It’s a Cape Cod time of the year!
As in any New England season, beaching, inshore fishing, seafood and family time will now be found with the Sousa clan. And we love it!
Over the years we’ve all had time together at the Cape in one way or another and it was a lot of fun.
Son Doug and family just had their annual visit to our little piece of heaven with some special guests.
Future in-laws Dave and Jan Mercieri came down and stayed with daughter Gina (soon to be Mrs. Sousa) and our grandson Dougie.
Even the Dan Sousa Texas family came to spend some time with their New England family.
Whether it’s wetting a fishing line, soaking up the sun, or enjoying a big cold drink on the waves while everyone gets their share of lobster, clams, scallops, and some large pieces of cod, the cape has something for everyone.
Cousins Dan and Doug unfortunately report “no fish” on their lines, but when I know them they’ve had a great time on the coast spinning stories and fishing reels. While Doug drags the willing victim Danny from a magical fishing hole to a magical hole and tells him how he almost caught a fish there.
The really successful fishermen were the circling ospreys, who dived from dizzying heights, popped into the surf and set up their fish food, and then shook off the water to fly back to their nest or enjoy.
Son Doug claims he doesn’t care if it’s raining or the sun is shining; “There is never a bad day at the Cape.”
Great-granddaughter Joselynn was allowed to stroke her first dogfish while the curves ran up and down the coast, pecking in the sand for a mole crab meal.
All of the wonderful family memories we had of our little cabin on Cape Cod Beach will forever be in our hearts.
Don’t forget to include your loved ones on your outdoor adventures! You will keep this time as precious treasures found in the best places.
ELMER BEST FRIEND: It seems our little English setter makes friends with everyone who walks through our kitchen door. He’s such a kind guy, everyone loves him.
But I’m so happy to have him sitting right next to me while the Red Sox, Bruins or Celtics win or lose. Because I always win when I scratch his gnarled head while he smiles at me again.
Such a friend … my best friend!
APPLYING FOR FUNDING: In case you didn’t know, the application deadline for the MassWildlife Habitat Management Grant Program has started.
This program enables private and municipal landowners of nature reserves to apply for grants to support active habitat management projects that benefit wildlife and improve outdoor recreation
Please note this link about the scholarship: https://www.mass.gov/news/grant-funding-available-to-landowners-for-habitat-management.
DEAD BIRD REPORTING: In late May, wildlife managers in the eastern United States received reports of sick and dying birds with puffy eyes and crusty discharge and neurological symptoms.
While the majority of birds affected are reported to be young grackles, blue jays, starlings and robins, other songbird species have also been reported. A definitive cause (s) of illness or death has not yet been established.
While reports of dead birds continue to grow during this time of year due to the naturally high juvenile mortality rates, MassWildlife encourages the public, as a precaution, to report all observations of sick or dead birds (of unknown cause of death) in order to help track this widespread mortality event. However, it is not known that the mysterious disease is currently present in any of the New England states. There is no need to report dead birds when strong evidence links mortality to collisions with glass or vehicles or predators by cats. Please email reports to [email protected] including your location, number and species of birds, symptoms observed, and any photos.
As an additional precaution, MassWildlife and Mass Audubon recommend that the public no longer use bird feeders and bird baths at this time. Birds that congregate in birdhouses and bird baths can transmit diseases to one another. MassWildlife as well as other affected states recommend taking the following precautions:
• Stop feeding birds until this wildlife morbidity / mortality event has resolved.
• Clean bird feeders and bird baths with a 10% bleach solution (one part bleach mixed with nine parts water), rinse with water and allow to air dry.
• Avoid handling birds unless necessary. When handling this, wear disposable gloves and wash your hands afterwards.
• When picking up a dead bird, place an upside-down plastic bag over your hand to avoid direct contact with the bird. To dispose of dead birds, place them in a plastic bag, seal them, and dispose of them with household waste, or alternatively, bury them deep.
• As a standard precaution, keep pets (including pet birds) away from sick or dead wild birds.
At this time of year, birds can find many natural sources of food in the landscape without needing bird seed. MassWildlife advises that bird feeder seeds can attract the unwanted attention of squirrels, chipmunks, turkeys, mice, rats, and even black bears. Wild animals that get used to human-related foods like birdseed can become a nuisance, spread disease, and cause problems. You can learn how to use native plants to naturally attract birds to your yard all year round.
Ask? Call MassWildlife at (508) 389-6300.