Next Meeting - March 13th

Cape Cod Bird Club monthly meetings are held September – May.

Our next meeting is March 13th at 7:00 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.


March 13th – Denver Holt – Adaptations in Owls


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.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird Migration Progress

Watch the spring migration progress of ruby-throated hummingbirds at http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html.

Bald Eagles at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond

Bald eagles have been spotted at Mashpee-Wakeby Pond on the Upper Cape for several years. Are they nesting? The MA Division of Fisheries & Wildlife would like to find out. According to the State, the last known eagle nest on Cape Cod was in 1905 on Snake Pond in Sandwich, so the location and documentation of a nest on the Cape would be quite notable! The State is interested in receiving information about adult eagle sightings and, in particular, possible nest locations in the area. If they are able to locate a nest based on an observer report, they typically try their best to get that person out with them for an eagle banding trip and allow them to hold an eagle chick while it is being banded!  Have information? Please contact Jason Zimmer with MADFW:  jason.zimmer@state.ma.us.

2017 Coastal Maine Bird Studies Teen Scholarship

The Cape Cod Bird Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded to Jamie Gilson a full tuition scholarship for a one week session this summer at National Audubon’s Coastal Maine Bird Studies for Teens camp program conducted at Audubon’s Hog Island in Bremen, Maine. Jamie is a 14 year old  home-schooled student from Harwich. He is an avid birder, and has been attending CCBC meetings since he was 10. He also is interested in bird illustration, and one of his paintings was juried at the 2016 inaugural Youth Bird Art Contest at the Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, MA. Congratulations, Jamie!

Great Horned Owl Cam

Explore this, other bird and other animal webcams on explore.org: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/great-horned-owl-cam

Winter 2017 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

The latest edition of the club’s newsletter “The Kingfisher” is now available online 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.

With much Gratitude and Best Wishes to Charlie and Jane

We would like to voice our thanks and appreciation to Jane and Charlie Martin for their many years and tireless dedication to the Cape Cod Bird Club.  They will be greatly missed and we wish them all the best in their new home and birding adventures!

Join or Renew Online!

In addition to joining the club via US Mail, you may now join or renew online with either a PayPal account or credit card.  The checkout process is done with PayPal, but you do not have to have a PayPal account to use it. The club has no access to your credit card information, and no credit card information is stored on the club’s website.

Go to Join Online from either the menu above (Join –> Join Online), or clicking here.

Weekly Bird Report

In case you didn’t know, each Wednesday, at 8:45am and 5:45pm, Mark Faherty gives the “Weekly Bird Report” on WCAI-FM.  You can listen to podcasts of past airings on their site.

Bluebird Time!

Bluebird by Janet DiMattiaIt’s spring and bluebirds are checking out nestboxes!  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, Robert F. Smith Cold Brook Preserve (aka 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, c2kenn2@verizon.net (508) 255-7564.

For Harwich, contact Judith Bruce, turtledock@comcast.net.