Tuesday, September 26, 2017

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

We have been VERY fortunate on Cape Cod to have faired the hurricane season well...thus far.  What's been interesting, certainly in my yard, has been the quiet due to lack of birds last week while we were dealing with winds.  Sunday was one of those incredible & hard-to-believe-so-gorgeous-outside type of days!  There were birds all over our yard, grazing, feasting, bathing... They knew that particular storm had passed after five days of rain, mist & gusts.

We were certainly treated to several species on this Tuesday Tweets as well, and talk about a gift...we bumped into Sue Finnegan a Master Bird Bander!!!  I explained that the pouches around her neck each contained a different bird!  I felt like I could hear jaws dropping.  Sue generously shared an Alder Flycatcher with us on hand, IN HAND!!! (see photo below)  She does amazing work and I always get excited when we sneak in a quick visit with her in the field.  

Cape Cod Bay was showing of her shades again this morning and we decided to take a peek towards Quivett Creek as an alternative to looping around through the woods.  The mosquitoes have been numerous wherever I seem to go lately, so I didn't feel like swatting them away.  There was not much beach shore activity today when we reached the sands, but the sun came out and suddenly we had a summer bird walk in autumn...perfect.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow
American Crow
Northern Cardinal
Carolina Wrens
Black-capped Chickadee
Gray Catbird
Blue Jay
American Robin
American Goldfinch
Alder Flycatcher (!!!)
Northern Mockingbird
Cedat Waxwing
Tree Swallow
Double-crested Cormorant
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Mourning Dove
Eastern Towhee
Norther Flicker
House Sparrows

Salt Reed Grass / Big Cordgrass

Glasswort   AKA "sea pickle"

Empty Osprey nest with exterior greenery

Alder Flycatcher - THANK YOU
Sue Finnegan!!!

Sue Finnegan - Master Bird Bander

Old Man's Beard Lichen - a tell tale sign of healthy fresh air!

American Crow...communicating...

Song Sparrow

American Robin - juveniles (not one of my best photos...)

Enjoying our walk

Found feather covered with dew from the fog

Herring Gull

Asian Shore Crab

Gulls on the sandbars

Checking out Quivett Creek

Double-crested Cormorants

Colors get along nicely when the sea meets the shore

Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 10.10.17 9a  $4Members/$6Non-members
Happy Birding!

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