That's probably no big news for people used to wildlife, but to us confirmed city dwellers, well, you learn something every day. On a walk around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, I spotted this smallish duck come in over the water and land near some other ducks and ducklings. As it came in, it seemed to be whistling, rather than quacking.
WBZ has the latest on the black bear that has been ambling around Concord of late - and includes this advice should you find yourself mano-a-paw with the bear:
They are advised to talk to it calmly while backing away.
Talk to it calmly? Unfortunately, WBZ fails us and doesn't specify just what we're supposed to say as we calmly talk to the bear. Whisper sweet nothings? "Hey, how 'bout that Gronk!" What?
Bristol Whitcher took a couple photos of this raptor (can anybody tell what kind?) scootching along the railing of a fire escape in an alley between Boylston and Newbury this morning.
Damaskin spotted a turkey doing its morning ablutions in the Frog Pond.
I'm guessing there is a nest of bunnines in the green space surrounding the Allston Fire Station on Cambridge Street (where it intersects with Brighton Avenue and North Beacon Street. We saw about three or four baby bunnies running around or just chilling there today at about 7pm. I picked one up to take a photo, then released it.
....aaaand I fail at posting pics properly. Can anyone help me? What should I do to get them to post properly?
Chris Dempsey spotted this unlikely trio on the Common today - turkey, seagull and pigeon: Together they fight crime.
Pilotblock noticed this sign on a tree in an alley off Pembroke Street in the South End today.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Moby Carp lives!