Great Blue Heron at Good Harbor Beach ~ Click to view larger There are several theories as to why birds, especially large wading birds such as herons and flamingoes, stand on one leg, or “unipedal resting” as scientist like to refer to the trait. The seemingly most convincing and best-proved theory is that birds stand … Continue reading Why Do Herons Stand on One Leg?
Contemplating taking flight, the perching juvenile Great Blue Heron moved its feet slowly, while turning to face the shore, then gracefully lifted its wings and departed, with a very loud and un-elegant QWOCK. No sign of Cape Ann’s Great Blue Herons since the big Thanksgiving Day freeze. Two days into the frigid temperatures, the last … Continue reading GREAT BLUE HERON TAKING FLIGHT
I so love chance encounters with wild creatures and this young Black-crowned Night heron did not disappoint. He stayed close to the rocky embankment, stealthily foraging for small shrimp in the dark crevices at mid-tide. The youngster did not seem to mind my presence; after a bit of time passed I walked away and when … Continue reading EYE TO EYE WITH A BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON
One of the Niles Pond night herons, and one of the two that hang out at Smiths Cove every evening. They may be the same two – hard to tell (I’m shooting through two not very clean windowpanes in the dusk, so Smiths Cove shots aren’t great). The night herons are medium-sized herons in the … Continue reading Black Crowned Night Heron
I guess these guys reside in Taiwan as well- From The Website Birding In Taiwan– The Black-crowned Night Heron is a medium-sized (60 cm), stocky heron with black crown and back, creamy white undersides and gray wings. In breeding plumage it has two long, thin white plumes on its nape. Its legs and feet are … Continue reading Black Crowned Night Heron At The Dock
My favorite shore bird, the Great Blue Heron is a large wading bird in the heron family Ardeidae, common near the shores of open water and in wetlands over most of North and Central America as well as the West Indies and the Galápagos Islands. An all-white population found only in the Caribbean and south … Continue reading Did You Know (Great Blue Heron)
Late yesterday afternoon, our Piping Plover volunteer monitor Heather Hall identified a new addition to the three Piping Plovers currently residing at Good harbor Beach. She observed that he was super hungry and that he was wearing not one, but two identifying bands! The green band is located on his upper left leg and is … Continue reading EXCITING NEWS FOR OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PLOVER FANS!
Piping Plover Chick Lift-off! – Not quite ready to fly yet, but testing his wings and airborne for a few seconds. On Tuesday this past week my friend Deborah and I attended the Coastal Waterbird Conservation Cooperators meeting, which took place at Cape Cod Community College in Barnstable. The meeting is held annually to bring … Continue reading OUTSTANDING COASTAL WATERBIRD CONSERVATION COOPERATORS MEETING!
It’s free and simple to participate. Carry a Poem. Share a Poem. John Ronan, a poet, playwright, journalist and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Literature, shares two sonnets: “The Parlor” and “The Lesson.” And the very short, “Arrowhead.” Arrowhead The bifacial point, found in a potato field in Maine, is still sharp, a Micmac … Continue reading ✍️🎶Happy #pocketpoem day! Three from John Ronan. What poem will you share?
CAPE ANN WILDLIFE: A YEAR IN PICTURES 2017 By Kim Smith Cape Ann provides welcome habitat for a menagerie of creatures beautiful, from the tiniest winged wonder to our region’s top predator, the Eastern Coyote. Last year I posted a Cape Ann Wildlife Year in Pictures 2016 and I hope you will find the wildlife … Continue reading CAPE ANN WILDLIFE: A YEAR IN PICTURES 2017
WORLD PREMIERE THE FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH OPENS AT GLOUCESTER STAGE Gloucester Stage Company continues its 38th season of professional theater on Cape Ann with the world premiere of Jim Frangione’s Flight of the Monarchfrom September 8 through September 30 at 267 East Main Street, Gloucester, MA. Flight of the Monarch is the story of … Continue reading GLOUCESTER STAGE COMPANY PRESENTS WORLD PREMIERE: THE FLIGHT OF THE MONARCH (THE PLAY)
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
Gloucester. Page one. Paragraph one. From Deborah Cramer’s exceptional book, The Narrow Edge: A Tiny Bird, an Ancient Crab, and Epic Journey: “I used to go down to the edge of the creek near my home in Gloucester, Massachusetts, to look for spawning horseshoe crabs, their unfailing arrival sign that a hard winter was turning … Continue reading Piping Plover fans: Local author Deborah Cramer on sandpipers is a must read. Oh, and Dogs vs.
It’s not often that a wild bird permits such a close encounter. The Snowy Egret was drinking, feeding, and bathing at the pond edge. At one point a noisy family appeared and began throwing stones into the water. All the Mallards swam toward the far end of the pond and the egret retreated up into the trees. … Continue reading SNOWY EGRET ENCOUNTER
THE WRITER’S BLOCK With John J. Ronan Season Premier to be Cablecast September 24 and October 1, 2015 Cape Ann TV and Gloucester resident John J. Ronan have announced the 26th season of the television series, The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan. The award-winning series is one of the oldest, continuously-running public access shows … Continue reading Community Stuff 9/10/15
Allowing me to get a little closer, perhaps one of these days (before he/she’s all grown up), I’ll catch a side-by-side of Black-crowned Night Heron parent and juvenile. Here he is standing on one leg, just as do mom and dad! A little ways off was a Great Blue Heron also hunting amongst the reeds. I captured him … Continue reading Quarky Pants Junior!
For the past several months on my filming forays around Niles Pond I have encountered a pair of Black-crowned Night Herons. With a loud quark, at least one flies up into the trees as soon as my presence is detected and I can never get a closeup photo with both in the same shot. I was wondering if they were … Continue reading MR. AND MRS. QUARKY PANTS HAD A BABY!
GORGEOUS JUVENILE SNOW GOOSE IN GLOUCESTER! Many thanks to Michelle Barton for alerting us about the Snow Goose at Good Harbor Beach. Michelle and Chris Anderson’s son, Atticus, has a superb eye for identifying rare and unusual birds that are migrating through our region. It was the Barton-Anderson Family who first alerted us to the Snowy Owl in our neighborhood this past January.* The … Continue reading Exciting News! (Edited)
In the dim light of daybreak at first glance I thought the diminutive duck was somehow related to the female mallard. Both were inconspicuous and camouflaged amongst the cattails. Mrs. Mallard was preening and standing on one leg, a thing birds do to regulate their body temperature, and Mystery Duck was actively diving all around her. As the light grew brighter with the … Continue reading Endangered Pied-billed Grebe Encounter
150 years ago, as the Civil War raged, so many of Gloucester’s eligible soldiers went off to fight that a manpower shortage for our booming fishing industry seemed inevitable. The vacuum that resulted offered opportunity for the thousands of fisherman from the Canadian Maritimes who flocked to Gloucester. Since many of these men worshiped in … Continue reading ST. JOHN’S GLOUCESTER 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OCT.6TH