HAWK-ON-THE-HUNT JOINS US AT CAPT. JOE’S FOR THE GMG PODCAST THIS MORNING!

Perched on the lobster traps, I only had a fleeting moment to take a photo pulling into the parking lot at Captain Joe’s. While getting my camera out, the Hawk appeared to pop into a lobster trap. He popped back out, I took a snapshot under cover of car, then off he flew.

Raptors such as Sharp-shinned Hawks and Peregrine Falcons are attracted to lobster pots because the traps often house songbirds such as sparrows. The smaller birds eat the crusty tidbits found on the pots and the larger birds have learned to find a tasty meal there.

Sharp-shinned Hawk Range Map

Several years back when there was a male Snowy Owl at Captain Joe’s, a Peregrine Falcon flew on the scene, defending his territory by repeatedly dive bombing the Owl. The Falcon disturbed him so much so that the Snowy eventually departed.

GloucesterCast 321 With Brandon Pratt, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/15/19

GloucesterCastSquare

GloucesterCast 321 With Brandon Pratt, Jim and Pat Dalpiaz, Chris McCarthy, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 2/15/19

podcasticon1

When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast or GMG in your email. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you don’t see it, check your spam folder in your email acct so you can verify that you’d like to get them via email subscription.

subscribe1-picsay (2)1473522843911012199..jpg

subscribe1-picsay2259157744436385962.jpg

subscribe1-picsay (3)579008106437437025..jpg

Topics Include:

Playa Del Carmen with Chris, Eric and the Rabbit

Brandon Pratt Interest Rate and Housing Market Update

Mortgage Rates Continue to Drop

Brandon Pratt- CrossCountry Mortgage Gloucester, MA- 180 Main Street, Suite A

brandon.pratt@myccmortgage.com and or for an easy online application,

Click on www.northshorehomeloans.com and Apply Now.

Going To Feather and Wedge Tonight

Duckworth’s Valentine Day Reservations Are Open For Next Year

Hanging Of The AFC Championship Poster

We stopped at the Northern Lights Farmstand in Ipswich and it was wonderful! Local goods, fresh vegetables, open all year https://northernlightsfarmstands.com/
Pat attended the second in a series of Fireside Chats at the Beauport Hotel. Very interesting discussion of the history of slave trade in Gloucester. 3 future chats are scheduled for Feb 25 (Prudence Fish-Antique Gloucester Homes); Mar 4 (Ales and Tales) and March 18 (Andrea Bodner-GMGI) Post scheduled for Sunday.
 Pat is posting a prime rib weekly special chart this morning at 8 AM similar to the oyster chart. Anyone with additional info is welcome to contact us.
Cape Ann Wildlife Update
Six Right Whale Calves Born
Harp Seals Are Continued To Be Spotted
No Snowy Owls Locally check out project snowstorm https://www.projectsnowstorm.org/

SNOWY OWL SLEEPING – PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB

I dream about Snowies sometimes, especially in wintertime. I wonder if Snowies dream–probably, if they do, its all about tasty morsels 🙂

Sleepy Snowy Boy in the wildflower patch.

Do Snowy Owls, like other owl species, feed at night?

Snowy Owls are crepuscular (active and feed at dawn and dusk), diurnal (hunt during the day time), and nocturnal (hunt during darkness). Mostly, while wintering in our region, they rest during the daylight hours. When you see a Snowy sleeping, whether on the beach, a fence post, rooftop, or tree, please give him/her lots of space and let him rest quietly and undisturbed.

In the summer months, Snowies feed in the continuous daylight hours of the Arctic. Their main source of food is lemmings. In years when lemmings are super abundant, female Snowies will actually lay more eggs! Both the male and female hunt and bring food to the growing owlets. Feeding a hungry brood of baby owls is nonstop during the long days of the Arctic summer, and the owls also cache food.

What do Snowy Owls eat when wintering over in New England? I’ll share what we saw Hedwig eat because I am reading tons of misinformation posted online. We saw her eating rabbits, shrews, rats, mice, and yes, sea ducks. At day’s end, she would leave her hotel perch, sometimes heading over the golf course for a rabbit, or swooping down to the rocky shoreline for a shrew, or out to sea for a Common Eider or Bufflehead.

A cache of lemmings circling a Snowy Owl nest–and btw, aren’t they just the cutest!

A Snowy Owl irruption occurs when there is an abundance of lemmings, which leads to an abundance of Snowy Owl hatchlings (more lemmings equals fewer hungry owlets), which leads to more fledglings. Easier-to-catch food is available for the less experienced young hunters further south in the lower 48 states. The adults typically keep north, the first- and second-hatch-year owls often head south. This is another reason to keep a respectful distance, many of the owls are still developing and growing.

Our Hedwig appeared especially adept at catching rodents that were scurrying between the rocks at Bass Rocks. In summer, Arctic Lemmings shelter in shallow underground burrows, or under rocks, just as do Cape Ann members of the rodent family.

Interestingly, some Snowy Owls move further north for the winter. They spend these darkest and most frigid of months at sea, ice hunting for Arctic birds at open patches of water.

Please Do Not Disturb

 

DUELING SNOWY OWLS SOARING THROUGH THE DUNES

On a recent hike looking for Redpolls and Snow Buntings, I encountered a pair of Snowy Owls intently battling over territory. Positioned low on a dune trail, half kneeling and partially hidden while photographing a Black-capped Chickadee, when a Snowy flew right in front of my path, twenty feet away. Rats! It all happened so quickly I didn’t capture even a moment. Suddenly out of nowhere a second Snowy appeared, hot on his trail. This one landed on the path I was traveling, not ten feet away. We both looked at each other in utter amazement but this time I had my movie camera turned on! He/she didn’t wait to see what I was doing and off he flew in the direction of the female Snowy. The two flew through the dunes, landing and taking off several times. I lost sight of the pair for a few moments when way, way out over the ocean the two were spied in an aerial duel.

I am going to try to post the close-up Snowy clip before Christmas. It’s been several weeks since that day and I have not seen either–hopefully they did not discourage one another from wintering over in the dunes and are still in the vicinity.

The sweet flock of Redpolls was found, but as with the owls, neither species has been seen since that beautiful day watching Snowies soar through the dunes. Will post the Redpoll photos later this week 🙂

watching the Snowies soaring through the dunes. Will post the Redpoll photos later this week 🙂