We stopped at Fort Hill yesterday hoping to see some butterflies or some new wildflowers and were greeted by the Northern Bobwhite calling his distinct call, “Bob WHITE!”
When I was a little girl my Dad, who was a bird lover, taught me many of the different bird calls. When I heard this “Bob WHITE!” I turned to Phil and said, “It’s a Northern Bobwhite. I remember the call from my Dad.” I have not heard it in probably 50 years, nor have I seen a Bobwhite in probably that long.
We stood there as one Northern Bobwhite flew out of the brush, followed by another one. One landed on a nearby tree where we got some good photographs. He stood on the branch and sang out “Bob WHITE!” for about 20 minutes!
You can see his exquisite colors in the first photograph and him singing away in the second photograph.
We looked up on our bird identification app and Fort Hill is the only place on Cape Cod that anyone has seen a Northern Bobwhite this year!
Such an unbelievable treat!
The view of Nauset Marsh from Fort Hill is just spectacular! It was fun to take a little hike and click away.
I love this photograph of Nauset Marsh, which is part of the National Seashore. It was fun to use my app and get a a little different feel to it.
What do you think?
I was taking a walk at Fort Hill, looking for new birds, wildflowers and butterflies to photograph. This pretty Pearl Crescent landed on the trail right in front of me and then I saw a pair of them on a clover down the ways a bit.
Pearl Crescent butterflies are orange with black borders, scattered black markings and a wingspan of 1- 1 1/2 “. Their habitat is fields and meadows which is exactly what Fort Hill has to offer.
Pretty little butterflies, don’t you think? I had never seen this one before!
I loved this black and white photograph of one of the hiking trails at Fort Hill in Eastham on Cape Cod. If you park in the first parking lot on the left before you go up to the overlook of Nauset Marsh, that trail will take you by these trees and on a wonderful hike through the meadows, swamps, woodlands and by the marshes.
It’s a must if you get to Fort Hill. Wonderful hike… not too long and absolutely spectacular!
The waist-high ropes are up and the yellow signs are up along The National Seashore on Cape Cod so that people are aware of the birds nesting on the beach and in the beach grass.
The Piping Plover, Common Tern and Least Tern are shorebirds that nest along coastal sand and gravel beaches in North America. They are difficult to see as they blend in with the sandy beach habitat. Their nests are made on the sand and are also difficult to see.
I’m sure you will see some of these roped off areas this spring if you area walking the National Seashore on Cape Cod. If you stop and look beyond the ropes you might see some of the shorebirds nesting on the beach.