Yesterday The Eastham Painters Guild was enjoying a gorgeous day painting at Boat Meadow Beach. The weather was perfect. There were quite a few painters and so much fun to watch!
Yesterday was one of those days where, if you want to get out and take a walk, you do it between raindrops. Well, the rain had stopped and the sky didn’t look too dark so I thought I’d walk over to Boat Meadow Beach. Was I in for a big surprise! (Click on blog link for other photos.)
As I walked out the door, I turned around to get my camera and a plastic bag in case it started raining. I was so glad that I grabbed my camera as I saw 4 Whimbrels feeding by the water’s edge. They were just beautiful.
I’ve only see them once before here on Cape Cod at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary a few years ago, so this was a big treat! It is rare to see them on the Cape, especially four of them together.
They are easily identified by their black and white-striped crown and long “decurved” bill. Have you ever seen a Whimbrel? It certainly made my day!
#birding #eastham #boatmeadowbeach
If you ever walk over the bridge on Bridge Road, stop and look over the side into the creek. You never know what you might see! (Click on blog link for other photos.)
Yesterday I was walking to the beach when I looked over and saw several Diamond-backed Terrapins swimming in the creek. They are so beautiful. I love it when they stick their little nose above water.
“Northern Diamond-backed Terrapins inhabit marshes which border quiet salt or brackish tidal waters. They can also be found in mud flats, shallow bays, coves, and tidal estuaries.”
Have you seen any of these terrapins swimming in the creek? It’s such a treat to see one… never mind several!
It makes such a difference if you take a photograph at high tide or low tide on Cape Cod Bay. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
I took this first photograph at low tide at Boat Meadow Beach. You can see all the green sea grass that comes out at low tide as well as the huge sand bars with the boats sitting on top of the sand.
I took the 2nd photograph the following day at high tide. Such a completely different feeling, don’t you think?
If you look very carefully by the sides of the road, you might see a Pear Cactus growing in the beach grass. I saw this one (and another) walking down the road to Boat Meadow Beach.
Such a pretty and delicate flower!