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Day: August 4, 2017
FAREWELL LITTLE CHICK!
Our six-week-old Little Chick has begun his southward journey. At sunrise this morning I found him sleeping in front of the roped off area. Way down by the water’s edge, was a small flock of three Piping Plovers, but the light was so soft I could not tell if they were males, females, or fledglings. Sensing Little Chick’s time to depart was nearing, I didn’t want to investigate just then, but stayed on the beach to film our plover.
Little Chick awoke with his usual stretching routine and then made his way through the tidal flats mostly eating, but stopping several times to arrange his feathers. In no time he was foraging alongside the three migrating Piping Plovers and, within mere moments he, and the Piping Plover flock, flew, not along the beach or over to the creek as he has been doing, but this time, first straight out to sea and then curving around and disappearing behind the Sherman House.
I stopped by Good Harbor Beach several times later this morning and again in the afternoon, as have several of the volunteers, and no one has seen our Little Chick. Although feeling somewhat melancholy (but also very happy) to see him depart, this is the best possible outcome. We can all hope his journey is a safe one. And we hope too, that he parents many offspring!
We have been treated to a window into the world of nesting Piping Plovers. Most species of shorebirds breed many thousands of miles away, in the Arctic tundra of Canada and Alaska. We were blessed to see this beautiful story unfold, despite taking place in the least of safe habitats.
The greatest thanks to all the Piping Plover volunteers: Carol Ferant, Caroline Haines, Jeannine Harris, Hazel Hewitt, Charles King, Cliff King, George King, Paul Korn, Chris Martin, Lucy Merrill-Hill, Diana Peck, Ruth Peron, Catherine Ryan, Karen Shah, and Ken Whittaker. Without their daily monitoring of people, balls, dogs, gulls, crows, and what have you, we most assuredly would not have seen our Little Chick grow into a fledgling. Thank you too for their eagerness in sharing information about the PiPls with interested beachgoers. There is still a great deal about Piping Plovers that is a mystery. Studying the life story of one plover family creates a focusing lens from which we can all learn. I’d like to add special thanks to volunteer Hazel Hewitt who created the informative signs describing the PiPl that you may have seen all around the beach entryway ways.
If you see Ken Whittaker, Gloucester’s conservation agent, please thank him for all his help. After I discovered the Piping Plover nest on May 23rd, I spoke with Dave Rimmer to let him know precisely where the nest was located, and Ken immediately became available to lend a hand. In a way, we can thank Sharon Bo Abrams, too. After reading about how we were struggling to keep last year’s chicks alive, it was she who suggested that we form a group of volunteers. I mentioned this to Dave, who in turn spoke with Ken. It was Ken who spearheaded the volunteer effort and organized the group’s schedule so that at all times of day, from sunrise to sunset, someone was on the beach monitoring the Plover family. We can also thank Ken for listening to us volunteers regarding the importance of leaving the symbolic fencing in place as long as the chick was using it as his “safety zone.”
Thank you to Mayor Sefatia, Chris Sicuranza, and Frank DiMecurio for their interest and support. Thank you to all our readers for your kind comments and interest in the Plover daily updates.
Thank you to Gloucester Police Chief John McCarthy and Gloucester’s Animal Control Officer Dianne Corliss for their help monitoring the dog owner situation. They both made Good Harbor Beach part of their routine and their mere presence has made a tremendous difference.
A huge shout out to Gloucester’s Department of Public Works Mike Hale, Mark Cole, and Joe Lucido, and the DPW’s team of beach cleaners and rakers, who always went out of their way to keep an eye out for Little Chick and helped keep him safe.
Thanks is owed to Gloucester’s volunteer beach-picker-uppers who, on a daily basis, before everyone else arrives to enjoy the beach, are out there cleaning up what was left from the night before and helping to prevent a plethora of plastic from contaminating the ocean. Three who come to mind immediately, and who have been taking care of Good Harbor Beach for years are Patti Amaral, and husband and wife Patti and Kerry Sullivan. By cleaning the beach, it helps tremendously to keep down the crow, gull, and coyote populations, all of which are predators of shorebird eggs and chicks.
Thank you Community! Without your support, care, and kindness I would not be writing this thank you note.
Several readers have suggested that I write a children’s book, with photographs, about The Good Harbor Beach Little Chick. While I am giving this idea serious consideration, I would only want to undertake a project like this with a top-notch publisher.
Perhaps Papa Joe and Mama Joy will return to Good Harbor Beach for a third year. With less than 8,000 Piping Plovers remaining in the world, we can only hope.
Bon voyage and safe travels Little Chick!
If I have neglected to thank you, please accept my sincere apology and please write and let me know so that I may add your name to the post. Thank you so much.
August, 2017 Sidewalk Sale Days
Great light over Magnolia Harbor
MEET ME AT THE SIGN NEATH THE APPLE TREE…
New Good Harbor Beach sign with beach news updates provided by the Friends of Good Harbor Beach
BENCH WITH A VIEW
New Good Harbor Beach bench with a view at the brand new fully operational guest station.
