Recap: Red River Birding Walk–Aug. 31, 2021

Exploring the Red River marsh.

It’s a great way to start the day by discovering the diversity of migratory and resident birds of the shore, salt marsh, and Nantucket Sound. Year-round species depend on our seaside habitats to find food and shelter. Cape Cod is also a migratory stopover for shorebirds like sandpipers, terns, plovers, and other species flying from the Arctic tundra to their southern wintering grounds. 

Here are the 22 species that were seen or heard on sunny August 31st. Many thanks to Peter for sharing his birding experience and natural history knowledge. We also greatly appreciate HCT volunteer Gerry Beetham for sharing his inspiring photographs. For upcoming walks, be sure to check out our schedule under Walks & Events.

Common Eider  9
Mourning Dove  3
Whimbrel  1
Ruddy Turnstone  1
Sanderling  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Willet (Eastern)  1
Laughing Gull  9
Herring Gull  4
Great Black-backed Gull  3
Common Tern (hirundo/tibetana)  3    (off shore)
Double-crested Cormorant  3
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  3
Osprey  3
American Crow  8
Tree Swallow  35
Barn Swallow  16
Carolina Wren  1    (singing)
House Sparrow  2
Song Sparrow  2