Category Archives: Cape Cod Blog

Our First Butterfly Of The Season On The Beech Forest Trail In Provincetown On Cape Cod.

We saw our first butterfly of the season on the Beech Forest Trail. What a treat! It was a Mourning Cloak butterfly and it was just gorgeous! (Click on blog link for other photo.)

We saw a “flutter” on the trail but, by the time we realized what it was, it had flown away. We never expected to see a butterfly in April! By the time we finished our hike, we had seen about 10 of them on the sandy trail, in the trees and on the bushes.

“In their adult form, Mourning Cloaks showcase a rich maroon or brown hue when their wings are spread, bordered by pale yellow edges and accented with black and iridescent blue spots. The underside of their wings presents dull gray striations, maintaining the pale yellow borders.”

You can see by the 2nd photo how they camouflage right into their surroundings when their wings are closed. Have you seen any butterflies yet this spring?


The Boardwalks On The Beech Forest Trail In Provincetown On Cape Cod.

We’ve hiked the Beech Forest Trail hundreds of times and have never seen it as wet as it is this spring.  (Click on blog link for other photos.)

Thank goodness the Cape Cod National Seashore has done such a great job installing the many boardwalks along the trail. They certainly are needed to keep dry this year.

Have you hiked the Beech Forest Trail lately? The reflections in the little pools are really pretty.

Just Curious: Why Are The New Dock Pilings So Tall At Rock Harbor?

All of the other rock pilings at Rock Harbor are of similar height and not very tall, while the new ones that were put in last winter are very tall and of multiple heights.  (Click on blog link for other photo.)

Does anyone have any idea why these poles are so different from all of the other poles at Rock Harbor? Just curious…

Beautiful Sharp-Shinned Hawk In Our Yard On Cape Cod.

This beautiful Sharp-shinned Hawk stopped by our bird feeders yesterday right around lunchtime. He must have been hoping to find something there for a meal. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

In doing some research, I learned that the Sharp-shinned Hawk eats insects, reptiles, small mammals and small songbirds. And those we have plenty of in our yard. They usually pounce from low perches which is why I saw him on the feeder.

When hunting at backyard bird feeders, they cause a wave of high-pitched alarm calls among the gathered songbirds as they flee the area. He stayed for a bit but then flew away without finding his lunch in our yard.

Beautiful bird, don’t you think? Have you ever seen a Sharp-shinned Hawk?