The Great Auk by Moonlight

A change of pace from thoughts of blizzards and nor’easters. Today while organizing photos for my upcoming lecture programs, I came across this funny random photo never posted. Read more about Nathan Wilson’s Great Auk sculpture and the extinct bird that inspired the installation at the Paint Factory this past summer here.


Our beautiful Snowy Hedwig’s routine hasn’t much changed since she discovered the safety zone provided by hotel rooftops (safe from crows, that is). Hunting during the night, returning at dawn to the roof to various well-hidden niches, and then making her “entrance” at around sunset, she has adapted well to New England coastal living. After preening, pooping, and occassionally passing a pellet, she then scans the neighborhood. Hedwig bobs her head in an up and down motion a half dozen times, then flies east over the sea or west over the Arctic tundra-like golf course.

Snowy Owl Hedwig lifts her head in a bobbing motion to track prey.

Owls cannot move their eyes in the eye sockets. Instead, they employ several techniques to increase their range of sight. An owl can swivel its head a full 270 degrees. Additionally, owls bob their head up and down, a movement that aids in triangulating potential prey.

Dagger Sharp Talons.

Because the forceful impact of the Snowy Owl hitting its prey is so powerful, combined with the vise-like grip of its talons, the animal usually dies instantly.

Hedwig has so far survived three tremendously fierce storms during her stay in Gloucester. Last night, on the eve of the blizzard, she tried to take off several times towards the water. The wind current was strong, but she eventually flew successfully, heading in the direction of Thacher Island. Heres hoping she is waiting out the blizzard in one of her hideaways.

Folks are wondering how long will Hedwig stay. Most Snowies leave Massachusetts by April, although one was recorded at Logan Airport as late as July.



#GloucesterMA Gloucester Fresh in the news: determined leadership Mayor Romeo Theken, et al at Boston SENA rocking ocean to table fare

SENA= Seafood Expo North America, Boston, MA 2018

Article Oldest Fishing Port Shows How It’s Done  by Jason Huffman

“BOSTON, Massachusetts, US — Sefatia Romeo Theken, the mayor of nearby Gloucester, Massachusetts, warns the roughly 70 Seafood Expos North America (SENA) attendees who jam into an upstairs room for her group’s tasting reception that she is hard to say “no” to. Then she proves it by telling everyone to try the monkfish-stuffed rice balls known as arancini…”


Soul Tonic: Flow & Restore THIS FRIDAY

Cape Ann Wellness

A PERFECT Blend of movement and deep relaxation. Join Kirstie and Katie this Friday evening for 2 hours of yoga practice to soothe your soul with the healing tonic of empowering vinyasa yoga balanced with deeply nourishing restorative yoga. Get ready to awaken, cherish, and hold your highest intentions to unleash your fullest potential.

THIS is the workshop you have been waiting for…try an all levels, no experience necessary flow of yoga that will warm, strengthen and promote flexibility and you will be SO ready to experience the power of quiet and stillness with restorative yoga. If you have been wondering what NSRY is all about..this is the workshop to check out! AND you will feel AMAZING!

$35 6:30-8:30PM

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LIVE Nor’easter storm #GloucesterMA Here you come again

Before high tide March 13, 2018 Nor'easter March 13 2018 Gloucester MA before high tide ©c Ryan_091734

LIVE video (1 min – two 30 sec clips)

March 3 –  March 5- March 13

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Boat Watching Trip

Wait, I think it was supposed to be a Winter Birding Boat Trip sponsored by Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce last Sunday.  For me, it was mostly about the boats on a crisp, sunny morning on the ocean.  Captain Jay and the Seven Seas crew did a great job despite choppy conditions and I think the bird watchers were happy.  I did get this shot a a king eider:


Mostly, however, I was more interested in those things on the water with motors, nets and gear like these:

But this classic view ties the beauty of the boat and birds together in nice fashion:


Fantastic Booth Representing #GloucesterMA At The International Boston Seafood Show

Bikini and Speedo Dodgeball is set for April 28, 2018

The legendary Frankie Gwynn is runnning this year’s tourney!

Here are the details-

This is a notification that dodgeball is back on for the year and team registration is now open!
Get on it ASAP as registration is first come, first serve.
Can anyone dethrone the new champions??

The location and charity will both be the same as last year, Sweet Paws Animal Rescue. The event will be April 28 from 11-4 (tournament starts at noon).
Together, last year we raised over $1,000 for Sweet Paws and this year we are hoping to top that.

On site parking will be $5 per car this year, in an effort to raise a little more money for the rescue animals.
As of now, there will be no shuttle as there was before.

There will likely be a breakfast pre game location, as well as a post game location as in past years. More details to follow.

Info on the event and the team registration link can be found on the Facebook page:

Or if you want just the google doc for registration:

All payments will be completed electronically again this year to keep things simple and traceable.  But if you can’t use either Paypal or Venmo, then let me know and we can arrange something else.
Shirts are back in play also, you get 5 with your registration.  We kept the design nice and simple (attached), and stylish for everyday wear.
There will be no specific shirt size requests so it will be 1S, 1M, 2L, and 1XL for each team. We can mix and match with other teams after.  I will be ordering about 10-15 extras to sell in support of sweet paws rescue, $15 per shirt for any spectators that would like one, while they last.
$150 team registration payment accepted via Venmo or Paypal. (please add your team name in the comments)
Venmo: Frankie Gwynne (@fgwynne)
We are looking forward to another great event.  If you can’t make it out to play then stop by to watch the action and support everyone involved!
Questions? Comments?  Suggestions? Let Frankie know.

Gloucester Snow Emergency & Parking Ban Declared Effective Tonight (3/12) at 10PM to Weds (3/14) at 6AM

Cape Ann Community


Snow Emergency/Parking Ban Declared Tonight Mon. 10PM(3/12) to Weds. 6AM (3/14)

City Offices & Schools Closed Tues. (3/13)


Massachusetts will be impacted by a significant storm tonight into Tuesday evening with the potential for blizzard-like conditions and snowfall rates of 1-3” per hour. This storm could bring significant snowfall and strong coastal high winds with potential for power outages. Snow is expected to begin tonight and continue into Tuesday evening across much of Massachusetts. National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a Winter Storm Warning for all of Massachusetts, and a High Wind Watch for Cape Ann, the eastern coastline, southern Bristol and Plymouth counties, and the Cape and Islands.



Effective at 10 PM tonight, Monday, March 12, the city has declared a snow emergency and parking ban on all city streets due to expected significant snowfall and powerful wind gusts. Additionally…

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