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:

Spicebush Swallowtail Caterpillar in Sudbury

August 16, 2017

A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed this spicebush swallowtail caterpillar in Sudbury.

House Sparrow in Northborough

August 15, 2017

A house sparrow in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A house sparrow in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this house sparrow at her feeder in Northborough.

Nature in Concord

August 14, 2017

A common whitetail skimmer at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A common whitetail skimmer at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
American lotus blossoms at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
American lotus blossoms at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
American lotus blossoms at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
American lotus blossoms at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a common whitetail skimmer and American lotus blossoms at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Song Sparrow and Common Yellowthroat at Memorial Forest

August 13, 2017

A song sparrow at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A song sparrow at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A song sparrow at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A song sparrow at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A common yellowthroat at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A common yellowthroat at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.

Dan Trippe photographed a song sparrow and a common yellowthroat at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Birds at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

August 12, 2017

A red-tailed hawk at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A red-tailed hawk at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A belted kingfisher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A belted kingfisher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A pileated woodpecker at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
A pileated woodpecker at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.

Dan Trippe photographed a red-tailed hawk, a belted kingfisher, and a pileated woodpecker at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Hummingbird in Lincoln

August 12, 2017

Harold McAleer recorded this video of a ruby-throated hummingbird from his home in Lincoln.

Spring Peeper in Marlborough

August 12, 2017

A spring peeper in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.
A spring peeper in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.
A spring peeper in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.
A spring peeper in Marlborough, photographed by Karin Paquin.

Karin Paquin photographed this spring peeper in Marlborough.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

August 11, 2017

An American goldfinch at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch 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.
Halloween pennant dragonflies at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Halloween pennant dragonflies at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A monarch butterfly at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a great blue heron, Halloween pennant dragonflies, a killdeer, a monarch butterfly, and wood ducks at Farm pond in Framingham.

Nature in Southborough

August 11, 2017

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch 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 turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed American goldfinches, a monarch butterfly, and a turkey vulture at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Spicebush Swallowtail Butterflies in Sudbury

August 11, 2017

Spicebush swallowtail butterflies in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spicebush swallowtail butterflies in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spicebush swallowtail butterflies in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Spicebush swallowtail butterflies in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed these spicebush swallowtail butterflies in Sudbury.

Mute Swan Nesting in Stow

August 8, 2017

A mute swan in Stow, photographed by Wayne Hall.
A mute swan in Stow, photographed by Wayne Hall.

Wayne Hall photographed this mute swan nesting on the Assabet River in Stow.

Cooper's Hawk with prey in Stow

August 6, 2017

A Cooper's hawk in Stow.
A Cooper's hawk in Stow.
A Cooper's hawk in Stow.
A Cooper's hawk in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this Cooper's hawk that had caught a mourning dove near his home.

Green Heron Nest in Sudbury

August 6, 2017

Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.
Green herons at their nest in Sudbury, photographed by Russ Place.

Russ Place photographed these green herons at their nest in Sudbury.

Turkeys in Sudbury

August 6, 2017

Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed and recorded this video of a family of turkeys in Sudbury.

Bobcat in Stow

August 5, 2017

Eve Donahue used her automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of a bobcat in Stow.

Monarch Caterpillar in Sudbury

August 5, 2017

A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.
A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.
A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.
A monarch caterpillar in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.

Dave Longland photographed this monarch caterpillar feasting on butterflyweed seed pods that he raised in Sudbury.

Red Fox in Framingham

August 5, 2017

A red fox in Framingham, photographed by Andrea Carr-Evans.
A red fox in Framingham, photographed by Andrea Carr-Evans.

Andrea Carr-Evans photographed this red fox in Framingham.

American Goldfinches in Southborough

August 4, 2017

An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American goldfinch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these American goldfinches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Nature at Farm Pond in Framingham

August 4, 2017

A black swallowtail at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black swallowtail at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black swallowtail at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A black swallowtail 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 killdeer at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A killdeer at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a black swallowtail, a great blue heron, and a killdeer at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Orchard Oriole in Southborough

August 4, 2017

An orchard oriole in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An orchard oriole in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this orchard oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Red-winged Blackbird chasing a Red-tailed Hawk

August 4, 2017

A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman captured this series of photos of a red-winged blackbird chasing a red-tailed hawk over Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Monarch Butterfly in Sudbury

August 3, 2017

A monarch chrysalis in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch chrysalis in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
A monarch butterfly in Sudbury, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.

Dawn Dentzer photographed this monarch butterfly that she released after sheltering it while it transformed from a caterpillar in Sudbury.

White-tailed Deer in Framingham

August 3, 2017

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.
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.
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 a white-tailed deer and fawn near his home in Framingham.