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ONLY THREE DAYS TO THE GMG 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY / HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 16TH AT CAPE ANN GICLEE0 COME!!!!

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Listen Please don’t think you’re not invited if you didn’t get a Facebook invite or personal invitation.  YOU’RE INVITED!

I/We don’t have the time top dig through to try to remember each and every GMG FOB to tag on Facebook and some of you don’t even have Facebook.

But the fact is that GMG wouldn’t be what it is without our awesome readers and friends.

we want you there.

Good Morning Gloucester Holiday Party

Hosted by Cape Ann Giclee

Saturday, December 16 at 6 PM – 9 PM

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Are You A FOB?

Then you better get your sexy ass down to Cape Ann Giclee For The GMG XMAS Party December 16th! 6PM Til We Burn Down The Neighborhood!

I’m just gonna put this out there that if you consider yourself a FOB you had better show up for our killer OFFICIAL GMG CHRISTMAS PARTY!!!!!!

We’re gonna celebrate it all, Kwanza, spinnin the dradel, all that fun shit!

Saturday, December 16, 2015 – 6 to 9pm (ish)

Location:
Cape Ann Giclée
20 Maplewood Avenue
Gloucester, MA 01930

It’s pot-luck and byob

Joe Piscetello Skipper Of The American Eagle -His Story From The Early 80s

The footage at the end was the boat offloading at our dock,  06:30 Our dock where Joe offloaded. Uncle Charlie, Dennis McKillop and Steve Spaceman offloading him in this clip. It’s the spot where a most of my Instagram photos are taken from almost every day.

Right here-

Not much has changed.  Same winch. Same hoist. Different generation.

 

 

WELCOME TO CAPE ANN MAMA AND PAPA PINTAIL!

For over a month our shores have been graced with a pair of Northern Pintails. These beautiful dabbling ducks aren’t extremely rare, but we are at the very northern edge of their winter grounds. And, too, they are a bird listed as in sharp decline by the North American Breeding Bird Survey. 

The little duo are tremendously fun to watch. They are exhibiting very different behaviors, in large part I think because the male and female wing patterns are distinctly different from each other.

The female is super spunky. Her coloration is similar to a female Mallards, which makes her easily camouflaged amongst a mixed flock of ducks. She’s not intimidated by territorial behavior on the part of the Mallards and forages alongside the Mallards and American Black Ducks.

On the other hand, the male’s strikingly beautiful and unmistakable wing pattern sets him apart and at risk amongst the flock. He is elusive and if catches sight of a human, he makes a fast beeline to the opposite side of the pond. When feeding in a group, the Mallards and gulls attack him, easily able to latch onto his long elegant pintail and pull him down underwater (very disturbing to observe).

Papa Pintail’s morning stretches.

The female spends alternating time between foraging with the flock at the shoreline edge and dip dabbling with the male in the shallow water. Northern Pintails eat seeds, water bugs, crustaceans, snails, and grains, feeding in a variety of manners, dabbling, filter feeding, eating from the ground surface, and tipping-up in shallow water.

Female Pintail foreground, female Mallard Background

Female Mallards and female Northern Pintails are similar in appearance and it may be difficult to distinguish between the two. Here are some clues to look for:

1) Female Mallards have light orange feet and legs. Northern Pintails feet and legs are gray.

2) The female Pintail has a longer neck.

3) A female Pintail’s bill is solid gray, whereas a female Mallards bill is mottled brown and orange.

4) The female Mallard has a blue stripe on her wing, the Pintail does not.

Notice the beautiful long neck of the female Pintail.

The female Northern Pintail’s bill, legs, and feet are gray in color.

Comparing Duck Butts ~

Note the short stubby tail of the male Mallard in the foreground versus the Pintails long, thin elegant black tail feathers.

Male and female Northern Pintail buttsPapa Pintail has a beautiful buffy orange stripe and below that a forest green bar. 

I hope so much the Pintail pair have chosen Cape Ann for their winter home. More photos to come!

 

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