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By adamg - 9/20/21 - 8:42 pm
Hummingbird getting some food

Mary Ellen spotted a hummingbird topping off today in Newton's Nahantan Park before the long migration south for the winter.

By adamg - 9/4/21 - 7:06 pm
Murmuration in Rumney Marsh

Greg Cook kayaked through Rumney Marsh in Saugus yesterday and watched thousands of swallows murmurating. He also spotted fiddler crabs. Lots and lots of fiddler crabs.

By adamg - 8/30/21 - 8:25 am
Eagle at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen spotted this eagle at Millennium Park in West Roxbury early this morning.

By adamg - 8/26/21 - 10:13 am

Good news for people who love thinking up new ways to keep squirrels away from their bird feeders: The Massachusetts Audubon Society says that because we haven't seen any of the mysterious songbird die offs that have plagued other states, it's safe to put birdseed out again. Read more.

By adamg - 8/2/21 - 8:38 pm

MassWildlife reports that whatever is killing songbirds on a large scale outside of New England has yet to make its way here, but: Read more.

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By adamg - 7/15/21 - 10:19 am

Update, 8/26: It's safe to put the feeders back up.

The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is urging people to take down their bird feeders - and stow away their bird baths - because of a mystery illness that is killing birds across the eastern US that might spread where birds congregate. Read more.

By adamg - 6/26/21 - 9:12 pm
Plover with eggs on Revere Beach

Adam Balsam reports that on a trip to Revere Beach today, he got lucky and was able to spot a nesting pair of piping plovers. Read more.

By adamg - 6/17/21 - 10:13 am
Mother and baby ducks going to sleep

The mama duck and her seven ducklings had settled in for a snooze late yesterday afternoon among the mud and rocks along the Perkins Street side of Jamaica Pond, just up from that outlet tunnel. As the ducklings huddled in a big fuzzball, mother burrowed into her own feathers - but with one eye still on the water.

Then a heron landed maybe 8 or 9 feet away. At first, it stood there, seeming to eye the ducklings. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 10:18 pm

A disgusted citizen filed a 311 report after being dive bombed by a seagull at lunch time on West 3rd and C streets in South Boston this afternoon: Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/21 - 4:26 pm
Heron with catfish

Mary Ellen was down by the Charles River at Millennium Park this morning and watched a great blue heron enjoy a fresh catfish meal. It took the bird a half hour to subdue and finally consume the entire large fish, she reports. Read more.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 7:02 pm
Great blue heron in Jamaica Pond

This heron would spend a few minutes today at one spot at Jamaica Pond (spotted here along the Perkins Street side), then flit off to another.

By adamg - 5/9/21 - 6:27 pm
Swan and cynets on the Charles River

Mary Ellen found herself way down upon the Swan-y River today, at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 5/8/21 - 10:51 am
White bird in a gazebo in Dorchester Lower Mills

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint asking the city to do, well, something, about this bird, which has been hanging out in an apartment-complex gazebo off Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills for a couple of weeks now. The report does not specify what the bird has been doing that's worth city action, aside from the fact that it exists.

By adamg - 5/7/21 - 12:42 pm
Bald eagle in Cutler Park

I don't know, I love the river views, but seems kinda small.

Mary Ellen traversed the Charles this morning and spotted a couple of bald eagles in Cutler Park along the Needham/Dedham line, across from West Roxbury - possibly checking out good nesting spots.

By adamg - 5/6/21 - 11:47 am
Bird and breakfast at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen went out for an early morning walk at Millennium Park in West Roxbury and, spotted, among other things, a young male Northern Parula getting some sustenance (she also saw both a deer and a killdeer, but the latter was, once again, not living up to its name).

By adamg - 5/3/21 - 1:28 pm

The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reports a bald eagle collapsed and died in her nest along the Charles River in Middlesex County after eating something that had itself eaten "second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide" (link has a photo of the dead bird). Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/21 - 9:11 am
Eagle on the Esplanade

Who would have thought an eagle would land right on the Esplanade? Paul Kafasis spotted the bird there this morning.

Earlier:
Back Bay bald eagle bops along the Charles.

By adamg - 4/14/21 - 9:12 am
Tree swallows fight for prime space at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen watched tree swallows duke it out for a prime nesting box at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/21 - 6:39 pm
Seagull with a bagel

A seagull tried to figure out how to down half a bagel at Revere Beach this afternoon.

By adamg - 3/30/21 - 11:25 pm
Sparrow on a box at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen spotted a sparrow sitting atop one of the rustic birdhouses along the upper soccer fields at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning.

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