Black And White Hairy Woodpecker At Our Suet Feeder Here On Cape Cod

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This Hairy Woodpecker just loves the suet feeder in our yard, once he figured it out. We had so many Starlings that would come and eat all of the suet, Phil came up with this brilliant idea!

You know how suet comes in a plastic container where you pull the paper cover off and insert it in the suet feeder? Well, he kept the plastic container with the suet still inside it, peeled off the paper cover and put it upside down in the suet feeder.  The woodpeckers are used to eating upside down, so they mastered the technique of finding the suet on the bottom of the feeder in no time. The Starlings…have had a much more difficult time trying to figure out how to get the suet through the plastic on the top and sides.

Pretty ingenious, don’t you think?

 

Purple Climbing Nightshade Wildflower At Fort Hill On Cape Cod

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I was taking a hike at Fort Hill the other evening when I saw this little bit of purple out of the corner of my eye. It was on the side of the trail at Fort Hill and pretty hidden in the climbing vines.

But, I was able to take a photograph of it and then look it up in my wildflower book when I got home. It is a Climbing Nightshade wildflower and very delicate and pretty. Its flowers almost look like the Shooting Star wildflowers that I used to see out in Colorado.

The Climbing Nightshade is a climbing vine with purple shooting star shaped flowers with 5 petals which grow in clusters at the end of long stems. The flowers are just 1/2″ to 1″ and bloom from June to August.

This is my first Climbing Nightshade. Have you ever seen one?

Cabbage White Butterfly On My Zinnia On Cape Cod

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I planted a lot of flowers in my yard here on Cape Cod to try to attract the butterflies and hummingbirds. This White Cabbage butterfly liked my Zinnias the best!

A White Cabbage butterfly is about 1 and 5/8″ with black on its forewing tips. The male has one black spot and the female has 2 black spots, so this is a female.

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After she had her fill of the Zinnias, she alighted on the rock slab at the base of our bird bath and spread her wings, showing her true colors.

Pretty butterfly, don’t you think?

Baby Red-Tailed Hawk In Our Yard On Cape Cod

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We knew there was a nest of Red-Tailed Hawks high in  a tree in our yard here on Cape Cod. It has been so much fun watching the parents fly in and build the nest and then tend to the young, bringing them food.

Finally this little one fledged and spends most of its time in our yard, flying from tree to tree. It will sit there on a branch and cry for hours until the mom comes and feeds it. It is just adorable.

Well, the other Day I came home from a bike ride and Phil said, “Come in very quietly.” And the little guy was sitting in our bird bath, splashing away, first his head, then one wing and then the other wing. He would then take a nice drink, gargling away.  Phil said he’d been there for over 30 minutes already. He entertained us for at least another 10 minutes and then flew away.

We feel like we have a bird nursery in our yard. So many little ones, but this is definitely the cutest!

Pretty Spotted Wintergreen Wildflowers On Cape Cod

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I was taking a walk the other day when I saw this pretty little Spotted Wintergreen wildflower. I did not know what it was until I got home and could look in my wildflower book.

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The white, waxy flowers grow facing downward ( as seen in the second photograph) and then when they  bloom they face upward toward the sun.

Have you ever seen a Spotted Wintergreen? So pretty!

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