In addition to the usual ducks and geese, a heron patrolled the water just beneath the Watertown Dam today. Mostly, he quietly stood on some rocks under some brush on one side of the dam. He did take one leisurely stroll from his post to the other side of the river, attracting the eye of little kids and a couple of photographers, but finding no fish and seemingly getting annoyed by all the attention, retreated to his semi-hidden spot.
Brookline 911 call takers must love their jobs. Wicked Local Brookline reports:
Eliot Street resident called to report that all morning, they heard a bird, possibly a seagull or a goose, possibly on the playground.
Jenniferkly spotted this bird today in a tree at Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue at Camden.
Oh, yeah, there's a reason you're not supposed to let your dog run wild through the Arboretum. Joe Growhoski reports these fliers about off-leash killers are now posted at the Arboretum: They kill the local wildlife, bite kids and bike riders, trample new plantings and shit all over the place. Stop it, the Arboretum implores.
Sit at the end of Long Wharf and it's easy to miss the cormorants - the gulls and terns are constantly screaming for attention, and sometimes getting into fights for key perches, such as the top of the flagpole there. But every so often, you might look down and spot a cormorant bobbing on the water, at least, for a few seconds, before it disappears under the water.
The birds, that is, not the football team. WBUR reports they love our downtown towers.
There was this large bird sitting at the very top of one of the dead branches poking out from the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon. I thought it was a young bald eagle at first, but folks who actually know what they're talking about (both here and on Facebook) said no, that's an osprey.
For the past seven years, Peter's Auto Service on Washington Street in Roslindale Square has had some cages for a parrot and lots of chirping yellow birds.
Rick Ward got a surprise visitor to his yard on Cliftondale Street near Kittredge in Roslindale this morning: A blue heron.
Spotted this small seabird today on the harbor side of the North Washington Street bridge. Anybody know what kind of bird it is?
Jef Taylor, who works at the Franklin Park Zoo, shows us the nest a pair of house sparrows built in a weed trimmer stored in a zoo tool cage:
Nest components: grasses, trash, flamingo feathers.
Capt. Nemo spotted a turkey strolling around the Academy Hill area in Brighton today, and wondered what it was doing there, instead of terrorizing people in Brookline.
Roving UHub photographer Alkali, meanwhile, spotted a hawk perched atop a light pole at the intersection of Huntington and South Huntington Avenues:
JB Parrett walked along the Charles today.
Brian MacLean, meanwhile, watched the sun go down over Scituate Light yesterday:
Copyright JB Parrett and Brian MacLean, respectively. The second photo also posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.
Bostonian photographed a hawk being kept on the ground by numerous smaller birds in the Fenway this morning.
David Wade at WBZ faced a conundrum this morning: A report was coming up on those birds whose nesting habits force the closing of beaches, but does their name rhyme with "clover" or "lover?" Well, Wade didn't get to where he is by not knowing how to get answers, so, he tweets:
I called MA Audubon. They say it like "lover."
Not so fast there. Kate MacDonald quickly replied: