Autumn migration is full underway and wildlife is on the move through Cape Ann. With gorgeous weather, blue skies and a sprightly breeze, Sunday was a spectacular day for observing dozens of species on the wing — A juvenile Red-tailed Hawk and Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Snowy Egrets, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Little Blue Herons, Cormorants symbiotically feeding with the herons, thousands of Tree Swallows, Mockingbirds chasing Red-tailed Hawk, Painted Ladies, Yellow Sulphurs, Buckeyes, and beautiful, beautiful freshly emerged Monarchs.

Lots of photo bombing on Sunday–a Great Blue Heron appeared unexpectedly from the marsh edge, flying over a flock of Snowy Egrets.

Later in the day, a second Great Blue Heron flew over a flock of Starlings that were trying to keep one step ahead of the Red-tailed Hawk.

A juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron flew on the scene for a brief moment.

Red-tailed Hawk hunting in the marsh – he gave up on songbirds and decided to go for a member of the rodent family.

Tree Swallows are continuing to mass and migrate along our shores.

Snowy Egret and Great Egret 

Beautiful Monarchs on the move (more about the Monarchs tomorrow when I hopefully have time to go through the butterfly photos from Sunday) 🙂


Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Online Auction!

The Cape Ann Community Foundation would like to thank everyone who bid in the 2019 Cape Ann License Plate Low Number Online Auction. Every dollar raised supports the grants given yearly to Cape Ann Nonprofits and Education Initiatives. We can’t wait to see the plates on the road for the ❤ of the Cape Ann Community! Remember Cape Ann License Plates are always available at

City of Gloucester 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Police Chief Edward Conley, Fire Chief Eric Smith, Harbormaster Thomas Ciarametaro and Director of Veterans’ Services Adam Curcuru announced that the City of Gloucester will hold a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony tommorrow to mark 18 years since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will take place at the Gloucester Fire Department Headquarters at 9:55 a.m., tomorrow, September 11.

As written in their Media Advisory:

Gloucester firefighters, police, military personnel and elected officials will conduct an observance ceremony this September to remember all those lost on Sept. 11, 2001 and in the ensuing Global War on Terrorism.

“Each year, we host this ceremony to remember the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks,” Fire Chief Smith said. “It is a somber day for us all, and it’s important that we continue to gather as a community on this anniversary to remember all those who lost their lives that day.”

The ceremony will begin with an opening statement from Fire Chief Smith and a prayer by Chaplain Peter Aberle of the Orthodox Congregational Church in Lanesville. The City will also hold a moment of silence, and in the tradition of the Fire Department of New York City, the Gloucester Fire Department will symbolically strike a ‘5-5-5-5′ alarm on a ceremonial bell to remember those who died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, 2001.

“This ceremony is an opportunity for our city to come together and support each other, as we always do in difficult times,” Mayor Romeo Theken said. “Thank you to the Gloucester Fire and Police Departments, Harbormaster, Veterans’ Services and Coast Guard for coming together to hold this ceremony, and remembering this very difficult day in our nation’s history.”

Mayor Romeo Theken’s office and the Gloucester Fire Department’s Women’s Auxiliary will host a reception at City Hall on Dale Avenue following the ceremony.

Gloucester residents Dan Leahy, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War who was working at the World Trade Center at the time of the 1993 and 2001 terror attacks, and Brenda Leahy are also organizing a display in the auditorium at City Hall in remembrance of the terror attacks. The display will include a 9/11 quilt among additional memorial items, and a video will be available to answer questions about the terror attacks. The display will be open to the public until approximately 12 p.m. on Sept. 11.

Photo from last year’s ceremony
Photo from last year’s ceremony


The 5th Gloucester Harvest Music Festival 2019 ~ September 14th 10:30am to 8:30pm


5th Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival

Saturday at 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM

Line up
10:30 Opening Ceremony/Dedication

10:45 – Alexandra and Josh

11:30 -12:45 Jenny Dee and The Deelinquents

1:00 -1:45 Hilary Klug (W/ Vindor Tint Appearances)

2:15 -3:30 Jamie Lynn Hart

3:45- 5:00 The Big Take-Over

Michael Bloom Photography


5:15- 645 Hayley Jane

7:00- 8:30 Zepparella

15 Minute announcements from “Marylin Monroe”

Our 2019 Mistress of Ceremonies: Theresia Millasovich as Marilyn Monroe!

Appearances from Hilary Klug after announcements among vendors and beer garden
tickets here > up

More info here at

The Bluefin Blowout Raised $366,050 for The Alzheimer’s Association!

$366,050. Knowing how passionate and dedicated they are…and knowing they won’t stop until there’s a cure… I guess I shouldn’t be surprised….but, yet I was. This group….this amazing and determined group….supported, celebrated, and loved by so many generous friends, sponsors, captains/crews, advertisers, and family members…. knocked it completely out of the park.

Last night, gathered at the Beauport Hotel, the Lyon-Waugh Auto Group presented a check to the Alzheimer’s Association.

With their massive efforts and unyielding generosity (both theirs and that of those who support them) they managed to raise a surreal $366,050 during this year’s Bluefin Blowout to help #endalz. That’s more than half a million in just two years alone….not to mention the six previous tournaments! I am forever, completely in awe of what they do and by the support that others give to them. Those who give gather. These people could move mountains.