SONGBIRDS FROM DAN ALLEN’S BEAUTIFUL GARDEN

Friend and East Gloucester resident Dan Allen sent along these wonderful snapshots of recent visits by songbirds in his beautiful garden. Dan’s garden is abundant with wildflowers, food, and welcome shelter for birds, bees and butterflies. Thank you Dan!Nothing common about this gorgeous little warbler, a male Common Yellowthroat. Yellowthroats migrate north from winter homes in Florida, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

Yesterday I posted photos of a male Eastern Towhee. Dan’s photo is of the female! Wherever the male’s feathers are black, the female’s are milk chocolate brown.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another nesting migrant to Cape Ann. They eat fruit, seeds, nuts, insects, and especially Love sunflower seeds. Only the males have this striking feather pattern; the female’s feathers are shaded in quiet tones of gray, tan, and brown. During the winter months, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks live in the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

 

Having breakfast on the beautiful deck at the Beauport Hotel

On Sunday Rick and I took our company to the Beauport Hotel for breakfast. Sitting outside and looking at the view could have sat there all day. The buffet breakfast was outstanding. Great morning.

Bikes for rent at the Beauport Hotel

Schooner Adventure sailing by

The Beauport from the Boulevard

GLOUCESTER’S OPEN SPACE AND RECREATION SURVEY FROM MAYOR ROMEO THEKEN

It only takes a few moments to take the 2017 open space survey provided by the office of Mayor Romeo Theken and The Gloucester Open Space and Recreation Committee. Thank you!

TAKE SURVEY HERE

PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION TO BAN SINGLE USE PLASTIC BAGS AND POLYSTYRENE

Please join the Gloucester Clean City Commission, Councilors Melissa Cox and Sean Nolan, and Seaside Sustainability, Inc. in supporting a ban in Gloucester on all single use plastic bags and polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers like coffee cups and takeout food containers.

PLEASE SIGN HERE

We believe this initiative is important in maintaining the beauty of our city and the health of our ocean and land. Given the availability of biodegradable and reusable alternatives and the economic benefits of the proposed ban, we anticipate support from Gloucester’s residents and businesses.

This proposed ban is similar to those already passed in dozens of cities and towns in Massachusetts (and counting) including our neighbors Ipswich, Manchester, Marblehead, and Newburyport. Cities and towns (and entire states – Hawaii) along the coast line of our country have been particularly vigilant in creating this ban.  Just between 2015 and 2016, bills similar to ours were proposed in 23 states regarding the regulation of single use plastic bags and/or polystyrene.  In a recent investigation of Gloucester Harbor using an ROV (remotely operated underwater vehicle), observers reported an abundant amount of plastic bags and Styrofoam cups on the ocean floor.

There are economic and feasible alternatives to these products that all businesses, large and small can stand behind and support!

This petition will be delivered to:

  • City of Gloucester, MA Mayor’s Office
    Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken
  • City of Gloucester, Office
    Councilor Sean Nolan
  • City of Gloucester, Councilwoman
    Councilor Melissa Cox

 

Pet of the Week- Roxy

Stop right there! I gotta know right now…do you love me, will you love me forever? Ok so maybe Meatloaf lyrics aren’t always the best way to introduce a lovely young lady but it sure did get your attention! I am the only girl in a litter of three. My brothers Zafi and Grey are both looking for homes here as well and we are all super excited to be starting new life adventures. I am a quiet sort of feline, mellow and sweet. I spent time in a foster home where I lived with my siblings and other cats, 4 small dogs and children. We all got along with them well. So if you give me the time to settle in and feel secure then I will give you a lifetime of love and companionship! My name is Roxy, so don’t forget to seek me out when you hit the adoption floor! To see all of the available animals at the Christopher Cutler Rich Animal Shelter please go to our website: capeannanimalaid.org.