Clamoring for dinner, feed Me, feed Me!

In only one day’s time, you can see the teeny shorebirds gaining strength. As Dad approaches with dinner, the two-day-old Least Tern chicks stretch and flap their wings and open wide their beaks. The noisiest and flappiest is fed first. After depositing a minnow in one beak, off he flies to find dinner for the second sibling.


The polka-dot fluff balls blend perfectly with the surrounding sand and rocks. The brilliant red inside the chicks mouth makes it easier for the adult terns to find them against the monochromatic pebbly beach habitat.

Waiting for dinner.

The tern parents will share feeding their chicks and fledglings non-stop for weeks; the chicks won’t be on their own for another two months.

For the first several days after hatching, Least Tern chicks keep fairly close to Mom in scooped out scrapes and natural divots in the sand, or well-hidden hidden behind rocks and beach vegetation.

Tiny Least Tern Chick camouflaged in the sand, flanked by an adult Least Tern and Piping Plover male passing by (right).

The Rosetti’s Piping Plover fledglings (three!) sharing the nesting site with the Least Tern Rosetti’s family.

Windhover AUGUST News of Performances and Special Events 2018


Windhover AUGUST News of Performances and Special Events 2018


Quarry Dance Vll drew record crowds at the MARS estate last weekend. It was one of those magical performances that seemed to transcend time, with the beauty of the landscape and the pristine quarry matched by the athleticism and stunning talent of the Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre dancers.

Blue Whale lecture: With our goal of celebrating and learning more about the natural world and the preservation of the creatures that inhabit it, please join us for a lecture on the Blue Whale. Coming up on Wednesday, August 15th from 5:30-7:30pm, researcher/scientist Michael Fishbach of the Great Whale Conservancy will present a power point talk with video about what we know of this largest creature on earth and what we are doing to protect them. RSVP required to Lisa Hahn at  Donations appreciated. Wine and cheese served.

Better Balance & Brain Movement Workshop for teachers that teach seniors. Stay physically stable and mentally able. This workshop explores balance, cognitive impairment and movement by understanding issues related to aging. Taught by Lynn Simonson, creator of Simonson Technique, an organic approach to movement that prepares the body to dance in a way that is anatomically intelligent and somatically aware. Friday. August 10- Saturday, August 11, 2018. Inquires can be addressed to Lynn Simonson at:

Paul Taylor 2 Dance Company returns to Windhover from Wednesday, August 22 – Sunday, August 26, 2018. This exciting modern dance company brings athleticism and fresh ideas to bear on choreography. Open classes for all ages and levels are scheduled for you to drop in at the following times: Wednesday, August 22 from 9:30-1:00am; Thursday, August 23 from 6:00-7:30pm; Friday, August 24th from 9:30-11:00am; and finally on Saturday, August 25th from 9:30-11:00am. One open rehearsal of the Paul Taylor 2 Company will be a treat for viewers to see on Thursday, August 23rd from 4:00-6:00pm.

PERFORMANCES: On Friday and Saturday evenings, August 24th and 25th at 7:30pm, the entire PT2 dance company will perform Paul Taylor’s choreography at Windhover, on our outdoor stage, weather permitting. Otherwise, the performances will take place in our back dance studio with limited seating. Dances performed include: Party Mix; 3 Epitaphs; Runes and Aureole, all works choreographed by Paul Taylor. Check out our website for further details or call Windhover at 978-546-3611.

No tickets or fees, but tax deductible contributions are greatly appreciated for classes and performances. Contact: Lisa Hahn, Executive Director, Windhover, 257 Rear Granite Street, P.O.Box 2249, Rockport, MA. 01966



Join us cooking workshop- this Tuesday!

Cape Ann Community

It’s summer time and our gardens are overflowing with everything from tomatoes to herbs to zucchini! Come join us for a cooking workshop to learn how you can put all those summer fruits to good use and learn some new recipes.

This year our workshop will be led by one of our community gardeners who will focus on recipes from her home country Syria.  Learn how to make well-know classics like hummus as well as a few lesser known Syrian recipes.

Email, call, or click here to reserve your spot today! More information below.

2018 Summer Cooking Workshop

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