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Latest Sightings:

Katydid in Framingham

September 4, 2020

A katydid in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.
A katydid in Framingham, photographed by Kathy Spellman.

Kathy Spellman photographed this katydid in Framingham.

Gray Catbird in Southborough

September 1, 2020

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 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.

Steve Forman photographed this gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Great Blue Heron and Blanding's Turtle in Concord

September 1, 2020

A Blanding's turtle in Concord, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A Blanding's turtle in Concord, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A great blue heron in Concord, photographed by Chuck Hill.
A great blue heron in Concord, photographed by Chuck Hill.

Chuck Hill photographed a Blanding's turtle and a great blue heron in Concord.

Blue-gray gnatcatcher in Natick

August 31, 2020

A blue-gray gnatcatcher in Natick, photographed by Greg Dysart.
A blue-gray gnatcatcher in Natick, photographed by Greg Dysart.

Greg Dysart photographed this blue-gray gnatcatcher in Natick.

Chicken of the Woods in Lincoln

August 31, 2020

Chicken of the woods in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Chicken of the woods in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this chicken of the woods mushroom on the Farrar Pond Trail in Lincoln.

Great Blue Heron in Marlborough

August 31, 2020

A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

August 31, 2020

A cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
European starlings 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 mating pair of monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mating pair of monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A pair of monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a cedar waxwing, European starlings, and a pair of monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Coyotes Calling in Sudbury

August 30, 2020

Caroline Diamond recorded the sounds of coyotes calling behind her Sudbury home.

Robber Fly in Northborough

August 30, 2020

A bee-mimic robber fly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
A bee-mimic robber fly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.

Marnie Frankian photographed this bee-mimic robber fly with a captured bee in Northborough. The fly has adapted to mimic the appearance of bees in order to prey on them.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

August 28, 2020

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 at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron and Least Sandpipers in Framingham

August 28, 2020

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 least sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A least sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A least sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A least sandpiper at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Least sandpipers at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Least sandpipers at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron and least sandpipers at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Hawk and Hummingbird in Southborough

August 28, 2020

A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a red-tailed hawk and a ruby-throated hummingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Monarch Butterfly in Maynard

August 28, 2020

A monarch butterfly in Maynard, photographed by Rose Kentwood.
A monarch butterfly in Maynard, photographed by Rose Kentwood.

Rose Kentwood photographed this monarch butterfly in Maynard.

Gray Fox in Sudbury

August 27, 2020

A gray fox in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Tom McGowan.
A gray fox in Sudbury, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Tom McGowan.

Tom McGowan used an automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph this gray fox in Sudbury.

Heron and Swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough

August 26, 2020

A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron being chased away by a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron being chased away by a mute swan at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a mute swan chasing away a great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature in Southborough

August 26, 2020

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.

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

Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

August 25, 2020

Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese, a great blue heron, and wood ducks at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature in Wayland

August 25, 2020

A great blue heron in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great blue heron in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great egret in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great egret in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great egret in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A great egret in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood ducks and painted turtles in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood ducks and painted turtles in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a great blue heron, a great egret, wood ducks, and painted turtles off Pelham Island Road in Wayland.

Insects and Flowers at Acton Arboretum

August 24, 2020

A bald-faced hornet at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bald-faced hornet at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A bumble bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Bumble bees at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Bumble bees at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Goldenrod at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Goldenrod at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great black wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great black wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A great golden digger wasp at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A honey bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A honey bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A honey bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A honey bee at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Queen Anne's lace at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A tachinid fly at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A tachinid fly at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Thistle at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Thistle at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Thistle at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Thistle at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
An eastern yellowjacket at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A flower at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
A flower at Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.
Acton Arboretum, photographed by Nancy Wright.

Nancy Wright photographed a variety of insects and flowers along the trails at Acton Arboretum.

Monarch Butterflies in Southborough

August 24, 2020

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 these monarch butterflies at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Wildlife at Great Meadows in Concord

August 24, 2020

An American bullfrog at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American bullfrog at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue dasher dragonfly at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A blue dasher dragonfly at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.
A painted turtle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American bullfrog, a blue dasher dragonfly, a great blue heron, and a painted turtle at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Birds and a Butterfly in Southborough

August 23, 2020

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 cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A cedar waxwing at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A European starling at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house finch 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 American goldfinch, a cedar waxwing, an eastern kingbird, a European starling, a house finch, and a monarch butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Bobcat in Southborough

August 22, 2020

Eileen Samberg used a remote camera to record this video of a bobcat in Southborough.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

August 19, 2020

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 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.
House finches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
House finches at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern cardinal 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.

Steve Forman photographed an American goldfinch, a gray catbird, house finches, a northern cardinal, and a northern flicker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Solitary Sandpipers at Grist Mill Pond

August 19, 2020

A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A solitary sandpiper at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed two solitary sandpipers at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.