Wednesday, September 27, 2017

9.27.17  Yarmouth Park & Recreation Bird Walks - Flax Pond
South Yarmouth, MA

I was wondering how much the fog would affect our walk this morning.  I was prepared for it to affect whatever photos I was lucky enough to get, learning from yesterday's Tuesday Tweets.  I take the photos primarily to help with identification upon further investigation when I can enlarge them later at home.  They also are a nice visual reminder of our time. 

We had a great walk through the Flax Pond Trails, looking and listening for feathered friends while in the woods.  We were quickly treated to a few species immediately and soon after that, to both a Northern Flicker and an pair of Eastern Phoebes.  I had originally identified the birds as a type of Flycatcher (which they ARE in the same family as Eastern Wood-Pewees, Willow Flycatchers & Alder Flycatchers).  The particular Phoebes we saw were exhibiting their tell tale behavior of tail flicking, along with utilizing the top of the fence to perch as they searched for bugs to feast upon.  They were fun to watch!

The woods were lovely in the fog, and even though I am no spider enthusiast...I do appreciate the artistry of their webs... as long as a giant one is not positioned anywhere I can see it!  The fog and moisture in the air allowed for spotting spider webs of different design, shape & position in every direction.  We have had a LOT of humidity here on the Cape with these hurricanes doing their thing, thankfully for us... most of it off shore this past week.

When we arrived near the end of our walk at the beach area of Flax Pond, we couldn't even see the other side of the pond's edge!  We could barely make out the edge of the tree tops.  It was eerie and cool at the same time!  The photo I took shows the crazy white-out condition (see below).  I'm looking forward to seeing & hearing new species as we continue this series of walks next month on 10.11.17.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Blue Jay 
Tufted Titmouse
Downy Woodpecker
American Crow
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
White-breasted Nuthatch

Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker

Eastern Phoebe


Northern Flicker

Eastern Phoebe

Can you spot the upside down silhouette
of the White-breasted Nuthatch?

Another nuthatch silhouette...
best I could do with the fog affecting the light

Love this upside-down one!

Bird Nerds in the fog!

Such pretty trails no matter what the weather!


Dainty flowers beneath the lifeguard tower at the beach

I've been seeing so many types of mushrooms the past month or so!
Next opportunity for the bird walk at Flax Pond: 10.11.17 $10/person: click to register
Rain cancels the walk - I will decide by 8am if necessary
Happy Birding!

1 comment:

  1. really intrigued by the story. amazing. Good to see how things came together. You are most kindest,cutest and sweetest person ever.its the first time i have ever heard about this chimney swift.