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WE LOVE YOU TOO SNOWY OWL!

For the past several days there has been a remarkably tolerant Snowy Owl feeding and perching on the rocks at Atlantic Road. Perhaps she (or he) is the same Snowy that has been noticed on the backshore over the course of the past month. I write tolerant because this Snowy was perched about fifteen feet from the sidewalk and neither traffic nor birdwatchers seemed to faze her much. As word has gotten out, her fan club has grown, so much so that there was a bit of a traffic jam today. Every several hours I stopped by to check on her whereabouts. At 2:00 today, she had only moved about a foot from where she was at daybreak. By sundown, she had flown up onto the rooftops of an Atlantic Road resident.


Many thanks to Kate for all her text alerts letting me know when the Snowy was on the backshore!

Early morning and the Snowies face and talons were bloodstained, which is a very positive sign that she is feeding well. Snowy Owls wintering over in our region eat rabbits, rodents (lots of rats), songbirds, and ducks. Being good stewards of the Snowies means not applying rat poison around your home or business. There are several methods equally as efficient in killing rats as rat poison. When a bird of prey such as a Peregrine Falcon, Snowy Owl, Red-tailed Hawk, or Bald Eagle ingests a rat that has eaten rat poison, the raptor becomes sick and will usually die.

The Snowy spent the better part of the day mostly dozing, preening, cleaning her talons, and puffing her feathers for warmth. At one point she pushed her face into a snow patch but I couldn’t tell if it was to drink or to wash.

 

For a moment the Snowy sat bolt upright from a loud bang in the distance, but generally, she was a satiated and sleepy owl.

Snowy Owl Fan Club Traffic Jam

SPINDRIFTS, SURFERS, AND SCHOONERS – MORE PHOTOS FROM AFTER #BOMBCYCLONE #GLOUCESTERMA

After posting a photo of Schooner Sugar Babe, First Mate Amy of the Schooner Green Dragon asked if we could see how the Green Dragon fared, and yes, she appears to have weathered the storm. Three crazy surfers were at Good Harbor Beach (no margin for error here). The wave action along the backshore was dramatic although they didn’t seem quite as huge as after some recent nor’easters. Temperatures are predicted to drop below zero this weekend. I hope everyone has their power restored and are keeping cozy.

 

FIRST LOOK MORNING AFTER STORM #BOMBCYCLONE #GLOUCESTER MA GOOD HARBOR BEACH, BACKSHORE, ROCKYNECK, EASTERN POINT LIGHTHOUSE

Eastern Point Lighthouse

The water has receded and left in its wake tremendous damage to a number of homes and property. In many cases, from the exterior, it appears as though the record breaking high tide never occurred, but interiors are an entirely different story. Power is being restored around the Cape and if you were one of the lucky ones, as were we, you never lost it.

Twin Lights

Things are looking up, with the sun poking out around 10:30, and folks doing their best to dig out, urgently so, with temperatures predicted to drop into the single digits overnight.

Schooner Sugar Babe appears to be AOKAY

The roads are very driveable! Thanks to incredible efforts by Mayor Sefatia, Representative Ann Margaret Ferrante, State Senator Bruce Tarr, Gloucester’s awesome DPW, policemen, firemen, emergency medical crews, and the Coast Guard for all that they did yesterday to help our community keep safe and all that they continue to do today to recover from the Bomb Cyclone of 2018. 

Turkey running down the road and trying to find a place to cross in the drifting snow.

Lined up for breakfast at Niles Pond.

Tiniest Snowman at Bass Rocks.

CAPE ANN LIGHTHOUSES SHROUDED IN SEA SMOKE

Evocative views looking through sea smoke along the shoreline this morning, from Ten Pound Island to Twin Lights, and at every vantage point along the way. On my very last stop photographing a buoy in the sea smoke, I spied a mystery bird far off shore. Bobbing in the water and with a bill not at all shaped liked a seagulls, it was a SNOW GOOSE! He was too far away to get a great photo, but wonderful to see nonetheless!

GLOUCESTER AFTER STORM RAINBOW TO POWER OUTAGES

From rainbow to power outages, the wind and rain storm of October 30, 2017 had it all.

Rainbow light over Saint Ann’s steeple #gloucesterma

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Brace Cove Panorama

GOOD MORNING GLOUCESTER BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE BACKSHORE!

With blustering wind and pending rain clouds, this morning’s sunrise from the Backshore was full of surprises.

FIRST GLIMPSE AT THE BEAUTIFUL SHIPS COMING OUR WAY!

The beautiful Bluenose II was sailing along the backshore at top speed in this afternoon’s wind and whitecaps.

Bluenose II is operated by the Lunenburg Marine Museum Society on behalf of the Province of Nova Scotia. Read about Bluenose II here.

Bluenose II rounding Brace Rock

The Tall Ships Drop Anchor in Canada and the US

More than 40 Tall Ships will be sailing Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017. They are scheduled to stop at host ports in Ontario, Québec and the Maritimes, giving thousands of people the opportunity to admire the majestic beauty of these cathedrals of the seas.

SNOWY DAY TOUR OF GLOUCESTER

Snowy April Fools Day scenes from Niles Beach, the Greasy Pole, City Hall, backshore, Bass Rocks, Good Harbor Beach, Fitz Henry Lane house, and more. 

#snowyday #gloucesterma Niles Beach seagulls #aprilfoolsday #spring #snow #seagulls

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Snowy day tour of Gloucester #aprilfools #spring #snowyday #gloucesterma #cityhall

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WILD WAVES! SCENES FROM THE NOR’EASTER AT HIGH TIDE

WILD, WET, AND WINDY–there is incredible beauty to be seen in the power of the sea. 

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#noreaster high tide Eastern Point #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland

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BEAUTIFUL BACKSHORE-BRACE COVE-GOOD HARBOR BEACH-TWIN LIGHTS BIG ROLLERS – and hello there fearless (crazy) person(s)

good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smithAs one bank of clouds departed, another soon took its place. The waves were wild and wooly but the surfers were out in full force at GHB and Brace Cove.back-shore-good-harbor-beach-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith

Pretty Spindrift Wave

Not for the faint of heart–from where I was standing way across on the other side of the Cove you could hear the roar of the waves slamming Brace Rock–would you ever try this?surfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-2-copyright-kim-smithsurfers-brace-cove-back-shore-gloucester-waves-copyright-kim-smith

And crashers #gloucesterma #scenesofnewengland #waves

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