Cape Cod in Late April, 2016

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I spent most of the last week of April down on Cape Cod.  Although on the cool side, the weather was gorgeous.  It clouded over a few times, but most of the time it was sunny.  Of course I had my camera and documented a bit of the sunshine.

In the spring some of the beaches are closed to dogs and wheeled traffic.  Why?  Because the Piping Plovers are nesting.  Piping Plovers, a  bird no bigger than a single fist, is an endangered species.  If they get upset at all they leave their nests.  Usually they keep trying and will build a new nest, but if they are disturbed enough times they won’t have any chicks before the season is over.  There are something like 6500 in the world, which is double what they were only a decade ago.  Of that 6500, at least a dozen are on Chapin Beach in Dennis.  If you follow my blog  you’ve seen  that name.

Piping Plover

So I saw quite a few Piping Plovers.

And Osprey.

Osprey Preening

It’s always fun watching the osprey and real cool when they dive into the water.  This time I saw a few carrying nesting material.  And fish.  I was paddling when one crossed the river right in front of me and landed on one of the banks.  I got a picture or two of him preening.

And there’s more.  Just click on a picture to bring it up and see the detail.  Once up you can scroll through the pictures.

Enjoy this taste of Spring on Cape Cod!

 

 

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17 thoughts on “Cape Cod in Late April, 2016

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! I had heard of them but never paid much attention until I bought the cottage on Cape Cod. Walking at the beach every morning I soon found out about them….

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! The piping plovers are very cute. A few years ago i saw some chicks that were about the size of cotton balls. I didn’t know they had them at the Aquarium. I’ve only been there once and that was many years ago.

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    1. trentpmcd Post author

      Thanks! The Piping Plovers are cute. A few years ago i saw some babies. They looked like little cotton balls – very tiny and cute. Maybe I’ll see some when I visit in June.

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