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

Thanksgiving afternoon — pat morss

A Thanksgiving family lunch followed by a late afternoon walk around Niles Pond and a classic Eastern Point Lighthouse sunset.

Family Thanksgiving lunch
Ring-necked ducks at Niles Pond
Mallards at Niles Pond
Family dog with interest (leashed)
Niles Pond’s young resident swans
Eastern Point Lighthouse sunset

Norwegian lobsters correction — pat morss

Correcting a typo from my recent posting about checking the traps in Norway: The allowable size for lobsters is 25-32 cm, not a tiny 25-32 mm. That is about 10″ from nose to tip of tail for the small “chicken” lobster. Also, any female lobster with roe must be thrown back.

Checking the traps in Norway — pat morss

We are in Tjome, Norway visiting Anne-Lise’s sister Berit and her husband Jan. This morning we followed him out in his boat checking his lobster traps. His private license allows him up to 10 individual traps and the commercial lobster season only lasts 2 months from October 1st to December 1st. Allowable size is between 25 and 32mm from tip of nose to end of tail.

Flying in over the Norwegian west coast mountains and fjords
Boat viewed from house, looking like Cape Ann
Jan getting suited up
Pat ready to go
Our daughter Jeannette along for birding
Pulling a single trap with an electric winch
Crabs this time
Lobsters in this one
Will be covered to avoid shock in winter air
Confirming legal length
Elastic bands on the claws
Ready for the pot