Not All Birds Fly the Coop (or Cape) for the Winter

Marsh Wren

BARNSTABLE – The fall is prime time for those hoping to spy some birdlife, as the past season’s extensive species diversity begins to make their way back down to their Central and South American breeding grounds.

Birders seeking a last glimpse at Warblers, a variety of Thrushes and travelling Cedar Waxwings will have an easy time of it, as millions of migrating birds begin to head South.

But while the Cape’s species diversity is greatly diminished during the colder months, the region does in fact gain a few hardier species who actually summer further north and winter in Southern New England and the Central Eastern shore board.

Take the tiny Winter Wren, for example. This species of wren spends the warmer months in Canada and can be found preferably near dead wood and fallen logs.

Spotting one is difficult, since they camouflage well with their preferred habitat. But hearing one isn’t difficult, since their calls can be delivered ten times louder than a crowing rooster, in terms of weight.

Another winter visitor to the Cape Cod region is the enigmatic Dark Eyed Junco. Many observant homeowners will notice these small slate-gray, white-bellied birds balking along the ground in the fall and amassing at feeders during snowy winters.

Although the Junco is one of the most common birds of the Northeast, many birders still enjoy watching them for their quick hopping along the ground while they search for seeds.

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  1. If only you could use the language properly: It should be “coop” not coupe. Coupe is a car and a coop is where birds live. I haven’t seen any birds driving around.

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