This pair is interesting. The bird on the right is a common house sparrow tending to the bird on the left as if it was one of her own yet it is a juvenile cowbird. This little guys parents deviously deposited an egg of their own amongst the house sparrow brood, when no one was looking, in an effort to get others to take on the nasty business of raising junior who as you can see is already more than twice the size of his surrogate parent. A dirty business in the garden here. Looks like they are getting a free bath though.
Learned today from Dr. Jooke Robbins at the Center for Coastal Studies that the subject of our 2010 Wild Chatham poster (a female calf born in 2009) has been named Piano! Welcome to the world. Humpback whales are typically not given names by the researchers until they return to our waters in two successive years without the constant care of their mother. We are told that there is a high mortality rate in the first two years of life for these whales so it is a big deal when one makes it through to be officially named!
Piano, however, has had its share of problems in its young life already. She was a victim of a ship strike last year, recovered but is currently entangled in some fishing gear off of Chatham. The Center for Coastal Studies is working to free the whale now. As you can surmise from the photograph, Piano is a beautiful and vital creature. Keep fingers crossed for her making through this current trial.
Kudos to the scientists and staff at Center for Coastal Studies, located in Provincetown, MA, for the terrific work they do in studying and protecting these incredible animals.
PS. This whale is the subject of a story in this weeks Cape Cod Chronicle by Marcie Woodward. Check it out http://chathamcapecodchronicle.ma.newsmemory.com/
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The weather on the elbow of Cape Cod has been beautiful and warm during the month of July. Though we have not gotten off shore as much as we would have liked we have tasted a bit of summer!
Spring gives way to summer on the outer beaches of Cape Cod quite abruptly. The water warms the air warms and the strong sea breezes pipe up in the last few days of June. Summer is on. Among other adventures the white shark returns to waters off of Chatham. Our first clues come from observing the seal carcasses that appear on our beaches.