ANOTHER SUPER EXCITING WILDLIFE SIGHTING–TWO RAZORBILLS AT EASTERN POINT!

Many, many thanks to reader Mike for sharing his amazing sighting of two Razorbills. He writes the following,

“Hi Kim. I was out on the Dogbar Breakwater yesterday afternoon. I didn’t see any Snowy Owls, but I did spot 2 Razorbills. I’d never seen one before, so it was quite exciting. There was a flurry of activity in the water as 2 loons harassed one of the Razorbills. They wore him down and then a large sea gull attacked and tried to kill the Razorbill pecking at his head. He dove and swam far enough away the gull lost track of him in the small chop.

Interesting to see the White Line across it’s backside and the white under the wings.  I witnessed one of the Razorbills swimming underwater from the height of the rocks at the end of the breakwater, the bird appeared to be “flying” underwater and I thought it had tiny wings as I could only see the white portion of the wings in the darkness of the water.  It swam similar to a Penguin underwater.  Another couple also saw the Razorbill swim underwater and the three of us were surprised at distance the bird covered in such a short time.

On my way to the breakwater, I asked a young couple returning to the parking lot, if they had seen any cool critters.  They said they saw an injured bird that was something like a Puffin or Penguin just inside the breakwater, at the edge of the shore.   They said the bird made it’s way into the water as they approached.  They had a frontal top view of the bird with their smartphone, but it was unclear as to what it was.  I’m guessing that’s the same Razorbill I saw being attacked by the sea gull.  Nature has a way of weeding out the weak and injured, but he escaped to live another day !!

I also saw around a dozen Common Eiders, 2 Surf Scoters, couple mergansers, 6 Buffleheads and 4 light brown ducks I would guess to be Gadwalls by the elegant patterns of breast feathers swimming along the shore inside the breakwater. Great sightings on a wonderful warm day!!”

I just read on the Audubon website that the Razorbill is probably the closest living relative of the extinct Great Auk. How interesting is that! I’ve never seen a Razorbill but will most certainly be on the lookout. Thanks so much again to Mike.

All images courtesy wikicommonsmedia.

Movie buffs can see all the Oscar nominated shorts at Cape Ann Cinema | Gloucester’s indisputable indie and art house movie theater

Daily showtimes for all the Oscar Nominated shorts (Live Action, Animation and Documentary) were announced this week.

Year round, there’s just the right curated mix of weekly movies at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street downtown Gloucester, Mass. Check the cinema’s website! Showtimes are published on the GMG calendar.

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Valentine’s Day handmade sweets & treats and vintage street at Alexandra’s Bread

Valentine’s Day shopping  is a delight at Alexandra’s Bread,  a scrumptious artisan bakery and destination vintage and contemporary gift shop located at 265 Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts. One hopes for a line long enough to while away some browsing yet short enough  to reach the counter before the bread and treats sell out.

Discover unique finds to share with everyone on your gift and just because lists at Alexandra’s Bread bakery. 

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Whether it’s family & friends or a gathering of the masses, hosting is a huge part of the holidays. Drinks play a crucial role in this, alcoholic or non. Putting a drink in the hands of your guests, even water, makes people feel more welcome. Having a bar area to serve them makes it easier for you as a host.

Read More: https://www.grandbanksbp.com/blogs/blog/building-the-bar

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WEEKEND OPEN HOUSES 5 STANWOOD POINT UNIT B, $899,900

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COME AND ENJOY THE VIEW THIS WEEKEND AT BACK TO BACK OPEN HOUSES.

SATURDAY, FEB. 9, 2019 FROM 12:00PM – 2:00PM

SUNDAY, FEB. 10, 2019 FROM 12:00PM – 2:00PM

THIS IS A BEAUTIFUL TOWNHOUSE WAITING FOR YOU TO MAKE IT YOUR HOME!!!

IF YOU ARE NOT READY TO MOVE YET, OR IT IS A BIT TOO HIGH FOR YOU, COME AND TALK TO ME TO DISCUSS THE NEXT PHASE AND OPPORTUNITY TO OWN ONE OF THE NEXT TWO TOWNHOUSES IN PHASE 3.

IF YOU ARE A BROKER, CALL ME TODAY TO TALK ABOUT AN ADDED INCENTIVE FROM THE SELLER!!!!

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Celebrate American Heart Month – Say No to Cigarettes

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American Heart Month – Smoking is a Major Risk Factor for Heart Disease. Besides causing breathing problems and lung cancer, smoking is also a major cause of cardiovascular (heart and blood vessel) disease.

Here Are the Facts:

  • Cigarette smoking accounts for about one-fifth of all deaths from heart disease in the United States.
  • Smokers have a two to four fold increase in coronary artery disease and about a 70 percent higher death rate from coronary artery disease than do nonsmoker.
  • Smoking is a major risk factor for heart disease.

Smoking is the No. 1 cause of preventable disease and death.

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The People in Your Neighborhood

One of the interesting facets of family history research is the study of the neighborhood,  city and social history your ancestor experienced.  It brings to mind the Sesame Street song about the people in your neighborhood.

Lucky for those of us that like to study such things, there are plenty of ways to determine where your ancestors lived. One is the decennial US census records as they become available (1940 is the most recently available). This is part of the 1910 census record for  William E. Pierce and family who lived at 31 Sargent Street in 1910.

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Over the years, the Pierce family lived at 389 Main (1900); 106 Maplewood (1920), 3 1/2 Alpine Court (1930) and 3 Smith St (1940). There were 12 children born to this couple, so there were years where additional room was needed such as seen here for 1910.  So I went to go see those neighborhoods as they look today:

I realize house numbers may have changed over the years, but today’s 389 Main:

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Today’s 31 Sargent Street (1910)

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Nearby 106 Maplewood (1920)

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4 1/2 Alpine Court (1930)

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3 Smith Street (1940 just 2 years prior to William’s death):

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I am proud to learn immediate family members lived in and near these neighborhoods along with other hardworking residents. It makes me feel even more connected to our city.

 

 

Retreat into the Weekend!

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Join us for our awesome line up of weekend classes AND this ultimate combination of workshops back to back on Sunday. Intro to Energy with Marleen Wood will explore how to harness, protect and expand your energy using experiential exercises and offering you tools to use in daily life. Empower your intuition and use your energy to the fullest! Then prepare to settle in for the energy rejuvenating and balancing Monthly Restorative workshop where gentle meets powerful, therapeutic poses supported by bolsters, blocks and sandbags. Sign up for one or BOTH and feel the LOVE.

Sunday Feb. 10:  Intro to Energy 3-5pm $40 & Monthly Restorative Workshop $25

Pre-registration strongly recommended at http://www.nsryoga.com

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