It’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, email@example.com (508) 255-7564.
For Harwich, contact Judith Bruce, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please take the time to help our grassland birds via The Bobolink Project! Check out what it’s all about at their website and like them on Facebook!
Dear Cape Cod Bird Club members,
I am writing in the hopes that you might be able to help promote a new regional conservation initiative that helps protect grassland nesting birds and local farmers. The Bobolink Project finances bird-friendly mowing by linking conservation-minded donors to conservation-minded farmers.
Grassland birds like Bobolinks are facing hard times. Hay farmers who delay their harvests long enough to allow Bobolinks to successfully nest will lose money. The Bobolink Project collects donations from conservationists and distributes those funds to cooperating farmers, allowing the farmers to delay their cuts and thus “buy” the precious few weeks these birds need to complete their nesting cycle.
Time is running out for this season (2016). Our deadline to receive donations and identify cooperating farmers this year is April 22.
I wondered if you wouldn’t mind sharing the link at meetings to help promote the project? http://www.bobolinkproject.com/. Additionally, you can follow us on facebook
Please feel free to contact me if you would like further information.
Jonathan L. Atwood, Ph.D.
Massachusetts State Coordinator-The Bobolink Project
208 South Great Road
Lincoln, MA 01773
Here is the link to Wayne Petersen’s Birding Community E-Bulletin as mentioned at January’s meeting.
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!
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
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.