Piping Plover Eggs Good Harbor Beach Parking Lot
A second egg was laid yesterday by our Parking Lot Plover family. The second egg is an indication by the PiPl that they are committed to the nest, which means it is time to put up the wire exclosure. If the exclosure is installed earlier, the risk of the PiPl abandoning the first egg is far greater. We immediately called Essex County Greenbelt’s Dave Rimmer to let him know about the second egg.
Dave and his assistant Mike Carbone arrived early this morning to set up the exclosure. Roughly six feet in diameter and made of wire with four inch spacing, the exclosure’s four inch openings are the ideal size to let PiPl in and out, and to keep large predatory birds and small mammals from entering. With thanks and gratitude to Dave and Mike for coming so quickly to exclose the nest.
After installing the exclosure the fear is that the PiPl will abandon the nest site. Our Mama Plover returned to the nest a short time after the exclosure was installed!
And thanks again to dog officer Teagan Dolan, who stopped by to check on the Piping Plovers and has been regularly ticketing 🙂
How You Can Help the Piping Plovers
1) Under no circumstances is it acceptable for people or dogs to enter the Piping Plover nesting area.
2) Please drive slowly and cautiously when in the parking lot. Our Mama and Papa PiPl are now residing between the parking lot and nesting area #3.
3) Keep ALL dogs off the beach and out of the parking lot. The parking lot is considered part of the beach according to Gloucester Police Chief McCarthy. A Piping Plover’s brain does not differentiate between a dog on-leash versus a dog off-leash. When a dog, off-leash or on-leash, comes within twenty feet of a PiPl, they immediately stop what they are doing, whether foraging, courting, mating, nesting, or resting. Please call the following number to report any dog sightings or dog related incidences at Good Harbor Beach: 978-281-9746.
4) When observing, please bear in mind that Piping Plovers tolerate one or two quiet persons, from a distance, but crowds of three or more put them in panic mode. Large groups of people hovering near the PiPl also attracts crows and gulls, a nesting shorebird’s natural enemy because they eat both baby chicks and eggs.
5) Help spread the word about the Good Harbor Beach Piping Plovers.
6) Sign up to be a Piping Plover volunteer ambassador by emailing Ken Whittaker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you, but most importantly, the Piping Plovers will thank you too when chicks hatch and chicks fledge!
Good Morning kids:
Since I am going to a class at the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Saturday. I will not be there. Hope all join this clean up.
Dinner Specials Each Week!
Wednesday, May 9th – 7pm
My Musical Guest: QUENTIN CALLEWAERT!
I’m happy to be back in the saddle on the Rhumb Line stage
this week, hosting one of our all-time favorite musical guests…
the spectacular Quentin Callewaert! Thanks, Bradley Royds,
for a great job holding down the fort in my absence. ~ Fly
Dinner with great music!
*Each week features a special, invited musical guest
The Rhumb Line Kitchen……now features Janet Brown with some new and healthy ideas!
Plus a fine, affordable wine menu!
5/16 – John Butcher
5/23 – Julie Dougherty
5/30 – Honkytonk Women
Looking forward……to seeing you there 🙂
Yesterday Mayor Sefatia Romeo Theken, Paula Curley and Lauren Gailites of Senior Care “Meals on Wheels had the pleasure of visiting eight seniors, all over ninety living in their own homes. We delivered a hot meal, flowers and a citation for each of the eight seniors. They delivered lots of smiles and stories, inspiring each of us to never forget our seniors.
As a results of life-extending advances in medicine, close knit families and concerned community agencies like Senior Care and it’s staff and volunteers seniors are living longer and more independently in their own homes rather than long term care facilities.
Don’t forget to honor and love your own seniors this month and every month, they have lots to give you in return.
Phyllis Curcuru (95)
Rose Demetri (95)
Clara Curtis (98)
Margaret and Mossimo Ballarin (90 & 95) married 71 yrs
Maria Padre (95) will be 96 in a month
Madeline Sarofeen (97)
This is an earlier photo of mine sunset taken at Coffins Beach through a lobster trap that someone had placed on the wall,
GHS boys win in extra innings 5-4 playing another good game and climb above 500.
”Off Island” this week with a group of great girlfriends enjoying some time in Key West. I’m calling the trip “Key West or Bust, Happy Mother’s Day to us” and despite arriving last night at 7:30 and still not having any luggage we’re off to a fun start. I should note that we are all flying home to be with our kids before actual Mother’s Day.
This guy seemed to be saying “One if by land, two if by sea” to guide our way through the fog.
This post if for my sister Mary Jane.