Wildlife

By - 5/23/17 - 12:32 pm
Skunk lives in the South End

Pilotblock noticed this sign on a tree in an alley off Pembroke Street in the South End today.

By - 5/21/17 - 5:04 pm
Otter

There was no mistaking this as anything but an otter, because you'd think the Audobon Society folks at the Trailside Museum at the Great Blue Hill would know the difference between an otter and a muskrat, at least based on the sign on the enclosure for the critter.

By - 5/17/17 - 12:12 pm
White squirrel in Boston's Public Garden

Brad thinks Steve the White Squirrel (yes, of course he has a name) should start charging at least one nut for every photo.

Earlier:
The pale squirrel of winter.
One of the fabled West End white squirrels.

By - 5/15/17 - 5:16 pm
Turkey on a roof on Beacon Hill

The "confused pheasant" one Beacon Hill resident reported this morning has made it up to the roofline of the storied neighborhood, as J shows us.

By - 5/15/17 - 10:26 am
Turkey on Beacon Hill

A citizen who might want to buy a bird-identification book filed a complaint about a "confused pheasant" on Mt. Vernon Street behind the State House this morning.

By - 5/14/17 - 3:21 pm
Birds and birdfeed at Portal Park

A concerned citizen complains about a woman partial to Portal Park - the little green area at the Zakim/I-93 overlook next to the Garden:

Crazy birdfeed lady is at work and littering birdseed all over Portal park attracting rodents and pigeons.

By - 5/6/17 - 6:08 pm
Otter in Jamaica Pond

Moby Carp has company: Jameson Brown was walking around Jamaica Pond today when he looked down and spotted this furry criter cruising towards shore.

Jameson said it appeared to be an otter - it seemed too small for a beaver and its home "seemed more otter-like too, a hole more than a lodge."

But local wildlife aficionado Jef Taylor says, no, that's a muskrat.

By - 4/28/17 - 4:07 pm
Algae-filled Chestnut Hill Reservoir

Plunkett Prime went for a walk around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir today, reports:

The algae in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir is so bad that ducks leave a wake behind them and dead fish are floating everywhere.

The MWRA only uses the reservoir in emergencies.

By - 4/28/17 - 1:52 pm

Governor Baker, Secretary Beaton and local elementary school students stock Jamaica Pond with trout

In what has become an annual tradition for governors of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker went down to Jamaica Pond yesterday to join with local school kids and City Councilor Matt O'Malley to restock the pond with fish.

Earlier:
Moby Carp lives!

By - 4/24/17 - 9:10 am
Turkey on Washington Street in downtown Boston early Monday

Out for a walk before 6 this morning, Beth Wolfe found some company on Washington Street downtown - a turkey pondering whether to cross the road.

By - 4/22/17 - 9:44 am

Katia reports:

SO stoked to see a pair of loons at the Sugar Bowl in Southie this morning.

Her sighting comes a couple weeks after somebody spotted a loon at Jamaica Pond.

By - 4/19/17 - 4:03 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

We decamped for Jamaica Pond at lunchtime in search of the loon. Didn't find it, but did find plenty of sunning turtles.

By - 4/19/17 - 9:55 am

A couple weeks ago, Oliver Burton reported seeing a loon in Jamaica Pond. "Unusual for here," he notes.

H/t Wiley Cox.

By - 4/18/17 - 9:40 am
Turkeys in Jamaica Plain

This gang of two-bit Toms gave Matt E. the eye on Sheridan Street in Jamaica Plain this morning.

By - 4/15/17 - 9:18 pm

cinnamngrl watched these turkeys casually evade security at the outer perimeter of the Red Line yard in South Boston today.

By - 4/15/17 - 10:35 am
Turkey in Brighton

Maybe it's because they know they're safe on this Easter weekend, but whatever the reason, reports are piling up here at Turkey Central of the birds strutting across the city, such as this fine specimen Colleen Glenney spotted in Brighton this morning. Read more.

By - 4/1/17 - 3:53 pm
Duck down a chimney in Ashland

Chimneys aren't all they're quacked up to be, a duck in Ashland discovered today. Fortunately, he or she flew down the chimney in the Perrys' house, they weren't having a fire and so they spent a good part of the afternoon getting the duck out and then letting it fly away. Read more.

By - 3/29/17 - 5:48 pm

Liz Polcha looked out her apartment window on Boylston Street in JP today and saw a squirrel with the slice of pepperoni pizza it had somehow dragged up a tree.

Quincy has a pizza squirrel, too! Read more.

By - 3/23/17 - 7:57 pm
Bunny in the Back Bay

J. Goodell spotted that sure sign of spring, the Back Bay bunny, on Marlborough Street today.

By - 3/23/17 - 5:10 pm
Turkeys on Green Line tracks in Brookline

Shortly before 5 p.m., as Katrina Demulling shows us, service halted on the C inbound due to a pair of turkeys that refused to yield the tracks to a trolley.