The trees at Fort Hill, on the Cape Cod National Seashore, got hammered in the storm last week. Phil and I were taking a hike on Red Maple Swamp Trail on Saturday and we couldn’t believe how many downed trees we saw. It was mind-boggling to see that many trees down in such a short space. It must have been some sort of microburst.
I was so surprised to see this Mockingbird high in the tree at Fort Hill in the middle of winter. I had never seen one in the winter before. I checked on my Cape Cod Bird Checklist and found that they are common all year round on Cape Cod.
It was a beautiful day and I loved the blue, blue sky in the background. So pretty.
Have you seen a Mockingbird this winter?
Yesterday was a gorgeous day for a hike on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill after the snowstorm on Tuesday. We got about 6″ of snow. Yesterday was chilly enough that the snow had not turned to ice so the boardwalk was just perfect for a walk!
So pretty, don’t you think?
Nauset Marsh from Fort Hill in Eastham, part of the National Seashore, was so pretty at high tide. The salt marshes are almost all submerged under the high waters.
I love this bench which is so very popular in the summer and one of our favorites places for a picnic. It looks pretty cold and austere this time of year, especially with the new-fallen snow. But still pretty with Coast Guard Station way in the background.
What do you think?
Fort Hill is one of my favorite places to hike on Cape Cod. There is always so much to see and each time you go, everything is always different. This is one of the trails that loop around the meadow with Nauset Marsh in the background and Nauset Beach in the far distance.
Pretty spectacular,, don’t you think?
It was a cloudy, cold day and I decided to take a morning walk at Fort Hill before the rain started. Phil was home with a bad cold, so I was solo. I thought Red Maple Swamp Trail would be fun as it is in the woods and somewhat protected.
About 1/2 in on the boardwalk, I noticed some water and water tracks on the side of the boardwalk which then went down the middle of the boardwalk. Hmmm… I wonder what it was! The only animal I could think of was a Muskrat, but it would have to be a pretty big one.
As I walked along, I saw the same kind of tracks a little ways down, but this was in a much dryer area.
Next time I go to the Visitor’s Center, I will be sure to inquire as to what animal might like the swamp waters at Fort Hill. Anyone have any ideas?