  Nature can be a magical escape that way, and the birds are such a connection to that magic.  We had a spectacular time together! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Mute Swan
Red-winged Blackbird
Glossy Ibis (!!!)
Canada Goose
Belted Kingfisher
American Goldfinch
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Lesser Yellowlegs
Laughing Gull
American Crow
Song Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Common Grackle
Blue Jay
House Finch
Mourning Dove
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Eastern Towhee

Bird Nerds (Photo Credit: LAURA)

Belted Kingfisher

Snowy Egret

Bird Nerds

Mute Swan

Tufted Titmouse

Tree top nest

Canada Geese on either side of the Double-crested Cormorant

Snowy Egret in flight

Snowy Egret

White-breasted Nuthatch

Common Grackle

Red-winged Blackbird - male

Red-winged Blackbird - male

House Finch - male

Fishing line & barb entangled on a tree top

"Peekaboo!"  Northern Cardinal - male

Black-capped Chickadee

American Robin

Leaf buds competing with muted colors

American Goldfinch - male

American Goldfinch - female

Enjoying our time together!

Found retro treasures... FREE!

Song Sparrow
Spotting an American Goldfinch overhead (Photo Credit: LAURA)

Bells Neck Bridge view - looking southwest

Glossy Ibis!!!

Double-crested Cormorants

Glossy Ibis

Lily Of The Valley

Surprised Tree Face!
Happy Birding!

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