Tag Archives: Cape Cod Birding

Gorgeous Hooded Merganser Family At Great Pond On Cape Cod.

It’s been so much fun going out each day with our binoculars and cameras trying to see which birds have migrated back to the Cape for the winter. There seems to be a new one every couple of days!

We took a drive by Great Pond in Eastham where I could see some white on what looked like a few ducks in the distance. When I got my binoculars out, I could see that they were Hooded Mergansers. What a treat! This was a first for us  this season.

As you can see by the photograph, it looks like two males and a female. I love how you can see their bright yellow eyes. Have you seen a Hooded Merganser yet this year?

 

Gorgeous Great Blue Heron At Wiley Park On Cape Cod.

This Great Blue Heron likes to hang out by the little creek that feeds the two ponds at Wiley Park. I see him there frequently as I hike over the bridge. He doesn’t seem spooked by me as many Great Blue Herons are when they just fly away. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

As you can see in the photos, he is pretty well disguised in the trees and brush. What a beautiful bird!

Two Interesting Shore Birds At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod.

I was so surprised to see these two shore birds together at Boat Meadow Beach. There was a Semipalmated Plover and a Semipalmated Sandpiper. They just kept hanging out together. (Click on blog link for other photo.)

The Semi-palmated Plover is the bird in the two single photos with a ring around its neck.

Have you ever seen either of these shore birds?

Great Shearwater Rescued After The Nor’easter On Cape Cod.

This Great Shearwater is just one of the many seabirds rescued by Wild Care Cape Cod after the Nor’easter a couple of weeks ago. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

“The Great Shearwater is a common seabird off our Atlantic Coast, seldom coming close to shore except during storms. Often forages in flocks. Commonly feeds around fishing boats, fighting over scraps and offal, seemingly fearless of humans. Although Great Shearwaters are often very numerous in North American waters, they nest only on a few islands in the South Atlantic.”

“This bird has the typically “shearing” flight of the genus, dipping from side to side on stiff wings with few wingbeats, the wingtips almost touching the water. Its flight is powerful and direct, with wings held stiff and straight.”

This was a first for us; we had never seen a Great Shearwater. It was so cool!

Visit the Wild Care Cape Cod Facebook page to follow some of these birds that got washed ashore and see how their stories turned out.