Saturday, July 1, 2017

7.1.17  Private Walk - Bells Neck - Harwich Conservation Lands
Harwich, MA

A few weeks ago, a lovely lady contacted me after discovering my blog while searching out information about birds on the Cape.  She was interested in scheduling a private walk for herself, family and friends.  I can't think of a much better way to welcome in July!  We had overcast skies for our adventure, though it kept the heat at bay, and we did have some peeks of sunshine through the thick clouds.  We saw SO many species, and some we were only able to hear rather than both see and hear.  That's part of the mystery of a bird walk.

What a fun nature-loving bunch of people!  Thank you Mary, family & friends!  I had a most memorable morning and I hope you all did as well!  There are so many beautiful locations for bird walks on Cape Cod.  Sometimes you're even rewarded with a double Mute Swan finale!  Bells Neck never disappoints! (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great Egret
Song Sparrow
Belted Kingfisher
Tree Swallow
Gray Catbird
Pine Warbler
Great-crested Flycatcher
Eastern Towhee
American Robin
Tufted Titmouse
Blue Jay
Eastern Kingbird
Common Yellowthroat
Barn Swallow
Laughing Gull
European Starling
American Black Duck
Mute Swan

Checking out a Red-winged Blackbird

Red-winged Blackbird - male

Mute Swan
Red-winged Blackbird - male

Red-winged Blackbird - male
Gray Catbird

Really FUN bunch!

Trying to spot the Great-crested Flycatcher
at the top of the oaks

A very blurry photo of the Great-crested Flycatcher

Nature-loving bird watchers

Black-capped Chickadee

Eastern Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird
Inspecting a Pitch Pine pine cone

Gypsy moth caterpillars all over the tree trunk - all gonzo though

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (I believe)

American Robin

Common Grackle

Common Grackle

Great group!

Mute Swan pair finale!

Happy Birding!

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