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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Between showers

It was a rainy day on the Outer Cape, but we had a few interesting observations between showers:

Salt marsh near Boatmeadow Creek in Eastham, with Cape Cod Bay in the background

In the late afternoon, we walked the edge of a different salt marsh near Uncle Tim's Bridge in Wellfleet.  Along with the beautiful colors of the grasses in Duck Creek, we came upon the following:

Juvenile Mud Fiddler Crab (Uca pugnax)

 Egg shells of a Diamondback Terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)

Hundreds of small, silvery fish at the upper edge of the marsh.  Perhaps they were stranded by the high tide?  

Here's a close-up:

My best guess on the identity of this fish is a juvenile Menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) growing up, we called them Pogies.  If you can confirm, or have a different guess, let me know.

I didn't get any pictures, but we also had nice views of terns, jaegers, shearwaters, and Gray Seals off Lecount Hollow Beach in Wellfleet.

Not too bad for a stormy September day!

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