Ate. Too. Much. Cooper’s Hawk #GloucesterMA

Just outside the window, my neighbor encountered a hawk which had been there all morning. Here’s the expressive Juv. Cooper’s Hawk. Dec. 30, 2022 that took breaks digesting and feasting on a branch in a tree, on a downed branch, and the ground during a four hour window that was long after its feast began.

vid clip caption: Alternating with inactive bouts of long perch times, Juv. Cooper’s Hawk is active feeding. Here turns around with prey on pesky perch.

vid clip caption: Juv. Cooper’s Hawk slipping, stretches prey and turns on branch

vid clip caption: Juv. Cooper’s Hawk slipping more, stretches prey and turns on branch again, eyeing options down below favorably

Opted for a downed branch, then ground.

Back up to 2nd perch, more digesting. Head turn in response to distant train whistle.

vid clip caption: Juv Cooper’s Hawk flies away from a 2nd tree branch digestion perch after finishing off prey on ground

This is all normal digestive process for the bird. It takes hours depending upon the size of the prey (birds, small mammals). Prey is ripped apart and swallowed down the esophagus into an ingenious multi compartment stomach sorter –a hopper (the “crop”), the acid bath proventiculus, and gizzard– then on through intestines till it poops. The pellet is coughed up long after.

This is a sweet comment. www.goodmorninggloucester.com turned 15 yesterday.

While the comment is to me I’d like to recognize all the contributors who have added in their part and the people that have been a part of the conversation all these years. I hear it all the time, someone stumbled across a GMG post, dug a little deeper, subscribed, got hooked and made it their mission to make this place home. So great. Strip everything away from the blog and the friendships I’ve forged because of it is the 🍒 on top!

Champagne and Sparkling Wine Tasting at Savour New Year’s Eve, 2 – 4 pm

THIS SATURDAY, Dec. 31,

2 – 4 pm

JOIN US FOR A COMPLIMENTARY CHAMPAGNE AND SPARKLING WINE TASTING WITH STORE OWNER KATHLEEN MORGAN, AT SAVOUR WINE AND CHEESE.

We have an aged Riesling Sekt and a Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Champagne – available in half bottles, full or even Magnums! From Prosecco to Champagne, all of these delicious sparkling wines pair exceptionally well with snacks like popcorn and potato chips, fried foods, fresh oysters, and rich dishes like seafood risotto.

WINES

Le Mesnil Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru NV, Champagne, France

Varietal : Chardonnay Alc. 12%

Le Mesnil, founded in 1937, has a truly excellent terroir; 100% of its vineyards are ranked as Grand Cru. The vineyard is situated at the heart of the prestigious CĂ´te des Blancs, so called because of the omnipresence of the Chardonnay grape. The fruit for this outstanding Blanc de Blancs is sourced from the same village from which Krug and Salon source grapes to make their incredibly expensive luxury Champagnes. Le Mesnil’s Non Vintage Blanc de Blancs pours beautifully, boasting an excellent white frothy mousse, showing good hold, followed by a straw, pale gold base wine. The very fine bead has excellent persistence. Aromatically, this wine delivers a classic Champagne sniff. Yeasty, baked bread notes are followed by some brioche and a hint of citrus. The palate is surprisingly full and rich for a Blanc de Blancs, with mouth-filling flavors of yeast lees, baked bread, cashew, and biscuit. Clean finish. It has a creamy texture and a clean finish. Available in 375ml ($32.99), 750ml ($54.99), and magnum ($119.99).

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d’Alsace Brut Rose, Alsace, France

Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc. 12%

Lucien Albrecht has been producing Cremant d’Alsace since 1971 and is known as one of the pioneers of the appellation. Thanks to the winemaker’s perseverance and successful trials and tests, on August 24, 1976 the AOC was made official. This sparkling wine—one of the flagship CrĂ©mants d’Alsace—is made exclusively from Pinot Noir. The non-vintage Lucien Albrecht CrĂ©mant d’Alsace Brut RosĂ© begins with a wonderful aroma of strawberries and cherry along with some light floral notes, cream and a hint of fresh baked bread. The wine tastes full of rich, tart cherry, lots of strawberries, cream and a dash of salt. Crisp, refreshing, and with good acidity, it is absolutely a delight on the palate. On the finish the strawberry and cream flavor continues and some minerality comes through as well. A pleasure to drink at an incredibly good price. $21.99

Borgoluce Lampo Proseco, Valdobbiadene, Italy

Varietal: Glera Alc. 11.5%

Rows of hills run parallel from east to west in the foothills of the Alps in the northern province of Treviso. Vines have been cultivated here since ancient times, and it has been the ideal environment for the Glera varietal for more than three centuries. The growers follow the strict vine-growing protocol of the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Consortium with the aim of  increasingly more environmental sustainability. The growers have created such a unique landscape that the Prosecco Hills of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene are now an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Borgoluce lies in the heart of the Valdobbiadene district. The  Borgoluce Lampo Prosecco has extremely fine perlage. It is straw-yellow in color. On the nose, it has a delicate bouquet of freshly picked flowers, with notes of peach and yellow apple. It is fresh and soft on the palate with notes of peach and apricot. $19.99

Peter Lauer Saar Riesling Brut, Mosel, Germany

Varietal:  Riesling Alc. 12.5%

In the Saar Valley around Ayl, the growing conditions — cool winds and hot slate slopes – are perfect for growing Riesling. Here  the 5th generation of the Lauer family continues an almost 180-year-old tradition of winemaking. In 1966, the current winemaker’s grandfather began making sparkling Riesling. This Saar Riesling Brut pours a medium lemon yellow with small, tight bubbles. It has a nose of green apple, lemon-citrus peel, white grape and quince. On the palate the dry, medium-bodied sparkling Riesling echoes flavors on the nose and nice acidity and minerality. $39.99

And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case. We have a wonderfully dark but slightly hoppy Robust Porter from Smuttynose and a rauchbier from Rockport Brewing that pair well with heartier autumn fare.

Find out about new wine arrivals and other events at Savour by following us n Facebook and Instagram. 

Kathleen’s Price-Value Gems:

Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with

each category ($9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers) offering hundreds of wines

at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability

9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!

14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating the Experience!

19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!

Adding to this Saturday’s wine tasting with Kathleen is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. Fun to use and enjoy!  Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.

Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.

Thank You! …Kathleen

Savour Wine and Cheese

76 Prospect St.

Gloucester, Ma 01930

978 282-1455

www.savourwineandcheese.com

Elks Hoop Shoot 2022

The annual Elks Hoop Shoot was held this week, hosted by our very own YMCA. Around a dozen players and families gathered to determine winners in 3 age categories with the guidance of several Gloucester Elks 892 members. The tournament was run by Lisa St. Peter and produced a list of names to send along for the next level of competition. CONGRATULATIONS to all the winners and thank you to everyone who came for the event which has not been held in 2 years. Special thank you to the GHS Girls Basketball program and the Elks volunteers for their assistance. The YMCA once again has done a great service to the community with this event. WINNERS: for 8/9 year olds: Mia Tuinei and Will Armstrong; 9/10 year olds: Flora Tuinei and Ryan Moseley; and for 12/13 year olds: Mailed Lusk and Brandon Fleming. Good job! Hope to see you next year! Photo dump ahead……