The sweet Lark Sparrow has been spotted daily at Eastern Point now for over two weeks. I’ve been able to take a longer look on a sunny day and think he is an immature Lark Sparrow because he lacks the rich chestnut color of an adult.

On one fine chilly, chilly morning, he even let me spend more than a few moments watching as he dozed in the sun while puffing his feathers for warmth.

The Lark Sparrow spends a good deal of time foraging on the ground for tiny seeds. When disturbed, he flies up into the trees and at that moment you can catch a glimpse of the white outlined feathers of the bird’s long rounded tail.

Lark Sparrow tail feathers

Unlike Song Sparrows that dart and zoom horizontally across the landscape, when heading to the next location, the Lark Sparrow flies upward in more of a whirring helicopter movement. I love this little bird and if he stays all winter I hope he will find plenty of seeds to eat.

Lark Sparrow foraging for seeds

Compare and contrast the Song Sparrow to the Lark Sparrow. Both species are currently at Eastern Point/Niles Pond area. Both species forage on the ground for tiny seeds. The breast of the Song Sparrow is streaky while the breast of the Lark Sparrow is solid white with a dot of black feathers centered at the upper chest.

Song Sparrow Eastern Point


Don’t you find it fascinating, these avian visitors that are so far off course that find themselves on our shores? Here’s an account from 1905 —

The Lark Sparrow in Massachusetts.– On August 12, 1905, at Ipswich, Massachusetts, I observed at close range a Lark Sparrow (Chondesres grammacus). This makes the sixth record of this species for the State, and the fourth for Essex County. Nearly a year before this, on August 21, 1904, I took at Ipswich an adult male Lark Sparrow (Birds [Auk 104 General Notes. I. Jan. of Essex County, p. 268). It has occurred to me that stragglers in the migrations along our Eastern Coast may not be so very rare, but that they are overlooked, being mistaken for Vesper Sparrows, owing to the ‘white outer tail feathers. In both of the above instances, however, the slightly fan-shaped tail, and the fact that the white was not confined to the two outer feathers, as in the Vesper Sparrow, attracted my eye. The characteristic marking on the side of the head in the Lark Sparrow, seen with a glass within thirty feet, made the diagnosis in the second ca. From the Supplement to the Birds of Essex County by Charles Wendell Townsend.

Lark Sparrow Range Map

Auction Saturday Evening November 23rd 6pm (Inspection 4-6 day of sale) 1 Kondelin Rd Gloucester, MA 01930 There is plenty of parking!

THIS SHOULD BE ONE OF OUR BEST AUCTIONS OF THE YEAR with hundreds of treasures from Cape Ann Estates…​

Extreme Weather Date, Sunday November 24. The auction is on unless an extreme storm results in road closure

Featuring a painting signed Emile A Gruppe which was acquired from an East Gloucester home, a landscape oil on canvas painting by Frank Warren Marshall titled South Shore w original artist’s show ticket on reverse circa TOC, Several Historic items & paintings hand made by Frank Warren Marshall (“Known as ‘dean’ of Rhode Island illustrators”, Frank Marshall was also a landscape painter, silversmith and goldsmith. He was active in Providence, Rhode Island; Cape Ann and Gloucester, Massachusetts; and Boothbay Harbor, Maine where he spent his summers. He studied at the Rhode Island School of Design in the early 1880s, and in Paris in 1885 at the Academy Julian. In Providence, he was a founding member of the Providence Art Club and the Providence Water Color Club, and in Boothbay Harbor, he was one of the founders of the Commonwealth Colony of Art.

Marshall was an illustrator for the “Providence Journal” from 1897 to 1923 and for 20 years, taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. He exhibited with the Boston Art Club and the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts.) …including a beautiful pair of finely crafted sterling silver spoons, a pyrographic bowl, signed & dated 1896,

Books, Paper & Ephemera: 2 volume set of Encyclopedia of Masonry with period ephemeral inserts such as bookmark, Vote for Andrew A. Piatt hand-bill, hand written letters & more, collection of LP & 45 classic rock records including Doors, Santana etc, a collection of real-photo (rppc) toc Native American postcards, other postcards including George Washington Presidential Commemorative, local Beverly, Gloucester & other Northshore MA antique postcards, a collection of European cards and more, a group of WWII mini posters/war bond order forms – Your Bond is Their Success w/ battleship in shield – 5th War Loan Drive, a portfolio of art incl: prints, lithos, engravings, photographs etc by Anthony Thieme, Frederick Remington, a poster of La Grand David Magician of Beverly MA, watercolors, Currier & Ives, Nautical themes & more,

