Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, beaches, Cape Cod.

While staying with my parents on Cape Cod last weekend we decided to visit the Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.  It's a beautiful place to spend some time...


Outside the nature center were quite a few bird feeders attracting a nice variety of birds.  My favorite visitor was the White-throated Sparrow...


Along the trails we heard Field Sparrows singing.  This was the only one I could actually find:


There's a boardwalk leading across mudflats to the beach.  The mud was covered with fiddler crabs.


Pretty cool.  I didn't see any live eiders on this trip but there was a dead one on the beach at the sanctuary.  It looks like a young male Common Eider.


My favorite bird from the sanctuary was a Baltimore Oriole that didn't mind getting his photo taken...


There was a field of nest boxes adjacent to the parking area and a good variety of birds were taking up residence including House Sparrows, swallows, and my first Eastern Bluebirds!  Too bad they chose the houses on the other side of the field....


On Sunday morning my parents took me to some of their local beaches to look for birds even though it was cloudy and pretty cold.  We didn't see a ton of birds, but we had a couple good ones, like a lone Piping Plover!


There also some Laughing Gulls around and this one let me get kind of close...



We saw a few Willets around and I learned the eastern ones look a bit different from the western ones...


One of the easier gulls for me to ID is the Great Black-backed Gull...



Good times!  More to come...

Comments

  1. I stayed in Wellfleet a few years ago and loved Wellfleet Bay Sanctuary. I loved all of Cape Cod, actually, being a west coast girl all my life. Loving the travelogue!
    Laura

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  2. OH wow on that ORIOLE---
    I used to see similar birds when I lived in that are NY coast line--Aww to the dead Eider that's too bad-have a great trip!

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