Our Red-Tailed Hawks on the Cape

Many of our guests have enjoyed watching our neighborhood’s family of red-tailed hawks while visiting The Palmer House.

Red-tailed Hawk on Cape Cod
Red-tailed Hawk at the Palmer House

As you can see from the photos they are very beautiful and are outstanding hunters. The hawk in our photos is young. It is probably less than a year old. We can tell this because its plumage is not that of an adult.

Red-Tailed Hawk in the front garden.
Red-Tailed Hawk in the front garden.

The mature hawks have stocky bodies and broad wings and their tail feathers are rust color. It is wonderful to watch them soar high above our village. When they see their prey they fold their wings and dive quickly. We frequently see them perched on the upper most branches of a tall spruce, watching for the movement of small animals. Bill and I watched one catch a rabbit. However, do not worry, there are many more rabbits in our lovely Thornton Burgess garden beside the Guest House.

The Warbler Migration in Cape Cod

For those who enjoy watching our feathered friends in Cape Cod, the Spring migration is in full swing. The Yellow Warbler can be seen in the vegetation along Falmouth’s Shining Sea Bikeway near Surf Drive. The male has a bright yellow body with red breast streaks. The female is all yellow. Bird-watchers will most likely hear their distinctive swift warbling call first, and then spot them on a nearby branch.

The Shining Sea bike path is only three blocks from the inn and we have free bikes for you to use while staying  at the Palmer House.

A Visit to Chatham

One of the most charming towns on the Cape is Chatham. If one thinks of the Cape as an arm extending into the Atlantic, Chatham  is located at the very tip of the elbow. The main street resembles a Norman Rockwell painting, with brick walkways, the steepled First Congregational Church, and numerous historic homes. For shopping you will find upscale boutiques, art galleries and cosy restaurants to enjoy.

One can also visit Monomoy Island, an eight-mile spit of land that is known for its solitude. Since 1944 it has been a wildlife refuge with an interesting combination of habitats; dunes, sea marshes, and fresh water ponds. It is a wonderful location for birdwatching.

At Chatham Light, one can view the break in the barrier beach across the sound.

If you are a train enthusiast you can visit the Chatham Railroad Museum. There you will see a once bustling train depot and equipment dating back to the 19th. century.

Chatham is truly quintessential Cape Cod. Then you can hop onto route 6, our divided highway and be back in Falmouth in an hour.  You will have plenty of time to freshen-up for the evening.