Another interesting place to visit to observe birds and to photograph them is the Cape Cod Bay end of the Cape Cod Canal. Both sides of the canal offer opportunities for these endeavors. On both sides. There are jetties that you can walk out on, I find the jetty on the Sandwich side much easier to walk on. Both sides of easy to get to. Although you do have to drive over the Sagamore Bridge to get from one to the other.
As we slowly walked down toward the jetty, we observed common loons, red breasted mergansers, herring gulls,common eiders and other birds.
Flying there was a herring gull which had food in its mouth being harassed by a first-year juvenile herring gull. The long and the shot of the story is that the adult bird opened its mouth and drop the food into the canal, so neither bird got to eat it.
Down in the water off the beach, there were a number of Atlantic Brandt swimming and flying around a Great Blue Heron.
I was able to capture some sequences of bird action. The first was a red-necked merganser taking off from the canal and the second was a common loon diving for food. I combined the pictures into inaction-sequence panorama, utilizing the technique that George Lepp described in Outdoor Photography and is available online at http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/shooting/action-sequence-panoramas.html
There were a number of Brants feeding in a area of snow covered grass.
Crossing over to discuss the Scusset Beach State Reservation Area, we observed mostly the same birds that we had seen on the opposite side of the canal. There was a lone sanderling feeding on the beach. Normally you find sanderlings in in groups. The sanderlings was very cooperative and walked back and forth by me as I knelt in the snowy sands to get a low profile of the bird.
The wind had picked up and this song sparrow, I captured with its feathers blowing in the wind. A ringed-build gull decided to make the handicap parking sign its resting place.
There also was a good number of American Crows around the area.
I do recommend a visit to the Cape Cod Bay end of the Cape Cod Canal for your enjoyment. Directions and information are available at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/ccc/ccchome.htm