Spectacular West Island scenery captured by our HD cameras.
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!
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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
Trails and beaches exposed before the spring foliage arrives on West Island. Video by The West Island Weather Station - KA1WBH. West Island is located off southern Massachusetts in Buzzards Bay about 8 miles northwest of Martha's Vineyard and 13 miles west of the Cape Cod Canal. Almost half of the 750 acre island is a pristine state reservation. The 338 acre reservation is owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Conservation and Recreation. An educational poster at the park entrance describes the reservation as a habitat for common and rare resident and migratory bird species. The land includes salt marshes, brackish ponds, mud flats, rocky headlands, wetlands, hardwood forests and sandy beaches. The land was acquired in 1988, from Realty Transfer of New Jersey for $1.6 million. Visit the reservation on line and live weather web cams on site at http://www.westislandweather.com/westislandreservation.htm
On May 20, 2016 at 6AM - A Spanish Galleon entered the harbor. This was one of the most unusual ships to visit the harbor. At a time when ships were Galleons, they meant business when in battle. The Spanish Galleon replica "GALEON ANDALUCIA" spotted off Angelica Island at 602AM, entered New Bedford Harbor and tied up at the State Pier, Friday - May 20, 2016. For more info on Angelica Rock: http://www.westislandweather.com/angelicarock.htm MLBaron SkyWarn HD Video. Enter full screen and turn on the sound. More info on the ship and tours, at this link: https://www.fundacionnaovictoria.org/
SEE YOU AGAIN IN 2034: The 3rd and final Supermoon for 2016 - set this morning, December 14, 2016 at 716AM. This moonset video was shot at Bella Vista Island. The temperature was 36.3 degrees and the wind was out of the northwest at 8MPH. The full-moon tide was at 741AM,, along with closure of the barrier. The ocean temperature was 43.5F. An incredible amount of weather extremes are on the way over the next 72 hours. The islands current conditions, forecast updates and web cams at http://www.westislandweather.com/
A PEACEFUL FLAT CALM This spectacular video looking to from Hoppy's Landing to Wilbur Point 1 mile away. It's ironic that the sun at its lowest in the sky can bring such brilliant light to create imagery like this., with a little help of no breeze. The music although haunting - was actually very beautiful and perfect for this clip with the music slowing pulsating in waves. Surreal sound for a surreal video. "Voices carry very far on still water like this. I once had a "conversation" with someone on Reservation Rd from Fort Phoenix. I've heard the Dartmouth band playing from Wilburs Point." Eric Mikal Birkeland The earth is also nearest to the sun this time of year and is fast approaching (perihelion) its peak in about 30 days. *ML's Note - Many might question how the earth can be the closest to the sun this time of year while the winter brings us the shortest days and coldest temps. The problem is the low angle of the sun and its speed across the sky. In a nut shell - the sun isn't high or out long enough in the northern hemisphere. December Solstice (Winter Solstice) is on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 5:44 am in Boston. This day is 6 hours, 13 minutes shorter than on June Solstice. In most locations north of Equator, the shortest day of the year is around this date. Earliest sunset is on December 8. However, our friends in the southern hemisphere are beginning to enjoy the Summer of 2016-2017. MLBaron DHD Video - West Island Weather Station Dec 7 2016 at 1230PM. http://www.westislandweather.com
SCUNGILLI TIME! - Captain Sakwa started up his unnamed Nova Scotia style lobster boat and headed out of Hoppy's Landing this Saturday - October 8, 2016 at 648AM. This time of year he traps for "Channel Welk" or "Conch". *Enter HD - Full Screen and turn on sound. Although not as lucrative as lobsters, there's still a market for the local "Smooth Conch" or "Channel Whelk" meat. He usually unloads his catch at Hoppy's Landing. According to Heather Haggerty of BIG G SEAFOODS of New Bedford, the channel whelk is processed at the facility. They are shucked, steamed and then frozen for shipment in the US. She said they shouldn't be confused with the Queen Conch from down south. There are 2 states that have a high demand for "Scungilli", Rhode Island and New York, who's large Italian population has a special holiday Christmas Eve dinner called, "The Feast of The Seven Fishes" or "Festa Dei Sette Pesci" were one of the 7 served fish species is the Whelk. MLBaron Video. For more info, visit BIG G Seafoods FaceBook page here: https://www.facebook.com/Big-G-Seafood-Inc-153166721365239/timeline/?pnref=story