|Bass Hole boardwalk|
|Osprey nest at Bass Hole|
|Beach at Monomoy NWR|
|Osprey Pandion haliaetus|
|Laughing Gull Leucocephalus atricilla|
|'Orange-tailed' Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum|
|Willet Tringa semipalmata|
|American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus|
|Common Tern Sterna hirundo (Buoys and gu...never mind...)|
|Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis|
|Fish Crow Corvus ossifragus|
On an interesting note, I saw a Cedar Waxwing there with an orange tip to its tail, as opposed to the expected yellow. Apparently this happens in the northeastern US as a result of the birds eating an introduced species of honeysuckle berries. Neat-o.
By the time we got to Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge (just south of Chatam, in Cape Cod’s southeastern armpit), the fog and wind had fully socked the place in, visibility was low, and most birds were keeping their heads down.
Notable observations included a pair of Eastern Kingbirds on the dunes, several Willets probing for benthic organisms in the fog, four Common Terns dive-bombing for fish (no Roseates, boo-hoo), two Snowy Egrets, a nice close flyby from an American Oystercatcher, and good views, finally, of a vocalizing Fish Crow. Nuh-uh! Nuh-uh!
At the sandy cliffs on the beach, a Northern Rough-winged Swallow got caught out by stiff winds, and it was incredible to watch its repeated aborted landing attempts and circle-rounds in the vicious gusts before a successful landing in its nest hole.