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Latest Sightings:

Birds in Maynard

May 8, 2019

An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
An eastern bluebird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A chipping sparrow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A chipping sparrow in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A Baltimore oriole in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed an eastern bluebird, a ruby-throated hummingbird, a chipping sparrow, and Baltimore orioles in Maynard. 

House Finch in Harvard

May 8, 2019

A house finch in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
A house finch in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this house finch at the door of its nest box in Harvard.

Mourning Dove in Northborough

May 8, 2019

A mourning dove in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
A mourning dove in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.

Sandy Howard photographed this mourning dove in Northborough.

White-throated Sparrow in Concord

May 7, 2019

A white-throated sparrow at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Greg Dysart.
A white-throated sparrow at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Greg Dysart.

Greg Dysart photographed this white-throated sparrow at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Garter Snake in Stow

May 6, 2019

A common garter snake in a tree in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.
A common garter snake in a tree in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.
A common garter snake in a tree in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.
A common garter snake in a tree in Stow, photographed by Dan Foster.

Dan Foster photographed this common garter snake in tree branches in Stow.

Great Horned Owl in Natick

May 6, 2019

A great horned owl in Natick, photographed by Greg Dysart.
A great horned owl in Natick, photographed by Greg Dysart.

Greg Dysart photographed this great horned owl in Natick.

American Robin in Natick

May 5, 2019

An American robin in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American robin in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this American robin in Natick.

Flowers at Garden in the Woods

May 5, 2019

Large-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Large-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Squirrel corn at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Squirrel corn at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Toadshade at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Toadshade at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Virginia bluebells at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Virginia bluebells at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood poppies at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wood poppies at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed large-flowered trillium, squirrel corn, toadshade, Virginia bluebells, and wood poppies at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

White Turkey in Sudbury

May 5, 2019

A white turkey in Sudbury, photographed by Lyn MacLean.
A white turkey in Sudbury, photographed by Lyn MacLean.

Lyn MacLean photographed this turkey with unusual plumage in Sudbury.

American Woodcock Call in Lincoln

May 4, 2019

Norm Levey recorded this audio of an American woodcock along St. Anne's marsh in Lincoln.

Wood Frog in Marlborough

May 4, 2019

A wood frog in Marlborough, photographed by Geoff Reinhold.
A wood frog in Marlborough, photographed by Geoff Reinhold.

Geoff Reinhold photographed this wood frog in Marlborough.

Mute Swan and Canada Goose in Wayland

May 3, 2019

Gerry White photographed a mute swan chasing away a Canada goose along Pine Brook and the Sudbury River in Wayland.

Backyard Nature in Maynard

May 1, 2019

A turkey in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A turkey in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A blue jay in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A blue jay in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern cardinal in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A northern cardinal in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed a turkey, a blue jay, a northern cardinal, and a cotton-tailed rabbit.

Red-winged Blackbird in Maynard

April 30, 2019

A red-winged blackbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A red-winged blackbird in Maynard, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed this red-winged blackbird in Maynard.

Red Fox in Lincoln

April 29, 2019

A red fox in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A red fox in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this red fox in Lincoln.

Barred Owl in Lincoln

April 28, 2019

A barred owl in Lincoln, photographed by DP Farrer.
A barred owl in Lincoln, photographed by DP Farrer.
A barred owl in Lincoln, photographed by DP Farrer.
A barred owl in Lincoln, photographed by DP Farrer.

DP Farrer photographed this barred owl in Lincoln.

Louisiana Waterthrush calls at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard

April 28, 2019

Norm Levey recorded the calls of Louisiana waterthrushes at Horse Meadows Knoll in Harvard.

Rabbit in Sudbury

April 25, 2019

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Molly Bevan.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Molly Bevan.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Molly Bevan.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury, photographed by Molly Bevan.

Molly Bevan photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit in Sudbury.

Woodchuck in Lincoln

April 25, 2019

A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A woodchuck in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this woodchuck in Lincoln.

Flowers at Garden in the Woods

April 24, 2019

Squirrel corn at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Squirrel corn at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Trout lily at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Trout lily at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Virginia bluebells at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Virginia bluebells at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed squirrel corn, trout lilies, and Virginia bluebells at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Great Blue Heron in Southborough

April 22, 2019

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.

Steve Forman photographed this great blue heron at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Great Blue Heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area

April 21, 2019

A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.
A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.
A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.
A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.
A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.
A great blue heron at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Robert Fuhro.

Robert Fuhro photographed this great blue heron bringing materials to its nest at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland.

Red-tailed Hawk with Prey in Framingham

April 21, 2019

A red-tailed hawk with a cotton-tailed rabbit in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.
A red-tailed hawk with a cotton-tailed rabbit in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.

Mel Markowitz photographed a red-tailed hawk with a cotton-tailed rabbit in Framingham.

Sunset Over Lincoln

April 21, 2019

A sunset over Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A sunset over Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed the evening sky at sunset in Lincoln.

Birds in Southborough

April 19, 2019

A brown-headed cowbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A brown-headed cowbird 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 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 a brown-headed cowbird, a European starling, and a northern cardinal at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.