It's not every bird walk I get a bonus assistant! The trail we hike at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History is remarkable on its own. When I get to share it with this many Bird Nerds for about an hour and a half, well, it just makes our experience that much more exceptional. The weather was pleasant, with little to no breeze, nice sunshine and perfect temperatures. As we walked along the salt marsh boardwalk, we noticed that the Glasswort has turned its purpley autumn hue. We could smell the leaf litter giving off a natural fertilizer scent and the birds shared their lovely songs and flighty moments with us.
I have never seen so many Eastern Phoebes on a bird walk before, and I had to believe, most of them were juveniles. They seemed to be everywhere we paused on our brief journey. We paused near the Groundsel trees, Goldenrod & Asters to listen to the busy bees buzzing along with their pollination business.
Not one, but TWO Great Blue Herons gave us a graceful view across the shoreline of Cape Cod Bay and we walked along the sands discovering beachy treasures. I also had the perfect surprise, because one of my aunties showed up for the walk as well. Getting to share this walk of unique habitats with nature loving people really is the highlight of my morning. September Tuesday Tweets tend to be some of the best of the year. (double click photos to enlarge)
Great Blue Heron
Great Black-backed Gull
|Bird Nerds on the salt marsh
|European Starlings flocking on the powerlines
|Mud fiddler crab
|Glasswort or "sea pickle" on the marsh, showing of its magenta fall color
|Bayberry, with berries
|Rabbit on the trail
|We heard buzzing bees at many spots throughout our walk this morning
|Arriving on the dunes
|Great Blue Heron & Canada Geese
|The mudflats were calm, quiet & mostly empty today
|Great Blue Heron - looks like something's up with
his/her leg the way it's dangling in flight
Auntie & me!
|Beachy treasures, including a vertebrae!
|Eastern Chipmunk desperately trying to camouflage
|My assistants for the morning!