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Sing Your Heart Out Fella!

Male Red-Winged Blackbird Although Red-winged Blackbirds are spied around Niles Pond during the winter months, spring brings flocks, and the males are an especially welcome sight chortling atop the pussy willow branches along the water’s edge. Red-winged Blackbirds are one of North … Continue reading

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Pipers? Plovers?

There was a time when I would have known what these were, but they are cute and there were a bunch of them on the shore at Brace Cove.  Anyone know what they are? E.J. Lefavour

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Wild and Woolly Waves at Brace Cove After Friday’s Storm

 Brace Rock on the left with ginormous waves crashing onto the path behind the retreat. I estimate the trees on the right to be about 20-25  feet in height. ~ Click  photos to view larger. Seagulls and Buffleheads Brace Cove … Continue reading

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Even Seals Have Frustrating Days

This big rolly polly seal was trying so hard to stay on his rock as the tide came in at Brace Cove.  Eventually the sea won and knocked him off. E.J. Lefavour

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Birds of Cape Ann: The Majestic Mute Swan

The extraordinarily powerful wings and torso of the Mute Swan ~ click to view larger The above photo is a lucky capture as I was actually filming the Gadwalls behind the swan. When the swan began to lift out of … Continue reading

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Sunbathing ~ Seal Style!

Seals Sunbathing in Winter at Brace Cove I counted a half dozen seals having a rumpus of fun sunbathing  on the rocks at Brace Cove this past week. They were clearly enjoying themselves–all that blubber must keep them well-insulated against … Continue reading

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While filming along the berm between Niles Pond and Brace Cove at 11:30 today, my dog Rosie had a near death experience. I was crouched down on a lower rock and Rosie was sitting on the rock above me waiting … Continue reading

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Reflections at Brace Cove and Niles Pond

Our plane was delayed 7 hours en route to Cincinnati for Christmas. Fortunately, we were able to stay in contact with the airline from home. My daughter Liv and I went for a walk along the berm dividing Brace Cove … Continue reading

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Roly Poly Pinnipeds

E.J. Lefavour

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Where Do Swans Go in Winter?

A reader emailed inquiring as to where do the Niles Pond swans go during the winter months. The Niles Pond swans are Mute Swans (Cygnus olor) and they are neither mute nor migratory. They do not fly south in the … Continue reading

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Hanging out at Brace Cove

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Pod of Harbor Seals at Brace Cove

Click image to view larger This morning at Brace Cove there was a pod of Harbor Seals sunning themselves; unfortunately a little too far out of range for my movie camera, but I tried filming nonetheless. They were wonderful fun … Continue reading

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Special Time with FOB Ann Kennedy

I got to spend a very special morning with Ann Kennedy on Tuesday, toward the end of her and Bob’s month-long annual visit to their beloved Gloucester.  We met early for a delicious and hearty breakfast at Sailor Stan’s, then … Continue reading

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Could we live in a more beautiful place?

Spring has barely sprung, but yesterday was a little taste of summer. I went for a walk in the late afternoon sunshine at Brace Cove and Niles Pond where I ran into my friends JoeAnn and MJ, who were also … Continue reading

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The Circle of Life

Seals enjoying a morning bask in the sun on the rocks at Brace Cove.  Seagulls enjoying a morning meal of dead seal on the Niles Beach side of Eastern Point. E.J. Lefavour

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Vibrant Throbbing Wingbeats

Several weeks ago in one of my posts about Niles Pond at Risk, I wrote about the beautiful Mute Swans at Niles. A reader wrote requesting a description of a phrase that I used, the “vibrant throbbing wingbeats” of the Mute … Continue reading

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Niles Pond or Brace Cove

An embarrassment of riches ~ Whether dawn or dusk, when standing on the footpath between Niles Pond and Brace Cove, sometimes I can’t decide which direction to point my camera. When that happens I focus the video camera in one direction … Continue reading

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