There are several butterflies that people often mistake for Monarchs. Among them are two members of the Vanessa genus and they are Painted Ladies and Red Admirals.
Monarchs are on the wing at the dunes at Good Harbor Beach, attracted to the Common Milkweed growing abundantly throughout. For the past several months, we have had an influx of Red Admirals. They aren’t seen in the dunes as much as are the Monarchs; you’ll find them right on the sand at the beach. They are drinking moisture found in the sand, especially at the wrack line, seeking minerals and salt. Red Admirals are commonly referred to as the ‘Friendly Red Admiral’ because they alight on people’s skin, drinking salty human perspiration.
When wings are folded Red Admirals are beautifully disguised against beach and bark textures; when their wings are open they flash bright red-orange bands across their upper and lower wings, which sometimes leads people to believe they are a ‘small’ Monarch.
We PiPl volunteer monitors had a sweet get together last night to celebrate our three fledged Piping Plovers. Not everyone could attend and I didn’t take the photo until several had already departed. Despite the fact that the City prematurely dismantled the Piping Plover refuge, it didn’t dampen our spirits. It was super to talk to fellow volunteers and learn more about them while sharing a beautiful cake that Heather Hall had made, with some fantastic Sangria, made by Laurie Sawin.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to all our fantastic volunteers for your hours of dedication. It was a great year for PiPls at Good Harbor Beach. We hope our Mama and Papa return next year, and if they do, we will be even more prepared!
Waiting for Tonno take out – not bad!
Tonno (978) 879-4795, 2 Main Street, Gloucester MA
Better to dine in or support a community cause like tonight. However, good to know T3- Tonno Takeout Tuesday is an option!
c;lick photo for music info
Family from Israel
Couple from Springfield Mass headed on a Whale Watch.
Ladies from New Jersey headed out on a whale watch
Such a beautiful view of Annisquam Light through the tree limbs from our “eyes in the Annisquam” Paul Horovitz.
Did you know the city is putting up Kayak storage places near landings and that you can apply for one?
All the info is on the City harbormaster page- https://gloucesterma.mooringinfo.com/
A lovely map of the Gloucester/Rockport area is a bonus find from the 1937-38 Gloucester City Directory. Here’s a small portion of it which generates a few observations:
The current Tavern on the Harbor was previously the site of a home for “Aged Women”!
Trask Oaks appears to have been a neighborhood in the vicinity of Trask Street. Were there prominent oak trees nearby perhaps?
It’s interesting to note that many of the wharves are named.
So many schoolhouses! I don’t think those kids walked “five miles uphill both ways in the snow and rain” , though it may have been uphill!
Do you notice the steam ferry route?
I hope you like looking at old maps as much as I do!