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Beautiful Little Eastern Bluebird Keeping Warm In the Sun In Our Yard On Cape Cod.

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When the sun gets higher in the sky, about mid-morning, the Bluebirds like to find a little branch in the sun and bask in the warmth. Sometimes you can see Bluebirds on many of the little branches way up high in the sun. This guy was about 30 feet high in the tree and there were probably 4-5 other ones on nearby branches enjoying the warm sun.

This little Bluebird was all puffed up up trying to keep warm in the cold, cold weather that  we have been having!

Twinings Pond Trail In Orleans On Cape Cod Is On The Alltrails App.

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Twinings Pond Trail is a beautiful hike in any season. It’s shaded in the summer and sheltered in the winter. The trail winds through the forest which overlooks Twinings Pond,  a kettle pond, and then forms a loop back to the beginning. It’s a wide trail and perfect for the whole family! A full map is at the end of the blog.

You can see the map that we recorded with the distance and elevation. The AllTrails App has been so much fun to use!

 

The Ice Is Really High At Rock Harbor On Cape Cod!

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We were so surprised to see how thick the ice was at Rock Harbor yesterday. You can see how small the 2 people on the launch ramp look next to the snow on the sides of the channel. It looks like the snow is about 8-10 feet thick. Can you see the huge rock from which Rock Harbor got its name in the distance on the right? That is one massive boulder!

Pretty impressive, don’t you think?

 

Using The Beaufort Wind Scale On Cape Cod.

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It has been so windy here on Cape Cod that I thought it would be interesting to write a blog about the Beaufort Wind Scale. “The Beaufort Scale is a scale for measuring wind speeds. It is based on observation rather than accurate measurement. It is the most widely used system to measure wind speed today. The scale was developed in 1805 by Francis Beaufort, an officer of the Royal Navy and first officially used by HMS Beagle.”  (There are additional photos at the end of  the blog.)

We always look at the wind conditions before we launch our kayaks or go out on the water. You don’t want to be surprised by increasing winds and  higher waves where you may have  a hard time getting back in. It is also relevant in case of  storms or if you live in the woods as we do and there might be the possibility of trees being knocked down.

You can see by this photograph of the flag waving in the wind that the wind is about 20-24 mph. Seeing the flag frayed a bit means that the winds were probably closer to 39-46 mph, which is what we’ve had in the past few days.

I thought this next chart said it all in pictures.

Very informative, don’t you think?  Have you ever used the Beaufort Scale?

Little Downy Woodpecker Still Roosting In Our Bird House On Cape Cod!

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Every morning about 7:30 I look out at the bird house outside of our bedroom window and see if my little friend, Downy, is awake yet. Sometimes I can see a little movement inside… he must be straightening up. 🙂 Usually within minutes, he sticks his little head out and looks around for a while. He is so cute! (I posted a blog about him in October when he first moved in and he is still living here. How cool is that!)

It is such a treat to have this little guy greet me each day. He stays for  a bit and looks around and then heads to the suet. Not a bad life… free room and board and free baths and water. Maybe he’ll stay a while longer. Sure hope so!