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

Subscribe

Latest Sightings:

Insects in Wayland

July 21, 2016

A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
A bumble bee pollinating blue vervain at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
A bumble bee pollinating blue vervain at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
An eastern pondhawk at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.
An eastern pondhawk at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jesse Koyen.

Jesse Koyen photographed a bumble bee on blue vervain, an eastern pondhawk, and a monarch caterpillar on swamp milkweed at the SVT's Greenways Conservation Area.

Painted Turtle in Lincoln

July 20, 2016

A painted turtle at Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A painted turtle at Farrar Pond in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this painted turtle jumping into Farrar Pond in Lincoln.

Red-tailed Hawk in Lincoln

July 19, 2016

A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red-tailed hawk in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red-tailed hawk in Lincoln.

Bald Eagles in Framingham

July 18, 2016

A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these bald eagles at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Ducks and Geese in Marlborough

July 18, 2016

Mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallard ducklings 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 Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic goose gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these Canada geese, a domestic goose gosling, and mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Great Blue Herons in Southborough

July 18, 2016

A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these great blue herons around their nests at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Gypsy Moth in Hopkinton

July 18, 2016

A gypsy moth at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gypsy moth at Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this gypsy moth at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Insects in Southborough

July 18, 2016

An American copper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American copper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern pondhawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern pondhawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A grasshopper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A grasshopper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American copper, an eastern pondhawk, and a grasshopper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Black Bear in Bolton

July 17, 2016

An American black bear in Bolton, photographed by Rick Merrill.
An American black bear in Bolton, photographed by Rick Merrill.

Rick Merrill photographed this American black bear in Bolton.

Scarlet Tanager in Stow

July 16, 2016

A scarlet tanager in Stow, photographed by Ken Descoteaux.
A scarlet tanager in Stow, photographed by Ken Descoteaux.

Ken Descoteaux photographed this scarlet tanager on his deck in Stow.

Birds at Farm Pond in Framingham

July 12, 2016

A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron, mallards, and mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron in Concord

July 12, 2016

A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Pollinators in Wayland

July 12, 2016

A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A common buckeye at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A crossline skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A crossline skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A Delaware skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A Delaware skipper at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A great golden digger wasp at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A great golden digger wasp at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A honey bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A honey bee at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A milkweed beetle at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
A milkweed beetle at Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.

Michael Newton photographed several insects during a pollinator survey at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland. SVT has been working to improve habitat for the insects as part of our Places for Pollinators project. The goal of this project is to increase the abundance of quality foraging plants and bee-nesting habitat for pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies and native bees. The focus of this work has been along the Sudbury River, a major migratory corridor. At Greenways, this is a piece of an ongoing effort to restore native habitat at the property's north field.

Join us at Wolbach Farm in Sudbury for one of our Pollinator Parties on Saturday, July 16, 2016, to learn about the causes of the sharp decline in pollinators and what can be done in your own back yard to help. Register for the morning session or the afternoon session and enjoy a trail walk at Wolbach to discover plants beloved by butterflies and bees, visit the new pollinator garden beds, help construct a bee hotel, and enjoy refreshments that depend on the hard work of pollinators. There will also be activities that children will enjoy. 

Hummingbird Nest in Sudbury

July 11, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
A ruby-throated hummingbird nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.

Russ Place photographed these ruby-throated hummingbirds at their nest in Sudbury.

Birds in Harvard

July 10, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A great blue heron at Bare Hill Pond in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A great blue heron at Bare Hill Pond in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed a ruby-throated hummingbird and a great blue heron in Harvard.

Birds in Southborough

July 10, 2016

A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house sparrow 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.
Northern flickers at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Northern flickers at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a gray catbird, a house sparrow, and northern flickers at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Cooper's Hawks in Bolton

July 10, 2016

A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
A Cooper's hawk in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
Cooper's hawks in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
Cooper's hawks in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
Cooper's hawks in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.
Cooper's hawks in Bolton, photographed by Millie Rothman.

Millie Rothman photographed these two immature Cooper's hawks near her Bolton home.

Birds in Marlborough

July 8, 2016

A domestic gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A domestic gosling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A juvenile European starling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A juvenile European starling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards 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.

Steve Forman photographed a domestic gosling, a juvenile European starling, mallards, and a red-winged blackbird at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Ducks in Sudbury

July 8, 2016

Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed mallards and wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Gypsy Moths in Framingham

July 8, 2016

Gypsy moths and egg masses on a pine tree at Wittenborg Woods in Framingham, photographed by Karin Paquin.
Gypsy moths and egg masses on a pine tree at Wittenborg Woods in Framingham, photographed by Karin Paquin.

Karin Paquin photographed these gypsy moths with egg masses on a pine tree at Wittenborg Woods in Framingham. Our area has experienced an especially large amount of damage this year from these moths. Learn more about the destructive forest pests with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Forest Insect and Disease Leaflet.

Hairy Woodpecker in Framingham

July 8, 2016

A hairy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A hairy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A hairy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A hairy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this hairy woodpecker in Framingham.

Mallards in Marlborough

July 8, 2016

Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Sue Feldberg.

Sue Feldberg photographed these mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Wildlife in Sudbury

July 8, 2016

An American goldfinch in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
An American goldfinch in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A cotton-tailed rabbit at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A cotton-tailed rabbit at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A red squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
A red squirrel in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Sue Feldberg.

Sue Feldberg photographed an American goldfinch, a cottontailed rabbit, a red squirrel, and wood ducks in Sudbury.

Bald Eagle with a Fish in Framingham

July 7, 2016

A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this bald eagle with a fish it had caught at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron in Framingham

July 7, 2016

A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this great blue heron at Farm Pond in Framingham.