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FAIRHAVEN — Hoppy's Landing - Long Island Fairhaven, MA This rare video shows the island parcel as private property, owned by Robert "Hoppy" Hobson, before it was purchased, a few months later in 2003 for $500K by the Town Of Fairhaven and made into a public park and boat landing. It was also in 2003, an oil spill ravaged the shoreline of this small island and much of Buzzards Bay. Link here: https://www.westislandweather.com/oil... About the pier construction: The construction project at Hoppy's Landing, originally slated to be completed by the end of June 2008, has been granted a 40-day extension. Link here: "It was a compressed timeline," Town Planner William Roth said of the initial project schedule. "You always hit snags." The project, funded through a $386,000 grant from the state's Seaport Advisory Council, includes an 80-foot fixed pier, a floating dock and a boat ramp. The fixed pier has been constructed, and workers are preparing to pour concrete for the ramp over the next couple weeks, Mr. Roth said. The steel float is being made in Rhode Island and will be barged to Hoppy's Landing when it is finished, he said. Link of pier construction: https://youtu.be/uDavBGbhqfw Delays in the project's schedule were caused by "unforeseen things," Mr. Roth said, such as boulders that had to be removed and bedrock in the area of the boat ramp that was shallower than expected. The project's scope is also being expanded to include some dredging. There is a hump of dirt at the end of the boat ramp, Mr. Roth said, so the town is filing for a change order and permits to remove it. "Why have a boat ramp with a speed hump in front of it?" he asked. "We're trying to do the right thing. It's just going to take a little more time." The town has hired an electrician to run power to the end of the pier, Mr. Roth said. A light and a power outlet will be installed. "We just think that, upon further review ... the most prudent thing to do was run power to the end of the pier," he said. Although the changes could affect the overall project costs, the project is still within its budget, according to Mr. Roth. "Every project has contingency built in. We are well within our contingency." Standard Times 2008
ORANGE AFTERNOON DELIGHT A Baltimore Oriole had this half orange all to itself at West Island. This brilliant orange and black Baltimore Oriole didn't waste any time after a fresh cut orange was placed out on the deck at West Island. May 2, 2020 at 3:30 PM. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
A hungry squirrel (aren't they always?) enjoyed a nice breakfast of tasty peanut butter balls along side the State Reservation. June 13, 2020 at 6:35 AM. This clever picnic table made locally is the craze right now for back-yard feeders. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
DOGS and FOLIAGE BRING OUT THE BEST in FALL Luna and Shelby took their first walk in the reservation in 4-months. Not one mosquito buzzed us, nor did I find one tick, however, they're still out there. The temperature was 48 degrees with the wind out of the northwest at 12 gusting to 15MPH. The humidity was 63% and ocean 57.3F. The path debris was expected with lots of broken branches and leaves but passable. Two large trees fell in the main trail from the 88MPH gusts in the October 17 Gale. They blocked any vehicle egress to the end of the path and will be removed soon. The foliage has a bit to go but was progressing into full color nicely. Visit The West Island Reservation page here: https://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm
The West Island State Reservation trail was void of any visitors on an exceptionally beautiful Saturday afternoon. The EEE mosquito threat is very likely the reason outdoor activity around places like this, which is a mosquito rich environment with perfect conditions for them to breed. One person was spotted entering the trail and quickly turned around after getting swarmed by hungry insects. We were inspecting the trail by bike and testing camera gear for a video shoot in the Fall. *ML's Note: The first mosquito-killing frost at this location last year, was October 26, 2018. West Island Reservation link: https://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm
A handlebar view with a bike cam from Fort Phoenix to the West Island State Reservation, June 30, 2019 at 10AM. OUR SCENIC TREASURE IS HARD TO MEASURE A unique perspective, with bicycle camera mounted 45" from the ground of The Hurricane Barrier, Causeway, and to The West Island State Reservation. Watch the hyper-steady camera view, sail right over the rough trails of the reservation, smooth as a drone 4 feet off the ground. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, this last day of June, 2019 for the scenic 16.75 mile round trip. *ML's Note: Many from out of town, "bump" into Fairhaven by accident (ask any waitress) and are mesmerized by the astounding beauty of our area. Link to Hurricane Barrier: https://www.westislandweather.com/the... Link to West Island State Reservation: https://www.westislandweather.com/wes... Link to West Island History: https://mlbaron.webs.com/ Compiled by MLBaron for westislandweather.com
BIG BREAKFAST - A male Red-bellied woodpecker has been stuffing as much orange pulp as he could over the past few days and headed off with a beakfull, probably to waiting chicks in a nest nearby. Tuesday - May 21, 2019 520AM at West Island alongside the State Reservation.
Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, from old stands of oak and hickory to young hardwoods and pines. They will also often venture from forests to appear at backyard feeders.
*ML's Note: Curious bird sounds in the background and wind chimes from a nice northwest wind added to the ambient audio captured in this clip. The temperature was 58.2F and humidity 72%. A fantastic stretch of weather is expected into the Memorial Day weekend!
MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
BIG BREAKFAST - A male Red-bellied woodpecker has been stuffing as much orange pulp as he could over the past few days and headed off with a beakfull, probably to waiting chicks in a nest nearby. Tuesday - May 21, 2019 520AM at West Island alongside the State Reservation. Red-bellied Woodpeckers are common in many Eastern woodlands and forests, from old stands of oak and hickory to young hardwoods and pines. They will also often venture from forests to appear at backyard feeders. *ML's Note: Curious bird sounds in the background and wind chimes from a nice northwest wind added to the ambient audio captured in this clip. The temperature was 58.2F and humidity 72%. A fantastic stretch of weather is expected into the Memorial Day weekend! MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
PANTHER MOON - A full moon set on the horizon at Hoppy's Landing , Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 518AM. The full moon for May, named The Panther Moon by the American Chocktaw Indian. The temperature was 54.2F and the wind calm out of the northwest at 5MPH. The ocean temperature was 52.7F. Humidity at 87% and dew point was 48.5F. Enjoy the ambient sounds of the spring morning. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
EVEN ON MOTHER'S DAY - A MOM'S WORK IS NEVER DONE A cold pouring rain with a 42 degree temperature didn't stop this future mom - a Baltimore Oriole, from feeding on what was left of oranges on our West Island deck - this raw Mother's Day 2019. The temperature was 42F and a wind chill of 33 degrees. The wind was out of the northeast at 19, gusting to 25MPH. More raw weather on the way with signs of hope for a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. No promises - but the potential is looking good. Enjoy the relaxation of this clip with the natural sounds of the rain captured with our enhanced nature microphones. Baltimore orioles are basically solitary outside their mating season. The species is generally considered monogamous, although evidence suggests that extra-pair copulation is reasonably common. In the spring, males establish a territory then display to females by singing and chattering while hopping from perch to perch in front of them. Males also give a bow display, bowing with wings lowered and tail fanned. Depending on their receptiveness, the females may ignore these displays or sing and give calls or a wing-quiver display in response. The wing-quiver display involves leaning forward, often with tail partly fanned, and fluttering or quivering slightly lowered wings. The Baltimore oriole's nest is built by the female. It is a tightly woven pouch located on the end of a branch, consisting of any plant or animal materials available, hanging down on the underside. Trees such as elms, cottonwoods, maples, willows or apples are regularly selected, with the nest usually located around 7 to 9 m (23 to 30 ft) above the ground. The female lays three to seven eggs, with the norm being around four. The eggs are pale gray to bluish white, measuring 2.3 cm × 1.6 cm (0.91 in × 0.63 in) on average. The incubation period is 12 to 14 days. Once the nestlings hatch, they are fed by regurgitation by both parents and brooded by the female for two weeks. After this the young start to fledge, becoming largely independent shortly thereafter. If the eggs, young, or nest are destroyed, the oriole is unable to lay a replacement clutch/ Source: Wikipedia Video by MLBaron for westislandweather.com
WAITING HIS TERN - A common sea tern perched at the rails of the causeway bridge waited to dive at its prey in the current below. One of the first signals that summer is well underway at West Island. *ML's Note: Males are usually the ones that catch the prey for the family. MLBaron video for westislandweather.com
NATURE'S REPENTANCE Southeastern New England will be embraced by a mini-heat wave over the next few days after enduring a pesky nor'easter, courtesy of JOSE. The temperatures are forecast to be hot with people headed to the shore for a nice seabreeze. "Near record levels of warmth for late September are in store" National Weather Service 715AM Update September 24, 2017. DHD Video at the Town Beach at West Island for westislandweather.com