Next Meeting - September 14th

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

Monthly meetings are on hiatus until September.

Our next meeting is September 14th at 7:30 pm at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History on Route 6A in Brewster.

Speaker to be Announced

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.

Cape Cod Bird Festival

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3rd Annual

Cape Cod Bird Festival

September 18 – September 20, 2015
Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Registration Now Open!

Click here to find out how

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Here are our Special Guest Speakers for the 2015 Festival:

Dr. Miyoko ChuFriday’s speaker will be Dr. Miyoko Chu author of Songbird Journeys, the riveting tale of the wonders of bird migration. ”Songbird Journeys: Four Seasons in the Lives of Migratory Birds”

Richard Crossley

 

Saturday’s speaker will be Richard Crossley, internationally acclaimed birder, photographer and award winning author of the popular ‘The Crossley ID Field Guides’.

Past, Present and Future

 

For more information, see the Bird Festival pages

The 2014 Cape Cod Bird Festival is history, but here is a brief wrap-up of the event, and a list of birds seen.

When Birds Squawk, Other Species Seem to Listen

New York Times article on bird communication.

Mass Audubon – Osprey Field Expedition

Osprey Field Expedition

Dates:  June 6-7, 2015

Location:  Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, 345 Bone Hill Rd. Barnstable, MA 02637

Instructor: Ian Ives, Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary Director

As part of a two-day experience this June, the class will lead participants into unique locales to learn more about the osprey’s role as one of New England’s top predatory birds.

Go go Mass Audubon’s page for more information.

Puffins are back on Seal Island - watch them live!

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.

Forecasting the 2015 Migration

 

 

 

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

Wild Care Annual Yard Sale June 13th

Each year, Wild Care Cape Cod holds a huge indoor yard sale in the gym at the Harwich Community Center.  This year, it is on June 13th, from 9-12.  So, if you’re doing some spring clearing out, and want to donate items to a worthy local cause, follow the instructions below, or if you want to support Wild Care by shopping at their yard sale, save the date.

Camp Edwards Grassland Bird Tours, Open to the Public, Registration Required

The Massachusetts Army National Guard’s Natural Resource Program is hosting grassland bird tours in May and June 2015 on Camp Edwards. This is an unusual opportunity for avid birders, naturalists and photographers to walk through the Camp Edwards grasslands on a guide-lead tour.

There are several hundred acres of grassland managed on Camp Edwards at Joint Base Cape Cod. This thriving habitat, a rarity in the rest of Massachusetts, is home to a variety of grassland bird species including four state-listed species: Upland Sandpiper, Northern Harrier, Grasshopper Sparrow and the Vesper Sparrow.

Other bird species you may encounter are the Clay Colored Sparrow, Northern Bobwhite, Meadowlark, and many Bluebirds. Additional information on the grassland habitat is available at www.E&RC.org.

Each tour will cover approximately 137 acres of this rare and endangered habitat and will last around two hours. Attendees should bring sunscreen, tick protection, and water. Don’t forget your binoculars and camera. Photography is encouraged.

Tour Dates and Registration Information:

Each tour is limited to 25 people and spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Tour dates and times are:

Saturday, May 30, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.; registration deadline is Thursday, May 21

Saturday, June 13, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.; registration deadline is Friday, June 5

Children over 10 years of age are welcome on the tour.

To register for a tour, please send an email to emily.d.kelly2.nfg@mail.mil, with your name, telephone number, and which tour date you would like. A confirmation email will be sent with further information including directions, base access, meeting place and parking.

Accessing Camp Edwards on Joint Base Cape Cod:

Please remember, Camp Edwards is a restricted access facility and attendees must be registered to access the base.  All attendees will be asked to provide their full names, driver’s license number and date of birth to complete the registration process.

Spring 2015 Kingfisher Newsletter now available online

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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.

Live Nest Cams

Great Horned Owlets in Savannah, GA

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.