Adorable Catbird Singing Away On Cape Cod

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This little Catbird was singing away on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill on Cape Cod. We could see him through the bushes in the distance, perched on the branch.

He looks like a young one with his fluffy feathers, don’t you think? So cute!

The Fields At Fort Hill On Cape Cod Are Aglow With Goldenrod Wildflowers

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The fields at Fort Hill are spectacular with the glow of Goldenrod wildflowers growing everywhere! They are unbelievable!

It seems like they went from fields of pink Sweet Pea wildflowers a few weeks ago to fields of Goldenrod wildflowers for the fall.

Gorgeous, don’t you think?

Early Morning Birds At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod

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I took a walk to Boat Meadow Beach the other morning and was surprised at  how many birds there were on the beach. It was mid-tide …so not too high and not too low. I had my phone but had forgotten my camera. Thankfully, I don’t do that very often.

You can see the larger Seagulls with about 50 little Semipalmated Plovers scurrying about. When I got home and looked on my computer I could see two birds flying above. I thought it was so pretty.

I kind of like the grainy way it looks from zooming in on my iPhone. What do you think?

Japanese Knotweed Growing Profusely On Cape Cod

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This is the time of year when the Japanese Knotweed is growing all over Cape Cod, and elsewhere. It grows densely to 6 feet tall with tiny, white flowers in 3″ spreading clusters.  The leaves are heart-shaped.

Japanese Knotweed grows from August through September in open areas. Although it looks pretty, it is listed by the World Conservation Union as one of the world’s worst invasive plants.

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Smooth Sumac Growing In Abundance On Cape Cod

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I have seen a lot of Smooth Sumac growing along the sides of the trails by the National Seashore. I wasn’t sure what it was until I did a little research.

Smooth Sumac is a large shrub which grows to about 10 feet with large, 12″ leaves. The bark is smooth and brown; the twigs are grey or red. The flowers are yellowish and bloom in June and July. The berries, which you can see in the photographs, are tiny, red, hairy,  sticky and about 8″ upright. They grow in dense, conical clusters.

I also learned that it is not poisonous, like Poison Sumac.

Have you ever seen Smooth Sumac?

 

 

Double-Crested Cormorant At Rock Harbor On Cape Cod

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It was fun to watch the Double-crested Cormorants diving for food at Rock Harbor. There were quite a few of them and they were quite busy. They’d swim around bit and then dive way under. You never knew where they would surface, so you never knew where to focus your camera.

This guy was right next to the pier before he went looking for lunch. They should be around at least for another month before they head south and are really fun to watch.

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