Monthly Archives: October 2018


Have you seen the Little Blue “Calico” Heron? I had not, until this summer. I thought at first we have yet another species to add to the wonderful world of wildlife found on Cape Ann.  The calico heron is not at all a different species but is the in-between stage of the Little Blue Heron as it loses its first hatch-year white plumage and gains its adult blue plumage.

In the bird’s first summer after hatching the Little Blue Heron is pure white, with just a wee bit of grey at the wing tips. In its second hatch-year, you’ll find the Little Blue Heron in a range of white and blue-gray combinations. By the third summer, the Little Blue Heron’s body feathers are a tableau of rich blue-grey-green with lovely violet maroon neck and head feathers.

During the breeding months, Little Blue Herons are occasionally seen at Cape Ann marshes, freshwater ponds, and along the shoreline. By late summer and autumn they can be found in mixed flocks of Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, Green Herons, and Great Blue Herons, feasting on fish and frogs to build a reserve of fat for the southward migration.

The above photo and top photo shows the contrast between the Little Blue Heron first hatch-year, which is flying by a calico second hatch-year Little Blue.

First hatch-year Little Blue HeronAdult Little Blue Heron

Calico (second hatch-year) Little Blue practicing nest building skills

Left to right, Snowy Egret, calico Little Blue Heron, Great Egret, and adult Little Blue Heron

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Little Blue Heron range map – Cape Ann is at the northern edge of their breeding range


For the first time in its history Blue Collar Lobster Co. will open its doors to host a Halloween concert featuring two of the area’s premier local original bands. On Saturday October 27th Pier Ave and Over The Bridge will take the stage for what will be an incredible night of roots, rock, and reggae.

The two groups are joining forces for the evening to send a message to local music lovers. Their message is simple: The local music scene needs more collaboration. “Local musicians need to work together to promote unity and support one another. By doing this we can create a scene that is great for venues and live music fans alike. The North Shore is where we are from, and the artists who call it home are our family not our competition.” As two of the area’s highest drawing local bands the show is sure to bring in live music fans from all over Boston’s North Shore and beyond to show their support for the blossoming local music scene on Cape Ann.

Tickets to the show are on sale now! The event boast’s an impressive lineup of local sponsors, FREE giveaways, a $500 cash prize for best costume, professional sound and lighting display provided by Davis Thurston Productions.

$20 Advance, $25 Door/dos 21+ event

For more information you can visit their websites:
http://www.PierAveMusic.comOr “Like” them on Facebook:


Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck

Azita Moradkhani, Rocky Neck Art Colony Goetemann Artist in Residence

Artist Conversation October 2, 7pm
At the Cultural Center at Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson St. Gloucester


Body Cast, by Azita Moradkhani

Azita Moradkhani was born in Tehran where she was exposed to Persian art and culture as well as Iranian politics, and that double exposure increased her sensitivity to the dynamics of vulnerability and violence that she explores in her work and art-making process. She received her BFA from Tehran University of Art and both her MA in Art Education and her MFA in drawing, painting & sculpture from Boston’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts & Tufts University. The female body, and its exposure to different social norms, is central to Moradkhani’s work. Through her drawings and body castings, she is examining displacement as an unnatural state we experience when we find ourselves insecure in our own body.

Poll: Who Would You Rather See In The ALDS? The A’s Or The Yankees #RedSox #Poll #MLB

With tomorrow night’s American League Wildcard Game Deciding Which Team Goes On To Face Our Beloved Red Sox in The American league Divisional Series I’m A Bit Conflicted.

Do you want to face the A’s who you feel is less dangerous or do you want to face the Yankees who will make the series more interesting rivalry and hype wise?


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