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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.

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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.

By adamg - 3/1/20 - 1:49 pm
Mallard hen ensconced in the Charlestown locks

Theodore Hook noticed a mother duck all ready to go, in a nest ensconced in one of the Charlestown locks today.

By adamg - 2/28/20 - 6:26 pm
Hawk looking for dinner at Millennium Park in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen the roving UHub photographer spotted this red-tailed hawk looking for a bite to eat late this afternoon at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 1:38 pm
Eastern bluebird at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen the roving UHub photographer, spotted this male Eastern bluebird - a member of the thrush family - at Millennium Park today.

Earlier:
The Millennium eagle has landed.

By adamg - 2/2/20 - 10:59 pm
Bird feeder attached to city pole

A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint to ask that the city remove a bird feeder now attached to a city light pole on Chappie Street in Charlestown.

Please remove before it starts to attract rodents.

By adamg - 2/2/20 - 1:15 pm
Eagle in Millennium Park

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen reports there were actually two eagles along the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning, including this one.

By adamg - 12/23/19 - 5:10 pm

Whitney reports:

We came home to an actual live white dove on our front door. If anyone knows what to do (because it won’t leave) with an actual Xmas miracle, please help.

By adamg - 12/8/19 - 6:30 pm
Pied-billed grebe in Jamaica Pond

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen spotted a pied-billed grebe at Jamaica Pond yesterday.

You can tell a grebe (you just can't tell it much) because they're a bit smaller and not as black as the coots that frequent the pond this time of year.

Also at Jamaica Pond today, Stephen Baird photographed a bald eagle soaring overhead.

By adamg - 10/21/19 - 11:48 am

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen spotted this purple gallinule in Milton over the weekend. The bird normally doesn't get much farther north than the South Carolina coast - where it uses its giant feet to step "gingerly across water lilies and other floating vegetation" as it hunts for frogs and worms. She reports the people in the house where the bird came to roost are trying to take care of it until it, hopefully, starts heading south.

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