It was such treat to see this Bobolink land on the fence at Fort Hill the other day. It was pretty far away but we were able to identify it and get a couple of photos. It was the first one that we’ve seen on the Cape and the first one that I’ve seen in many, many years. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
The male Bobolink sings a bright bubbly song while in flight starting with low reedy notes and rollicking upward “bob-o-link, bob-o-link, pink, pink, pink.”
I found this interesting tidbit on the internet: “The Bobolink’s common name originates from a poem written by William Cullen Bryant back in the late 19th century. William wrote about a bird he then called Robert of Lincoln. This name was shortened to Bob of Lincoln, and finally became the name it has today: Bob-o’-link.”
Have you ever seen a Bobolink or heard its call??
I saw my first Starflower of the season at Fort Hill the other day. What a treat that was! I had seen the little, star-shaped bud just two days before (2nd photo), so I thought it had a few days to bloom. (Click on blog link for other photos.)
The Starflower usually has 2 small, delicate, white flowers on a slender stem. Each flower has 5-9 pointed petals and 7 long, yellow stamens. The plants are small, only growing from 5-9 inches.
Have you seen a Starflower yet this season? Such a pretty wildflower, don’t you think?
If you take a walk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail at Fort Hill, you will see Common Lowbush Blueberry wildflowers starting to bloom all long the sides of the boardwalk. They are quite prolific and quite beautiful. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
It is a common shrub with white or pink-tinged bell-shaped flowers, hanging in clusters. The flowers are tiny, only 1/4 – 1/2 inch which bloom in May and June, so you still have plenty of time to see them.
The edible fruit, which typically mature in mid- to late-summer, vary in color from a bright blue to bluish-black and are sweet to taste.
I like to photograph them best when are just starting to bloom, as in the 2 photographs. I took mine in color while Phil took one in black and white. Quite a different perspective, don’t you think?
The past few mornings have been very foggy here on Cape Cod. I took this photograph a few days ago but it looked just the same yesterday. It was a foggy morning, but very beautiful at Fort Hill, looking down the trail toward Nauset Marsh.
It almost looks like an Impressionist painting, don’t you think?
It was a beautiful, sunny day at Fort Hill and the light on Indian Rock at Skiff 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.”
I love it when the birds start migrating back to the Cape for the summer. One of my favorite birds is the Catbird. I saw this Catbird singing away on the prickly vines on the Red Maple Swamp Trail.
Have you seen a Catbird yet this season?