Archive for December, 2008

A Nantucket Noel for Quest

Sunday, December 28th, 2008


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Quest remained in the neighborhood around Tom Nevers Road in southeast Nantucket for the holiday. Several of the data points show her very close to some luxurious residences.

In fact, on Christmas Day, Quest appears to have been a surreptitious house guest at the seaside mansion of some wealthy landowner on Wanoma Way, close by Tom Nevers Pond. Locations on other dates also place her near several different houses. The winter population of Nantucket falls to about 10,000, so its anyone’s guess whether she has been spotted or not.

If you’re on Nantucket with some time on your hands, you might want to cruise the streets around Tom Nevers Road. Who knows? You might just spot Quest perched on a rooftop somewhere.

-Jess

Quest Skims Nantucket’s South Shore

Friday, December 19th, 2008


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Despite some gaps in the daily emails from the ARGOS satellite tracking service during the past several days, there’s enough data to show that Quest is staying between the communities of Siasconset and Surfside on the southern shore of Nantucket Island.

The reliable data points indicate that she’s spending much of her time along Tom Nevers Road. Satellite imagery shows this to be a wooded residential neighborhood with plenty of single-family homes. Click the View Larger Map link then click the Satellite button to switch views. Some of the houseslook quite large. It’s likely that the woodland provides a refuge for Quest, sheltering her from the worst of the precipitation and especially the wind which has been quite fierce in recent days.

-Jess

There Once Was A Girl From Nantucket…

Friday, December 12th, 2008


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Well, she’s not from Nantucket exactly, but naughty limericks aside, it looks like Quest has decided to leave the Cape for a while. Since December 5th she’s been visiting the old whaling port-turned-high class vacation spot.

She started at the northernmost tip of the island, spending the 5th and 6th at the historic Great Point Lighthouse. There is undoubtedly an abundance of shorebirds here to keep her fed. The data from the 7th wasn’t very accurate but it also showed her at the northeast end of the island.

The 8th and 9th found her moving south to Siasconset. The morning reading on the 8th showed her on the beach near Ocean Avenue, while a strong signal on the evening of the 9th placed her in the wooded residential neighborhood along Tom Nevers Road. So Quest appears to be seeking out sheltered spots where she can pass the night in relative comfort.

After her long stay at the Cape we’ll have to see whether she returns to the mainland or decides to spend the holidays with the residents of Nantucket.

-Jess

Back to Her Old Tricks?

Saturday, December 6th, 2008


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A look at the map might make it seem that way. The data shows Quest returning to some of her favorite haunts on the Cape, including Wellfleet Bay and Monomoy Island. But the timestamps tell a different story.

Quest usually takes her trips to Monomoy during the day, but our most recent data indicates that she has actually been spending her nights on the tidal flat. We didn’t receive any good data for the 3rd but the data for the 29th, 2nd and 4th places her there in the early morning and late evening. On at least one occasion we were fortunate to get consecutive good data passes at hourly intervals indicating that she is indeed spending the night on the northern end of Monomoy Island.

The data points are so closely spaced that it appears she’s found a particular area she likes. The satellite image doesn’t show any structures nearby, so it’s not clear where she’s staying, but something on the island seems to appeal to her.

-Jess