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I am setting up tonight for the Gloucester at Waterfront festival over at stage Fort Park in Gloucester I won't be at Rocky neck- I will have plenty of new prints small and large and t shirts for $5 instead of $25 if out come over and say hi and show me this post- I think I have the best spot right on the water with a picnic table and a tree- I'll be here Saturday and Sunday #gyotaku #waterfrontfestival #gloucester @captjoe06 #goodmorninggloucester
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The first Gray Catbird to make an appearance in our garden arrived the day we planted blueberries. We don’t grow enough blueberries to provide all that we, and the Catbirds, would like to eat, so for the past several years I have been feeding the Catbirds handfuls at a time, the ones that come in the box that are smallish, and generally more sour tasting. If I forget to refill the bowl, the mom Catbird perches on a table just outside the kitchen window, calling and calling until the bowl is replenished. This summer she was joined by two fat little fledglings, also demanding of blueberries. The other day, both fledglings sat smack in the middle of the blueberry bowl and then proceeded to have a disagreement over the fruit!
Mature Gray Catbirds are mostly slate gray all over, with a little black cap, and when in flight, flash rufous red underneath. They belong to the same family of birds as do Northern Mockingbirds and Brown Thrashers, Mimidae, having that wonderful ability to copy the sounds of other songbirds and string them together to make their own music. During mating season, male Catbirds use their songs to establish their territory. The song may last up to ten minutes. This past spring, while walking along the wooded edge of a dune, I came upon a male singing his heart out. I didn’t have my tripod with me, but began recording him while singing. Boy, did my arms grow weary trying to capture the song in its entirety!
The oldest Gray Catbird was recorded to live 17 years. Catbirds are monogamous and if undisturbed, return to the same nesting site year after year. I love knowing that it’s quite possible that our current Catbird mama and papa may be the very same family that have been here for the past several years.
Note about the benefits of of planting blueberry bushes ~ Did you know that blueberries are native to North America? Fantastic for attracting songbirds to the garden, the foliage is also a caterpillar food plant for Spring and Summer Azure butterflies, and the blossoms provide nectar for myriad species of pollinating insects, including many species of native bees.
Saturday, August 19, 2017 at 7:30 am – 10:30 am at Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA. Also a great view to have breakfast.
Joey, here is the link to EJ’s plight. Her lovable kitty needs a loving home before the end of August or may have to go to the shelter. There’s gotta be a home out there! Can you post it on the blog? Let’s save Little Bit!! Thanks, Sharon
Young people from the Gloucester community have planned a Youth Open Mic Night for those 18 years and younger to share their talents. The event is scheduled for Thursday, August 24, from 6:30 to 8:00 at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, Gloucester, MA.
The emphasis is to have fun in a safe, non-competitive space welcome to all. Please come prepared to share, to listen and to applaud.
Any act, performed solo, duo or in small groups, up to five minutes long is welcome. Performances may draw from a multitude of forms – spoken word, dance, music, song, skits, monologues, magic, poetry, comedy and so on. If you can dream it, create it and bring it!
The doors will open at 6:00 and performers may sign up for a spot starting at 6:10. Use the side emtrance at 10 Church Street. Doors open at 6:00 Sign-ups to perform…
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