MR. SWAN ALERT!

Dear Readers,

Over the weekend the Rockport Fire Department was called by a well-meaning person because they thought Mr. Swan was stuck in the ice. Believe me when I write that Mr. Swan has spent the last 29 years of his life (at least 29 years) on Cape Ann’s wintry waterways. If Mr. Swan finds himself partially frozen in the ice he uses his mighty breast to break up the ice by lifting his body out of the water and then coming down hard, pounding the ice with his chest. We have seen him do this powerful move dozens of times.

Notice Mr. Swan’s large and well-defined breast bones, which are ideal for breaking up ice.

There was a concern last year about him being unable to get off ice he had unwittingly flown onto, only because he had an injured foot. With his gimpy foot, he could not get a running start to take off flying. Mr. Swan’s foot has healed and he is doing beautifully.

It is of grave concern when the local authorities are called regarding Mr. Swan. We are afraid that the case will be referred to Mass Wildlife. Mute Swans are considered an invasive species and it is not part of their protocol to save non-native species of wildlife. As he is a “community” pet, some leeway may be permitted, but that is not guaranteed.

Please contact me at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com. When you contact me about any issues regarding Mr. Swan, I in turn contact and discuss with his longtime caretakers and friends Lois and Serena, Lyn, Skip, Joel and Skip, Elaine, and Jodi and Erin at Cape Ann Wildlife. It was a terrible ordeal last time there was an attempt to capture Mr. Swan. We don’t want him to go through that kind of trauma ever again, especially at his age.

During the winter months, Mr. Swan’s territory expands tremendously and it includes the length of the Annisquam River and all inlets, all along the backshore from Rockport Harbor to Gloucester Harbor, and all the fresh bodies of water in between. Please let people know and share this post with everyone you know who may have contact with Mr. Swan.

Mr. Swan in the partially frozen water at Niles Pond

RoboCop Appears to be Thawing – Will he get free in time?

Caught in a wicked storm RoboCop had frozen solid within the ice. Now he could feel the sun and his energy was recharging. Soon he will break free to wreak  justice on the not so innocent…His prayers have been answered.  Little does he know another storm is already fast approaching which could prolong his confinement!!

Can you see RoboCop?
Can you see RoboCop?

SAFETY VIDEO: Craig’s Winter Tips – Icicle Removal – Snow paths

In lieu of the impending snow & ice storm approaching, I thought I would make a quick video for youz folks.
Watch and share if ya care. And please, send in your own tips or ideas that you want me to do this winter!

Think it’s Cold?

This photo of Gloucester Harbor with ice flows was taken in 1918. The harbor has been frozen solid in the past.
This photo of Gloucester Harbor with ice flows was taken in 1918. The harbor has been frozen solid in the past.
It could be worse, like the plight of the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy research ship, which has been frozen in the ice in Antarctica. One of the rescue ships, a Chinese icebreaker, also got stuck. Thankfully, the wind changed and they're all free of the ice, with no lives lost.
It could be worse, like the plight of the Russian Akademik Shokalskiy research ship, which has been frozen in the ice in Antarctica. One of the rescue ships, a Chinese icebreaker, also got stuck. Thankfully, the wind changed and they’re all free of the ice, with no lives lost.
The USCG Polat Star, the most powerful heavy icebreaker in the world, has been en route to the frozen ships, but will continue on it's resupply mission to our base in Antarctica.
The USCG Polar Star, the most powerful heavy icebreaker in the world, has been en route to the frozen ships, but will continue on it’s resupply mission to our base in Antarctica.