You may have heard recently about all the sea turtles getting stranded on Cape beaches. The New England Aquarium, of course, is doing what it can to pick up the turtles and transport them to warmer climes.
Neil the roving UHub photographer spotted this hawk with a dead squirrel behind 50 Staniford St. this morning (doesn't appear to be one of the West End's fabled white squirrels). He reports:
Has a dead squirrel. Sat on ground for a while then flew off with prey. Squirrel got caught on fence and bird landed on statue's head.
Wicked Local Brookline prints a missive from a Brookline resident who demands his or her town be made safe from its menacing thug turkeys:
WE SHOULD NOT HAVE TO WAIT FOR A PERSON TO BE INJURED OR KILLED BEFORE TAKING ACTION TO REMOVE THE TURKEYS FROM OUR MIDST.
Also, reporters need to stop treating this whole thing like a big joke.
A concerned citizen can only watch in amazement on Charter Street:
A very large skunk was aggressively wrestling with a white kitchen bag full of trash in the alleyway between 44-46 Charter St. Its head and body were protruding through a locked gate as it attempted to rip open the bag and/or pull it through the gate. I'm sure there will be lots of litter to be cleaned up in the morning. Should probably send someone from animal control to investigate. I'm not easily startled, but this skunk was huge!
"They started chasing me into the street and I screamed for help." WHDH reports on "Wild turkeys terrorizing the streets of Brookline." Of course.
The following is from a local news outlet's police blotter:
A female postal worker was harassed by turkeys on Gardner Road.
Can you guess which town? Answer.
Christopher Schmidt reports he was flying his quadcopter over Magazine Beach on Wednesday when a hawk took exception to the craft's existence. Both bird and drone appeared to survive OK (Schmidt says he shut off the rotors to avoid hurting the bird).
Wicked Local Brookline alerts us (last item) that six poultry punks ganged up on a postal worker the other day.
Jef Taylor shows us some.
Roving UHub photographer Christopher Wagner reports on his encounter with the Allston white rabbit:
A couple days ago I was walking to my car and spotted him again. When I crouched down to try and get a picture, he hopped right out from under the white Subaru in the picture and stopped right in front of me. Iâ€™m thinking it has to be either an escaped or released pet â€˜cause heâ€™s awful comfortable around people. Also the whole albino thing. There was another time in front of my house when he was casually munching on some plants growing between the sidewalk cracks about 10 feet from where I was standing. Not sure whatâ€™s going to happen once winter comes, I think the times they will be much sadder.
Anyway I love the fact that there is a white rabbit in Allston.
Boston Strolls reports these birds on the inbound side of Washington Street just up from Woodley were showing no fear this morning:
They walked right up to me.
Of course, this not being Brookline, no blood was shed.
This afternoon, somebody called police to report a coyote was just lounging on her rear porch on the Arborway up near Centre Street in Jamaica Plain
Shortly before 7 p.m., a woman called in from one of the paths in Stony Brook Reservation near the George Wright golf course on the Roslindale/Hyde Park line: She was walking her dog when she noticed two coyotes were following them. Before police could arrive, however, two men in the area spotted her and escorted her to safety. No word if either of them was named Elmer.
Andrea Crossan shows us what happens when a greyhound spots the fabled white bunny of Allston - on Islington Terrace.
Pandapwr, meanwhile, gets up and personal with one of the fabled white squirrels of the West End.
You can probably figure out which town this police-blotter item is from:
A group of turkeys were chasing a mail carrier near the intersection of Beaconsfield Road and Tappan Street.
Also click that Wicked Local link to read about the resident who called police when a parakeet flew in her house, the orgy at a local park and the woman who found her car wrapped in plastic wrap.
Lucy Fitzgerald reports those Tappan turkeys are really fowl:
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:
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.
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.
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 it was viewing me as a two-legged fishâ€¦a snack.