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By adamg - 7/4/22 - 9:37 am
Kestrel takes flight in South Boston

Jim Gavaghan watched this young American kestrel launch itself off the top of a 65-foot pine tree in South Boston around 6 p.m. on Sunday:

I’ve been watching them off my third floor porch for about a month now, part of a family of three. They have been feeding on a lot of rodents, so I love them.

By adamg - 7/1/22 - 3:39 pm
Pigeons

Some pigeons up a couple floors at the old boiler plant at the Shops at Riverwood on River Street in Hyde Park.

By adamg - 6/26/22 - 3:45 pm
Egret flying over the Neponset River

This egret had been standing in the marsh along the Dorchester side of the Neponset River, near the bridges, when either it realized there just wasn't anything to eat there or got tired of the small black birds that kept flying right over him, so it took off and didn't stop until it got all the way to the other side of the river.

By adamg - 6/22/22 - 4:30 pm

The state is looking for some help spotting any recent outbreaks of avian influenza. So if you see any dead seabirds (terns, gulls, cormorants), or if you see five or more other types of birds just lying in a single spot on the ground, dead, fill out this form (note they have a separate form for dead poultry).

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By adamg - 6/19/22 - 5:27 pm
Terns all over by the Charles River locks and dam

We walked across the temporary North Washington Street Bridge today and couldn't help but notice the large colony of terns dive bombing the water - as a flotilla of cormorants dived well under the surface. And then a guy with several fishing rods in a kayak powered by pedals arrived on scene. Read more.

By adamg - 6/16/22 - 11:32 am
Duck and ducklings at Jamaica Pond

The other day, a mother duck and her ducklings were at the northernmost end of Jamaica Pond, slowly paddling through the muck there, stopping from time to time for a bite to eat. Read more.

By adamg - 6/8/22 - 3:08 pm
Family of wood ducks

A family of wood ducks glided along the surface of Jamaica Pond yesterday.

By adamg - 6/6/22 - 10:01 am
Heron at the Esplanade

Ladybugs Leaf spotted the Esplanade's latest visitor today.

Patrick Roath saw him in the Fens yesterday: Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/22 - 11:50 am

Crows attack bald eagle

A communications tower off Rivermoor Street, near Millennium Park in West Roxbury, is a popular place for birds to perch and survey the nearby Charles River. The other day, though, a pair of crows decided to try to drive off a bald eagle sitting up there. And Mary Ellen was there to watch the dive bombing.

By adamg - 6/3/22 - 9:12 am

Egret

Walking along the Charles River in Millennium Park yesterday, Mary Ellen spotted both feathered and furry fauna. Read more.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 11:00 am
Indigo bunting on Missino Hill

Mary Ellen spotted this indigo bunting on Mission Hill yesterday.

By adamg - 5/17/22 - 10:30 am
Phoebe with bug or something

Mary Ellen spotted an eastern phoebe grabbing some breakfast yesterday, but in West Roxbury, not at Central Perk.

By adamg - 5/13/22 - 10:05 pm
A huge goose family

Beth Gavin watched a newly expanded family of geese quickly making their way near the Black Falcon Pier today: Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 9:24 am

Ducklings

Mary Ellen watched some ducklings trying out the Charles River in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 5/7/22 - 10:56 pm
Goslings being corraled on I-93 southbound

State Police posted photos from a rescue mission in the HOV lane on the southbound Expressway in Dorchester, where a pair of geese and their new brood found themselves trapped today. State troopers and Boston animal-control officers managed to round up the wayward birds and get the to somewhere safer.

By adamg - 4/30/22 - 3:46 pm
Heron facing into the wind

Mary Ellen spotted this great blue heron up in a tree around sunset yesterday in West Roxbury. She reports it was actually trying to hang on in the face of brisk winds.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 11:33 pm
White ibis

Mary Ellen was among the birders who spotted this white ibis along the Charles in Brighton today - roughly 1,000 miles north of the bird's normal range.

By adamg - 4/24/22 - 2:32 pm
Birds seen in the North End and the Public Garden

Adam Balsam chronicles the 27 different species of birds he spotted over a week in the North End and the Public Garden.

By adamg - 4/18/22 - 4:09 pm
Blue-gray gnatcatcher

Mary Ellen spotted this blue-gray gnatcatcher at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning (OK, maybe it was just a shadow that made it look like it was ready to take on some round green pigs).

She also spotted this seemingly happier vesper sparrow: Read more.

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