The Seals of September: Cape Cod
Birds sited: Black Skimmer, Greater Yellowlegs, Great Blue Heron, Laughing Gull, Herring Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Semipalmated Plover, Sanderling, American Crow, American Goldfinch, House Sparrow, Purple Finch, Carolina Wren, Eider Duck, Mallard Duck, Double Crested Cormorant
Mammals: Gray Seals
Mid-September this Traveler was back on Cape Cod. This time first in Brewster and then in Orleans. I took a cruise out along the western edges of the islands forming Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. I've seen Gray seals before but only up on land or lying on rocks or way off surfing the waves off shore. This day afforded me the opportunity to watch them swimming underwater like aerialists spinning and twisting and then surfacing to look them right in the eyes.
Gray Seal, whiskers up!
Young Laughing Gull carrying a stick around
Young Laughing Gull, oops dropped it!
Young Herring Gull
Ring-billed gull with Laughing Gull in background
Ring-billed Gull with Laughing Gulls in background
Cormorant with Herring Gulls and Black Skimmers
Mother Goldfinch feeding her three hungry offspring