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:
Shaw Pong posts audio from her recent recordings of birds in Jamaica Plain, from the Arboretum to Franklin Park.
B. MacLean photographed a hummingbird at one of the feeders in his backyard near the Blue Hills Reservation.
From Citizens Connect:
Shaw Pong Liu records and describes a goldfinch singing near Bussey Brook in the Arnold Arboretum.
John Halamka reports all the extra bird food he's put out and the heated bird bath have attracted plenty of birds to his Wellesley backyard this winter - and not just of the birdseed-eating variety:
I looked up and saw a cardinal eating safflower. I looked up again and saw a Red-Shouldered hawk eating the cardinal.
Steve Borichevsky photographs a male Baltimore oriole putting the moves on a female - without success.
Channel 5 reports the National Park Service is telling ravens on the Cape: Nevermore. Workers will build fake piping-plover nests in the Cape Cod National Seashore and fill them with hard-boiled chicken eggs laced with crowicide to kill the birds going after endangered plovers.
We went to Echo Bridge in Newton today, and it really is amazing - you can basically whisper and hear your voice echo back from the other side of the Charles (so you can imagine what it was like when an exuberant kidlet decided to yell). Up river, near the old mill, we spotted the above large bird (so for those of you who know the distance, yes, it pays to have a zoom lens). Anybody know what it is?
As yesterday afternoon's storm wound down, I drove up to the top of Millennium Park in West Roxbury, figuring there might be a rainbow. There was! Split in two, with one end landing just left of the high school and the other end between the VA hospital and the Great Blue Hill. Alas, it was just a little too faint for my camera to do justice, so no photos, but I did take some shots of this twittering bird, which seemed to be enjoying the wet road. Anybody know what it is?