The water still goes up pretty high on Coast Guard Beach, part of the National Seashore, at high tide. You can see by this photograph that the water goes all the way up to the dunes when the tides are high as you walk down the beach. This photograph was taken about 2 and 1/2 hours after high tide.
There are places along the beach where the sand is higher and the water doesn’t get up to the dunes. The dilemma is… if you walk down the beach when the tide is lower, will you get back if the tide comes in?
This is such an exciting time on Cape Cod when the birds start migrating back for the summer. We always take bets on when the colorful Baltimore Orioles will arrive as they are some of our favorites. They are magnificent and so much fun to watch as they weave their intricate nests and then raise their young.
There is still one Baltimore Oriole nest left from last summer. It was just amazing how many huge trees fell down in our yard from the many ferocious winter storms and that nest just hung on.
We had just taken a long walk yesterday on Coast Guard Beach. It was in the mid 80s and glorious! And when we got home I looked out the window and there he was… a Baltimore Oriole at our bird bath. Love it!
PS I won the bet!! 🙂
It was such a treat to see 2 Piping Plovers on Coast Guard Beach the other day. One was scurrying around while the female was sitting on the sand, probably on her nest. They lay their eggs right in the sand.
Many times The National Seashore will put a little cage around the nest. The birds can walk through the wire mesh to take care of the eggs and the babies while it keeps the predators out.
The last photograph shows how camouflaged they are against the sand on the beach. Can you see the Piping Plover sitting on her nest in the center of the photograph, on the lighter sand?
Beautiful little bird, don’t you think?
“The jawbones of a whale that have stood in front of the Captain Edward Penniman House in Eastham have been removed because they are a danger to the public, according to National Seashore officials.
In whaling communities, use of whale bones to mark a sidewalk or driveway entrance, or as a seaside landmark, dates from when whaling flourished in the 1700s through today. ”
The jawbone at the Penniman House at Fort Hill was installed in 1969. The previous jawbone, installed in 1876, is on display at Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown.
Penniman was one of the most successful whaling captains in New England. He retired at age 53 to Eastham. His home, which was sold to the National Seashore by his youngest granddaughter in 1963, was restored two years ago and is a must if you come to Cape Cod.
I love the bridge that goes over the salt marsh on Salt Pond Trail by the Visitor’s Center in Eastham. It’s such a great hike and always so pretty.
What do you think?