Nature Sightings

Welcome to Nature Sightings. Here, we post nature sightings that have been reported to us throughout the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers Valley. If you would like to receive weekly e-mails summarizing the latest additions to Nature Sightings,subscribe to our free e-list.  This is a good way to make sure you never miss a new entry, especially for Camera in the Woods photos, which often come in later than other photos and don't appear on top of the list below.  If you have an interesting sighting, picture or video you would like to share, e-mail Dan Stimson

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Latest Sightings:

Great Blue Heron in Natick

August 22, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of a great blue heron preening at Fisk Pond in Natick.

Hawks in Natick

August 22, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of Cooper's hawks and red-tailed hawks at Pegan Cove Park in Natick.

Greater Angle-Wing at Wolbach Farm

August 21, 2016

A greater angle-wing at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Norman Levey.
A greater angle-wing at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Norman Levey.

Norman Levey photographed this greater angle-wing at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury. Norman also recorded the call of the insect.

Cross Orbweaver in Framingham

August 20, 2016

A cross orbweaver in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A cross orbweaver in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this cross orbweaver spider in Framingham.

Turkey in Ashland

August 20, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of a turkey foraging in Ashland.

Pied-billed Grebe in Southborough

August 19, 2016

A pied-billed grebe on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pied-billed grebe on the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this pied-billed grebe at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard

August 19, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird at her Harvard feeder.

Spicebush Swallowtail in Southborough

August 19, 2016

A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this spicebush swallowtail at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Backyard Wildlife in Stow

August 18, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A rose-breasted grosbeak in Stow.
A rose-breasted grosbeak in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A gray squirrel in Stow.
A gray squirrel in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed a rose-breasted grosbeak, a ruby-throated hummingbird, and a black gray squirrel.

Birds in Marlborough

August 18, 2016

Killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Rock Pigeons at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Rock Pigeons at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed killdeer and rock pigeons at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Muskrat in Framingham

August 18, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of a muskrat eating duckweed at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Nature in Lincoln

August 18, 2016

An American goldfinch at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
A honey bee at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
Honey bees at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.
Honey bees at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, an eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly, and honey bees at Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln. 

Backyard Birds in Framingham

August 17, 2016

A blue jay in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue jay in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
House sparrows in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
House sparrows in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a blue jay, house sparrows, and a northern cardinal at his Framingham feeder.

Backyard Wildlife in Framingham

August 15, 2016

A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A gray squirrel in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A red-bellied woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A tufted titmouse in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a gray squirrel, a mourning dove, a red-bellied woodpecker, and a tufted titmouse in her Framingham back yard.

Downy Woodpecker in Natick

August 15, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of a downy woodpecker at Fisk Pond in Natick.

Great blue herons in Natick

August 15, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of great blue herons at a pond in Natick.

House Wrens in Natick

August 15, 2016

Michael Kolodny recorded this video of house wrens at Pegan Cove Park in Natick.

Night Insects at Wolbach Farm

August 15, 2016

A narrow-winged tree cricket Oecanthus niveus, male (photo above). These are identified by calling song and the orange patch on the insect’s nape. Male tree crickets show broad wings with structures for generating sound; the females wings are quite narrow. The males raise their wings and hold them forward when stridulating. Photographed by Norman Levey.
A narrow-winged tree cricket Oecanthus niveus, male (photo above). These are identified by calling song and the orange patch on the insect’s nape. Male tree crickets show broad wings with structures for generating sound; the females wings are quite narrow. The males raise their wings and hold them forward when stridulating. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Probable Allard’s ground cricket Allonemobius allardi, female. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Probable Allard’s ground cricket Allonemobius allardi, female. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Swordbearing conehead Neoconocephalus ensigner, male. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Swordbearing conehead Neoconocephalus ensigner, male. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Four-spotted tree cricket Oecanthus quadripunctatus, male on a milkweed pod. Photographed by Norman Levey.
Four-spotted tree cricket Oecanthus quadripunctatus, male on a milkweed pod. Photographed by Norman Levey.

Norman Levey photographed several night singing insects at SVT's Wolbach Farm, as he prepared for an upcoming September 13, 2016 Singing Insects program.

Nature in Framingham

August 14, 2016

Steve Forman photographed a Halloween pennant dragonfly, a mallard, wood ducks, and mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Red-tailed Hawk with prey in Sudbury

August 13, 2016

A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.

Russ Place photographed this series of a red-tailed hawk with a gray squirrel that it had caught.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Framingham

August 13, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird at his Framingham feeder.

American Crow in Framingham

August 12, 2016

An American crow at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American crow at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American crow at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds in Marlborough

August 12, 2016

An American goldfinch at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch 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.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a Canada goose, a common grackle, a killdeer, a red-winged blackbird, a mallard duckling, and a spotted sandpiper at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Eagle and Heron in Southborough

August 12, 2016

A great blue heron and a bald eagle at Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron and a bald eagle at Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a bald eagle and a great blue heron at Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Mute Swans in Sudbury

August 12, 2016

Mute Swans at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute Swans at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these mute swans at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.