WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A DOVEKIE OR MURRE STRANDED ON THE BEACH

In recent weeks, there have been more than a few reports of Dovekies and other seabirds found on our local beaches, both alive and dead. Friend Jeff Papows has found several dead birds and has returned one live Dovekie and one Common Murre.

Jeff knew just what to do with the stranded birds, which is to return them to the water. Jodi Swenson, from Cape Ann Wildlife, recommends this is best. She shares that seabirds do not do well in rehab. If on the other hand the bird appears sick or emaciated, then please call Tufts at (508) 839-7918.

Dovekies, like many seabirds, are clumsy on land, however they do nest on land, so we know they are able to walk. Then why are they stranding? It most commonly happens to young, inexperienced birds. But stranding can also happen in great numbers to exhausted adults after large storms. This influx is known as a wreck. One of the most tragic and dramatic wrecks occurred along the East Coast in 1932, when thousands of Dovekies literally “rained” from the sky.

Photos Jeff Papows

We’d like to get an understanding of how many seabirds are washing ashore. If you have seen a Dovekie, or other species of seabird, dead or alive on the beach this winter, please write and let us know when and where. Thank you so much.

Common Murres are more crow-sized whereas Dovekies are more similar in size to an American Robin

Dovekie front view

Dovekie side view


Common Murre, winter plumage. Photo courtesy wikicommons media

SAVE THE DATE: SILVER OAK JUMPER TOURNAMENT

For our local equestrians, Jeff Papows shares the following ~ee42cd13-22dd-4a2b-88ae-4001664f61baThe 2017 version of The Silver Oak Jumper Tournament Prize list is now available.  Prize lists will be mailed on April 1.  An online version is available on our website www.silveroakjumpertournament.com

Improvements to the property continue at Fieldstone Show Park since last September–leaving no area unattended and promising utopian conditions and a beautiful setting for top level show jumping.  Olaf Petersen, Jr. will be returning again to set the courses in the Grand Prix Ring and Nick Granat will be returning to care for Ring II and the World Equestrian Center’s YJC young jumper ring.

For those desiring a prize list prior to April, please contact Sharon at the following email address: sharon@silveroakjumpertournament.com

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