The Good Harbor Beach Killdeers first laid eggs in the parking lot, very close to where the Piping Plovers also had a nest scrape. After only several days, the eggs disappeared but the pair soon re-nested along the parking lot edge. Just as do PiPl chicks, Killdeer chicks are able to feed themselves shortly after … Continue reading CLOVER PLOVERS – Just hatched Killdeer Chicks!
You may recall that several weeks back we posted a photo of a Killdeer nest with four eggs. I only discovered the nest because each and every time anyone walked past, a Killdeer would call shrilly and drag its wings through the dunes in a dramatic display of “broken wing” trickery. I would often play … Continue reading OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH KILLDEER PLOVER CHICKS!
For the past ten weeks, each morning very early before work I have been filming the Good Harbor Beach shorebirds and their habitat, and when not too tired from work, would go back again at the end of the day. For the most part, it has been a tremendously educational and rewarding experience, and I love Good Harbor and its … Continue reading AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH – PLOVERS HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE! – TIPS ON HOW TO ID PIPING PLOVERS, SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, AND KILLDEERS
For the sake of the blog, we made a trip out to Parker River recently and suffered the bites of the greenheads so you readers don’t have to…….the birds were pretty accommodating considering the pesky flies. If you are a cedar waxwing fan, you might want to consider a trip as they are very plentiful … Continue reading Birds of Parker River
I’d like to write Happy Easter and Happy Passover but I think this spring of the coronavirus pandemic is for far too many of us the furthest from happiness that there is. Instead I’d rather think about eggs. Our granddaughter had the best time coloring Easter eggs last weekend (and all the fun made her suddenly … Continue reading PUREST SYMBOL OF HOPE
We spotted this killdeer couple at Parker River Wildlife Sanctuary a few days ago and it was a welcome sign that spring really has begun. As of this writing, the refuge remains open, though no facilities like bathrooms are available. The beach remains open entirely until April 1 when most of the beach will close … Continue reading Another Welcome Sign of Spring
Cape Ann, and throughout Coastal Massachusetts, is experiencing a magnificent late summer and early fall migration, and not just with Monarchs. Other species of butterflies migrating in plentiful numbers include Painted Ladies and Buckeyes. All along our beaches and waterways, from Rockport to Gloucester to Manchester to Essex, we are seeing steady streams of shorebirds, … Continue reading BEAUTIFUL FALL MIGRATION
Last night, the Gloucester City Council voted unanimously to make permanent the ordinance change disallowing dogs on the beach after March 31st. A sunset clause had been added to the ordinance when the ordinance was passed last April. The sunset clause was expected to expire at the end of this year. The vote keeps in … Continue reading WITH GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION TO GLOUCESTER’S CITY COUNCIL FOR PROTECTING OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PIPING PLOVERS!
We had not been over to Parker River National Wildlife Refuge in Newbury recently, so we took the ride a few days ago. We battled the greenheads in order to bring you this post, so please keep that in mind! We saw several bird species we had not seen there previously; many unknown to me … Continue reading Birds at Parker River National Wildlife Refige
A trio of Black-bellied Plovers was foraging at Good Harbor Beach late Wednesday afternoon. They were only there very briefly; Black-bellied Plovers flush easily and the three skittishly flew off together when a happy group of noisy kids came along. We will never see Black-bellied Plovers nesting. They are migrating north, to breed along the … Continue reading BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!
How to tell the difference between a Piping Plover and a Killdeer This past week, we have received a half dozen reports of “plovers” nesting in local parking lots. Folks are correct, they are a type of plover, but they are not Piping Plovers. The bird is a more common sort, a Killdeer, and Killdeers, … Continue reading PLOVERS NESTING IN THE PARKING LOTS AT STAGE FORT PARK, O’MALEY, AND GOOD HARBOR BEACH
Late yesterday afternoon, our Piping Plover volunteer monitor Heather Hall identified a new addition to the three Piping Plovers currently residing at Good harbor Beach. She observed that he was super hungry and that he was wearing not one, but two identifying bands! The green band is located on his upper left leg and is … Continue reading EXCITING NEWS FOR OUR GOOD HARBOR BEACH PLOVER FANS!
Go Here For Part One Mama (left) and Papa (right) return to Good Harbor Beach on a bitterly cold day, April 3, 2018. Part Two: Spring By Kim Smith The return of Mama and Papa Piping Plover to Good Harbor Beach filled our hearts with hope and heartache. Although not tagged with a definitive id, we … Continue reading CAPE ANN WILDLIFE 2018: A YEAR IN PICTURES AND STORIES Part Two: Spring
To and fro, to and fro, flying from the branches of the majestic old oak tree to the garden beds, and then into the thickest part of the small shrub at the edge of the vegetable garden, then back to the sheltering oak above, a pair of Chipping Sparrow parents tirelessly fed their hungry brood … Continue reading WHAT’S FOR BREAKFAST MAMA?
GloucesterCast 288 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Susan Lipsett, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/15/18 When you subscribe you need to verify your email address so they know we’re not sending you spam and that you want to receive the podcast. So once you subscribe check your email for that verification. If you … Continue reading GloucesterCast 288 With Pat and Jimmy Dalpiaz, Susan Lipsett, Nichole Schrafft, Kim Smith and Joey Ciaramitaro Taped 7/15/18
The Good Harbor Beach Killdeer Family has hatched a second clutch of four chicks! The first nest was located in the dunes, the second on the edge of the parking lot. The staff at the GHB parking lot placed two large stones on either side of the nest. A week or so later, an orange cone. … Continue reading GOOD MORNING GOOD HARBOR BEACH BABIES!
I went down to Good Harbor Beach and found many things that made me smile: nesting plovers, protective killdeer parents chasing off crows from the chicks, people relaxing, lazy waves. Here are some of the other things down there that made me smile. I hope the same for you. It was a glorious day.
Pictured above are the beautiful mottled eggs of a different species of plover, the Killdeer. Notice how the Killdeer eggs look similar to the PiPl eggs, but are a deeper gray. Killdeers make their nest scrapes on the ground, just as do PiPl, but in gravel and soil, and the darker colored eggs are perfectly … Continue reading MORE SHOREBIRDS NESTING AT GOOD HARBOR BEACH!!
Female Piping Plover Sitting on an Egg The recent winter storms of 2018 have provided empirical evidence of how global climate change and the consequential rising sea level is impacting the Massachusetts coastline. Whether broken barriers between the ocean and small bodies of fresh water, the tremendous erosion along beaches, or the loss of plant … Continue reading Clear Evidence of the Destructive Force of Global Warming on the Massachusetts Coastline and How This Negatively Impacts Local Wildlife -By Kim Smith
Common Tern delivering breakfast to its fledgling. Here are a collection of recent photos of different species of shorebirds and songbirds gathering and migrating along Cape Ann beaches that Little Chick may encounter on his journey south. During the spring breeding season Piping Plover mating adults chase all other birds out of their territory, from … Continue reading FRIENDS OF LITTLE CHICK