Saturday, May 28, 2011

A Rare Sparrow in Massachusetts and Birding Cape Cod

Now that my computer is back to normal, I will continue writing about my previous activities. There has been reported up in Truro Massachusetts a rare sparrow, a Cassin's sparrow which is normally found in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and Mexico. This is the first Massachusetts sighting of this bird.

So on May 18, Paul Champlin and I drove up to Truro to see if we can locate the bird. When we arrived at the location where the bird had been sighted, there were a number of other birders present, who told us that we had just missed the bird. Now the reports on this bird shows that it has been showing up intermittently in the area, so we got set up, me with my tripod my long lens with a 2X telly converter and waited. Paul, being the expert birder walked through the grassy areas where he knew that the bird might be at. A number of other birders arrived and were eagerly waiting the appearance of this bird. There was a small shack on the side of the road, and from behind the shack Paul was gesturing for us to join him. There was the bird, just behind the shack and it jumped on a chair that was underneath the shack and then went beneath the shack and then flew out and started feeding. Everybody got excellent views of the bird.

Since the morning was still young, we traveled up to Province Lands portion of the Cape Cod National Seashore to bird the Beech Forest. What makes the Beech Forest so Interesting Is that people come there and feed the birds. The chickadees, titmice and even the nuthatches will come and fly on to your hand and take seeds right from it. Even some of the warbler's would come in close.
Black and White Warbler

Black and White Warbler

Black-capped Chickadee

Canada Goose Gosling

Northern Parula

White-breasted Nuthatch

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Northern Parula

We just didn't look at birds!

Bullfrog it cbe toldom a green frog by the lack of prominent dorsolateral ridges onts back

Eastern Chipmunk