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!
There is a wonderful hike at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary where you can go out to the outer beaches, over a boardwalk. But only go at low tide or near low tide or you could get stuck!
It was a glorious day last week with a blue sky and beautiful puffy clouds. We hiked the Silver Spring Trail and then out to the outer beach where we saw a lot of shore birds.
I took a photograph of the boardwalk from 2 different perspectives… straight on and at an angle. I couldn’t decide which one I liked better. What do you think?
Phil and I were walking down to Coast Guard Beach the other day when we saw this Song Sparrow right in the tree above us. He’d sing a bit and then look at us and then sing again. It was pretty cool.
He was so close, I didn’t even have to zoom in!
We were hiking along the Silver Spring Trail at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod when we saw a little movement in the trees down by the water. After watching for a while, we saw this beautiful Green Heron perch on the branch overlooking the water.
Gorgeous bird, don’t you think? I love the lighting on him.
I hadn’t seen a Baltimore Oriole in our yard for a couple of days, so I thought they had migrated south already. But I was wrong! What a treat!
There was a very interesting article in the Cape Cod Times about birds and their migration this week. I always thought that birds migrated because the temperatures were getting cooler. I learned that it is the length of the day that propels them to start their migrations. Did you know that?
Yesterday morning it was pouring rain. As I looked out the window I saw a glimpse of orange… could it be? And there at my bird feeder was a gorgeous Baltimore Oriole. I wonder if he came to say goodbye for the winter. He came back several times during the day so get some grape jelly between the raindrops.
I wonder if I’ll see him today? Isn’t he gorgeous?
PS He arrived at 8:00 this morning for a breakfast of grape jelly! 🙂
I’ve seen this Great Blue Heron fishing at low tide at Rock Harbor several times. He makes quite a squawk as he flies onto the muddy shore. And there he stands, ready to get the pickings in the nearby waters.
The Great Blue Heron is my very favorite bird. He is such a magnificent creature!