Category Archives: Cape Cod Birding

Our Bird Feeders Were Packed Full During The Blizzard On Cape Cod

There was a waiting line at our bird feeders during the blizzard this past weekend. I’ve never seen so many hungry birds! You would think that they would hunker down and stay deep in the trees, but they were much more inclined to sit on the bird feeders for hours braving the snow and 60 mph winds!

The first photograph is of one of the feeders filled with Goldfinches. The second one is of our friendly Red-Bellied Woodpecker waiting on the tree as he scouts a place to feed on the suet. And the last photograph is of a variety of birds looking for the leftover seeds in the snow.

Boy, are they brave little birds! It was quite a storm… we lost two 80+ foot Eastern White Pine trees. What a sound they made when they came down!

Yellow-Rumped Warblers At Our Bird Bath On Cape Cod

We had quite a few Yellow-Rumped Warblers in our yard the other day. They were dining on the berries on the bushes and drinking from our bird bath.

I have never seen a Yellow-Rumped Warbler here before. We used to see many of them out in Colorado.

In looking at by Sibley bird book, they are uncommon in this area at this time of the year but are sometimes seen in groups, such as we saw. Maybe they are starting to migrate north to be there for the spring?

 

Red-Tailed Hawk Is Back Building His Nest In Our Yard On Cape Cod!

What a thrill it was to see the Red-tailed Hawk sitting in a tree in our backyard with a branch in his mouth… and then flying up to the tall pine tree where his nest was last year. It was sooo cool!

We have seen him many times in the past couple of days working on his nest. And then we were wondering… is it the parents that had the nest there last year or is it the baby who has come back?

(Remember the baby who cried incessantly for the first few months of his life? )

Maybe as we see him more we can figure out who it is…

Rare, Thick-Billed Murre At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod

Phil and I were enjoying a glorious day at Boat Meadow after the snowstorm last week when I saw this duck out of the corner of my eye. It was swimming close to shore and didn’t look very familiar. I had my camera so I clicked away.

I checked my Sibley when I got home but all I came up with was a Thick -Billed Murre which is rare around here, especially on the bayside.

I waited until our friend, who is an astute birder,  returned from his vacation and showed him my photograph. Yes, it was a Thick-Billed Murre and he was most jealous! He has never seen one .

How cool is that?!

Little Sanderling At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod Bay

This little Sanderling was all by itself at Boat Meadow Beach on Cape Cod Bay. I don’t usually see them alone.

I wonder if the others were hiding out in the tall grasses because it sure was a cold, windy winter day!

Cute little guy, don’t you think?