Monthly Archives: May 2012

Barred Owl Eating A Snake At Ravenswood Pics from Terry Weber

Last Sunday I received a call from Ramona Latham at the Cape Ann Discovery Center (Ravenswood). She told me that a Barred Owl had set up a nest for her babies in one of the treetops. While I was snapping photos of the baby owls, the Mama* owl stopped by with lunch for her children. A nice plump snake! I have never seen an owl in real life, so this bit of luck was a special treat. Some quick facts about the barred owl:

·    Commonly referred to as a “Hoot Owl.” Listen to its call here: http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/Song/h3680so.mp3
·    A Barred Owl’s wingspan can reach 44 inches.
·    They typically hunt at night or at dusk by sitting on a high perch, looking and listening for prey, which they catch with a short flight or drop to the ground.
·    Adult Barred Owls swallow their prey whole. Their stomach acids digest the soft parts, and then they regurgitate a pellet containing the bones and hair.
·    Barred Owls sometimes go fishing. They will wade knee-deep in water and catch fish with their feet.
·    Barred Owls generally live alone except when mating or raising young, and are known to find the same mate every year.

Thanks to Ramona for her phone call. If you want to visit the Discovery Center or Ravenswood, click here for more info:  http://www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/northeast-ma/ravenswood-park.html. Ramona runs a variety of fun and educational programs for children and adults throughout the year. Don’t miss out!

*This owl may have been the Papa owl too, no disrespect intended! J

Phyllis A on the Rails From Kathy Chapman

Kathy Chapman writes-

The beautiful lines of Phyllis A’s hull will only be visible for a few weeks at the Gloucester Marine Railways. Work on her is being funded by a 2011 Community Preservation Act grant from the residents of Gloucester.

From the Phyllis A. Marine Association: By focusing on the gill-netting industry, we highlight a time in Gloucester’s history that is not currently well covered. The Phyllis A. was fished by the same Gloucester family for 75 years. Many people working in Gloucester’s fishing industry today, at some point, fished off the Phyllis A.

Photos © Kathy Chapman 2012

http://www.kathychapman.com

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Last Chance To Vote For North Shore Magazine BONS (Best Of North Shore) Awards Tonight. Voting Ends on The 30th

I encourage you to vote for your local favorites be it restaurant, dry cleaners, hardware store, whatever.  If there is a local business or organization that you think goes above and beyond, show them some love by voting.

North Shore Magazine is an outstanding glossy and year in and year out they bring you the best of what is going on around us.

So not to be a popularity contest but to reward the deserving, get out the vote!

Our Blog, Good Morning Gloucester is nominated under the Play category for Blog.  You should check out some of the other blogs,  they do a nice job and then vote for the one that you feel deserves the win.

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Here are the categories-

PLAY

Share your picks for the “best of the best” places to PLAY! Click on a sub-category below to get started. Once you vote, you will be returned to the main voting page.

EAT

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SHOP

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KIDS

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RENEW

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LIVE

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