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...
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!
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!