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.
In our Roslindale backyard this morning (at one point, there were four of them, all pretty quiet, actually).
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.
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!
A mother wood duck and her ducklings glided across the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon.
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.
Marblehead firefighters and animal control jumped into action this morning and reunited ducklings and mother duck. And yes, with requisite adorable photos.
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.
Gedalia Pasternak spotted this bird in his front yard in Inman Square today; reports the bird was like that for at least ten minutes.
Kelly Lewis reports at least one swan found a flooded Morrissey Boulevard to its liking today.
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.
Good Morning Gloucester has some cool snowy-owl photos.
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.
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