Monthly Archives: August 2016

International Dory Racing – ELIMINATION RACES

ELIMINATION RACES of the International Dory Racing held on Niles Beach Saturday, August 6th 2016

Woman, Mixed, Men’s over 50, Two heats of the Men’s Race.  Photos by Katherine Richmond


Bonaparte's Gulls Gloucester Massachusetts -2 copyright Kim SmithBonaparte’s Gulls

Recently, several Laughing Gulls were spotted all around Cape Ann. Laughing Gulls are easy to confuse with Bonaparte’s Gulls, which at this time of year, also have black heads. As the breeding season winds to an end, the Bonaparte’s black head feathers give way to white, where only a smudge of an earmuff will remain. Bonaparte’s Gulls breed in the Arctic; we see them on both their northward and southward journeys and some make Massachusetts their winter home. Small flocks of Bonaparte’s Gulls can be seen at area beaches including Good Harbor Beach, Lighthouse Beach, and Wingaersheek Beach.

Bonaparte's Gulls Gloucester Massachusetts -5 copyright Kim Smith

While foraging, Bonaparte’s Gulls vigorously churn the sandy bottom with their feet to stir up tiny marine creatures. Note the transitioning head feathers in the above gull.

They are feeding intently, fortifying for the migration, and often get into disagreements over feeding turf.

Bonaparte's Gulls Gloucester massachusetts copyright Kim SmithBonaparte’s in a territory tussle

Bonaparte's Gulls Gloucester Massachusetts -4 copyright Kim SmithBonaparte’s Gulls are smaller than Laughing, Ring-billed, and Herring Gulls, about 11 to 15 inches in length

The easiest and quickest way to distinguish Laughing Gull from Bonaparte’s Gull is to look at the legs and feet. Bonaparte’s Gulls are a vivid orange, more pink later in the season. The Laughing Gull’s legs and feet are blackish-reddish.

Laughing Gull Gloucester Massachusetts cooyright Kim SmithLaughing Gull, with dark feet and legs.

Bonaparte's Gulls Gloucester Massachusetts -6 copyright Kim Smith

Bonaparte’s Gulls have bright orange legs and feet

bonapartes-gulls-gloucester-2-copyright kim-smith-2015Photograph from last September; Bonaparte’s with only a hint of black head feathers remaining.

Last Chance – 2 Pizzas for $10 at Minglewood

More Cape Ann Dining News –


The HarborWalk Summer Movie Series wraps up tomorrow night with Inside Out – and it’s also your last chance to get the special Wednesday night steal from Minglewood Tavern.

TWO Cheese Pizzas for just $10. Yes, just $10 for two cheese pizzas, perfect for sharing while you watch the show.

Best of all, you can easily grab it on your way, or take a quick walk over while you wait for the movie to start. Just call 978.281.0223 for take out.


Summer Cinema Series

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The Perfect Drypack/Backpack For Kayakers and Boaters Is The Amazon Gold Box deal Of The Day


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