Tuesday, November 27, 2018

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

November sometimes can surprise us in the birdwatching department.  The weather on the other hand, is fairly predictable and we toughed it out in our winter gear for a cold and windy, yet brilliantly sunny, Tuesday Tweets.  It was the perfect-sized group so that we each got a visit in.  The highlight of our walk had to be the poses we got from the small flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers who perched for us again in the small meadow where the stone calendar is on the John Wing Trail.

What is especially sweet about these birds is that they tend to come out of hiding one at a time as we bird nerds patiently wait to prove to them that we are there just to appreciate them.  At first we'd just hear a peep.  Then we'd see a flash.  Then another flash and another, as they perch here and there, all puffed up to conserve their warmth in the cold air.  Birdwatching is a gift in every season, and we only get to see these guys in the colder months.  They gave us quite a show, including a size comparison with a Black-capped Chickadee.  I wonder what they were communicating to each other when they were so close.  Just wondering about that, is enough to keep us excited about getting to see them year after year.  I will admit... I may have taken too many photos of the warblers.  (double click photos to enlarge)

Our List:
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Black-capped Chickadee
Northern Flicker
American Crow
Herring Gull
Blue Jay
Carolina Wren
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Great Black-backed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Red-breasted Mergansers

House Sparrow - females

Can you spot the two House Sparrow females?  

Camouflage is amazing

Red White and Blue!
(Northern Cardinal - male & Blue Jay)

Old Man's Beard lichen covering tree branches

Found nest in the marsh reeds

View of Paine's Creek through the trees

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Bird Nerds!

Watching Warblers!

Ring-billed Gull

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Yellow-rumped Warblers and Black-capped Chickadee

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Paw prints in the sand along the meadow trail

Another nest spotted

Herring Gull

We did not stay long on the beach - it was too cold and windy

Big old highbush blueberry - it's famous around here

Red-breasted Merganser - females and male
Next opportunity for Tuesday Tweets:
Green Briar Nature Center, East Sandwich: 12.4.19 at 11am  $4Members/$6Non-members
Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Brewster: 12.11.19 at 9am $4Members/$6Non-members
*NOTE* Different start times at different locations

Happy Birding!

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