We took a ride out to Parker River Wildlife Refuge recently and saw some of our “usual” suspects (killdeer, hawks etc) but were further rewarded with some rarer sightings. We found a vulture feasting along the side of the road and we also noticed a small mammal which appeared to be napping in the branches … Continue reading Nature at Parker River
We have our Audubon Sanctuary on Eastern Point, and we visited the Evergreen Lake Audubon Sanctuary west of Denver last week. FIRST THE EAST.
I took a little ride recently and found myself at Brace Cove on one of our nicer days. There, a woman equipped with binoculars asked me some questions about a nearby bird. I could not answer the question, so I re-affirm that we are NOT birders. However, there was an awful lot going on down … Continue reading “Not Birding” at Niles Pond and Brace Cove
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!
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
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!!
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.
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
Killdeer Chick Lost of folks are asking, are the Piping Plovers nesting in the Good Harbor Beach parking lot? The answer is no, the Piping Plovers are nesting on the beach near boardwalk #3. The mama and papa, and now chicks, that are running all around the GHB parking lot are a shorebird named Killdeers. Comparatively … Continue reading WHAT ARE THOSE CRAZY BIRDS RUNNING AROUND GOOD HARBOR BEACH PARKING LOT?