wildlife

By - 8/29/14 - 1:13 pm
Irish Famine Memorial statue with a pigeon on her head

City officials say they're noodling ways to keep pigeons away from the statutes of the Irish Famine Memorial in Downtown Crossing, since signs urging people to stop feeding the damn birds have failed miserably.

In response to a citizen request to clean the statues, the city says:

The statues in this area are rinsed twice a week (Sunday and Wednesday) as. well as the

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By - 8/26/14 - 5:34 pm

A skunk found dead on Stimson Street has tested positive for rabies, according to the Boston Public Health Commission, which is asking anybody who may have come in contact with the skunk to contact them at 617-534-5611.

The commission plans to post flyers in the area on Wednesday to alert residents.

BPHC fact sheet on rabies.... Read more

By - 8/24/14 - 10:54 pm
Water fowl makes a landing in the Charles at sunset off the Esplanade

JB Parrett watched a goose come in for a landing at sunset in the Charles River off the Esplanade tonight.

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.... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 6:31 pm
Snapping turtle in Forest Hills Cemetery

Mike Ball reports on the different animals he saw on a walk around Forest Hills Cemetery the other day, including this snapping turtle in Lake Hibiscus:

It was pretty creepy. It came from maybe 30 feet off-shore and surfaced just below me by the tiny rocky beach. As I moved about 100 feet along the shore, it tracked me. I began to feel like

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By - 8/4/14 - 9:47 am
Tons of ducks in Boston's Public Garden

La Bibliotequetress stuck around just long enough to make sure the ducks didn't eat that guy by the bench yesterday.

By - 7/22/14 - 10:17 pm
Dragonfly

Spotted yesterday in one of the marshy areas between Millennium Park and Brook Farm in West Roxbury.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:14 am

The Patriot Ledger reports the Scituate fishmonger who bought an 18-lb. lobster (which he named Luke) plans to toss him back into the briny depths from which he came after evading traps for 75 years.

By - 6/26/14 - 4:47 pm
Peregrine falcon at Deer Island

Kristin MacDougall posted a photo of one of two peregrine-falcon chicks born on Deer Island recently.

She reports falcons have lived high atop the sewage-treatment plant's "digesters" (the giant egg things) for awhile, but this is the first time any have hatched there.

Fisheries and Wildlife experts banded the two females (named Taylor and Julia) today.... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 10:36 pm
Towering hawks

Joe Giza at WBZ posted this photo of a pair of hawks atop the old Channel 38 tower on Leo F. Birmingham Parkway in Brighton this evening.

CBS, which still uses the WSBK building as studios for some of its Boston radio stations, has a camera up there, he reports, adding that until tonight, just one hawk had been showing up there regularly.... Read more

By - 6/16/14 - 8:53 am
Roslindale deer

Karen Kast-McBride spotted this young deer on Delano Park in Roslindale this morning.

By - 6/14/14 - 9:30 am
Snapping mama turtle

Ochswar spotted an egg-laying snapping turtle near Alewife the other day.

Copyright Ochswar. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/8/14 - 6:42 pm
Geese in the Charles

JB Parrett watched as a gaggle of goslings made their way along the Charles today.

By - 5/25/14 - 11:32 pm
Giant turkey in Newton Center

Chris Rich spotted this Butterball on a Newton Centre lawn today.

Copyright Chris Rich. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/19/14 - 12:49 pm

Police are keeping a wary eye on a coyote first reported at lunchtime at Dorchester Avenue and Linden Street. Around 12:45, it was reported on Orchardfield Street, three blocks south. It was not reported to be bothering anybody, and officers are leaving it be for now.

This is a couple hours after a turkey was spotted on Adams Street.... Read more

By - 5/13/14 - 9:49 pm
Feeding the ducks in the Public Garden

A concerned citizen complains:

I don't want to be a wet blanket, but every evening when I walk through the Public Garden between 5 and 6, I see this gentleman feeding the geese and ducks, in spite of the fact that such feeding is not allowed - I would normally let it go, but he feeds them practically every night, and he feeds them

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By - 5/10/14 - 6:20 pm

The Animal Rescue League of Boston comes through today with the save.

By - 5/5/14 - 6:12 pm
Squirrel at Bellevue stop

Daniel Guzman reports this squirrel has taken up residence at the Bellevue commuter-rail stop on the West Roxbury/Roslindale line.

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