GloucesterCast 225 With Andrew Brousseau, Jess Biker, Melissa Cox, Paul Morrison, Bridgette Mathews, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/21/17

GloucesterCast 225 With Andrew Brousseau, Jess Biker, Melissa Cox, Paul Morrison, Bridgette Mathews, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 5/21/17

Topics Include:

Curbside Collection Of Food Scraps
Essex River Race Paul Morrison Sabotaged Melissa Cox
Shirts Illustrated Did The Shirts For The Essex River Race
Melissa Cox Running For Councilor At Large
Proposed Ordinance To Ban Single Use Plastic Bags and Polystyrene
Jocko Willnick Former Seal motivational podcast and Good Video vs Tony Robbins
Temperature Complainers.   Not The Same Thing As Snow/Rain Complainers.
May Magical Migration Through Massachusetts

THE MAGICAL MONTH OF MAY FOR MIGRATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

Featuring Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Tern, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Towhee, Northern Flicker, Black-bellied Plovers, Brown Thrasher, Black-and-white Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Female Red-winged Blackbird, Tree Swallow, Willets, and Piping Plovers.

May is a magical month in Massachusetts for observing migrants traveling to our shores, wooded glens, meadows, and shrubby uplands. They come either to mate and to nest, or are passing through on their way to the Arctic tundra and forests of Canada and Alaska.

I am so excited to share about the many beautiful species of shorebirds, songbirds, and butterflies I have been recently filming and photographing for several projects. Mostly I shoot early in the morning, before setting off to work with my landscape design clients. I love, love my work, but sometimes it’s really hard to tear away from the beauty that surrounds here on Cape Ann. I feel so blessed that there is time to do both. If you, too, would like to see these beautiful creatures, the earliest hours of daylight are perhaps the best time of day to capture wildlife, I assume because they are very hungry first thing in the morning and less likely to be bothered by the presence of a human. Be very quiet and still, and observe from a distance far enough away so as not to disturb the animal’s activity.

Some species, like Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons, Great Egrets, Brant Geese, and Osprey, as well as Greater and Lesser Yellow Legs, are not included here because this post is about May’s migration and these species were seen in April.

Please note that several photos are not super great by photo skill standards, but are included so you can at least see the bird in a Cape Ann setting. I am often shooting something faraway, at dawn, or dusk, or along a shady tree-lined lane. As so often happens, I’ll get a better capture in better light, and will switch that out, for the purpose of record keeping, at a later date.

Happy Magical May Migration!

The male Eastern Towhee perches atop branches at daybreak and sings the sweetest ta-weet, ta-weet, while the female rustles about building a nest in the undergrowth. Some live year round in the southern part of the US, and others migrate to Massachusetts and parts further north to nest.

If these are Short-billed Dowitchers, I’d love to see a Long-billed Dowitcher! They are heading to swampy pine forests of high northern latitudes.

Black-bellied Plovers, much larger relatives of Piping Plovers, look like Plain Janes when we see them in the fall (see above).

Now look at his handsome crisp black and white breeding plumage; its hard to believe we are looking at the same bird! He is headed to nest in the Arctic tundra in his fancy new suit.

This one is for Joey. Sorry its a crummy photo–they were far in the distance–but it’s a record nonetheless. The bird on the right is his favorite, the calico-colored Ruddy Turnstone. They also nest in the high Arctic.

The Eastern Kingbird is a small yet feisty songbird; he’ll chase after much larger raptors and herons that dare to pass through his territory. Kingbirds spend the winter in the South American forests and nest in North America.

With our record of the state with the greatest Piping Plover recovery rate, no post about the magical Massachusetts May migration would be complete without including these tiniest of shorebirds. Female Piping Plover, Good Harbor Beach.

 

 

TODAY: 3pm Annisquam Church with Michael O’Leary; GPS spring concert chorus 4pm at Gloucester UU; and 5pm Eastern Point Lit House Faulkner at Duckworth’s!

3pm

ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH CONCERT SERIES, 820 Washington Street, Gloucester, MA. Sunday, May 21 at 3 PM  “Music from the Misty Isles”
O’Carolan Etcetera (Anglo – Irish Ensemble) & Celtic Balladeer, Michael O’Leary

4pm

Spring Concert at Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA

omaley chorus spring chorus

5pm

Eastern Point Lit House The Lit House Book Club

Email easternpointlithouse@gmail.com with questions (not Duckworth’s :))

All Book Club events begin at 5 PM. Duckworth’s Bistrot is located at 197 East Main St., Gloucester, MA 01930 * Ticket priceincludes wine/beer, fresh, seasonal appetizers, and a great discussion. Local bookstores: The Bookstore of Gloucester and Toad Hall Books in Rockport. Eastern Point Lit House, Dogtown Book Shop and Main Street Art & Antiques may have vintage editions.

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