There were four beautiful Great Egrets on the edge of Nauset Marsh looking for food. It was interesting watching them as they stalked their prey and then made a dash for the fish.
Such a gorgeous bird, don’t you think? They look so regal as they stand in wait for their next meal to come along.
It was a beautiful, sunny day at Fort Hill and the light on Indian Rock at Skill Hill at Fort Hill was just beautiful. You can really see the carvings made by the Native Americans. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
Indian Rock was a “community grinding rock, one of four such rocks found in the Nauset area. The Indians used the abrasive qualities of the fine-grained metamorphic rock to grind and polish implements made of stone and animal bones, such as stone axes or bone fishhooks.
Indian Rock was originally located in the mud of the marsh below where it now sits on Skiff Hill. The National Park Service moved the 20-ton boulder to this site in 1965.”
My favorite time to take a walk on the beach on Cape Cod is early in the morning. There is no one around and you can just walk and walk and walk. Just you and the water and the waves and the birds and the beach… So cathartic! I love it!
While it was such a treat to see that the Piping Plovers were back for the summer, it was even more of a treat to see them courting on the sand. “The male approaches the female, stands upright with neck stretched, and rapidly stamps his feet with an odd “high-stepping gait.” (Click on blog link for more photos.)
It was so cool to watch the two of them. And then the female settled down in the sand where I presume their nest would be. Maybe we’ll go back today and see what’s going on. We’d never seen that ritual before. Have you?
In the last photograph, you can hardly see where she is nesting in the sand.
We saw our first Piping Plovers of the season yesterday at Coast Guard Beach. What a treat! I was hoping they might be back! It was a glorious day for a walk on the beach… sunny and in the 50s, just perfect!
We noticed that all of the stakes and string was up all the way down the beach to deter people from disturbing the Piping Plovers nests and behaviors. It wasn’t until we heard their distinct sound of the “courtship whistle” that we saw them up high on the beach in the sand.
Stop by tomorrow to see more photos and a cool story!
I love the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill which has a boardwalk where you walk over the bogs which are especially wet this time of the year. (Click on blog link for full photo.)
Pretty, don’t you think?