Half Off Sushi After Five At The Studio and Half Off Menu at The Rudder restaurant On Rocky Neck August 4, 2017
Another El Fresco dinner at the Magnolia’s Farmers Market
What a great success the Magnolia’s Farmers Market was. So this Monday, August 7, 2017 there will another fun time. Hope to see everyone there.
The Rockport Legion Band
The Rockport Legion Band will perform our fifth free concert of our 84th consecutive summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand, Beach St, Rockport, MA.
7:00, Sunday, August 13th, 2017.
Popcorn is available. Children are welcome. Folding chairs and blankets are good.
Jim Davison, conductor
The Star Spangled Banner, Francis Scott Key
Semper Fidelis, John Phillip Sousa
Toccata for Band, Frank Erickson
Polar Express, Alan Silvestri
Procession of Nobles, Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov
Stardust, Hoagy Carmichael, trumpet solo Jason Howard
Someone to Watch Over Me, George Gershwin,tenor sax solo Stephen Niemi
The Boys From Wexford, Robert Joyce
TD’s Boogie Woogie, Tommy Dorsey, Paula Burns trombone
Bolero, Maurice Ravel
The Blues Brothers Review, arr. Jay Bocook
Armed Forces Salute, arr. Bob Lowden
Raiders March, John Williams
Fiddler On the Roof, Jerry Bock
God Bless America, Irving Berlin
THE ROCKPORT LEGION BAND
Flute: Jeannine Lynch, Jen Fuller, Kathy Claypool, Jenny Baylor, Meg Wallace
Oboe: Bob Heineman
Clarinet: Steve Neimi, Debbie Walter, Tasha Marshall, Mindy Picardo
Alto Saxophone: William Altman, Matt Charest
Trumpet: Jason Howard, Jerry Silveira, Hilary Anderson, Joel Swan, Bob Cannon
Alto Horn / French Horn: John Bassett, Ken Laurence
Trombone: Paula Burns, Roger McPherson, Jim Koerth
Euphonium / Baritone: Connie Villanti, Steve Cooney
Tuba: Al Bernard
Percussion: Ron Alpert, Ben Fuller
emailed by John Bassett, 978 546 6273
Due to the weather forecast for Saturday, Festival by the Sea has been postponed and will be held on Sunday, August 6! Sunday looks to be a GORGEOUS day – we look forward to seeing you all in Manchester-by-the-Sea on SUNDAY!
Design Of Mine’s Grand Opening Celebration and Ribbon Cutting August 1st 2017
Family, friends, City Officials and customers gathered together. It was a joyous event. Design Of Mine. A lovely shop with many clothing styles, fashion, jewelry and art work. Owner and operator Melissa Tarr makes it a very inviting place to shop. Right in the heart of town and home of The Flutter Shawl.
New green shower footbath at Good Harbor Beach was in constant use last night
A ‘ steady stream’ of customers. The new beach footbath is the same as the ones at Stage Fort Park. Looks nice!
Gloucester Smiles on the other side of the Camera
Sometimes Gloucester Smiles ends up on the other side of the camera. A wonderful couple from Kings Mountain North Carolina sent me a photo they took of me at the Breakwater. One of the most enjoyable part of The Gloucester Smiles series is the wonderful and open people I get to meet, from Gloucester and from other parts of the country/world.
Thank you to all that have participated in the series.
see link to Visitors from North Carolina
Hannah Kimberley introduces us to Annie Smith Peck
Just thrilled to be able to be a part of Hannah Kimberley’s launch of her new book “A Woman’s Place is at the Top” last night!! It was standing room only at the Sawyer Free Library as Hannah introduced us all to Annie Smith Peck and read an excerpt from her biography. It was a successful night as all the books were sold out! Make sure you listen for Hannah on NPR next week and watch for her interview on Chronicle in a couple of weeks! Love having smart, talented and beautiful friends. Check out this link to Amazon get your copy! You can follow Hannah on instagram @hannah__kimberley and if you see her today make sure you wish her the Happiest of Birthdays!!!
International Dory Eliminations Saturday
The International Dory Eliminations will be held Saturday at 8:30 and Monday 6pm from Niles Beach. This will be the last opportunity we have to cheer them on before they head to Nova Scotia for the finals on August 26th! Check out the Gloucester International Dory Racing page for up to date schedule and race results.
Visitors from North Carolina
Creating a 360° Image for Google Earth
These two gentlemen were creating a 360° Image for Google Earth of Gloucester’s Fisherman’s Memorial. Photos were taken of the memorial every 4 inches. I estimated that it took them approximately 1 1/2 hours to complete the task. They are sub contractors for Google Earth, and the images they took may appear in about a month on Google Earth.
The above images were at about 5:30 PM the one below was taken an hour later on my way back from my walk.
Below are captures from the current Google Earth images of the Fisherman’s Memorial