By - 7/13/15 - 8:22 pm

Toronto made the news last week when residents swiftly put together a memorial to a raccoon that died and then just sat there for hours as the city ignored repeated requests to pick it up.

At 10:20 this morning, a concerned citizen reported a "big dead raccoon" at Fayette Street and Marginal Road in Bay Village. The city reported the raccoon picked up at 1:15 p.m.

By - 7/11/15 - 12:43 pm
Blue heron visits Metropolitan Hill in Roslindale

Rick Ward got a surprise visitor to his yard on Cliftondale Street near Kittredge in Roslindale this morning: A blue heron.

By - 7/10/15 - 11:32 pm

We've noticed that there is a family of raccoons living in our next door neighbor's attic. They have been seen during daytime although most frequently are out at dusk and night.

There is a major language gap between us and our neighbors, and attempts to discuss it don't really register. Given the state of their house it's quite possible they don't have the means to fix the gaping hole in their eaves from which these raccoons emerge. They keep to themselves and we really only see them when they shovel snow late at night.

I don't typically involve myself in other people's business, but we have a dog and two kids who I honestly don't feel that safe about leaving outside at dusk.

Is this an animal control issue? Is it up to the home owner to remedy the situation? Someone who knows more about the city ordinances and departments who handle this stuff have an idea here?

By - 7/5/15 - 6:34 pm
Hawk and rat in Roslindale back yard

Ed Grzyb went out into his Roslindale backyard this evening to see this scene:

Apparently this hawk wanted to grill the rat he caught tonight.

By - 6/30/15 - 3:21 pm

State Environmental Police tweeted around noon they found the Southie deer and "successfully immobilized it" for transport to a location more suited for deer than N Street. The Herald has a photo of the deer moments before it was immobilized.

By - 6/29/15 - 4:38 pm
By - 6/27/15 - 12:53 pm
Birds of prey in Cambridge

The other day, LadyLazerJ spotted these two hawks perched outside her office on Hampshire Street in Kendall Square - where they stayed for about two hours.

They were seriously pissing off the blue jays.

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

By - 6/24/15 - 8:36 pm
Bird on a light in Boston Harbor

Spotted this small seabird today on the harbor side of the North Washington Street bridge. Anybody know what kind of bird it is?

By - 6/24/15 - 7:02 pm
By - 6/23/15 - 7:49 am

Major deer spotted at the Roslindale Wetlands off Weld and Walter streets, near the Arboretum. He's also been spotted at Stony Brook (at the intersection of Washington and the parkway, no less), so don't be too startled if you see this huge woodland creature bounding through your backyard some evening.

By - 6/19/15 - 10:50 am

The Mystic River Watershed Association ponders all the dead fish floating to the top of the Mystic of late, concludes it's probably a natural phenomenon, unrelated to either possible oil spills or low amounts of oxygen in the water: Read more.

By - 6/17/15 - 10:00 pm
Rabbit on Commonwealth Avenue near Boston University

Thereisnodog spotted this young bun on Comm. Ave. in the middle of BU today.

By - 6/14/15 - 6:54 pm

A worried citizen reports on conditions on Wellington Hill Street in Mattapan: Read more.

By - 6/10/15 - 4:03 pm
Jellyfish in Boston Harbor

Moon jellyfish are flooding Boston Harbor, moving with the tides and occasionally puffing themselves into balloon-like shapes to pulse themselves a few inches forward at a time. The large rings are their reproductive organs.

Where did all these jellyfish come from?

By - 6/7/15 - 11:04 pm

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.

By - 6/4/15 - 9:05 am

At 8:35 a.m., Patrick Schmid reported:

Here's a first. Stuck on the MBTA Green Line because turkeys are on the track.

Read more.

By - 5/28/15 - 1:16 pm
Boa constrictor in Braintree

Loose boa. Photo by Braintree Police.


Braintree Police are warning owners of small pets in South Braintree to keep them inside until an escaped boa constrictor is recaptured. Read more.

By - 5/24/15 - 3:58 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

Boston spotted turtles enjoying the sun at Jamaica Pond today.