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An ironic place for some seagulls to snack on lobster legs, isn’t it?
Brazen little buggers sat right on top of our live lobsters to dine on some of their cousins. Well, I can’t really prove that they’re actual cousins…but, you know what I mean.
I can almost hear the lobsters in the crate….”Enough already. I can’t take it. STOP! Why are you doing this? What more do you want from me?”
We’re so lucky to live here.
Although ubiquitous where ever we turn, I was curious about the several different species that are often observed fishing and feeding together at dawn. The flocks of seagulls that we see on Cape Ann at this time of year are typically comprised of two species and they are the Great Black-backed Gull and the Herring Gull. In the above photo taken at daybreak (click to view larger), you can see both species; the gulls with speckled feather patterns are first year fledglings of both the Great Black-backed and Herring Gulls.
Interestingly, early in the twentieth century, both species of gulls were mostly winter visitors, neither staying to breed when the weather warmed. The first pair of breeding Herring Gulls was discovered on Martha’s Vineyard in 1912. The first pair of breeding Great Black-backed Gulls was found in Salem in 1932.
The Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) is the larger of the two, up to 30,” with a black back and wings, yellow bill distinguished by a red dot on the bottom near the tip, and pinkish legs.
The Herring Gull (Larus argentus), at 25 inches, has gray wings tipped with black, gray back, white head, pinkish legs, and yellow bill also with a red dot on the bottom near the tip.
The Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) is also a regular visitor but according to Mass Audubon, it has never successfully bred in Massachusetts. The Ring-billed at first glance looks similar to the Herring Gull but is the smallest of the three at 17″ and is also easy to distinguish as it has yellow legs and a dark gray band near the tip of its bill.
HOMIES EATIN’ EPISODE TWO PART ONE- WINES FOR STEAK
Our second installment of Homies Eatin’. We get together, cook man meals and learn about wine and food from industry pros. Chef Eric Lorden owner of Passports Restaurant and Toby Pett who has been around a bottle or two of wine will edumacate us in a casual setting.
Part I The Wine-
Toby Pett Selects Wine To Pair With Ribeye Steaks
We performed a blind taste test between three wines Toby picked out-
Wine A-2008 Lang & Reed “214” Cabernet Franc
Wine B-2008 Frank family Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Wine C-2010 Domaine Virginie Thunevin Bordeaux
The wine we all independently agreed to be the finest selection with the steak was purchased at Savour Wine and Cheese
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Eric Lorden Owner of Passports Restaurant In Downtown Gloucester Talks About The Differences Between Supermarket, Grass Fed and Brandt Beef in this installment of Homie’s Eatin.
Also featuring Toby Pett, Ed Collard and Lylacakes.
Special thanks to Cambridge Meat Packing salesman George Valentine who provided the Brandt Beef.