GloucesterCast 264 with Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Nichole Schrafft, Erinn Whitmore, Kim Smith, Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/18

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GloucesterCast 264 with Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Nichole Schrafft, Erinn Whitmore, Kim Smith, Host Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 1/28/18

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Topics Include:

Free Tickets To Cape Ann Community Cinema – Share this post on Facebook for a chance to win two free tickets to Cape Ann Community Cinema, The Cinema Listings are always stickied in the GMG Calendar at the top of the blog or you can click here to go directly to the website

Meat Hoodie Gift From Rick Doucette

YMCA TEEN LEADERS CANS/NON-PERISHABLE FOOD DRIVE IS CLOSING IN ON THEIR GOAL!

Nichole’s Picks- February School Vacation Ideas: Providence Bruins, Dave and Busters, Nestlenook Farm Jackson NH, Patriot Place Hall of Fame, Ice Skating, Bass Pro Shops, Bodaborg, Escape This Live, The Escape Room, Tubing At Nashoba Valley, Amesbury Sports Park, Stray Boots, Geocaching.

Erinn Whitmore- www.growlinc.org 
Coyote Meeting At The  Cultural Center at Rocky Neck on February 26th at 7pm
Cape Ann Art Haven Buoy Auction
The Female Snowy Owl On The Back Shore
Warren Waugh auctioned off Patriots Tickets With The Proceeds Going To Alzheimer Association
Mile Marker and noticed they have Family Night every Tuesday 5-8 PM : swimming and fun for the whole family.  Kids pay their age and no one pays more than $10 at the Aqua Room.

They also have an upcoming Wine Dinner Feb 22: https://capeannmarina.com/event/winter-wine-dinner/      and other special events.

The Bridge Cape Ann ran a great benefit last night and we learned Left-Right-Center!  We’ll be on the lookout for other events they run  https://www.bridgecapeann.com/

Sandpiper Bakery comes through with twice baked almond croissants (Pat and Jimmy Placed An order
https://www.sandpiperbakery.com/

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Only a complete psycho eats a croissant like this-

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CLOSE ENCOUNTER OF THE COYOTE KIND -BY KIM SMITH

East Gloucester Friends,

Please be on alert for a pair of very bold coyotes in the neighborhood. Over the weekend I was standing with a group of photographer friends and we were noticing the coyotes along the edge of a field. The coyotes ducked behind the shrubby growth and soon after, my friends left. I became distracted and forgot about the coyotes while photographing a chatty little Downy Woodpecker. Without warning, the coyotes were suddenly quite near, within twenty feet. I yelled and clapped loudly, which did not in the least intimidate one of the pair. The smaller trotted a few steps back toward the woodland edge while the larger one started to dig in the ground, similar to a bull marking his territory. It was more than a little eerie, and while yelling I began to walk backwards off the field.

When a gentleman came to the field to walk his dog, the coyotes headed back towards the shrubs. Reappearing a few minutes later, they had circled around in the shrubs and began to stalk the leashed dog. I walked towards the man to give the coyotes the idea that we were a group and they didn’t come any closer after that. This post is not meant to alarm anyone, but to let you know that we have some very hungry coyotes in our midst; I had the oddest sensation that they had an expectation of dinner. I sure do hope no one is feeding them.

The bolder coyote is on the left in the above photo. You can see in the middle photo in the first row that the bolder one’s coat is darker (also on the left).

STAR POWER – NANCY MARCIANO IN THE HOOD!

My friend Nancy loves Snowies and especially Hedwig’s story. She drove over from Beverly this morning to see if she could see Hedwig and yes, there she was once again, perched on one of her favorite lookouts, the railing of the Ocean House Hotel at Bass Rocks.

Star to star–Nancy meets Hedwig and she is positively beaming 🙂

SNOWY OWL HEDWIG GOING POOP -BY KIM SMITH

I have along the way taken many photos of animals going pooh, quite incidentally, as it just happens. For some (childish) reason it always strikes me as mildly funny. One of the funniest is the Great Blue Heron–the bigger the bird, the greater the amount, and Great Blues are pretty big birds.

That Hedwig goes pooh seemingly so frequently means she is getting plenty to eat. This morning she arrived on the rocks a bloody mess (more signs of good eating) and took a luxuriously long bath in a puddle (posting those photos tomorrow when I have time too sort through). After bathing, she pooped several times before flying to higher ground.

Digestion in Owls

By Deanne Lewis

Like other birds, Owls cannot chew their food – small prey items are swallowed whole, while larger prey are torn into smaller pieces before being swallowed. Some Owl species will partially pluck bird and larger mammal prey.

Unlike other birds, Owls have no Crop. A crop is a loose sac in the throat that serves as storage for food for later consumption. Since an Owl lacks this, food is passed directly into their digestive system.

Now, a bird’s stomach has two parts:

The first part is the glandular stomach or proventriculus, which produces enzymes, acids, and mucus that begin the process of digestion.

The second part is the muscular stomach, called the Ventriculus, or gizzard. There are no digestive glands in the gizzard, and in birds of prey, it serves as a filter, holding back insoluble items such as bones, fur, teeth and feathers (more about this below).

Read More Here

 

The obsession continues

The Snowy Owl has me obsessed with the beauty of this Owl.  She has been so interesting to watch.  Everyone seems  respectful and keeping their distant.

One of the photos has her flying down to get something good to eat and the other she is just their modeling.  So grateful for the opportunity to see such a beautiful creature.

Puddle’s perspective

Strolled around Eastern Point lighthouse yesterday with a friend from New York and tried to find a new perspective…so we got low and found some fun puddles to play in.

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These pics were taken in just a small little puddle of water with the camera lens right up against the edge….here’s Nicki getting her shot.BLM_3745-Edit