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Garter Snake On The Red Maple Swamp Trail At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

I heard a little rustle in the leaves as we were walking along the boardwalk on the Red Maple Swamp Trail. It didn’t sound like an animal as the sound was too consistent. I thought perhaps it was a snake. (Click on blog link for other photos.)

I had never seen a Garter Snake before so it was pretty cool when we spotted it among the leaves and dead branches on the side of the trail. “Garter snakes are indigenous to North America and found widely across the continent. Most common garter snakes have a pattern of yellow stripes on a black, brown or green background, and their average total length is about 22 inches.”

Have you ever seen a Garter Snake?

Beautiful KiIldeer At Fort Hill On Cape Cod.

I have only seen a Killdeer a couple of times on Cape Cod and not in the past couple of years. And then the other morning, there were two Killdeer foraging in the grass at Fort Hill. What  treat!

We used to see so many Killdeer when we lived in Connecticut. Two of them would annually nest on the median in the parking lot of the school where I taught. They would scurry around between all of the cars but they loved that grassy median.

The Killdeer gets its name from its shrill, two-syllable call, which is often heard, “Kill-deer! Kill-deer!” They are quite identifiable by  the  patches of white and black on the head, and two black bands across the breast.

Have you ever seen a Killdeer? What a beautiful bird!