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By adamg - 2/26/21 - 9:57 pm
Pair of swans and a duck

Mark McDonald reports that an apparently lonely swan in Mill Pond - the part of the Mother Brook that River Street crosses in Hyde Park - seemed to be a bit happier today now that its partner has rejoined it after several weeks of absence.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 7:54 pm
Juvenile bald eagle

Mary Ellen mixed it up this morning and headed over to Cutler Park, on the other side of the Charles from Millennium Park, where she spotted this juvenile bald eagle.

By adamg - 2/17/21 - 9:24 am
Coyote at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen reports the coyotes at Millennium Park were howling this morning, as they looked for love, although one coyote at the very top of the hill might also have been looking for something to munch to start the day.

A bit further down the hill, she spotted a red-bellied woodpecker, probably too high up for any yippin' 'yote to chomp: Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/21 - 11:48 pm
Black duck on Jamaica Pond

Almost all of Jamaica Pond was covered with ice and snow today. Only a small area near where a tunnel empties into the northern end of the pond remained open. Read more.

By adamg - 2/10/21 - 12:09 pm
Advancing coyote in the Arboretum

Grace Holley posed a question yesterday:

You’re on a snow walk in the Arboretum w your pup and you turn the corner and see this 15-20 ft away and it starts walking toward you...what do you do?

Meanwhile, Blvckmachina recorded about seven coyotes in his yard on Glenellen Road in West Roxbury around 4:50 a.m. on Sunday: Read more.

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By adamg - 2/5/21 - 9:01 pm

WBZ reports the snor'easter washed zillions of clams up onto Revere Beach, providing an all-you-can-eat buffet for area gulls. The station cautions the clams are not good eatin' for people, though - they might be contaminated.

By adamg - 2/5/21 - 1:35 pm
Two raccoons

A citizen files a 311 complaint about a pair of raccoons in a tree off Pond Street in Jamaica Plain, although it's unclear if the resident is really complaining or just admiring them: Read more.

By adamg - 1/31/21 - 8:24 pm
Two swans face off on Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen watched a couple of swans try to show each other who was King of Jamaica Pond today.

By adamg - 1/30/21 - 3:16 pm
Giant turkey on Bradlee Street in Hyde Park

A worried citizen files a 311 complaint about a turkey of unusual size ruling the roost on Bradlee Street in Hyde Park: Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/21 - 10:02 am
Great blue heron over the Charles River

A great blue heron took flight over the Charles River near Millennium Park this morning, and Mary Ellen was there to watch it.

By adamg - 1/14/21 - 10:05 am
Bald eagle in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen shows us one of the two bald eagles she watched hanging out yesterday in the trees along the Charles River's Cow Island Pond, off Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury. Could the couple be searching for starter nest for a new family?

By adamg - 1/13/21 - 9:35 am
Hooded mergansers on Jamaica Pond

Mary Ellen spotted this pair of hooded mergansers (the male is the one using the bold splash of white) on Jamaica Pond yesterday.

By adamg - 1/10/21 - 1:27 pm
Bald eagle in the Back Bay

Noah Jakimo spotted our national symbol cruising along the river between Mass. Ave. and the BU Bridge this morning.

By adamg - 1/6/21 - 12:11 pm
Belted kingfisher and great blue heron at Leverett Pond

Mary Ellen got a twofer on a visit to Leverett Pond on the Brookline/Boston line yesterday: A belted kingfisher and a great blue heron both perched above the water: Read more.

By adamg - 1/1/21 - 11:52 pm
Owl at Castle Island

Adam Balsam reports he and the kids spotted this owl up on a wall at Castle Island on Thursday morning - a few weekends after they'd driven up to Plum Island to see an owl, only they didn't.

I love that we we were ultimately able to see one so close to home.

By adamg - 12/28/20 - 11:13 am
Swans in Dorchester Bay

Socially distancing swans in Dorchester Bay in March. Photo by Kelly Lewis.

In 2020, animals continued to turn Boston into their preserve. Coyotes, deer and snapping turtles prowled our byways and parks. Birds of all sorts flew into town. The resident turkeys continued to alternate between being charming butterballs and terrifying clawed beasts. And an apparent ravenous porcupine ripped up saplings in Franklin Park. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/20 - 9:31 pm

LadyLazerJ asks about this bird that showed up on her Somerville porch tonight: Read more.

By adamg - 12/17/20 - 11:42 am
Snowy streets in downtown Boston

Patrick McMahon looks out over all the snow in downtown Boston this morning.

Michael Spicher's eye, though, is drawn to a dark-eyed junco flitting about in Jamaica Plain: Read more.

By adamg - 12/11/20 - 10:36 pm
Kestrel with a grub

Rick Macomber watched an American kestrel come in for a landing in East Boston with some grub - literally, a big, juicy grub.

By adamg - 12/11/20 - 1:54 pm
Unusual bird in Somerville

Tim Devin spotted this bird on Spring Hill in Somerville today, has a question:

OK, Internet, what the hell is this?

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