Friday, September 30, 2011

BwBTC Plum Island~cancelled ~sorta

Howdee all,

Last Saturday was supposed to have been our Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp outing at Plum Island, Ma.

We had nice day planned, with a guide and a bird banding session.

But~with torrential rains forecasted, many decided not to come.

John and Sharon were traveling from Maine. Hilke from Vermont. Dan from Connecticut. For them a long haul, on a day that was supposed to be a wash out. The locals were also bailing out..

Forecast was grim…

Cindy was coming from Brooklyn, NY…she already had reservations nearby and decided to come anyway.

Jeff and I said we would meet whomever was there…and so..because of the forecast….it was the three of us..

UNTIL…the weather cleared..

We met up with Christopher~who put out a quick facebook message that he was on his way.

He pointed out a Eurasian Widgeon in the marsh across the street.

Soon after Laura and Mark joined us..

Shortly after that  Diana and Paul joined us.

And what do you think we all  did?

We talked..

Plum Island_002 (1)And talked…for hours~

It was fun to catch up and chat with everyone.

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Laura brought this hat that is to be worn by a Birder if they are celebrating a birthday ending in a 0..on a bird outing.

John~aka Mainebirder~

This would have graced your head..See what you missed..hee hee.

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There were plenty of ducks and shorebirds in the marsh areas…

And we eventually did some birding..

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Most of the gang left in search of the Curlew sandpiper being seen on the NH coast.

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Cindy, Jeff and I wanted to stay on Plum and check out the scene.

Plum Island_038 (1)Great Egret

Plum Island_003A flock of Turkey

Plum Island_022Plum Island_020We headed to the beach..A Caspian tern had been seen.

Plum Island_009 (1)And although there weren't scads of shorebirds..and no Caspian tern…

There were enough to view and enjoy.

Plum Island_011 (1)We walked the beach …

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For a day that was supposed to be rainy and bleak..

It sure did end up being a gorgeous day.

Plum Island_017I loved the clouds..

Plum Island_018And the reflections in the water..

Plum Island_019 (1)Cindy and her foot prints following her Smile

Plum Island_020 (1)Just look at this!

Can it get much prettier than this?

Plum Island_023 (1)So~I didn’t mind that the place wasn’t hopping with birds..

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I was having fun photographing the clouds..

Plum Island_029Clouds..

Plum Island_031 (1)Driftwood beach shack

Plum Island_032 (1)We had a great time hanging out at the beach..watching two Peregrine falcon chase the shorebirds…didn’t see either of them take a bird.

Plum Island_035 (1)Did I tell you the clouds were super?

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They were..

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Stay tuned for this poor little birds story…

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Another BwBTC outing planned tomorrow for a few that couldn’t make the first outing..See you there~

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birding and Clamming~Chatham, Ma

Howdee all,

While staying in Cape  Cod..

We had a few combo~Kayak~Clamming~Birding trips

Clamming Birding Dinner_001This particular day was foggy..

Clamming Birding Dinner_003We were a bit late for low tide and the tide was coming in quickly…

Jeff had to keep moving the Kayak

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We also had to keep moving to dig for clams…as the water was creeping up on us.

Clamming Birding Dinner_009There were plenty of birds around

Jeff birded while nephew David and I did the digging.

Birding Clamming_005Some of the Black-bellied Plover were showing nice color

(please let me know if my bird IDs are wrong)

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Short-billed Dowitcher

Birding Clamming_012I watched it for a while....

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As it poked around the rocks....

Birding Clamming_016Finding its lunch....

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  Marbled Godwit~

Birding Clamming_036With a basket full of was time to head

Back to shore..

Clamming Birding Dinner_016Past scenes such as this…

Clamming Birding Dinner_011later that evening

Jeff and David

Shucking Clams and Oysters..

Clamming Birding Dinner_021We had a wonderful Dinner…

Fried Clams and Oysters over pasta

and Steamers!

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Jeff and I are in Lexington, Ma. now. We are still not in Homey~we hope to pick it up tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

South Beach Birding~Chatham, MA

Howdee all,

Hope you all are having a nice September.

We have been out of our Homey for one and a half weeks while it is in the repair shop for a minor fender bender..Jeff ran over a big rock a few months ago. We have been staying in Jeff's sisters home on the Cape during the repair. We are hoping our Homey will be finished today and we will then head just a bit north to Lexington, MA for a few weeks.


Last week Jeff and I went birding South Beach, Chatham again..

This was the second time in a few weeks and it wasn’t our last.

We invited Kathie Brown of Kathie's Birds to join us. We took the 7am water taxi. We met Matt Malin on the water taxi~he joined us for the day.. and shared his birding knowledge.

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We  decided to leave the bay side and go for do some ocean birding as the tide wasn’t quite right for birding on the bay.

south beach little_011It was a beautiful morning…

We had great views of Parasitic Jaegers and distant views of Wilson's Storm-Petrel and Northern Gannet

Kathie, hasn’t birded that much on the shore…she started racking up Lifers.

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We were being watched by Gray and Harbor Seals

Birding south beach_036I found tracks in the sand.

Birding south beach_040Coyote tracks..

Birding south beach_041OH NO!

You never know what you might find on the beach….

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Nothing we could do to help this naked gal…and..we were rather afraid to touch her.

S0uth Beach_BodySeals hanging out at the shore..

Birding south beach_052Hundreds..

Birding south beach_055I found coyote tracks leading to this carcass..The coyote dragged this away from the shore to eat…the gulls were having a feast on the leftovers.

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After great fun birding the ocean side of South Beach we headed to the bay side.

Birding south beach_070Beautiful isn't it?

south beach little_018Plenty of Tern..

Birding south beach_017Matt helped us with Tern ID~ there were Least, Black, Roseate,Common and Forster’s Tern

Kathie counting more life birds…

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Oh lookie here…I love finding hearts. Smile
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Least Sandpiper

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Two Shell fishers~Human and Bird

(American Oystercatcher)

Birding south beach_025We saw many birds…but not the numbers we had hoped for…

Kathie was pleased~ 15 life birds for her this day!

Congrats Kathie!

Birding south beach_081We were running out of time…and had to hurry to catch the 4pm shuttle.

Birding south beach_080On the way back to the shuttle…

We started seeing piles of birds..

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We couldn’t stop to give them proper notice..

We had a shuttle to catch and water to wade thru..

Birding south beach_083Jeff and Kathie walked the shore rather than wade thru the water.

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We passed

Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs

Birding south beach_091And then this..

Birding south beach_093And this..

Birding south beach_094With no time to sort thru them..

Birding south beach_095Scads of birds…we had to walk by..

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To catch our shuttle home…

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Such is birding, on a schedule..I need a boat. Smile


Birds of the Day~via Ebirder Kathie Brown

White-winged Scoter
Common Loon
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Northern Gannet
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Northern Harrier
Black-bellied Plover
Semipalmated Plover
American Oystercatcher
Greater Yellowlegs
1 western, 2 eastern
Lesser Yellowlegs
Hudsonian Godwit
Ruddy Turnstone
Red Knot
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Great Black-backed Gull
Least Tern
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
Common Tern
Forster's Tern
Parasitic Jaeger
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Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Savannah Sparrow
Saltmarsh Sparrow

Thanks Kathie for your wonderful record keeping!

Thanks Matt for your helpful Birding skills!

It was a super day!

Links of the Day

  • Outermost Harbor Ferry

  • Birding on South Beach

  • Kathies blog post on the day

  • Kathies blog post on the Jaegar

  • Kathies post on the Whos hiding on South Beach.