GloucesterCast 261 with Pat Slade, Ken Reihl, Kerry McKenna, Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro
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Golden Eyes of the Snowy in the Golden Light of Sunset
Snowy Owls once again this January drew crowds along the backshore Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Fans were treated to not one, but two Snowies, and for quite a good amount of time they were perched within meters of one another–the paler owl (most likely a male) sat atop the corner of the Ocean Inn and the owl with heavily barred feather patterning (most likely a female) perched at the top of a phone pole.
With the clear distinction between the owl’s feather patterns I think we could name the Snowies–the female, Hedwig (thank you Michele for the suggestion) and the male, Bubo. The scientific name for the Snowy Owl is Bubo scandiacus and the name Bubo may help us remember that fact.
The photos were taken Saturday and I’ll have time to post Sunday’s tomorrow.
Notice how perfectly Bubo blends amidst the surrounding rocks.
It’s no wonder why the Snowies are drawing such crowds. Most owl species are nocturnal; Snowy Owls are diurnal, which means they hunt during daylight hours. It is logical when you think about the continuous daylight of the Arctic, they must be able to hunt during the day. Snowy Owls wintering in our region hunt during both the day and night, depending on what type of prey they are after.
SNOWY OWL WATCHING ETIQUETTE: The following are some helpful tips for watching Snowy Owls. You will get better photographs and you won’t stress out the Snowies.
Watch from a comfortable distance–comfortable for the bird that is. Nothing makes the Owls more stressed than people getting too close.
Please keep children from throwing rocks towards the Snowy or anywhere within the vicinity of the Owl.
Please don’t allow dogs to play near the Snowies.
Slamming doors, radios blasting, barking dogs, and loud mufflers all stress the Snowies.
Hedwig and Bubo have an ability to tolerate some human activity nonetheless, we want to help them survive and protect their time here on our shores. When Snowies are perching, it’s not for our enjoyment (although beautiful) but because they are either resting or on the look out for their next meal. After all, if they have a good hunting season and survive the winter, perhaps they will return next year!
Fellow photographer friend Dave shared the above photo. You can see the guy is waaaayyyyy too close to Bubo and has caused him to flush.
Snowy Owls have wonderfully expressive faces. Hedwig’s eyes lit up in the setting sun.
Female Hedwig perched in the distance on the far left, male Bubo perched on the corner of the Inn, to the right.
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and a frost weathered shell-cracked horseshoe crab. Sequential views and hues in response to requests for Wingaersheek Beach photographs.
I needed a flashlight at first, mostly for the ice, long stretches in the parking lot then frozen ice scoops in the dry sand. I waited for sunrise, returing to spots I’ve favored since I was a little girl, adding glances back in the direction of Wheeler’s Point, where my parents lived, and over picnic boulders and slide pools out to Annisquam Lighthouse. The light was simultaneously a ring of orange mauve fire and rosy pale violet gray. More photos:
Ran out for a quick sunset last night. The sun is setting farther to the left these days so after checking out a few of my usual spots, I decided on Lanes Cove where thankfully the tide was low enough to get down on rocks just before the sun dipped below the horizon!
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The Serenitee Rewards Card allows you earn points towards free food and experiences every time you dine at one of our restaurants. You earn 10 points for every dollar spent. All you have to do is put your Rewards Card next to your credit card when you pay. Here are the standard rewards:
2,500 points = Free Appetizer, Salad or Dessert 3,500 points = Pizza, Sushi Roll or Sharing Platter 5,500 points = Free Entrée 10,000+ points = Tickets to special events, like wine dinners and cocktail parties,
plus some fun rewards we’re still dreaming up.
But there’s more…
We also add surprises through the year. You might find a free appetizer show up on your card for TWK, or lunch at 15 Walnut, or sushi at Opus.
You always get a free entrée and dessert to celebrate your birthday month