Was on the way to Turtle Pond on the main path from the Hyde Park side of Stony Brook Reservation around 2:20 p.m. when I looked down path 206 to see this deer looking at me. We looked at each other for a minute or two and then he (she? I'm a city kid, what do I know?) bounded off into the woods.
A pair of herons were hanging out on the higher branches on the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond today. Read more.
On Thursday, a woman stood outside the Park Street subway station, feeding pigeons - much like another woman did more than 100 years ago: Read more.
Katherine Ferguson watched one of Harvard Square's more feathered residents contemplating a selection at the Harvard Book Store.
Compare to the had-enough-of-your-crap turkey Tracey Strauss spotted elsewhere in Cambridge today: Read more.
About 7:45 this morning, right outside the Davis Square T station:
Lee McGuire spotted this bedraggled Meleagris gallopavo in Harvard Square this morning - and reports he wasn't alone.
Tim McCormack spotted this turkey vanguard in Central Square today.
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is out with some "tips for aggressive turkeys" (more specifically, how we can deal with them, not tips for turkeys looking to get ragier). Among them: Read more.
Kristin Bridier spotted this pair beating it out of Brookline this morning.
Gedalia Pasternak reports the monarch butterflies are passing through Cambridge and liking the flowers in a neighbor's yard.
Anthony Gulizia came across this face off on Newhall Street in Revere this morning. He adds:
Grew up here and used to see them occasionally, now it’s a weekly sighting.
Mitch and Lis describe what happened after they found this hawk just sitting on the ground near the main building at the Arnold Arboretum on Monday. Read more.
A concerned citizen files a report about this guy on Orleans Street:
This guy feeds skunks/cats EVERY NIGHT just after dusk in the SAME SPOT. This needs to be addressed as there are skunks all over the neighborhood and he leaves food out that draws the animals near housing and people and dogs have gotten sprayed in the area. I know multiple people have complained to the city about this.
Wicked Local Cambridge reports Cambridge city councilors are talking tough on turkeys, demanding the city do something about the beaked menace. One counselor, though, says bunnies are just as bad. Another counselor accused one turkey of specifically waiting for him outside a meeting to do God knows what to him.
Seems a colony of Italian Wall Lizards has established itself in the Fenway Victory Gardens. They normally couldn't survive our winters, but the gardens are full of warmth-supplying mulch.
Massachusetts hasn't had any lizards of the reptilian variety since the five-lined skink went extinct here.
Via Jef Taylor.
One of the statues in the Irish Famine Memorial couldn't get this pigeon off her head at lunchtime today.
Jill Cetel reports this shadowy pair is constantly skulking about Beacon Street in Brookline (of course); is looking for a good caption for this photo.