I don’t know if you take submissions, but I thought this little Gloucester guy was giving a kinda “Wazzup!?” to us all. Taken July 16th. 🙂
To and fro, to and fro, flying from the branches of the majestic old oak tree to the garden beds, and then into the thickest part of the small shrub at the edge of the vegetable garden, then back to the sheltering oak above, a pair of Chipping Sparrow parents tirelessly fed their hungry brood of tiny hatchlings. Chipping cheeraree cheeraroo all the while, despite beaks overflowing with worms, and every kind of larvae you can imagine.
Chipping Sparrows are easily identified with their rufous red beret-like cap and cheery chipping. Massachusetts is part of their northern breeding range. Come fall they will begin to flock together and migrate to the southern US and Mexico. Chipping Sparrows were once more of a woodland species but today, they have become well-adapted to human habitats and nest in gardens, parks, and farmlands.
Like all song birds, Chipping Sparrow young are altricial, which means they hatch semi-undeveloped and are blind, naked, and helpless, needing constant care and feeding by the parents. Species of Plovers, such as Piping Plovers and Killdeers are precocial. They are fully mobile and can feed themselves within hours after hatching. The adults are needed to keep them warm and to protect the chicks from predators. Birds in the tern and gull family, such as Least Terns, are semi-precocial. They hatch with their eyes open, are covered with downy fluff, can walk (and in some cases swim) but must be fed by the parents.
My friends Lauren from Manchester, Patti P from East Gloucester, Eric from Rockport, Cheryl from West Gloucester, and DB from Essex have all reported seeing Monarch butterflies and caterpillars in their gardens. Please keep your Monarch sightings coming (and any other beautiful butterfly or moth you may see)!
Patti shares photos from her garden –
Monarch and Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – Patti Papows ever expanding patch of Common Milkweed attracts a bevy of pollinators.
BEYOND BEAUPORT BOOK LAUNCH
ROCKY NECK CULTURAL CENTER
**RSVP REQUIRED SEATING IS LIMITED. PLEASE RSVP BEFORE JULY 25.**
Join local author James Masciarelli to celebrate the launch of his novel, “Beyond Beauport”. The evening will include a presentation by James, opportunities for mingling, a book signing, wine & cheese, soft drinks, and a few surprises.
James’ discussion will include remarks about the journey he took to publication and fascinating little known facts about Gloucester’s seafaring characters of the past. James will also touch upon his novel’s main character, Shannon Clarke, and her mid-life quest for her seafaring ancestry. Her childhood dream of becoming a sea captain is revived when her long-lost Uncle Patrick comes to town with salty tales of their family’s connections to famous Gloucester sea captains and infamous pirates of the Caribbean. Shannon and her uncle take to the sea in Patrick’s brigantine in a voyage fraught with raw forces of nature, past traumas and present-day sea raiders. Their beliefs about family, identity and purpose are shaken to the core. James would be honored for you to join him for this special evening.
Seating is limited please RSVP today. Looking forward to seeing you!
RSVP AT EVENTBRITE.COM AND USE KEY SEARCH WORDS “BEYOND BEAUPORT”OR CLICK HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beyond-beauport-book-launch-tickets-47446611091
While walking Stacy Boulevard on Monday watching the fog roll in and out was so pretty. You could see the fog lifting over Magnolia and East Gloucester.
Just ahead of today’s forecast
Photo challenge – did you spot the fishing boat? Answer: Continue reading “Big sky, black sea, fishing boat on the horizon #GloucesterMA”
Did you know that a single blood donation could save three lives? Magnolia Library & Community Center is proud to partner with the local chapter of the American Red Cross and offer opportunities for our friends and neighbors to donate.
Magnolia Library and Community Center
1 Lexington Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930
Monday, July 23
Time: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.
To register for an upcoming blood drive, visit the Red Cross website.
Who’s the fairest of them all?
I could sit here all day.
SLOW DOWN! The dog days of summer are here and it is the perfect time to soak in the light around us and within us. Nourish yourself with this magical practice of deeply supported yoga poses, guided visualization, breathing and just BE. Restorative yoga is active relaxation using props such as blankets, bolsters, blocks, eye pillows and sandbags to bring the body back to balance and into a relaxed state. You will feel rejuvenated, clear and calm for the week ahead. Sign up at www.nsryoga.com $25 and all levels welcome! NSRY provides the finest props including mats in our beautiful candlelit studio!
First Responder Training
Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 8am-11am
49 Blackburn Center, Gloucester, MA 01930
Understand, Approach & Respond:
Effective Interventions with Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias. The training will provide 3 approved credits by the Massachusetts Office of Emergency Medical Services for EMS personnel.
This no-cost training is designed to provide evidence-informed education to First Responders on understanding the impact that Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias may have on individuals and communities. This program has been developed specifically for First Responders. Strategies acquired from this training will provide an understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and practical strategies to optimize the effectiveness of responding during on-scene interactions with persons living with dementia and their families. Additionally, attendees will gain an understanding of available dementia-related resources.
Program provided at no cost
Ronda Randazzo, MSW, LICSW, CDP
Manager, Community Education and Training
Alzheimer’s Association MA/NH
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Join Cape Ann Animal Aid at Magnolia 525 Tavern on Wednesday, July 25th between 5pm and 9pm (dine in or take out). Enjoy a delicious meal for a great cause! The restaurant will be donating 10% of all food sales to Cape Ann Animal Aid, helping dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens to thrive and find loving homes. Don’t forget to bring some extra $$ for the 50/50 Raffle!
For more info or to make a reservation, call 978-525-3230. Invite your friends! Share the event! Let’s pack the house in honor of the animals! ♥ Thank you!