There is no beach at high tide on Coast Guard Beach this summer so far, so the lifeguards have their stand on one of the smaller dunes.
I took this photo from the walkway above. It looks pretty cool with the huge waves in the background, don’t you think?
The handicapped mat at Coast Guard Beach is installed and ready for summer. It is made of a heavy woven material so that big-tired wheelchairs can access the beach.
However, with all of the erosion to the beach over the winter, the slope down to the beach is pretty steep. At high tide, there is almost no beach at the end of the trail. The tide comes in very high, almost to the dunes.
These two Laughing Gulls were taking it all in on the back side of Coast Guard Beach the other day. They get their name because their high-pitched call sounds just like they are laughing!
Love their black heads and red bills!
The little Piping Plover chicks were scurrying all over the beach yesterday, and boy were they fast! And so cute! (Click on blog link for other photos.)
Mom was nearby making sure that no one got too close to her little ones. They are just adorable, don’t you think? Look at those long legs!
These two Willets were putting on quite a show on the Nauset Marsh side of Coast Guard Beach. We were lucky that we had our cameras with us. But we could never figure out if they were fighting or mating with their flamboyant behavior! (Click on blog link for other photo.)
Coast Guard Beach has not been too quiet lately with all of the Least Terns returning to nest. They are quite a noisy bird calling back and forth to each other.
This guy was just yacking away… Beautiful bird, don’t you think?