Yesterday was one of those days where, if you want to get out and take a walk, you do it between raindrops. Well, the rain had stopped and the sky didn’t look too dark so I thought I’d walk over to Boat Meadow Beach. Was I in for a big surprise! (Click on blog link for other photos.)
As I walked out the door, I turned around to get my camera and a plastic bag in case it started raining. I was so glad that I grabbed my camera as I saw 4 Whimbrels feeding by the water’s edge. They were just beautiful.
I’ve only see them once before here on Cape Cod at the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary a few years ago, so this was a big treat! It is rare to see them on the Cape, especially four of them together.
They are easily identified by their black and white-striped crown and long “decurved” bill. Have you ever seen a Whimbrel? It certainly made my day!
#birding #eastham #boatmeadowbeach
I have never seen so many Egrets all in one place before. There were Great Egrets and Snowy Egrets all hanging out together on Nauset Marsh. They must be getting ready to migrate down south. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
There were over 45 of them by the little tidal pond. Have you ever seen so many Egrets all together? #capecod #birding #nausetmarsh #forthill
I love that the Black-eyed Susan wildflowers are still blooming this late in the season. I have always loved Black-eyed Susan wildflowers as they remind me of my childhood in Connecticut and hiking the wildflower-laden trails in Colorado.
Such brilliant colors… and so many different varieties. Isn’t this one a beauty? They bloom through October, so you still have a chance to see them.
The colorful Baltimore Orioles that we look so forward to seeing every spring have all pretty much migrated the past few days. I can always tell when they are getting ready to go as they eat like there’s no tomorrow right before they leave.
Last week I was going through almost a whole jar of grape jelly every day. There were a lot of hungry Baltimore Orioles and their young ones getting ready for a long trip!
This beauty came by right before they left on Monday and he was one of the brightest orange Baltimore Orioles that I have ever seen. He is just stunning, don’t you think?
Good-bye until next spring… we will certainly miss you and all of your constant chattering and activity over the winter!
Queen Anne’s Lace are such pretty wildflowers. The small, clustered flowers form a lacy, flat-topped head that look like a piece of lace… thus, the name Queen Anne’s Lace. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
When they have bloomed and are going to seed in the late summer, they are also called a “bird’s nest” as they fold up and look just like a birds nest.
They bloom from July through September, so you should still have time to see them.
Fort Hill is one of our favorite places to take a hike. You can hike short, long, sunny, shady… just about anything on the trail. (Click on blog link for other photo.)
Here are a couple of photographs of a sunny and shady trail. Both are just spectacular! Have you ever hiked at Fort Hill? #eastham