Tuesday, September 4, 2018

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

September weather is typically spectacular on Cape Cod and we certainly were rewarded with a beautiful morning this Tuesday Tweets!  I got to meet some new Bird Nerds and I am fortunate to get to visit with at least a handful of local bird lovers who enjoy hiking this same trail over and over.  The Wing Island Trail is among the most inviting on the Cape,it seems to so many.  I believe it has much to do with the diversity of habitats along the way.  It doesn't hurt that the location in in Brewster and connected to Cape Cod Bay.  I find it difficult not to fall in love with the town, and I have been returning to it for decades.  The fact that we get to appreciate the trails week after week, year after year, is a tremendous gift.  We can imagine who we might see and hear, and it seems there is always some sort of new surprise along our walk, be it a bounding deer or snail trail in the sand.  Tuesday Tweets gets our faces off the screens, gets our feet on the ground and gets the fresh air into our lungs.  

Every once in a while I'm able to capture a nice photo of a bird (or chipmunk, or fox), we truly don't know which species we'll encounter in our 90 minutes together.  Most of all, I feel it is about being in nature and how it rejuvenates us and how important it is to share that experience with others.  How lucky for me, others feel the same and we get our surprises in, bird-style.  It is ALWAYS a good day when I get to see a Great Blue Heron.  It may sound crazy, or... nerdy... but they are one of the main reasons I chose to live on Cape Cod.  I like to believe others feel the same about them...certainly the Bird Nerds who gathered on this day were.  I'm sure the birds appreciate it! : ) 
(double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
American Robin
Northern Cardinal
American Crow
Tree Swallow
House Sparrow
Blue Jay
Barn Swallow
Gray Catbird
Black-capped Chickadee
Great Blue Heron
American Goldfinch
Mourning Dove
Great Black-backed Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Tern (Common?  Roseate?)
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Song Sparrow
Eastern Towhee

It's impossible not to be amazed by the arial agility of swallows over the salt marsh

Fiddler Crab

Snail trails?  This was weird!

We appreciate the foliage as well, especially when the birds are hiding in it!

Great Blue Heron perching precariously

Northern Flicker

Bird Nerds!

Gray Catbird

Semi-palmated Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Looks like both a Semipalmated Sandpiper and Semipalmated Plover, not that we can see those fancy feet!

We were happy to see this guy take off eventually.
Guess s/he just needed some alone time.

Osprey chart in the Marshview Room 

It was a lovely morning on our walk!
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets: 9.11.18 at 11am at Green Briar Nature Center

Happy Birding!

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