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  1. If you're sending it back for warranty service it might be OK to saw cut it into shorter pieces, which makes it much easier to ship. Worth a call to see if this is OK.
  2. I don't understand it. Plovers are done nesting and the babies are grown. They can all take care of themselves now, assuming nobody runs over them. What's the harm in walking near an area (the environmental lady did) or even having a boat nearby????
  3. I forgot to mention that I heard a Bob white on the hill above the Squibnocket parking lot. I'll bet someone has released them in an effort at tick control.
  4. Just got back from my annual two week trip to MV. Same two weeks for the past 15 years or so (before that, around labor day). For the first time, I did not catch a legal fish. I caught lots of fish, topped out at about 27". Most were 18-23". Others I chatted with were having similar success with the little guys. I fished up island, Menemsha, Lobsterville, Squibnocket, Stonewall. Most fish were caught on a Jumpin' Minnow (early morning or dusk) or a bomber (after dark), but those are my favorite lures so its really no surprise that's what I caught fish on. I hooked one good fish, but after a few seconds of thrashing and a short run it came loose. I saw one just barely legal fish carried off the beach. No bluefish seen. Kind of depressing compared to what it had been in the past (in 2010, I beached about 10 fish over 36"). The weather was very good; days quite warm, nights very dark and some were quite foggy. I didn't have to fish in the rain once. For size, it was very similar to my trip last October. Not much bait around, mostly what I saw was small sand eels, although there were a few larger unidentified baitfish around the Menemsha jetty. I heard of large schools of sea herring out in the Sound, but they didn't show up along the shore. Not many fishermen around either, especially after about 10pm. There was a time when it was difficult to find a parking spot near the popular spots - not this year. I only saw one or two fly fishermen. I saw lots of piping plovers and least terns. The osprey nest at Lobsterville has 3 young this year, so apparently they aren't having any trouble finding fish. I went through two pounds of raisins feeding the catbirds, which I think greatly outnumber robins on the island. I think they nested early this year, a couple fledglings (no tails) showed up regularly. The cottage where I stay had 4 Carolina wrens in the close environs, and they competed every morning. I've heard one or two before but they must be thriving. There were some spectacular tom turkeys around, its neat to watch them try and court their reflection in the truck bumper or the girls if they're around. I'm still amazed at how a tom's snood gets long and soft when he's aroused, go figure. Occasionally a fight will break out among the bachelors, this morning three younger ones ganged up and chased a mature bearded giant out of the yard. I only saw one poult. That's it until October. I will be watching the commercial landings with interest and suspect they will have trouble filling the quota. Buz
  5. Apparently this is an egg casing from an Apple Murex. Scant info I can find indicates it (formerly) had a more southern distribution, although it is common in UK.
  6. Here's the unidentified mystery object. Failed to load picture on first try, see below.
  7. Not a mermaids necklace.
  8. They varied in size but a number were bigger than a softball. The individual "cells" were about 3/8" across and were shaped like small shell pasta. The entire assembly looked like a big glob of tripe. Soft of like a strange sponge like shape overall. I'm pretty sure they weren't anything from a sewage treatment plant.
  9. So I'm out on MV on my annual expedition and as usual see a lot of crap washed on the beach. Not many high finders, lobster traps, or other fishing gear this year, but there are the usual mylar balloons. I was amazed at how many blue rubber gloves (Martek, one said) with the cotton cuffs I saw this morning, at least a dozen and most were totally intact. Also a number of K-cups which I haven't seen in the past. I also found a number of clear/whitish honeycomb type things which I couldn't decide was some ex-sea creature or just a partially decomposed bubble wrap. I should have taken a picture of that, haven't seen them before. I will get a picture and post later. What's going on with the gloves? Are they considered disposable now??
  10. Have you guys ever pondered the similarities and differences between the words flounder and founder? I found this: Flounder and founder are happy little nouns that don't get mixed up. But it all falls apart when they're verbs — if you're floundering, you're struggling. If you're foundering, you're failing completely. You're sunk! You can't even hold onto the letter l. In a sense when you hook a fluke it flounders but play it too long and it will founder.
  11. I've had ospreys dive on surface lures before, but this morning I was surprised when one came over my head from behind with no warning and dive bombed a dink striper I had near the beach. It was a little too big for him to carry off, and he looked rather perturbed as he flapped up out of the water and off to look for something else. What a thrill. Also saw 8-10 piping plovers. I like the way they run around after each other with their heads down and neck feathers puffed up - remind me of miniature bulls in the bullring. Didn't look like they were nesting yet, but were paired up and getting ready. Here on MV they don't go overboard to protect, just some signs and string. Thank God they don't close the beach.
  12. I live about .4 miles from Saratoga Lake in upstate NY. Yesterday when I was driving home after picking up my morning paper I saw an immature eagle with a 12-15" fish swooping right up the road ahead of me. It landed in a tree overlooking the road and was there 20 minutes later when I went out to look and flushed it (fish and all). I've seen a lot of eagles closer to the lake but that's the first time one has come near my house.
  13. Apparently the (Pacific) cubera snappers there aren't the same as the ones around Florida. Another name is pargo, I remember seeing Offshore Adventure shows with the Ocearch shark guy (Chris Fischer) catching/spearing them.
  14. They love raisins, and its not too much trouble to get them to come really close, even landing on your hand for one. I feed them every year on my late June early July trip to the Vineyard. Just at the end of their nesting season, around the end of my vacation they bring young to the feeding area, or a youngster will wait nearby in the bushes making a begging sound. Really cool birds, related to mockingbirds and the more elusive thrasher.
  15. Don't think so. The eels do their business in the Sargasso Sea, prolly require salt water for the eggs to hatch. They do go around dams on land. I had a buddy whose family owned a stretch of water on a small stream with a big waterfall in the Catskills. He had seen them go upstream around the obstacle at night.