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By adamg - 9/8/20 - 10:34 am
Sora

On a walk along the Charles River at Millennium Park yesterday, Mary Ellen spotted a sora, a marsh bird that is more commonly heard than seen.

By adamg - 8/9/20 - 12:38 pm
Semipalmated plover

Mary Ellen spotted this semipalmated plover, looking like it wanted to be left alone as it gets ready for its daily ablutions in the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 8/8/20 - 9:30 am
Falcon on Beacon Hill light fixture

Steven C. Schmitt reports this raptor was surveying the Beacon Hill scene yesterday from atop one of those street light/cell phone poles.

By adamg - 7/24/20 - 10:10 pm
Juvenile mockinbird

Goofus glowers and squawks at anybody who comes near his berries.

Gallant always has a cheery smile for passerby and would offer his berries, if only he had some: Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 12:31 pm
Egret stretches its neck at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen continues her exploration of bird life along the Charles River and Sawmill Brook at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Yesterday, she spotted a pretzel bird, um, egret.

She also reports there's a family of peregrine falcons enjoying the towers along the road down to the canoe launch at the park: Read more.

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By adamg - 7/19/20 - 5:04 pm
Belted kingfisher at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen spotted this male belted kingfsher at Millennium Park yesterday. Unlike most other birds, they build their nests on the ground, along the streams in which they hunt for fish.

By adamg - 7/16/20 - 9:37 am
Egret on the Charles River

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen was out and about along the Charles River in Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning, where she spotted an egret hunting for breakfast and a rower paddling through the mist: Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 12:43 pm
Great blue heron enjoying a fresh fish snack at Millennium Park

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen reports the great blue herons have discovered the water around Millennium Park makes for some good fishing.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 2:12 pm

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said the state has seen "a dramatic uptick" in new bald-eagle nests, including new nests in Medford and Concord, this year. Read more.

By adamg - 5/20/20 - 11:00 am
Virginia rail in Millennium Park in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen the roving UHub photographer reports spotting a a Virginia rail along the brook that runs along Millennium Park in West Roxbury - they breed and feed in the sort of marshes one can find along the brook. The birds can be hard to spot, but easier to hear - especially during breeding season, which is now, they sound like little grunting pigs, she reports.

By adamg - 5/13/20 - 9:15 am
Hooded warbler at Chestnut Hill Reservoir

Mary Ellen the roving UHub photographer captured this hooded warbler at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir yesterday.

By adamg - 5/11/20 - 4:42 pm
Cop and peackock

An unflappable Boston cop managed to wing it and outwit a large but bird-brained runaway from the Franklin Park Zoo today, luring a truant peacock back into captivity with the help of his department-issued smartphone. Read more.

By adamg - 5/9/20 - 8:14 pm
Hawk with lunch in the Public Garden

A roving UHub photographer spotted this hawk with some fresh lunch - a black bird of some sort - in the Public Garden today. She also spotted Revolutionary hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko showing some support for workers at local hospitals: Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 9:55 pm
Fancy birdhouse in Somerville

JK21 spotted this fancy birdhouse above the Somerville bike lane between Willow Avenue and Davis Square today (look carefully on the lower level in the rear; looks like somebody's already moved in). No word if it comes with a deeded parking space.

By adamg - 5/2/20 - 10:11 pm
American kestrel at Millennium Park

On a walk around Millennium Park in West Roxbury today, Mary Ellen spotted both an American kestrel - the smallest of the falcons - and some cygnets settling in for a nap. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/20 - 5:08 pm
Pigeon downtown

Downtown Crossing pigeon waiting to make sure none of those New York pigeons are around.

Today's top research news comes via the New York Times, which reports a scientist has discovered that Boston and New York pigeons are genetically distinct - and that as with Red Sox and Yankees fans, the boundary runs through the middle of Connecticut.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 12:37 pm
Egret with fuzzy feathers at Belle Isle Marsh

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen went up to Belle Isle Marsh on the East Boston/Winthrop line yesterday and reports the marsh was just full of all sorts of birds returning to the area for the summer, including a frazzled looking snowy egret. Read more.

By adamg - 4/12/20 - 3:14 pm
Hawk at a Franklin Park playground

Stephen Thomas Costa found this hawk just hanging out today at the Parquesito de Hermandad playground in Franklin Park - closed to human kids, of course, due to Covid-19 concerns.

By adamg - 3/25/20 - 2:42 pm
Swans off Dorchester

Kelly Lewis spotted a pair of swans doing some social distancing off the Expressway in Dorchester today.

Meanwhile, over in Cambridge yesterday, Barb spotted a pair of turkeys who know that they now rule the roost outdoors, at least on Bellevue Avenue: Read more.

By adamg - 3/2/20 - 7:32 pm
Eagle at Jamaica Pond

This big bird was sitting in a tree on the Parkman Drive side of Jamaica Pond shortly before 5 p.m. He, or she, attracted quite an audience for a few minutes before deciding to fly away.

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