hairy-woodpecker-cape-ann-gloucester-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithHairy Woodpecker

Rat-a-tat-tat, rat-a-tat-tat resonating through the trees tops. The little wild wood encircling Beaver Pond was alive with a veritable rhythm band. I must have arrived on the ideal day, for there were seemingly dozens of woodpecker excavations taking place. Not one, not two, but three different species of woodpeckers were drumming the forest canopy!

It is no mystery as to why the pond shore is a sanctuary for woodpeckers, surrounded as it is with trees in a wonder of varying stages of decay. Woodpeckers excavate dead and dying trees and limbs not only to create nest cavities and to forage for insect prey, but to also enlarge cavities used for winter shelter. During the fall, a woodpecker will spend about a week excavating winter roosting holes.

Winter roosts created by woodpeckers may later provide shelter or nest sites for many other species of animals including owls, flying squirrels, bluebirds, nuthatches, and chickadees.

red-bellied-woodpecker-cape-ann-gloucester-massachusetts-copyright-kim-smithRed-bellied Woodpecker

Woodpeckers mostly eat insects, in all stages, from egg to larvae to pupae to adult. During the winter their diet is comprised of seeds, nuts, fruits, and berries. The woodpecker’s tongue is quite extraordinary, being long and extendable, and also coated with bristly hairs. Woodpeckers use their tongues to spear and extract wood-boring insects, as a sticky trap for catching ants, and as a brush for licking up sap.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy and Hairy Woodpeckers look similar. Hairy Woodpeckers are about the size of an American Robin. Downies are smaller and their bills are more delicate in appearance. The outer edge of their tail feathers are white, barred with black, lending a spotted appearance. The outer edge of the tail feathers of Hairy Woodpeckers is pure white (see top photo above to compare).
beaver-pond-gloucester-copyright-kim-smithI’ve returned to Beaver Pond several time since the day the bonanza of woodpeckers was photographed but haven’t been treated to the rhythm band since. A few woodpeckers have been sighted, their calls noted, and only an occasional distant drumming heard. Perhaps they are tending other tasks in preparation for winter, collecting and caching food in their newly excavated holes.

There are a few moments after sunset when the light is still bright enough to photograph and to film. The Beaver Family makes their appearance just about then but none have ventured to the side of the pond where I am stationed since that one evening when a solitary beaver swam within arm’s reach. But I am patient!


3 films with Cape Ann news building Oscar buzz: Coming Through the Rye (tomorrow in Gloucester!); Loving; and Manchester by the Sea

November 4th, 2016, 7:00PM ::: COMING THROUGH THE RYE will premier at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester. Salinger anything. And Chris Cooper?! Wait…WITH OSCAR WINNER CHRIS COOPER IN PERSON! Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Daily Times article shares Rob Newton’s story about Cooper’s first visit to Cape Ann Cinema. These special guest screenings are incredible.


Catch the movie that lives up to its name opening here in Gloucester before its Boston premiere! Next week:::Thursday, November 10th, 7:00PM ::: LOVING (WITH PRODUCER SARAH GREEN Q&A), a BENEFIT FOR GLOUCESTER EDUCATION FOUNDATION at Cape Ann Cinema & Stage, 21 Main Street, Gloucester


vintage ABC news report



“Manchester by the Sea” is set for release November 18th– at the mall.  Not sure when it’s coming to Cape Ann Cinema or Gloucester Cinema, 34 Essex Ave, Gloucester.

“Manchester by the Sea burrows into the mind of a man who experiences a trauma that neither kills him nor makes him stronger. Rather, it leaves him maimed.” 

-quote from Rebecca Mead’s New Yorker article, THE CINEMATIC TRAUMAS OF KENNETH LONERGAN: After a bitter fight with Hollywood producers, the filmmaker returns with the shattering “Manchester by the Sea.” Lonergan has said he used local actors and Massachusetts crew for the shoot.

