Nature Sightings

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Here, we post wildlife images and videos that have been sent to us by members and friends from throughout our region.

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Latest Sightings:

Birds and a butterfly at Breakneck Hill

October 10, 2017

A common buckeye butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common buckeye butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a common buckeye butterfly, an eastern bluebird, a northern mockingbird, and a song sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Black Swallowtail Caterpillars in Sudbury

October 10, 2017

Black swallowtail caterpillars in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Black swallowtail caterpillars in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Black swallowtail caterpillars in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Black swallowtail caterpillars in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A black swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A black swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed these black swallowtail caterpillars in Sudbury.

Gulls and a butterfly at Hager Pond

October 10, 2017

A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed ring-billed gulls and a monarch butterfly at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Great Horned Owl at SVT's Upper Mill Brook C.A.

October 9, 2017

A great horned owl at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Ray Nava.
A great horned owl at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Ray Nava.

Ray Nava photographed this great horned owl at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland.

Beaver and Butterfly at Hutchins Farm in Concord

October 7, 2017

A painted lady butterfly at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A painted lady butterfly at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A painted lady butterfly at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A painted lady butterfly at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A beaver at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A beaver at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A beaver at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.
A beaver at Hutchins Farm in Concord, photographed by Rochelle Steinberg.

Rochelle Steinberg photographed a painted lady butterfly and a beaver at Hutchins Farm in Concord.

Green Metallic Bee in Northborough

October 7, 2017

A green metallic bee in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A green metallic bee in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this green metallic bee in Northborough.

Nature at Tower Hill in Boylston

October 4, 2017

A banded woolly bear at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A banded woolly bear at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bumble bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bumble bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cabbage white butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cabbage white butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern chipmunk at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A clouded sulphur butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A clouded sulphur butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green frog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A green frog at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a banded woolly bear, a bumble bee, a cabbage white butterfly, an eastern chipmunk, a clouded sulphur butterfly, a green frog, a honey bee, a monarch butterfly, and a painted lady butterfly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston.

Ring-billed Gulls at Hager Pond

October 3, 2017

A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Starling and Swan at Hager Pond

September 27, 2017

A European starling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a European starling and a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

September 26, 2017

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese and a ring-billed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Milk Snake at SVT's Wolbach Farm

September 26, 2017

A milk snake at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Stimson.
A milk snake at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Stimson.

Dan Stimson photographed this milk snake in the barn at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

September 26, 2017

A gray squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray squirrel at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper and a painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper and a painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper and a mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper and a mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a gray squirrel, a spotted sandpiper, a painted turtle, and a mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham.

White-tailed Deer in Framingham

September 20, 2017

A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
White-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A white-tailed deer in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these white-tailed deer near his home in Framingham.

Backyard Nature in Framingham

September 17, 2017

A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
A praying mantis in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.

Gerry White photographed a praying mantis and a red-tailed hawk in his Framingham back yard.

Birds in Southborough

September 14, 2017

American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American goldfinches, a northern flicker, and a red-bellied woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Black-capped chickadee in Southborough

September 14, 2017

A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this black-capped chickadee at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Bumble Bee at Grist Mill Pond

September 14, 2017

A bumble bee at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bumble bee at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a bumble bee at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Mallard and Goose at Hager Pond

September 14, 2017

A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mallard and a Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Ring-necked Snake at SVT's Memorial Forest

September 14, 2017

A ring-necked snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Scott Egan.
A ring-necked snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Scott Egan.
A ring-necked snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Scott Egan.
A ring-necked snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Scott Egan.

Scott Egan photographed this ring-necked snake at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachuestts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Tobacco Hornworm and parasites in Maynard

September 12, 2017

A tobacco hornworm with braconid wasp coccoons in Maynard, photographed by Jodi Beebe.
A tobacco hornworm with braconid wasp coccoons in Maynard, photographed by Jodi Beebe.

Jodi Beebe photographed this tobacco hornworm (the caterpillar of the Carolina sphinx moth) with braconid wasp cocoons. The wasp, a parasitoid to hornworms, lays its eggs just under the skin of the caterpillar. After larvae emerge from the body of the caterpillar, they spin these coccoons in which they will transform into adult wasps.

Eastern Bluebird and Monarch Butterfly in Southborough

September 11, 2017

An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an eastern bluebird and a monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Gulls in Marlborough

September 9, 2017

A lesser black-backed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A lesser black-backed gull at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a lesser black-backed gull and ring-billed gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Walkingstick in Wayland

September 7, 2017

A walkingstick in Wayland, photographed by Mark Mayall.
A walkingstick in Wayland, photographed by Mark Mayall.

Mark Mayall photographed this walkingstick in Wayland.

Coyote in Stow

September 3, 2017

A coyote in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Kathy Sferra.
A coyote in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Kathy Sferra.
A coyote in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Kathy Sferra.
A coyote in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Kathy Sferra.

Kathy Sferra used her automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this coyote at SVT's Whitney Field Conservation Restriction in Stow.

Pond Spreadwing in Northborough

September 2, 2017

A pond spreadwing damselfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A pond spreadwing damselfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed a pond spreadwing damselfly in Northborough.