Whimbrel

The first time I saw a whimbrel, I couldn’t believe how long its bill was!


To me, whimbrels are one of our most captivating of our Cape shorebirds.

And they LOVE fiddler crabs! Those long, curved bills are the perfect tool for digging into the soft mud and extracting the crabs from their burrows.


This was one of the last whimbrels I saw this September before its long flight to South America.


Such a playful fellow, he just kept popping up out of the marsh grass down at Mill Landing.

I shall miss him, and his friends, until they all return next spring!  😉

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Surprised by the Moon

I love a full moon. Watching it ripen into fullness as it slowly pulls us all under its magic spell.

But this year with the humid summery heat that has been so stubbornly clinging to our Cape shores, full moon time really snuck up on me and I almost missed my very favorite one of all – Harvest Moon!

When I arrived at Forest Beach it was clear that everyone was eagerly anticipating the moon’s rise as the sun slowly began its descent.

moon-harvest-sept2016-1-blogThis charming whimbrel informed me that he had postponed his migratory departure just so he could be here for the lunar display.

moon-harvest-sept2016-4-blogThe snowies and cormorants had gathered in the shallows at Mill Landing. They had the best seat in the house by far.

moon-harvest-sept2016-3-blogMeanwhile the setting sun welcomed the moon with a palette of pinky-blue-orange light along the horizon…

moon-harvest-sept2016-5-blogAs the beach grass along the dunes whispered its gentle, rustling harmony.

moon-harvest-sept2016-6-blogAlmost before we knew it, there it was! Peeping up above the horizon like a big gold and red beach ball.

moon-harvest-sept2016-7-blogYou could see the setting sun reflected in the windows of the buildings as the sun exited the stage waving “Goodnight!” to its celestial companion.

moon-harvest-sept2016-8-blogA lonely sailboat tipped its mast to the moon as it rocked slowly back and forth on the darkening waves.

moon-harvest-sept2016-9-blogWhen I turned for a moment to look in the direction of the sunset I noticed a solitary fisherman on the near jettie, celebrating the moment as he cast his line again and again.

moon-harvest-sept2016-10-blogmoon-harvest-sept2016-12-blogTurning for home I felt so rich. Rich in beauty and filled with an old, familiar excitement for the coming quiet of autumn here on the Cape.

And so relieved that I hadn’t missed one of the very best Harvest Moons ever!

moon-harvest-sept2016-13-blogThank you for visiting me here at Images of Cape Cod!

Sally

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