Queen of Katwe is playing at Cape Ann Cinema now. No Cape Ann ties but buzz worthy all the same.

There will be a new screening room open at Cape Ann Cinema with help from the Dusky Foundation and named with a tribute to Cape Ann Cinema fan, legendary actress and director, Liv Ullmann. Yes, that Liv Ullmann!

Help Wanted



Gloucester, Ma

Please send resumes to alicia.cox@yoh.com

HVAC Responsibilities:

The HVAC Maintenance Technician will perform routine and preventive maintenance as directed by their manager to ensure the quality, appearance and safety of the facility and support of Manufacturing and Engineering Business Units


Principle Duties and Responsibilities:

Provides routine preventative maintenance to maintain and improve the quality and appearance of HVAC equipment

  • Analyze, troubleshoot and repair standard HVAC equipment to the component level
  • Cognizant of all chemical spills and follow-up of disposal and cleanup mandates
  • Ensure all safety requirements of the company are implemented in accordance with rules and regulations of EHS
  • Breakdown and restructure of office workstations, general carpentry, painting and support of Facilities Team Projects
  • Will be required to be on call 24/7 to provide emergency response to the facility (in rotation with other team members)
  • Will need to be on call every 5th or 6th week in (1 week increments)
  • Backup/support other Facilities Specialists, as need

Required Skills

  • Current Refrigerant Transition and Recovery Certification – CFC Universal
  • Refrigeration Technician License desired
  • 5-7 years of recent related experience in HVAC or facility maintenance
  • Strong familiarity of building codes and regulations
  • Good working knowledge of HVAC systems and clean room controls
  • Excellent communication & customer service skills
  • Ability work in a team oriented environment
  • Execute tasks in a timely matter with minimal supervision
  • Familiarity with building trade groups and work instructions
  • Safety minded
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite





Save the Date – Fish Tales – December 2

Save some time to attend this special edition of Fish Tales, Gloucester’s own live storytelling event. The theme is all about therapy and therapists so there will be great stories, some hilarious, some poignant, and this time told at the Gloucester Stage Company so there’s plenty of room. You know you’ve been meaning to catch one of these, don’t miss it.


Tonno Specials this week…

More Cape Ann Dining News-



What a great season it has been.  Summer was busy and it has continued into the fall.  Reservations are still recommended, but if you have been waiting to check us out now is the time.  As a chef this is our favorite time of year for cooking and our specials represent the seasonal influence.   We hope to see you this week, here are our specials…
-Chicken liver crostini, pork rillette & tallegio
-Fried Smelts
-Cavatelli with chestnuts and roasted duck
-Wild Mushroom soup
-Wild mushrooms with creamy polenta
-Roasted Salmon, squash and Brussels sprouts
-Grilled Veal Porterhouse, rabe and potatoes
-Porchetta, white beans and escarole
-Rum Raisin bread pudding

Also Gravy Sundays continue to be very popular.  Call it what you want, Sugo, Sauce or Gravy there is nothing better than food that reminds you of your childhood.  I remember waking up as a kid to the smell of…

View original post 34 more words

Searching for artist! Byron Brooks?

This jumbo bloom still-life with small flamingo reminded me that it’s the season for forcing indoor bulbs. More than that I do not know. Owners of the painting want to track down information and work by the artist. Their daughter reached out to her friend, Katelyn Foley. Here’s what we do know:

Yes, (Bryon Brooks) had a gallery in his house where he sold paintings. We have one of the first ones he did dated ’61. He was married. Not sure about kids. Not exactly sure how he was related to Grammy, she called him a cousin. Maybe there’s a Lundberg or Bergman connection. I remember watching him paint at the ocean and most of his were seascapes.”

