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By adamg - 11/29/20 - 12:59 pm
Brants off Sargent's Wharf in Boston's North End

Adam Balsam spotted some Atlantic brants going in for another serving of salad today on the side of Sargent's Wharf in the North End.

More about brants.

Copyright Adam Balsam. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 11/25/20 - 11:34 am
Raven eating a bagel

Mary Ellen spotted a raven eating a bagel in West Roxbury yesterday. No word where the bagel's from, but since it's West Roxbury, Local 138 would be a good caw.

By adamg - 11/24/20 - 9:13 am
Hoary redpoll on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston

Mary Ellen spotted this hoary redpoll, a bird more commonly found in arctic Canada and Greenland, this morning on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, near the Hard Rock Cafe. It's part of the 2020 irruption as unusually large numbers of birds head south in search of food.

Earlier:
Some major irruption going on at Millennium Park.

By adamg - 11/19/20 - 9:45 pm
Redpolls at Millennium Park in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen reports a recent major burst of bird activity, or irruption, along the Charles River at Millennium Park as herds of birds, such as these redpolls, along with winter finches, evening grosbeaks and red crossbills from up north head south in search of food.

It’s really a sight to see at dusk at MP red-wing blackbirds and cowbirds also join in. Surely where Whoever wrote The Birds got their inspiration.

By adamg - 10/11/20 - 5:28 pm
Spooky birds in the muck at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen spotted a pair of rusty blackbirds looking more like evil mudbirds down in the muck along the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury.

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By adamg - 9/30/20 - 2:35 pm
Merlin and Jays at Millennium Park

The other day, Mary Ellen was down at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, when she saw a merlin and some blue jays. And then more jays. Eventually, about eight of the screaming birds surrounded the raptor and chased it away. And then they followed it and chased it away again. And again. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/20 - 12:46 pm
Yellow-throated vireo at Millennium Park in West Roxbury

Mary Ellen spotted this yellow-throated vireo at Millennium Park in West Roxbury the other day, reports they're not a common visitor there - possibly because they prefer they tend to prefer bug foraging in the canopies of large forests.

By adamg - 9/8/20 - 10:34 am
Sora

On a walk along the Charles River at Millennium Park yesterday, Mary Ellen spotted a sora, a marsh bird that is more commonly heard than seen.

By adamg - 8/9/20 - 12:38 pm
Semipalmated plover

Mary Ellen spotted this semipalmated plover, looking like it wanted to be left alone as it gets ready for its daily ablutions in the Charles River at Millennium Park in West Roxbury yesterday.

By adamg - 8/8/20 - 9:30 am
Falcon on Beacon Hill light fixture

Steven C. Schmitt reports this raptor was surveying the Beacon Hill scene yesterday from atop one of those street light/cell phone poles.

By adamg - 7/24/20 - 10:10 pm
Juvenile mockinbird

Goofus glowers and squawks at anybody who comes near his berries.

Gallant always has a cheery smile for passerby and would offer his berries, if only he had some: Read more.

By adamg - 7/20/20 - 12:31 pm
Egret stretches its neck at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen continues her exploration of bird life along the Charles River and Sawmill Brook at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. Yesterday, she spotted a pretzel bird, um, egret.

She also reports there's a family of peregrine falcons enjoying the towers along the road down to the canoe launch at the park: Read more.

By adamg - 7/19/20 - 5:04 pm
Belted kingfisher at Millennium Park

Mary Ellen spotted this male belted kingfsher at Millennium Park yesterday. Unlike most other birds, they build their nests on the ground, along the streams in which they hunt for fish.

By adamg - 7/16/20 - 9:37 am
Egret on the Charles River

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen was out and about along the Charles River in Millennium Park in West Roxbury this morning, where she spotted an egret hunting for breakfast and a rower paddling through the mist: Read more.

By adamg - 7/10/20 - 12:43 pm
Great blue heron enjoying a fresh fish snack at Millennium Park

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen reports the great blue herons have discovered the water around Millennium Park makes for some good fishing.

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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