Monthly Archives: August 2016

RED KNOTS OR WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS?, PIPING PLOVERS, BLACK BELLIED PLOVERS, YELLOW LEGS, MONARCHS, AND MORE: CAPE ANN WINGED CREATURE UPDATE

Nine Piping Plovers napping Gloucester copyright Kim SmithNine Piping Plovers Napping 

WONDERFUL creatures are currently migrating through our shores. How blessed are we who live along the Atlantic Flyway. Whether traveling by shore or by sea, there is this great and continual movement of life happening always in our midst.

Many thanks to my friend Jeff Denoncour, Trustees of Reservations Ecologist for the Northeast Region, for assistance with identifying the birds. I met Jeff earlier this summer when he kindly took me out to the tippy far end of Cranes to film the Piping Plovers nesting there.

Additionally we have seven tiny Monarch caterpillars in terrariums. It’s so late in the season for these teeny ones. Last year at this time we were releasing adult butterflies and I worry that they are not going to pupate in time to successfully migrate to Mexico. The caterpillars are too small to handle, but if any of the kids in our community would like to come see, please comment in the comment section or email me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. The last of the Cecropia Moth caterpillars has not yet pupated and he is fun to watch as well.

Here are some photos to help you identify our migrating feathered friends.

Black bellied Plover Semipalmated Plover Massachusetts copyright Kim Smith

Compare the larger size of the Black-bellied Plover in the foreground with the Semipalmated Plover and Semiplamated Sandpiper in the background

Yellow Legs

Red Knot non breeding plumage copyright Kim Smith

The above group of four photos are of either a pair of Red Knots or White-rumped Sandpipers in non breeding plumage. The White-rumped Sandpiper is thought to migrate an even greater distance than the Red Knot, from Canada’s Arctic Islands to the Southern tip of South America, and some further still to islands near the Antarctic Peninsula. These shy birds did not allow for human interest and the photos were taken at some distance.

Juvenile Laughing Gull copyright Kim Smith

Juvenile Laughing Gull

Laughing Gull copyright Kim SmithAdult Laughing Gull

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One Hour at a Time Gang Saturday Clean Up

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Kerry from the Chamber asked Melissa if anyone could please help with the Block Party during the event.

Hi kids:

What an amazing summer.. cannot believe it is Labor Day this coming weekend. Since it is also Schooner Festival, thought we should clean around Rogers Street near the Maritime Center. We can park right on Rogers near Walgreens.
When: Saturday, September 3rd
Time: 8:00 – 9:00
Where: Rogers Street

Please bring gloves.

Thank you kids.

Donna

#GloucesterMA Trash and Recycling News

Cape Ann Community

 Important Trash & Recycling Information

Good Afternoon,


Effective Thursday September 1, 2016, JRM Hauling & Recycling Services will begin collecting residential trash and recycling for the City of Gloucester. With recent delays in trash and recycling collection, the City is taking the proactive measure of accelerating the start of JRM. 

 

Although there will be no change in normal collection days, the transition is bound to have an occasional glitch.  We anticipate a delay in the appliance collection scheduled for Thursday September 1.  Public Works will have crews out Thursday and Friday collecting these items.  

 

In the event that your trash or recycling is not collected, please contact Public Works at978-281-9785, and we will dispatch someone to collect what was missed.  The City truly appreciates the patience and understanding from our customers.


Regards,

Rose LoPiccoloExecutive Secretary to

The Director of Public Works


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