Furniture: Stunning hand hewn rustic farm table 2” thick oak! 7 feet 5 inches long by 39 inches wide, early one drawer stand w/ carved legs & applied carving on drawer, another early one drawer stand w/ carved legs, a beautiful 19th century stand w/ parkay banding, 2 antique 4 drawer pine chests of drawers, a grain-painted lift-top commode chest w/ one drawer over door, pair of iron candle votives painted shabby chic green, a four drawer slant front desk, a small stand with pink granite insert, early divided tack box for horses,​

Misc: original antique 6”x8” photo of Teddy Roosevelt on the Whistle-Stop Campaign in Old Orchard Beach Maine, an awesome Gates General Co cast iron dragon form stove top humidifier, antique heavy cast iron Fire Alarm box w/ fist full of lightening bolts on upper frieze portion, antique signs include. Very rare 12″ diameter Jenney Aero Solvenized Pump Plate Enamel Sign circa 1930s, Coca-Cola, Prestone Anti-Freeze, Pepsi, crates of antique Moxie & Apothecary & medicine bottles in Ivory Soap box, White Rock Soda boxes, Lucky penny iron horseshoe, pair of Syrocco-Wood bookends depicting stagecoach scene, a grouping of very nice period American art pottery planters, miniature concrete bird bath w/ dragonfly embossment, beautiful brass Holy Water fount w an angel adornment, large brass or bronze celestial garden sphere, brass elephant sculpture, yard ornament windmill, sculpture of Mercury by Giovanni Mallico? (as found), small lot of antique still banks, nailsea blown artglass egg, unusual stoneware honey jar w/ cobalt blue floral decoration​

Jewelry: Precious & semi-precious stone pieces set in base metals including 1.2 ct. Diamond estate ring, 3.12 ct. Arctic sapphire estate ring ,Large diamond estate necklace, Single strand pearl necklace 14K, 1 ct. diamond estate ring,Large diamond estate necklace, 4.52 ct. Russian emerald estate ring, Oval cut amethyst dinner necklace, Round cut tanzanite estate ring, 5.36 ct. white and blue sapphire tennis bracelet,Large diamond tennis bracelet ,5.85 ct. white sapphire wedding set, Designer white topaz estate ring, Blue topaz heart ring, Opal estate ring, Large diamond estate bracelet, Diamond estate ring, Diamond estate earrings, 5.11 ct. Amethyst and white topaz bracelet, Pear cut tanzanite dinner ring,Large diamond necklace, Tiffany style 5.12 ct. sapphire estate necklace, White sapphire dinner ring, Pear cut blue topaz estate necklace, Near flawless 2.32 ct. white topaz dinner ring, Large diamond estate ring,1 ct. Diamond hoop earrings, White and black diamond estate ring, Tanzanite and white topaz estate ring, 1 ct. diamond estate ring, Antique Bulova Pocket-Watch in excellent working condition, lot of 60+ sterling silver charms w/ Nautical Themes, Crucianelli accordion in original case, antique Conn Cornet, WE ARE JUST GETTING STARTED WITH THIS LISTING!​

There is a 15% buyer’s premium. Cash, known checks and credit cards are accepted (no extra charge for credit card use).​

MA Auc Lic #119​

Other news!

​We’re excited to announce that Classic Cooks will be taking over our snack bar! That means there will be some good, warm, yummy food & drink!

Please note that there is plenty of parking at our new location. You may use the front lot, the side lot and the street.

Coming in January!

Our first Monthly Flea Market!

Stay tuned for details.

CBD for Pain Management, and FREE SAMPLES

Cape Ann Wellness

I tend to get a lot of questions regarding the most effective way to manage pain. Is a topical treatment better than supplementing with the oil? Is there a certain amount I should be using? How long will it take to kick in?

Firstly I would like to note that the best way to treat pain is typically by attacking it from both sides (an external application as well as an internal application). This can be achieved by pairing a low to moderate dose of oil under the tongue in addition to applying a pain cream to the affected area. The benefits of using both oil and cream is that you will need much less of each product to achieve pain relief. Additionally, when using the oil, it enhances the effect of the topical treatment so as to make it more potent, and last much longer.

That being said, it…

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