GRAND HERON OF THE GREAT MARSH: CAPE ANN’S GREAT BLUE HERONS

Mostly elegant, though sometimes appearing comically Pterodactylus-like, the Great Blue Heron is found in nearly every region of the United States, Mexico, and Central America, as well as the southern provinces of Canada. Its light weight, a mere five pounds, belies the fact that the Great Blue Heron is North America’s largest heron, with a … Continue reading GRAND HERON OF THE GREAT MARSH: CAPE ANN’S GREAT BLUE HERONS

THEY’RE BACK – OSPREYS, HERONS, EGRETS, AND MORE – SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON THE MARSHES!

Great Egret Flying Over Perched Osprey There is much to chortle about in this latest Cape Ann Winged Creature Update. Early April marked the arrival of both Snowy and Great Egrets, Black-crowned Night Herons and Great Blue Herons. Osprey pairs and evidence of Osprey nest building can be seen wherever Essex Greenbelt platforms have been installed. Northern Pintail and American … Continue reading THEY’RE BACK – OSPREYS, HERONS, EGRETS, AND MORE – SPRING HAS SPRUNG ON THE MARSHES!

GREEN HERON!

Male Green Heron What mystery bird, new to my eyes, was I seeing as it cautiously appeared from the knot of tall reeds? Its neck extended like a heron’s, but was smaller in size than even the Black-crowned Night Heron. I caught a glimpse and then waited for movement, and then waited, and then waited some more when … Continue reading GREEN HERON!

Wildlife at the Dock

Joey pointed out this Black-crowned night heron down at the dock. He played a little peek-a-boo with me. First one I have seen. I am amazed how well their coloring blends in. Also spotted on the dock just before the podcast was taped: a mature cap-crowned day tripper.  Might be immature……

THE MAGICAL MONTH OF MAY FOR MIGRATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

Featuring Dowitchers, Ruddy Turnstone, Least Tern, Eastern Kingbird, Eastern Towhee, Northern Flicker, Black-bellied Plovers, Brown Thrasher, Black-and-white Warbler, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Female Red-winged Blackbird, Tree Swallow, Willets, and Piping Plovers. May is a magical month in Massachusetts for observing migrants traveling to our shores, wooded glens, meadows, and shrubby uplands. They come either to … Continue reading THE MAGICAL MONTH OF MAY FOR MIGRATION IN MASSACHUSETTS

CAPE ANN WINGED CREATURE UPDATE

Featured: Brant Geese, Black-capped Chickadees, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Jays, Cardinals, American Robins, Mockingbirds, Savannah Sparrows, House Finches, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Grackle.   Beautiful iridescent feathers of the Common Grackle. Spring is a fantastic time of year in Massachusetts to see wildlife, whether that be whale or winged creature. Marine species are migrating to the abundant feeding grounds of … Continue reading CAPE ANN WINGED CREATURE UPDATE

OF ROCK AND REED, AND SEA AND SUN – MORNING SCENES FROM CAPE ANN’S BEAUTIFUL BACKSHORE

Beautiful, beautiful Cape Ann spring awakening. Photos from today’s fine April morning. Sing, sing sing Red-winged Blackbird!  Almost daybreak at Good Harbor Beach Backshore Sunrise. The sun was rising on the way to Brace Cove Niles Pond Painted Turtles and a female Red-breasted Merganser were basking on the warm rocks while a flock of Quarky Pants were … Continue reading OF ROCK AND REED, AND SEA AND SUN – MORNING SCENES FROM CAPE ANN’S BEAUTIFUL BACKSHORE