WHERE DO PIPING PLOVERS GO IN BAD WEATHER?

A question often asked is “where do the birds go when the weather is inclement?”

The answer depends on what type of bird. Some birds, like perching birds, have it a bit easier than seabirds and shorebirds because their little toes reflexively cling tightly to a branch or limb. But many, many birds lose their lives in hurricanes and super storms.

Extreme weather events are especially harmful to threatened and endangered shorebirds. Wave action, high winds, and storm surges destroys coastal habitats and flooding decreases water salinity. Birds, especially young birds, are blown far off course away from their home habitats. A great deal of energy is expended battling the winds and trying to return home.

In the case of Piping Plovers, for the most part, business continues as usual during average inclement weather. You won’t see them sit in a tree or dune shrub because they will lose their primary advantage against predators, that of the safety afforded them by the camouflage of their sandy beach coloring.

Piping Plovers and Dunlin taking shelter behind the landmark rock at Good Harbor

Perhaps they’ll find a rock on the beach, or ridge in the sand, to crouch behind and out of the path of the wind. Piping Plovers are much harder to find in inclement weather because their feathers mirror shades of rain and snow and fog. Drenching rain, spring snow squalls, and biting summer sand storms won’t stop these indefatigable creatures, we see them foraging during every type of weather event.

Even Piping Plover chicks, weighing not much more than nickel, have the ability to withstand harsh summer sandstorms.

Nearly freezing and made worse by whipping wind.

 

HUGE ENORMOUS THANK YOU FROM ERIN AT CAPE ANN WILDLIFE!

Animal wildlife rehabilitator Erin Hutchins recently shared a link to her Amazon fundraiser to help gather supplies for Cape Ann Wildlife rehabilitation center. She is so deeply touched at how generously folks have given to her fundraiser that she is actually tearing up when she sees the items on her doorstep. Erin is sending GMG readers a HUGE THANK YOU!!! and wants everyone to know how these supplies are going to be of such tremendous help.

In case you missed the link here it is again: Cape Ann Wildlife Amazon Wishlist

THANK YOU EVERYONE!

Erin, are these Red Fox kits, babies?? So adorable!

 

Suddenly, forsythia – Hello h̶y̶a̶c̶i̶n̶t̶h̶ scilla

Clearing at Grant Circle on the Cape Ann Museum properties revealed a carpet of grape hyacinth scilla (correction thanks to helpful GMG reader comment). The patch across the street is a favorite stretch of spring.

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Essex Greenbelt Peeping Toms on Osprey Pair at Lobsta Land!!

Future Mom and Dad Osprey just arrived at the Greenbelt Osprey perch behind Lobsta Land. No need to annoy them in person because Greenbelt has a live cam on them.

Osprey just arrived for the opening of Lobsta Land waiting on their order of Lobster Quesadilla

Here is the link: https://www.ecga.org/Osprey-Cam

Checking it out since they have arrived, Rubber Duck quick tips:

• Scroll to window that is black and click “Live”. If the water is rippling in the background you are looking at live.
• Pin the menu bar (bottom left).
• Go to full screen.
• Do this on an unused laptop and set up in living room so you have a live shot 24/7.
• Live Feeds can take a minute to load. Fastest way to live is click on the film strip, watch a video clip of this morning, then click live. Boom.

Why would you do this? Because first comes love, then comes marriage, and then live sex show and baby osprey!

The camera is 2019 awesome. Way better than Joey’s house finch cam. If the live shot is the empty nest just click on the piece of film in the lower menu and check out what these love birds were doing this morning, or yesterday. But be sure to click back to live since this pair is only gone for a few minutes while they put nice fluffy stuff in the nest.

[edit] While you are there you can click on DONATE. you just paid your taxes yesterday and did you feel grinchy because your tax donations for charity were so measly? Start your tax year off right and do it now.  They will build more osprey nests and we’ll end up with 24/7 free sex shows. Donate to Sexy Osprey click here. Volunteering or becoming a mamber is cool too.

Lighthouses Near and Far

Something went wacky when I tried to post this to the blog over the weekend and I’m pretty sure it didn’t get out there the way our posts normally do, so I am trying again! So, if you are thinking to yourself “I just saw this”, you might be right.

We are blessed on Cape Ann to have these lighthouses in our midst every day. These are for those who are far from home.

Straitsmouth

Ten Pound Island

Eastern Point

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Annisquam

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Fundraising Family Yoga Class at Treetop Yoga

Cape Ann Wellness

A class for families to share in the joy of yoga. Parents will join their children for a fun hour of yoga poses, games, and a quiet end with techniques offered for self-soothing at home. Recommended for ages 3-103! Parents of adult children can even enjoy the FUN!

This class is donation-based with all proceeds going to Boston Children’s Hospital “Yoga Reaches Out” fundraiser, taking place at Gillette Stadium on April 28. Members of the Treetop community will join with over 1000 yogis to practice yoga and raise critical funds for the amazing Wellness Program. The Wellness Program was designed to help families of patients cope with the stress that comes with having a child endure ongoing treatments or long stays in the hospital. The program provides a sanctuary for parents and family, giving them a place to unwind and offering healing support, such as yoga, exercise, and Reiki.

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