As Phil and I were taking a walk down Coast Guard Beach a couple of weeks ago when the temps were in the lower 70s, we saw something lying on the sand. Hmmm….
As we got closer I could see that it was a Common Eider just relaxing in the sun and not bothered by anyone. We clicked away. After a little while, he got up and sauntered back down to the water.
A Common Eider has a white back and black undersides with a black crown. They have a very distinctive bill, as you can see. I’d only seen them a couple of times last year in the water, so this was a big treat!
Beautiful bird, don’t you think?
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hoping that you are able to find a few moments to go outside and enjoy a little nature!
This was such a pretty fall reflection on one of the the thousands of “kettle ponds” here on Cape Cod. These kettle ponds were formed from the glaciers thousands of years ago.
“Scientists find kettle ponds endlessly fascinating. There is no end of books that explain how, 13,000 or 15,000 years ago, huge blocks of ice left over after the glacier retreated began melting, leaving holes known as kettles that ultimately filled with water.”
As you drive around Cape Cod you can see these ponds, large and small, dotting the landscape wherever you look. They are pretty cool.
There were so many birds flying over the water and then diving in off of Nauset Spit the other day. The fish must have been very plentiful right there. It looks like there were many different species of birds enjoying their feast!
This photograph only captures a small percentage of the birds diving and feeding there. Have you ever seen anything like this?
It has been really windy here on Cape Cod and Cape Cod Bay was as rough as I’ve ever seen it. You rarely see big waves on the bayside, only the oceanside.
The tide was high with the waves crashing on the shore. I loved this photograph of Cape Cod Bay. What do you think?
We’ve had some gorgeous days for fall hiking here on Cape Cod. This Three Ponds hike is really pretty as it takes you along the lake’s edges and through the woods. It is a perfect hike for the whole family!
Phil took this photograph as I was enjoying the beautiful fall day along the trail, lost in my own thoughts…