Turkeys, and More on July 4th — pat morss

We made some normalcy of an unusual 4th of July, which started with evidence of a growing turkey population.

Mom turkey “herding cats” in our driveway
Traffic jam
Bunnies are everywhere, and not afraid
Inner Harbor sail – the fleet is in
Fishing group returning
Drinks and entertainment overlooking Lighthouse Cove
Adding artichokes to our traditional July 4th dinner
Lobsters from Joey’s place
Boston Pops virtual celebration – “Bugler’s Holiday”
Finishing off with Norwegian aquavit in chilled USS Constitution glasses

Surrounded by Water Birds — pat morss

A weekend beginning with a rainbow, followed by a welcoming party of 42 Canada Geese at our mooring, more Mallards on Niles Pond, and a Great White Egret fishing on our rocks.

Early invitation to the weekend
Some of the 42 Canada Geese surrounding us at our mooring
Nap on the causeway at Niles Pond/Brace Cove
Mallard family on Niles Pond
These ducklings are still small
Great White Egret exploring fishing areas
Flying to a new spot
Potential here

Perfect Summer Solstice Weekend — pat morss

A sail, a dinner out, and seeing the Mallards growing up. Great weekend.

Local race; rounding Dog Bar breakwater
Kingfisher returning to port
Canada Goose on Niles Pond
The older ducklings already teenagers
Look this way – group photo
Some are still ducklings
Sometimes curious
And sometimes wary
An almost tropical feel on an Audubon boardwalk
Topped off with a nice sunset

A hint of Normalcy as Wildlife Abounds — pat morss

Our weekend included a peaceful and excellent dinner out with friends on the deck of Oliver’s Harbor Restaurant, and a first sail of the season. And then there’s the local wildlife that continues to flourish.

Several House Finch pairs building nests outside the LR
For the 2nd summer this couple is tackling our Soleri bell
It’s a losing battle again
A Snapping turtle crossing the driveway
Staying clear of the head
Flowers beware
Great White Egret at Niles Pond
Black-crowned Night-Heron at Niles Pond
Sunset at Eastern Point Lighthouse
Fewer vacant moorings inside Dog Bar breakwater
We already miss Halibut Point

Possible Rare Gull — pat morss

I took photos of some gulls a couple of days ago from the causeway at Brace Cove and consulted our daughter and husband who are experts in the field. They are fairly certain the first is of a Black-headed Gull, which is a rarity in our area. One was sighted in Newburyport in the early spring. Also attaching photos of some other gulls at the same location, including a Laughing Gull with a black head, and an ominous sky from home.

Presumed Black-headed gull
Preening Ring-billed Gull
Stretching Ring-billed Gull
Adult Laughing Gull
Late afternoon sky, Eastern Point

Mallards Galore on Niles Pond –pat morss

Here are some of the many Mallards at Niles Pond.

A large family a week ago
Strength in numbers near the causeway
A family and friends
This could be the growing duckling pair that I posted two weeks ago
This molting Mallard in the background needs a pandemic haircut
The Great White Egret is observing from above it all

New Kids in Town — pat morss

We have seen some new young residents, while walking Eastern Point the last couple of days.

Mallard pair with ducklings, Niles Pond
Proud parents watching young, after short flight, Niles Pond
Eider moms with ducklings, close to Eastern Point Blvd.
Mallard preening, on Niles Pond
Mallard preening, on Niles Pond
Mallard preening, on Niles Pond

From the Living Room — pat morss

Still sheltering at home and looking out from the living room. Some photos from the last week or so (plus the tree at Niles Pond with its coronavirus PPE). Today is the Seventeenth of May, Norway’s national holiday, with no parades this year. But Anne-Lise and I are celebrating – skaal!

Weasel in our rain leader pipe.
Dove in the hanging plant (head at bottom)
Northern Contender returning home
Fools Gold returning home
Whale watching at breakfast
Wylie Coyote and an accomplice on the daily round
Norwegian Seventeenth of May holiday celebration
And now a walk – tree with coronavirus protection
Tree at Niles Pond with its protection

Weekend views from the house, and a short walk — pat morss

We’re staying close to home with the pandemic, but there was no shortage of wildlife and other goings on around Eastern Point this weekend.

Mallard preening at Niles Pond
Mallard preening at Niles Pond
Wildlife relaxing on Eastern Point Boulevard
April swimmers at Niles Beach
The scallopers are working in-shore
The turkeys still prefer Anne-Lise’s car
Couldn’t resist another fiery sunset last week

Waves and USCG Training — pat morss

It seems as if the waves have been coming in on Cape Ann for weeks. Here is a sunny day on Eastern Point last week; the other photos are from this Saturday morning, including USCG training out by the whistle buoy.

Eastern Point 3/31/20
USCG training at E Pt whistle buoy 4/4/20
USCG training at E Pt whistle buoy 4/4/20
USCG training at E Pt whistle Buoy 4/4/20
Breakfast waves at Eastern Point 4/4/20
Waves at E Pt lighthouse/Mother Ann 4/4/20

“Here We Go Round the Mulberry [euonymus] Bush” — pat morss

Staying home doesn’t mean there isn’t entertainment out the window. We have lots of bunnies eating grass, and numerous crows collecting nesting materials. Here is one of their encounters. In Act II (the last photo), this crow took the short cut over the bush to intercept a different bunny on the other side. We found a video online indicating the crows are eating bunny pellets.

A Coyote Article to Read — pat morss


This is a link to an article written by James Behnke titled “The Coyotes of Cape Ann.” It is appearing in the current issue of Manchester’s newspaper, THE CRICKET. This online version has the advantage of additional photographs, including by our daughter Jeannette Lovitch, myself and others.

Coyote on Niles Pond Road