There Once Was A Girl From Nantucket…


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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

17 Responses to “There Once Was A Girl From Nantucket…”

  1. Carol P. says:

    Very interesting! She seems to have acquired a taste for seafood! :-) – Carol P.

  2. Donna says:

    Expensive taste that girl has! Glad she’s doing so well. Thanks!

  3. Melissa in MA says:

    Glad to hear she continues to dine up here in MA! ;)
    She seems to like the seabirds that are around now.
    So glad to see a new up date Jess!

  4. Gale from Seattle says:

    Thank you, Jess. I have been watching to see if the colder weather would force Quest south.
    Gale J.

  5. Kim in Italy says:

    She seems getting a taste for luxury that girl spending her first December at Nantucket!
    This Quest’s quest is more and more fascinating.. ;)
    Thank you Jess!

  6. Kathy V says:

    Thanks for that, sounds like she’s getting around. I am so glad she is doing well. Hope she finds that place to keep warm.

  7. Chrissy says:

    This article from Monday the 8th might be a clue to what’s bringing Quest to Nantucket: http://www.ack.net/121108gullshow.html Be sure to read the third paragraph then check where Quest’s signal came from on the 8th. ;)

  8. Birdlover says:

    That’s too cool a link Chrissy! Thanks so much for sharing that! If we wondered before, we wonder no more!

    Our girl is no fool!

  9. Alison in Austria says:

    Well, Quest certainly found the right spot for the winter! And the whole winter, too, since these birds are not just passing through.

    By the way, did anyone else look up the limericks for the girl from Nantucket? The only postable ones I found were about a man :-(

  10. Birdlover says:

    There once was a girl from Nantucket,
    A Perrigrine named “Quest” on a junket
    With her harness in place
    To the coast with no haste
    And the seabirds are all on the buffet!

  11. Carla says:

    I found an article about observations of peregrines including juvies at nantucket! Go Quest!!!

    http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081011/LIFE/810110340/-1/LIFE0706

  12. Birdlover says:

    This is a pretty cool National Geographic clip on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3mTPEuFcWk

  13. chrissy says:

    Alison, I think Birdlover’s limerick says it all. And if you really enjoy satire there’s an article in the Nov 7 online issue of The Onion titled “Peregrine Falcon Acting Pretty Cocky Since Being Taken Off Endangered Species List” that had me laughing in spite of myself.

  14. Alison in Austria says:

    Well, the first time I posted it did not take. Here I go again.
    Thanks for the limerick, Birdlover, do you think we could start a series this way?
    And, thanks, chrissy, for pointing me to the satire. I have since posted the link elsewhere (although there is language in it worthy of most any “girl from Nantucket” limerick except the one posted here :-)

  15. Maureen in MA says:

    Interesting article in The Onion :o I particularly liked Birdlover’s limerick, very apropos. As always, thanks Jess for the update. They’re greatly appreciated, and always intriguing :)

  16. Kim in Italy says:

    Thanks you, Chrissy, to share the link above and to recall the article in The Onion I absolutely couldn’t appreciate when sent me by a friend.. had to read it again to laugh a bit.
    Oh! I like Birdlover’s limerick, very nice! :D

  17. Jess says:

    @Birdlover- Your limerick is terrific!

    @Carla & Chrissy – Thanks for the news links. Very interesting reading and it provides additional information that helps us form a complete picture of what Quest is doing.