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Pretty Painted Lady Butterfly At The Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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This was a great view of a Painted Lady butterfly at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. There are so many different species there which you can see in the gardens by the Visitor’s Center or out on the trails.

I loved this photograph as it is feeding on a Butterfly Plant in the garden. You can see some of its bright orange and black coloring as well as its camouflage coloring when its wings are closed.

Love its little face!  What do you think?

 

Nauset Light Beach On Cape Cod Was Spectacular!

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After many, many days of fog, rain wind, drizzle and lots of wind from Hurricane Jose, the skies cleared and Nauset Light Beach, part of the National Seashore, was spectacular! It was a warm day and there were a lot of people enjoying every second of it.

Phil and I were trying to figure out why there was so much traffic yesterday… maybe because it was a Sunday or maybe because everyone who has been stuck inside for over a week finally got outside to enjoy the gorgeous beaches on Cape Cod!

Lots Of Birders At the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary On Cape Cod

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If you want to go birding with an expert, sign up at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. They schedule many birding hikes throughout the day and you will be surprised at how much you learn. They are amazing!

We were out at the outer beach past the boardwalk when we saw these birders in the distance. We went over to see what they were watching and were pleasantly surprised. There were quite a few different shore birds that we couldn’t see where we had been standing. The expert was educating them on all of the birds they could see from Black-bellied Plovers to Semi-palmated Plovers to a Whimbrel by the tall grass. He was so informative on everything around them.

It was a gorgeous day to be on the beach and such a treat to see so many shore birds! A perfect day to go birding!

Nauset Marsh on The National Seashore On Cape Cod

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It was a beautiful day to take a hike at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. The days are a little cooler and crisper and the sun was shining brightly. Perfect day at Fort Hill.

I  love the little cutaways in the shrubs along the trails so you can see Nauset Marsh from many different angles. This view was just spectacular.

What do you think?

Juvenile Black-Bellied Plover In Wellfleet On Cape Cod

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These little Black-Bellied Plovers were flitting all around the mud flats by the beach at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary  the other day. Phil and I clicked away and got a few good photographs.

And then I started to do research and am not sure what they are. I think they are juvenile Black-Bellied Plovers. Can anyone verify what they are?

Their coloring is so different from adult Black-Bellied Plovers, but they were right near each other on the mud flats. Any help would be much appreciated!