|Herring River in Craigville|
|Laughing Gull in situ, Hyannis|
|Laughing Gull Leucocephalus atricilla|
|Herring Gull Larus argentatus|
|Willet Tringa semipalmata|
|Northern Mockingbird Minus polyglottos|
|American Robin Turdus migratorius (juvenile)|
|Tufted Titmouse Baeolophus bicolour (juvenile)|
|Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina|
|Atlantic Horseshoe Crab Limulus polyphemus|
I was jarred from slumber on two mornings by a rousing dawn chorus – first in was the song of an American Robin (at 4:15 on the nose), followed closely by the sounds of Mourning Dove, Eastern Phoebe, Red-eyed Vireo, Gray Catbird, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal, Song Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow, several brief White-throated Sparrow phrases, House Finch, and American Goldfinch. A lovely racket, I wasn’t complaining.
I checked in on the swampy (and tick-infested) area where the Herring River empties into Craigville Beach several times. An Eastern Box Turtle was a pleasant surprise there, as was a flyby by a pair of Mute Swans. Gray Catbirds were thick on the ground, and four local Ospreys patrolled over the swampy bits, regularly putting up several jumpy Willets. Other Craigville observations included a Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Northern Mockingbirds.
Hyannis was passed through a few times, and it was there that I got my first looks at Laughing Gulls, Fish Crows, and Horseshoe Crabs. While driving through Hyannis, we passed a reedy pond where I saw/heard several fluttery Black Terns. Is that an odd record this time of year on the Cape? Who knows.