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Baltimore Orioles Building Their Intricate Nests On Cape Cod


It has been so much fun watching the colorful Baltimore Orioles building their nests here on Cape Cod. Their nests are a woven, hanging nest so they need materials which they can weave.

We bought a roll of Sisal Packing Twine and cut it into little pieces, anywhere from 4″ to 8″ long. This is the kind of twine that you can unravel and it makes lots of smaller pieces of twine which the birds love.

This is a photograph of one of the Baltimore Orioles with his beak full of Sisal Twine, ready to fly to his nest. We saw one little Chickadee with his beak so full that he had a hard time getting off of the ground! So cute! And so much fun to watch. We put a new stash of twine out on the ground each morning just in case…

We bought 3 new bird houses about 3 weeks ago which are all now inhabited by little Chickadees. Boy, they didn’t take long! And a pair of Robins have built a nest in one of the Evergreen trees that we just planted about 2 weeks ago.

Never a dull moment in our backyard! Lots of little baby chicks to look forward to!

(We can already hear the baby Red-Tailed Hawk crying high up in the pine tree behind our house. )

Pretty Yellow Buttercup Wildflowers At Fort Hill On Cape Cod


There are so many little, yellow Buttercups blooming at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. I love seeing the little wildflowers start to bloom and bring such pretty color to their surroundings.

I saw this Buttercup near the first parking lot at Fort Hill a few days ago but if you keep walking, you will see fields of them all around!

Interesting Snail Shells On The trails At Fort Hill On Cape Cod


I saw these 2 pretty snail shells on one of the trails at Fort Hill the other day. I thought perhaps a bird had dropped them there after eating them for lunch. Their coloring was very distinctive.

A few days later I saw some more of these shells and then they started moving!   I then realized that they were indeed snail shells with the snails still inside!