Hmmm. You’d think tracking down an artist with such a name would be easy. Maybe not a known artist, as in Byron Brown. Still. ‘Byron Brooks’. Brooks- that’s a common name in this Cape Ann neck of the woods; several leads can be followed. Alfred Mansfield Brooks! David Brooks! Brooks in Essex. Brooks in Ipswich. Ditto Lundberg. And Berman. Byron? Not so much, and often supplanted with that wrench in research, the nickname.

Cursory searches pull up speculation only. The name doesn’t appear in artist association memberships. “Byron L and Gladys Brooks” are listed residing at 12 Millett in 1942; retired at 2 Davis Street in 1971. Those dates may not gel with the year 1961, described as ‘early’ for the artist’s works–unless creating art was a later pursuit, or hobby. Perhaps he advertised in local papers.

Dear readers, do you know more about the man, his art, his gallery? Please share.


Night skies over Essex Marsh

The best time for night photography and star trails is when there is a new moon and there isn’t any ambient light.   We are in a new moon right now so I took advantage of the dark skies to get some night exposures over at Farnham’s in Essex.  Although there was plenty of ambient light from cars passing by, it was still a nice crisp clear night to shoot stars!

Star trails over Essex Marsh – 35 minute exposure
Twinking skies over the marsh

Nichole’s Picks 11/5 + 11/6

Pick #1: A Midsummer’s Night Dream 

Over at Endicott’s College Tia’s Theater


Thursday, November 3, 7:30 pm
Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 5, 2:00 and 7:30 pm Tia’s Theater

General Admission: $15
$5 Seniors and students of other institutions Free to EC ID holders

Shakespeare’s most popular comedy centers around the woodland adventures of four young lovers, a group of amateur actors,and their interactions with fairies and a duke and duchess. Magic, love, and humor cast an unforgettable spell. Directed by Penny Singh.

Funded in part by the van Otterloo Family Foundation.


Pick #2: Boston Christmas Festival (Ugh.)

I know it is insanely early for this crap, but I usually miss posting about it because it takes place so darn early….so, here it is.  Take it or leave it.

Read More HERE

Shop from 300 of America’s Finest Craft Artists

The 30th Annual Boston Christmas Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center:
November 4, 5, and 6, 2016.

Show Hours:
Friday: Noon-7pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm


Admission: $15  •  Kids under 14: FREE

Boston Christmas Festival - Gingerbread House Competition

Gingerbread House Competition!

Top Chefs create gingerbread masterpieces to be judged by a celebrity panel and sold with proceeds benefiting Housing Families, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending family homelessness. As one of the largest operators of quality affordable housing for homeless and very low-income families in Massachusetts, Housing Families provides safe, temporary shelter and individualized supportive services to enrich childrens’ lives, nurture the potential of each family member, and help those in greatest need maintain permanent housing.



Pick #3: Strawbery Banke Children’s Authors Festival

Saturday, November 5th
2nd Annual
Children’s Authors Festival
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Children’s Author Festival welcomes 20 local children’s book authors and illustrators (click here for the list) to read from and sign their books, available for purchase at the event. Each child under 12 receives a ticket for free skating (in season) at Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke.)


For a comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid

Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 11/3/16


Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C ~ 3 Comments

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to http://www.goodmorninggloucester.com . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be http://www.capeanncommunity.com

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Operation Troop Support At The Gloucester Elks Lodge Nov 11th

Image ~ November 2, 2016 ~ Joey C ~


Donate $30 to Provide a Holiday Meal Basket for local families

November 2, 2016 ~ todtheopendoor

The Open Door needs help to give Holiday Meal Baskets to local families this year. A donation of $30 provides a turkey, potatoes, butternut squash, apples, stuffing, cranberry and more. Make checks payable to: The Open Door, and write “turkey” in the memo line. 28 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01930. The Open Door serves residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-by-the-Sea, Essex, and Ipswich. To donate online or for more information please visit www.foodpantry.org.

The mission of The Open Door is to alleviate the impact of hunger in our community. We use practical strategies to connect people to good food, to advocate on behalf of those in need, and to engage others in the work of building food security.