Belted Kingfisher

Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

October 5, 2013

A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An immature bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A belted kingfisher at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Lincoln's sparrow at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood duck and hooded merganser hybrids at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A wood duck and hooded merganser hybrid at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Fall colors at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed the following at Heard Pond in Wayland: bald eagles, belted kingfisher, great blue heron, Lincoln's sparrow and the fall colors. Joan also photographed more photos of the ducks she had submitted from the end of September. She wrote to the eBird program at Cornell and received the following from a project leader there: "I can say with a lot of confidence that these are not "just" Hooded Mergansers. The bill structure and plumage indicates that they are hybrids and the pattern of several of the birds seems perfect for Wood Duck. The nesting habits of Wood Duck and Hooded Merganser are quite similar, so having a mixed pairing is perhaps not that shocking. Nonetheless, I have been birding 25+ years and have never seen ducks like these. Fascinating birds and great photos.
This is indeed a VERY exciting observation. This pairing actually has been found a few times before and we do have it as a data entry option in ebird. Since it would be the first ever such entry from Massachusetts, I hope you will consider entering an eBird record for Heard Pond with these birds."

Birds at Great Meadows in Concord

August 30, 2013

A belted kingfisher at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
A cedar waxwing at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
A lesser yellowlegs at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
A lesser yellowlegs at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
Sunrise at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, photographed by Raj Das.
Raj Das photographed a belted kingfisher, cedar waxwing, lesser yellowlegs, ruby-throated hummingbird and the sunrise at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Wildlife at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

April 21, 2013

A belted kingfisher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
A belted kingfisher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
A blue jay at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.
A chipping sparrow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.
A great blue heron at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
A red-winged blackbird at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
A yellow-rumped warbler at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
A yellow-rumped warbler at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
Craig Smith photographed the following at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard and Sudbury: belted kingfisher, blue jay, chipping sparrow, great blue heron, red-winged blackbird, yellow-rumped warbler.

Wildlife at ARNWR in Maynard

March 18, 2013

Chris Renna recorded video of a variety of wildlife at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.

Wildlife at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

August 26, 2012

Chris Renna recorded this video of nature at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge. Included in the video are a great blue heron, locust borers, belted kingfisher, red squirrel and more.

Wildlife at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

September 14, 2012

A belted kingfisher at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A Connecticut warbler at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
A double-crested cormorant at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A double-crested cormorant at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An eastern phoebe at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
A grasshopper at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
A great blue heron at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A honey bee at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
A spider at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed the following at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury and Maynard: belted kingfisher, Connecticut warbler, double-crested cormorant, eastern phoebe, grasshopper, great blue heron, honey bee, and a spider.

Nature at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

July 25, 2012

An American robin at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An Appalachian brown butterfly at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A belted kingfisher at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A cedar waxwing at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An eastern chipmunk at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An eastern phoebe at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A red-tailed hawk at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A red-tailed hawk at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A thistle at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed the following during a walk at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury and Maynard: American robin, Appalachian brown butterfly, belted kingfisher, cedar waxwing, eastern chipmunk, eastern phoebe, red-tailed hawk, and thistle.
 

Wildlife at ARNWR in Maynard

June 24, 2012

An American bullfrog at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A belted kingfisher at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An eastern kingbird at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A mourning dove at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A muskrat at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A tree swallow at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed an American bullfrog, belted kingfisher, eastern kingbird, mourning dove, muskrat and tree swallow at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
 

Wildlife at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

May 12, 2012

A Baltimore oriole at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A belted kingfisher at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Canada geese at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A Canada goose at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
An eastern kingbird at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A great blue heron at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A muskrat at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A northern harrier at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow, photographed by Craig Smith.
A red-bellied woodpecker at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow, photographed by Craig Smith.
A solitary sandpiper at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A tree swallow at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A turkey at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Stow, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed the following at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard and Stow: Baltimore oriole, belted kingfisher, Canada geese, eastern kingbird, great blue heron, muskrat, northern harrier, red-bellied woodpecker, solitary sandpiper, tree swallow, turkey.
 

Wildlife at ARNWR in Maynard

March 12, 2012

An American black duck at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A belted kingfisher at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Common mergansers at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A great blue heron at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A green-winged teal at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A herring gull at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Hooded mergansers at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A muskrat at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
A wood duck at the ARNWR in Maynard, photographed by Craig Smith.
Craig Smith photographed an American black duck, belted kingfisher, common mergansers, a great blue heron, green-winged teal, herring gull, hooded mergansers, a muskrat and a wood duck at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Maynard.
 

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