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By adamg - 9/19/22 - 11:53 am
Barred owl in the South End

Odillion.hache spotted this barred owl in the alley along Ringgold Park this morning, wonders: Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/22 - 11:46 am
Great blue heron in the mist

Mary Ellen spotted this great blue heron in the mists along the Charles River in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 9/18/22 - 12:55 pm
Turkey on steps of church rectory in Cambridge

Roving UHub photographer Melissa Hirshson spotted this bird seeking a chance to speak about her Lord and Savior, or maybe to ask to see an electric bill or even to seek a donation for GBH, at the main entrance to the rectory of Christ Church in Harvard Square this morning (bonus: Note the boot scraper on the step).

By adamg - 9/17/22 - 3:44 pm
Great blue heron in green water at Forest Hills Cemetery.

Prescottjr spotted this great blue heron in Forest Hills Cemetery's Lake Hibiscus this afternoon.

By adamg - 9/6/22 - 3:11 pm
Wet turkey

Welcome to Dot spotted these drenched, bedraggled turkeys on the Harborwalk near the JFK Library in Dorchester on this, our second straight day of rain.

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By adamg - 8/30/22 - 9:34 am
Deer with big ears

Mary Ellen discovered what might happen if Dumbo were reincarnated as a deer and showed up along the Charles River in West Roxbury.

By adamg - 8/27/22 - 7:02 pm
Looking down the Charles River from near the Millennium Park kayak launch today

This was the view down the Charles River at the Millennium Park kayak launch in West Roxbury today.

Here's roughly the same view yesterday, before the afternoon deluge - when you could still walk to the very middle of the riverbed without getting your feet wet - in part via a path made by all the people walking through land plants in what would normally be the river. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/22 - 9:41 pm
Great blue heron and four black-crowned night herons

The other day along the Charles River in West Roxbury, Mary Ellen spotted a great blue heron and four black-crowned night herons seeming to pose for their first album cover.

By adamg - 8/17/22 - 10:41 pm
Herons and ducks on the Charles River at Millennium Park

In the dawn mist along the Charles River at Millennium Park this morning, Mary Ellen spotted a black crowned night heron, a couple of mallards and a great blue heron.

By adamg - 8/17/22 - 9:45 am

A distressed citizen files a 311 complaint about an ominous occurrence on Parker Hill Avenue along McLaughlin Playground on Mission Hill this morning: Read more.

By adamg - 8/8/22 - 5:10 pm
Snail shells in the mud

A couple of Chinese mystery snail shells.

Walk out onto what used to be the middle of the Charles River at Millennium Park these days and you'll see not just sand and mud and land plants growing everywhere, but the shells of what our local wildlife photographer Mary Ellen says are Chinese mystery snails. 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 - 8/7/22 - 12:44 pm
Humpback whale splashing a fin

Paul Nutting Jr. watched one of those humpback whales that have been cruising the coast of late having some fun in Boston Harbor this morning - like right off Castle Island: Read more.

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

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 - 8/4/22 - 10:26 pm
Large wasp's nest

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a wasps' nest that has all of McBride Street buzzing.

Giant wasps nest with huge wasps sitting very low in the tree. ... Wasps have white tips on their bodies.

By adamg - 8/3/22 - 9:38 pm
Dragonfly at Jamaica Pond

About to walk down from Perkins Street to the path around this pond this afternoon when I spotted this guy alighting on some of the scrub between the road and the path.

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 - 7/23/22 - 12:15 pm
Whale off Manomet

Spending some time down in Plymouth in recent days, Mary Ellen made a point of getting down to Manomet early each morning to watch the humpback whales enjoying a breakfast buffet just offshore.

By adamg - 7/10/22 - 9:39 pm
Raccoon family skulking around Charlestown

A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint about a family of raccoons roaming the neighborhood (with a note that there are two more raccoons not shown in the photo):

Came in and out of alley way and then moved forward to Hill Street & Cook Street Court.

By adamg - 7/9/22 - 11:03 am

Cambridge Day brings us up to speed on roly-poly little pill bugs, which aren't actually bugs but are instead the only crustaceans that live on land (with gills, even).

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