BEAUTY BY THE SEA WITH PIPING PLOVERS MATING! AND WE HAVE TWO PIPING PLOVER EGGS!!! EPISODE 8

Happy Memorial Day!

The flags that you see lining the boulevard are organized each year by Pauline Bresnihan. She owns the gift shop Pauline’s Giftson Essex Avenue in Gloucester, with many lovely hand painted and whimsical items for your home and garden.

Good Harbor Beach open to half capacity.

Piping Plover endangered/threatened species signs installed at GHB.

Sending thanks and gratitude to everyone who wrote emails ❤

Piping Plovers are on the agenda for the City Council meeting on Tuesday night, which will be live streamed at 7pm.

Alexandra and Jon at Alexandra’s Bread

Castaways Vintage Café

Caffe Sicilia

Short and Main

Beauport Hotel

Incredible job at Fisherman’s Wharf Gloucester

Tree Peony, Rock’s peony, divinely scented,five blossoms

Please report your Monarch sightings. .

Piping Plover Chronicles continue –excellent detailed footage of Piping Plovers mating.

Two Eggs!

AND WE HAVE TWO PIPING PLOVER EGGS

Two perfect and beautiful PiPl eggs at Good Harbor Beach ❤

Now the next giant hurdle is to get the much needed protective exclosure installed!

POSTING MONDAY – BEAUTY BY THE SEA EPISODE #8 and PIPING PLOVERS MATING!

Slight delay in posting episode 8 but lots of good things to talk about, including excellent clips of Piping Plovers mating as our Piping Plover Chronicles continues. See you then

Beautiful rainbow sherbet skies sunrise sequence Friday morning

HAS ANYONE SEEN MONARCHS YET?

Although Monarchs have been sited as far north as 46 degrees, it is still very early for us even though we are at 43 degrees latitude because we are so far east. Please write if you see one in your garden. And feel free to send a photo. I will post photos here. Thank you so much!

Keep your eyes peeled, especially on emerging milkweed shoots. In the photos below, Monarchs are drinking nectar from, depositing eggs on, and also mating on the milkweed plants. Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) and Marsh Milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) are the two most productive milkweeds for the Northeast region.

STUNNING AND INTENSELY FRAGRANT BLOOMS OF ROCK’S TREE PEONY

Not only are the blossoms enormous and stunning, the sweetly delicious fragrance of a single Rock’s Tree Peony will fill an entire room with its potent scent. Our Rock’s Peony has taken quite a few years to become happily established because unfortunately it had to transplanted awhile back. At last, our treasured beauty is throwing us more than one or two blooms a year. This spring we have had Five!

Lots more information about Rock’s Peony can be found in my book Oh Garden of Fresh Possibilities! Notes from a Gloucester Garden

BEAUPORT HOTEL NOW OPEN FOR TAKE OUT! – CHECK OUT THEIR MENU HERE!

The Beauport Hotel is now serving to go. Take out hours are Wednesday though Sunday from 5pm to 8pm. Call 978-491-5090 to order. They will bring your order when you arrive. Beauport Hotel is located at 55 Commercial Street, Gloucester.

Click here to order

MEMORIAL WEEKEND SPECIAL

  • Two Burgers for $22

    Choose two: 1606 Prime burger with Boston bib,
    tomato, red onion, house sauce, Grafton chedd…

    $22.00

APPETIZERS

  • Jonah Crab Cake

    Avocado remoulade, sweet corn relish, chili oil.

    $18.00

  • Point Judith Calamari

    Peppadew & pepperoncini peppers, chipotle aioli.

    $14.00

SOUP & SALAD

  • New England Clam Chowder

    Oyster crackers, chive oil.

    $8.00

  • Caesar Salad

    Parmesan crisps, house crouton, lemon caesar
    dressing.

    $12.00

  • Asparagus Salad

    Pickled vegetables, garbanzo beans, farm egg,
    champagne vinaigrette.

    $13.00

BURGERS, SANDWICHES & MORE

  • 1606 Prime Burger

    Boston bibb, tomato, red onion, house sauce,
    aged Cheddar, bacon. Served with fries.

    $16.00

  • Free Range Chicken on Focaccia Sandwich

    Prosciutto, Mozzarella, sun dried tomato
    tapenade. Served with fries.

    $14.00

  • Beauport Haddock Tacos

    Slaw, pico de gallo, chipotle sour cream, flour
    tortilla. Served with fries.

    $14.00

FAMILY STYLE MEALS (FEEDS TWO)

  • Misty Knolls Farm Whole Roasted Chicken

    Northeast family farms macaroni and cheese,
    brussel sprouts & apple slaw.

    $37.00

  • Berkshire Pork Loin

    Buttered asparagus, potato & Gruyere gratin,
    house Worcestershire sauce.

    $40.00

  • Day Boat Sea Scallops

    Fingerling potato hash, celery root, applewood
    bacon, sweet corn coulis.

    $45.00

  • Traditional Crusted Beauport Haddock

    Broccoli rabe, butternut squash, lemon butter
    sauce.

    $40.00

  • Filet Mignon of Beef

    Foraged mushrooms, cippolini onions, Yukon
    potato puree, red wine reduction.

    $45.00

DESSERTS

  • Mixed Berry Tart

    Lemon curd, Mascarpone, berry coulis.

    $8.00

  • Death by Chocolate Cake

    Buttercream, ganache, chocolate crisp.

    $8.00

WINE (LIMIT 2 PER ORDER)

  • Murphy Goode Pinot Noir

    $20.00

  • Tenuta Di Arceno Chianti Classico

    $22.00

  • Silver Palm Cabernet Sauvignon

    $23.00

  • Casalini Pinot Grigio

    $20.00

  • Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc

    $22.00

  • La Crema Chardonnay

    $23.00

  • Mumm’s Napa Brut

    $27.00

  • Mionetto Prosecco

    $8.00

BEAUTIFUL GOLDEN FEATHERS OF THE NORTHERN FLICKER

BLUETS AND NORTHERN FLICKER – A FAVORITE BIRD AND WILDFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHED TOGETHER!

A chance moment with the elusive male Northern Flicker and a patch of Bluets.

I stopped to take a photo of the Bluets and the Flicker flew onto the scene. My lucky day!

Northern Flickers are a large species of woodpecker. The Northern Flicker found in the eastern half of the country has shafts of yellow on their flight feathers. I would have set my shutter speed for a fast action capture if there had been time but it was only half a minute that he stayed scrounging at the base of the Bluets.

Even though the flying photos are out of focus, you can see the beautiful yellow shafts as the bird takes flight.

Bluets are a lovely native wildflower native to the eastern portion of North America.  The Bluet’s tiny florets range in color from almost white to a dreamy azure blue. Also called Quaker Ladies, the little bunches “quake” in the seasonal breeze! The sweet petite blossoms attract Little Carpenter Bees, Green Metallic Bees, small butterflies, and the Meadow Fritillary Butterfly (Boloria bellona). Both nectar and pollen are the pollinator’s floral reward!

Both the male and female eastern Northern Flicker have the v-shaped red feather patterning. The female lacks the black whisker, visible in the upper photos.