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Latest Sightings:

Birds in Hopkinton

June 28, 2019

An immature common grackle at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
An immature common grackle at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.
Ospreys at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an immature common grackle and ospreys at their nest at Mass Audubon's Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary in Hopkinton.

Carolina Wren in Framingham

June 28, 2019

A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Carolina wren in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this Carolina wren in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron and Mallards at Hager Pond

June 28, 2019

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.
Mallards 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.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

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

Northern Cardinal in Southborough

June 28, 2019

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 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 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.

Steve Forman photographed this northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Garter Snake at SVT's Memorial Forest

June 26, 2019

A common garter snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Michael Leary.
A common garter snake at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Michael Leary.

Michael Leary photographed this common garter snake at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.

Woodchucks in Lincoln

June 26, 2019

Harold McAleer recorded this video of two woodchucks in Lincoln.

Eastern Bluebird in Southborough

June 24, 2019

An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Great Blue Herons at Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham

June 24, 2019

Great blue herons at their nest on the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at their nest on the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at their nest on the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at their nest on the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these great blue herons at their nest on the Sudbury Reservoir in Framingham.

Nature at Garden in the Woods in Framingham

June 23, 2019

An American bullfrog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American bullfrog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Baltimore checkerspot at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Baltimore checkerspot at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A dot-tailed whiteface at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A dot-tailed whiteface at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A pitcher plant at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A pitcher plant at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A water lily at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A water lily at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed an American bullfrog, a Baltimore checkerspot, a dot-tailed whiteface, painted turtles, a pitcher plant, and a water lily at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Bobcat catches a squirrel in Harvard

June 22, 2019

A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.
A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.
A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.
A bobcat catches a gray squirrel in Harvard, photographed by Steve Cumming, with an automatically triggered wildlife camera.

Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to capture these images of a bobcat preying on a gray squirrel in Harvard.

Indigo Bunting in Sudbury

June 22, 2019

An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.
An indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Dan Trippe.

Dan Trippe photographed this indigo bunting at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.

Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham

June 22, 2019

Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards 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.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this family of mallards at Farm Pond in Framingham. Steve said they had their eyes on an osprey that was circling above the pond.

Monarch Caterpillars at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough

June 22, 2019

A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough, photographed by Rita Grossman.
A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough, photographed by Rita Grossman.
A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough, photographed by Rita Grossman.
A monarch caterpillar at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough, photographed by Rita Grossman.

Rita Grossman photographed these monarch caterpillars at SVT's Half Moon Meadow in Boxborough.

House Finches in Harvard

June 21, 2019

A house finch feeding its nestling in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A house finch feeding its nestling in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this house finch feeding its nestling in Harvard.

Red-bellied Woodpecker in Wayland

June 21, 2019

A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Wayland, photographed by Margo Levy.

Margo Levy photographed this fledgling red-bellied woodpecker at her feeder in Wayland.

Fledgling Red-bellied Woodpecker in Sudbury

June 20, 2019

A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this fledgling red-bellied woodpecker in Sudbury.

Great Blue Herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation

June 18, 2019

Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.
Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.
Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.
Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.
Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.
Great blue herons at a nest from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Lily Aisenberg.

Lily Aisenberg photographed these great blue herons at their nests from SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury.

Strawberry in Framingham

June 18, 2019

Strawberry leaves in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.
Strawberry leaves in Framingham, photographed by Gerry White.

Gerry White photographed morning dew on strawberry leaves in Framingham.

Giant Leopard Moth in Sudbury

June 15, 2019

A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
A giant leopard moth in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.

Sharon Tentarelli photographed this giant leopard moth in Sudbury.

Black Bear and House Wren in Harvard

June 14, 2019

An American black bear in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American black bear in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American black bear in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American black bear in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A house wren in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A house wren in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed an American black bear and a house wren near her home in Harvard.

Backyard Nature in Maynard

June 13, 2019

A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray squirrel in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray squirrel in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray squirrel in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A gray squirrel in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a Baltimore oriole and two gray squirrels near her home in Maynard.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird in Northborough

June 13, 2019

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird in Northborough.

Painted Turtle in Stow

June 12, 2019

A painted turtle in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.
A painted turtle in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.

Dan Foster photographed this painted turtle on an artificial alligator (that he keeps to deter geese) in his pond in Stow.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

June 10, 2019

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 near its nest at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

June 10, 2019

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 yellow warbler at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A yellow warbler at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

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