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.
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.
Driving down Shore Road noticed the formation of the clouds. The weather can be fascinating.
SENA= Seafood Expo North America, Boston, MA 2018
“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…”
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Before high tide March 13, 2018
LIVE video (1 min – two 30 sec clips)
March 3 – March 5- March 13
The wind and white out conditions make for dangerous conditions.
Be careful and stay off the roads.
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:
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:
Venmo: Frankie Gwynne (@fgwynne)
WEATHER EMERGENCY UPDATE
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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