Snowrise sunrise, Winter in #GloucesterMA

Today’s snowrise sunrise fit the “snow’s coming!” forecast. Classic winter sky. Cloudy and color blocked pale yellow and blue-greys.

photos: Winter in Gloucester landscape scrolls

Snowing got going about 1pm.

Does this happen to you? On the telephone line where Thatcher is split by the marsh–near Good Harbor Beach– birds of prey are regular sightings.

winter in Gloucester, a snowrise sunrise

GREAT EGRET OF THE GOOD HARBOR BEACH SALT MARSH

A grand Great Egret has been hanging out at the Good Harbor Beach marsh. He has been dining on small fish mostly. The photos are from Sunday but I didn’t spot him either yesterday or today; perhaps he has moved on. 

The long breeding plumes are called aigrettes.

Cape Ann is part of the Great Egrets breeding range, particularly House Island. This Egret is in full breeding plumage, advertising to a potential mate how fit and desirable he is to other Great Egrets. These same beautiful feathers, and humanity’s indiscriminate killing of, are what caused the bird to become nearly extinct. During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the long breeding plumes, called aigrettes, of many species of herons and egrets were prized as fashion accessories to adorn women’s hats. Thanks to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, it is illegal to hunt or harm in any way gorgeous birds such as the Great Egret, and egrets and herons are making a comeback.

Fine dining in the marsh
Dagger-like bill

 

Fine artist Patti Sullivan special art sale | Cuba, Gloucester, Marsh, and More 

Here’s a wonderful opportunity to buy original art and survey an artist’s oeuvre.

Fine artist Patti Sullivan is making room for new work in an open, generous and creative fashion. She’s made works of art created before 2012 available for sale NOW and priced them to encourage local collectors. She’s even added 40+ smaller works in the  $50-$200 price range. Two pieces are on view downtown, available through The Bookstore of Gloucester. Calas in Manchester owns several (not for sale!) I remember her show at Alchemy. Trident Gallery will be  handling work she’s done since 2o12.

By appointment only– Call or email Patti!

Good Harbor Beach lifeguard chair in the marsh and logs on Long Beach

The latter brought by the tide. The former…

GHB lifeguard chair

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CAPE ANN WINGED CREATURE UPDATE

Featured: Brant Geese, Black-capped Chickadees, Black-crowned Night Heron, Blue Jays, Cardinals, American Robins, Mockingbirds, Savannah Sparrows, House Finches, Red-breasted Mergansers, and Common Grackle.  

Beautiful iridescent feathers of the Common Grackle.

Spring is a fantastic time of year in Massachusetts to see wildlife, whether that be whale or winged creature. Marine species are migrating to the abundant feeding grounds of the North Atlantic as avian species are traveling along the Atlantic Flyway to summer breeding regions in the boreal forests and Arctic tundra. And, too, the bare limbs of tree branches and naked shrubs make for easy viewing of birds that breed and nest in our region. Verdant foliage that will soon spring open, although much longed for, also obscures nesting activity. Get out today and you’ll be richly rewarded by what you see along shoreline and pond bank.

Male Red-winged Blackbird singing to his lady love.

Once the trees leaf, we’ll still hear the songsters but see them less.

Nests will be hidden.

Five migrating Brant Geese were foraging on seaweed at Loblolly Cove this morning.

Red-breasted Merganser Bath Time