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.
So I saw quite a few Piping Plovers.
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!