Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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

Staying in touch with nature is a healthy thing to do, and I feel so fortunate that I get to do so with such a great group of bird nerds all year long.  We had some chilly breezes, but we also got to enjoy abundant sunshine and several species of birds.  Tuesday Tweets typically delivers birds, though the fun part is, we never know where and we never know when.  We certainly never know how many either!  

Our hike was brisk and we had an enthusiastic bunch of bird nerds!  It's always a treat when friends show up to join in on our bird walk, and new faces too!  It means I get to share the trail I love with new enthusiasm in the hopes that newcomers will love it as much as I do. 

I was certain that when we were headed back towards the end of the walk that we came across a small group of Kinglets.  They were too camouflaged and shy to be photographed on this particular morning, but they have arrived.  According to another bird nerd, Sue Finnegan, the museum's master bird bander caught a crazy number of them in her mist nets!  The winter migrants are starting to show up... keep your eyes and ears on alert for them!  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
Black-capped Chickadee
Song Sparrow
Blue Jay
Pine Warbler
American Goldfinch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
American Crow
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Turkey Vulture
Great Blue Heron
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Harrier

Glasswort in its lovely fall hues

Poison Ivy looking pretty in the fall

Red-breasted Nuthatch performing the upside down trick

Red-breasted Nuthatch - upside down

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe - unaffected by Poison Ivy

Blue Jay

View from the top of the trail stairs

Bird Nerds!

Walking the path through the dunes

Herring Gull & Great Black-backed Gulls

Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Great Blue Heron

Lovely fall colors on the meadow and overlooking the salt marsh

I just love the shape of this dead tree trunk...
sometimes we have great luck on this very tree

Northern Harrier

Nature's artwork


Happy Bird Nerds!
Next opportunities for Tuesday Tweets: 
10.23.18 11am at Green Briar Nature Center, Sandwich $4Members/$6Non-member
10.30.18 9am at Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster $4Members/$6Non-member

Happy Birding!

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