Wellfleet Wildlife

The 2nd in an on-going series from my son Daniel. Enjoy:

Last Monday our family went to Cape Cod and one of our stops was Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. There is lots to do and see there; exhibits and aquariums and walking trails.

https://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/wellfleet-bay

As we drove in we saw a Great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus).

He was right out in the open and was easy to get a picture of. After looking at the aquariums and exhibits we headed out to the trail and there was a Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) on a feeder eating jelly.

 

The trails went into the woods and came out at a saltwater marsh and there we saw willets and fiddler crabs. On the trail, I took a picture of my father. Because he usually takes the pictures, we don’t have pictures if him in the woods…but this time I had the camera.

We could hear the willets (Tringa semipalmata) before we saw them. They were very noisy establishing nesting territory out in the marsh.

Peterson’s Field Guide shows the black and white wing pattern distinctive to the willet.

Then we got to the boardwalk and we saw fiddler crabs (Uca pugnax) by the thousands.

 

They really were everywhere.

 

Back here at home we are still seeing the fox though not as frequently as in May.

 

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