birds

By - 7/12/18 - 6:52 pm
Heron at Jamaica Pond

Over the past few days, three herons have taken up residence at Jamaica Pond, along with the ducks and the geese. They'll stand for awhile along the shores, or perch on the branches of the tree on the island, and then something will catch their eye and they'll take off and fly over to another part of the pond.

By - 7/9/18 - 11:39 am
Bluejays in Roslindale

In our Roslindale backyard this morning (at one point, there were four of them, all pretty quiet, actually).

By - 7/7/18 - 11:46 am

LauMalo83 watched an owl (yes, not a hawk) just sit there yesterday while a much smaller mockingbird kept ramming it, at Finnegan Park in Port Norfolk: Read more.

By - 7/6/18 - 4:46 pm
Bald Eagle in West Roxbury overlooking the Charles River

At the very end of Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury, just behind the last building in the industrial park there, is a dead tree that towers over everything else. This afternoon, a bald eagle perched up there for a long time, taking in the view over the Charles River, the train tracks and the banks of Millennium Park.

By - 6/25/18 - 1:12 pm
A grackle with a French fry

Eileen Murphy reports the grackles at Castle Island have learned where to go when they're hungry:

The grackles around Sullivan's at Castle Island can scare the daylights out of folks when they pop out of a barrel after fishing around for leftovers!

By - 6/16/18 - 12:44 pm
Ruby-throated hummingbird

B. MacLean photographically captured a hummingbird at a feeder in the front yard of his Milton home yesterday.

Copyright MadTy Photography. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 6/14/18 - 8:54 pm
Wood duck and ducklings on Jamaica Pond

A mother wood duck and her ducklings glided across the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon.

By - 6/10/18 - 9:57 pm
Egret in Boston Harbor

Roving UHub photographer Noah Sachs was ambling along Long Wharf today when he spotted two unusual white items in the water: A great egret - and John Henry's $90-millon super-yacht, the Elysian: Read more.

By - 5/31/18 - 3:55 pm

The Dig reports on increasingly common and long lasting rat poisons that are beginning to work their way up the food chain - to the raptors that eat the rats that don't die right away.

By - 5/20/18 - 10:21 am
Saved duckling

Saved duckling. Photo by Marblehead PD.

Marblehead firefighters and animal control jumped into action this morning and reunited ducklings and mother duck. And yes, with requisite adorable photos.

By - 5/17/18 - 5:30 pm
Hawk with squirrel at Jamaica Pond

Late yesterday afternoon, this hawk sat in a tree on the Jamaica Pond shore along Parkman Drive. Oh, look, it has some dinner. After about 30 seconds of me taking its photo, it had enough and flew off, with dinner, right in front of a runner on the path.

By - 4/16/18 - 2:53 pm
Poor wet bird in Cambridge

Gedalia Pasternak spotted this bird in his front yard in Inman Square today; reports the bird was like that for at least ten minutes.

By - 3/6/18 - 7:59 pm
Stuck bird

Late this afternoon, a hawk got trapped in some netting towards the top of the Cutler Majestic Theatre. Robert Schepis photographed the poor bird shortly after 4:30 p.m.

Amanda Kennedy was on hand a couple hours later when Boston firefighters arrived and freed the bird: Read more.

By - 3/3/18 - 4:54 pm
Swan in Dorchester

Kelly Lewis reports at least one swan found a flooded Morrissey Boulevard to its liking today.

By - 3/1/18 - 10:25 pm

Mike Anderson watched a snowy owl at Constitution Beach in East Boston this evening.

By - 2/26/18 - 3:10 pm
Too much birdseed on Causeway Street.

A concerned citizen files a complaint about a woman who appears to buy birdseed by the truckload, which she then lays down on the regular in the little park that overlooks I-93 and the Zakim Bridge next to the Garden: Read more.

By - 1/26/18 - 7:34 pm
Coot and feet

Coots are interesting birds. While they're in the water, they look like small ducks. Then they stand on a rock and they look sort of like chickens. And then, if they come fully out of the water and start walking around, well, you can't help but notice their feet, as Enoch Pratt did today down at Leverett Pond in the Emerald Necklace.

By - 1/23/18 - 9:57 pm
Snowy owl in Somerville

Meaghan Sinclair spotted this snowy owl in her Somerville neighborhood today.

This has proven to be an "irruption" season for the owls - in which the population of lemmings on which they normally feed exploded, leading to more owl hatchlings - and lots of owls flying south in search of food. Good Morning Gloucester has been following the exploits of a pair of snowy owls there.