Friday, December 31, 2010

Cape Cod, MA (part deux).

My second day on the cape my parents made the mistake of asking me if there was anywhere I wanted to go while I was there.  I am not sure if they expected me to say Trader Joe's or what, but I scanned the Mass Birding website and found some beaches nearby with birds I had never seen before... My parents agreed to the adventure despite the thermometer looking like this:


Oh and the wind was NOT helping.  But it was sunny!

The first beach we pulled up at was Dowses Beach in Osterville.  A handful of American Black Ducks greeted us...


A new one for me!  Out in what I believe is Nantucket Sound were a couple dozen Brant...


Yum...seaweed....


I climbed up some rocks and found my first Common Eiders!!



Such cool birds!  They had some Common Goldeneye pals.


And I better not forget the ladies...


After thoroughly freezing my parents we got back in the car and headed to Long Beach in Dennis I think.  It was cold there too.


But there were Mute Swans!


Sweet!


My dad made a new friend.



And in case you were doubting the wind... This Ring-billed wants to show you how it felt:


We left this beach and went to another beach.  I don't recall where it was or what it was called.  My brain was too frozen to retain information at this point.

I finally found a Great Black-backed Gull:


He was great indeed.  Here's another one:



By the water were quite a few little shorebirds... Sanderlings mostly...



There were a few other shorebirds mixed in... Like this guy:


I'm guessing Dunlin because of the bill but I'm not sure.



Woohoo, four new birds!  Plus my parents actually seemed to enjoy themselves despite the weather.  Good times!

3 comments:

  1. Great selection of birds. Happy New Year. Boom & Gary,

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  2. BOY I recall those chill winds of winter from my days on the NY coast...BRRRR and those birds look familiar too..Except I neve say the Eiders--great find there! Happy New Yr

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