After a summer of what appeared to be a not-so-happy pairing between Mr. Swan and the new one, the two seemed to have turned some kind of corner. Whether the tolerance is temporary or not, this morning the pair were observed preening within mere feet of each other and the young swan, actually nodded off, with Mr. Swan nearby.
For the sake of this story and in case a romance blossoms, we’ll call her a she. Friends of Mr. Swan have been reporting that he was either very aggressively biting and flying at her, chasing her into the reeds on the far side of the pond, or possibly chasing her to teach her to become airborne.
Mr. Swan has spent nearly the entire summer at Niles Pond, and he may never again return to Henry’s after the terrible debacle of his attempted capture. The day before the recent southeaster wind and rain event, Mr. Swan took off to Rockport Harbor and was seen there by his friends Lois, Joel, and Paul.
The young swan softly crying.
I looked for the young swan at Niles Pond on the day after the storm and much to my surprise, she seemed very lonely. She was softly crying over and over again in much the same manner as I have filmed Mr. Swan when his mate was killed by a coyote several years ago. Her cries were quieter than his, but she definitely appeared to be searching, calling, and distressed.
Yesterday, Niles Pond resident Lyn reported that Mr. Swan had returned to Niles Pond. I’ll relate exactly what I observed this morning. The young swan was at the water’s edge, busily preening. Although she does not yet know how to fly, she certainly knows how to groom and maintain her flight feathers for future flying. Mr. Swan caught sight of me and began to swim straight towards us, with his feathers all busked out. She began to swim away from him as he approached and made it about thirty feet. He then flew directly towards her, but this time not in an aggressive way, but in a manner that herded her back to the shoreline. I was honestly very happy and relieved to see this because I really did not want to witness Mr. Swan attacking her again.
The soft colors of the first hatch year feathers matched the soft colors reflected off the water in the early morning light.
Both were now at the shoreline and both began to preen, only several feet apart, as if they had been doing this their whole life and it was the most normal interaction between them imaginable. I filmed them for a bit when the young swan grew tired of preening and fell asleep, with Mr. Swan keeping an eye out towards the water. Eventually Mr. Swan took off towards his friend Skip’s dock. She then awoke, but stayed behind near the shore.
Are they becoming more comfortable with each other? Is the young swan a girl or a boy (too soon to tell from outward appearances)? Will the young swan ever learn to fly, or is there something wrong with her wings? So many questions and only time will tell. I hope so much both will survive the winter without coyote attack (or some other tragedy befalls them) and we will be able to observe as this new chapter in Mr. Swan’s life unfolds.
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Your Daily Monarch Photo – Monarch Butterflies, Painted Lady Butterfly, and Bee Nectaring at Seaside Goldenrod
At the Magnolia Library and Community Center on Sunday, such a great turnout and lots of fun and most important for a great cause, #cancersucks. Thank you Kathy Guardino-Fernades for doing such a great job organizing this event.
SAVE THE DATE
November 8, 2017 North of Boston Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony will honor
Mayor Romeo Theken and Jeanne Hennessey, Beauport Hotel
November 11, 2017 2-6PM – Gloucester Meeting House Foundation Preservation & Architectural Sustainability SYMPOSIUM TownGreen|2025 Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church
Monday, Nov. 27, 10 am, JOIN MASSACHUSETTS CULTURAL COUNCIL POWER OF CONNECTION TOUR at Gloucester’s Rocky Neck Art Colony, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA 01930, with Mayor Romeo Theken, Senator Bruce Tarr & Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante of Gloucester. RSVP here.
November 29, 2017 Dogtown Public Presentation and Meeting- archaeological survey and pursuit of National Historic district designation
December 17, 2017 Cape Ann Cinema & Stage Oscar winner Chris Cooper will personally host a screening of the role that won him the Gold for Best Supporting Actor…horticulturist John Laroche in Spike Jonze’s superb, darkly comic 2002 drama, “Adaptation.” The evening benefits The Jesse Cooper Foundation.
Message from Anita Walker the Power of Culture- MCC has a new logo for its 50th year
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I don’t know about you but I don’t feel like I gained an hour of sleep this weekend! The upside is that Friday is a holiday for me so I’ll be counting down the hours until then. Today I’m sharing a few shots from one of my jaunts around Annisquam Light taken the same night within an hour of each other. The light changing gives you such a different feel in each pic. Happy Monday all!
As if you need more incentive to enjoy a cocktail or two with your spouse and/or your friends while the kiddos swim and splash happily in the pool….safely, just a few feet away!
Now Kids Eat Free at Mile Marker One on Mondays from 4-8 pm!
Enjoy one kid’s meal FREE with every $15 food purchase for kids 10 and under. Applies to dine-in only. Must order from the kids’ menu. Kid’s steak tips excluded and can’t be combined with other offers.
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Of the many things I have to thank Donna Ardizzoni for, making me aware of Rafe’s Chasm is among the top three. GMG Jimmy and I took a little walk Saturday to explore. As we were making our way from the parking lot to the ocean, I amused myself thinking about all the walks through the woods we take around here to get to water: Halibut Point, Coolidge Reservation, even Dogtown. And now, Rafe’s Chasm.
As we were making our way in, we took note that (many) others had preceded us:
What a pretty, peaceful place! We just sat there for quite a while taking it in. We were there long enough to posit that the big stone at the top of the gap looked like an eagle. I thought the squarish stone just below looked like a picnic basket. GMG Jimmy did not agree.
Of course, there were fishermen. Wynken, Blynken and Nod here did not appear to catch anything while we were watching. Probably our fault.
But, of course, the real beauty of the place is in the sitting, listening and looking. Thank you, Donna for introducing us.