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By adamg - 8/8/22 - 11:25 am
Four Ospreys over Boston

Aegon Targaryen VI videoed the flight of the V-22 Ospreys down and over the Charles shortly after 11 a.m. Read more.

By adamg - 8/7/22 - 5:54 pm
Dragonfly at Witness Post in Dedham

The Army Corps of Engineers maintains a "witness post" at the dam that diverts some of the Charles River into the Mother Brook in Dedham. It's probably related to the little metal tube next to the post, from which the corps probably can easily draw out some water for tests, but we'd prefer to think it's a place to see things we don't usually see.

By adamg - 8/6/22 - 10:51 am
Charles River at Millennium Park this morning

The Charles River at Millennium Park is still really shallow, but after yesterday's rain, it's a bit wider than it was last week, as Mary Ellen shows us.

By adamg - 8/5/22 - 12:58 pm

Mary Ellen spotted this frog just hanging out in Cow Island Pond, the part of the Charles River along Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury, where there's a bit more water than in the largely dry stretch just downstream along Millennium Park.

By adamg - 8/1/22 - 1:48 pm
Beaver along the Charles River

It's got to be frustrating to be a Millennium Park beaver these days: There's just not enough water to dam up along the Charles, but especially in Sawmill Brook, which no longer empties into the Charles because it no longer flows. This morning, Mary Ellen spotted this once eager beaver forced to waddle across mud and what's left of the water.

Update: Mary Ellen posted video showing that the little guy was able to get a bit of a swim in.

By adamg - 7/31/22 - 2:29 pm
Wading through the Charles River

Gio Valencia watched a couple of kayakers walking their craft down the deepest part of the Charles River by Millennium Park in West Roxbury. The river's normally pretty shallow in that stretch, but the current drought has reduced it to a shallow creek there.

By adamg - 7/29/22 - 4:07 pm
Where the Charles River used to be

All that brown is normally river bottom. See it larger.

The level of the Charles River where Millennium Park in West Roxbury meets Cutler Park in Dedham and Needham is now so low that somebody who doesn't mind getting their calves wet - and maybe sinking into some mud - could easily wade across at its narrowest points. Read more.

By adamg - 7/12/22 - 9:15 am

GBH surveys the battle between Native Americans, conservationists and people who want to save some money and people who say the South Natick Dam is the only scenic thing about the damn river in their town and so well worth the extra money it would cost to repair.

By adamg - 7/9/22 - 9:57 am
Deer enjoying the shoots

Mary Ellen captured a deer enjoying some choice foliage along the Charles River in West Roxbury the other day. No doubt the doe would give it four hooves.

By adamg - 7/6/22 - 10:30 pm
Big bloom atop Millennium Park in West Roxbury

There's a fair amount of Queen Anne's Lace along the top of Millennium Park in West Roxbury, but this one, overlooking the marshes that lead to the Charles River, was by far the largest of them all.

By adamg - 7/4/22 - 10:33 am
Deer and fawn at the Charles River

Mary Ellen spotted this deer and her fawn along the Charles River in West Roxbury this morning.

By adamg - 6/27/22 - 9:35 pm
Double rainbow over Boston

KB had a great view of a double rainbow from the Back Bay this evening.

Over in Cambridge, Melissa Sullivan reports it was the most beautiful rainbow she's ever seen, so amazing she ran out of a business dinner to snap some shots of it: Read more.

By adamg - 6/11/22 - 10:53 am
Deer in the Charles River

Mary Ellen videoed a deer going for a swim in the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury yesterday. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/22 - 9:49 am

Mary Ellen spotted this frog enjoying the early morning mists along the Charles River in Millennium Park in West Roxbury 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 - 6/3/22 - 9:12 am


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

By adamg - 5/29/22 - 4:38 pm
Timber rattlesnake or eastern milk snake?

A little hard to see, but there's a snake near the center of the photo, which Greg Hunt took today at Powell Island, a part of the marshy area along the Charles in Needham, near the Newton line, just across from Millennium Park in West Roxbury. And he reports it didn't like having its photo taken: Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/22 - 8:15 am
Misty Charles River

Mary Ellen went for a walk along the Charles River in Millennium Park before the mist had lifted this morning.

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.

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