Cape Cod Bird Club monthly meetings are held September – May.
Please note that meetings are now starting at 7:00pm!
Our next meeting is December 14th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.
Our annual Members’ Night will include a silent auction, bake sale, discounted Cape Cod Bird Festival items and a presentation by the 2015 Teen Scholarship winner. See the Meetings Page for more details.
See our Meetings page for more information about the topic and speaker.
Check out our Walks page for upcoming bird walks led by club members, which are held throughout the year.
The latest edition of the club’s newsletter “The Kingfisher” is now available online here and on the Newsletters page.
In addition, there are now copies of Cape Cod Bird Club newsletters from 1985 to 1996, and 2007 to the present. Eventually we hope to have all available printed copies of the newsletter online.
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Thank you to our speakers, Dr. Miyoku Chu and Richard Crossley, all of the trip leaders and volunteers for a great 2015 Cape Cod Bird Festival.
2015 Cape Cod Bird Festival Wrap-up
2015 Bird Festival Sightings
2015 Bird Festival eBird Checklists
We are very disappointed to have to announce that, due to a change in the Hog Island Audubon Camp’s registration process and the unprecedented number of scholarship applications the camp has received, the Cape Cod Bird Club will be unable to offer a teen scholarship in 2016.
CCBC is proud of our past participation in the scholarship program at Hog Island and all of CCBC’s past scholarship recipients. We hope to continue to be able to offer scholarships to the teen camp in future years.
This from Cornell Lab of Ornithology:
Cornell’s Project FeederWatch season starts on Nov 14 and runs through April. Will you be helping scientists follow winter bird population trends this winter? It’s a fun activity that helps you pay closer attention to the birds that flit through your backyard.
Project FeederWatch is a fun citizen science project that anyone can do. Set up a feeder, count birds, & report your sightings! New participants receive the FeederWatch Handbook & Instructions, a Common Feeder Birds poster, a Bird-Watching Days calendar, & Winter Bird Highlights – a summary of the exciting data that you helped to collect. Join now, the season starts November 14!
New York Times article on bird communication.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – spring, when the Puffins return to Seal Island! More great news, the Puffin Burrow Cam is live again on explore.org, featuring a pair of puffin parents nesting with an egg.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology has a website called http://birdcast.info/ which predicts when species will arrive, peak and leave during migration, week by week: http://birdcast.info/forecasts/. You can select an area of the country to focus on – here’s this week’s Northeast forecast: http://birdcast.info/forecast/1-8-may-2015-regional-migration-forecast-ready-set-go/#MidwestNortheast
Great Horned Owlets and parent in Savannah, GA
It’s a fun time of year to observe live nest box cams, and Cornell has several:
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/ – probably won’t be active too much longer, as the two young are now old enough to start “branching”, but one seems to stay in the nest a lot, and was fed there this morning. You can even view the nest at night, as they have infrared cameras.
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/42/Barn_Owls/ – the pair were at the box this morning, but there may not be eggs yet.
http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/43/Barred_Owls/ – the adult is on the nest with eggs.
They have feeder cams, too.
The osprey cam at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History doesn’t appear to be active yet. you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view
Falcon: http://rfalconcam.com/rfc-main/streamView.php – you have to view a brief ad to get to the live view
Audubon Live: http://projectpuffin.audubon.org/audubon-live-cams – a little early yet for the puffins, terns and guillemots, but there is a recording of a Seal Island cam where you can watch a gray seal giving birth.
It’s spring and bluebirds should be checking out nestboxes soon! CCBC volunteers monitor Eastern Bluebird nestbox trails in several locations on the Cape. This is your invitation to get involved and enjoy. Our monitoring helps bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting species succeed. To make a difference we need a cadre of volunteers who rotate the duties of monitoring, so you may be asked to monitor about one week a month during the spring and summer.
CCBC manages nestbox trails at Crowes Pasture in East Dennis, and at Thompson’s Field, Bank Street Bogs and Texeira Field in Harwich. We train volunteers, clean out and set up boxes for the spring, and schedule visits to each site so that we can track the nesting cycles of the birds. This involves some walking over uneven terrain, peeking inside each box and recording what is happening: nest building activity, adult sitting on eggs, young waiting to be fed or fledging time. If you are interested in helping, please email one of our coordinators.
For Crowes Pasture, Carolyn Kennedy, firstname.lastname@example.org (508) 255-7564.
For Harwich, contact Judith Bruce, email@example.com.
If you have boxes at home, it is time to clean them out in March.