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Latest Sightings:

Birds at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

June 20, 2020

Cedar waxwings at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Cedar waxwings 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.
An eastern bluebird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
House sparrows at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
House sparrows at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker and an American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern flicker and an American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed cedar waxwings, an eastern bluebird, house sparrows, a northern flicker, and an American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Great Blue Heron and Mallard Ducklings in Marlborough

June 20, 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 mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard duckling at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallard ducklings at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

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

Cotton-tailed Rabbit and American Toad in Natick

June 19, 2020

An American toad in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.
An American toad in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.

Michael Sanders recorded a video of a cotton-tailed rabbit and photographed an American toad at the Natick Town Forest.

Mute Swans in Natick

June 19, 2020

Michael Sanders recorded this video of mute swans in Natick.

Bobcat in Marlborough

June 18, 2020

A bobcat in Marlborough, photographed with a remote camera by Kevin Kaeding.
A bobcat in Marlborough, photographed with a remote camera by Kevin Kaeding.

Kevin Kaeding shared this remote camera video of a bobcat from outside his home in Marlborough.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

June 17, 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.

Steve Forman photographed a bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Bobolinks in Southborough

June 17, 2020

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

Steve Forman photographed bobolinks at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Butterfly in Stow

June 17, 2020

An eastern tiger swallowtail in Stow, photographed by Laura Reiner.
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Stow, photographed by Laura Reiner.

Laura Reiner photographed this eastern tiger swallowtail in Stow.

Coyote in Westford

June 17, 2020

Andy Bentley used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to record this video of a coyote with prey in Westford.

Great Blue Herons in Southborough

June 17, 2020

Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these great blue herons at the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.

Snake with a Toad in Sudbury

June 17, 2020

A common garter snake eating an American toad in Sudbury, photographed by Liz Hanna.
A common garter snake eating an American toad in Sudbury, photographed by Liz Hanna.
A common garter snake eating an American toad in Sudbury, photographed by Liz Hanna.
A common garter snake eating an American toad in Sudbury, photographed by Liz Hanna.

Liz Hanna photographed this common garter snake preying on an American toad in Sudbury.

Mallard Ducklings in Marlborough

June 16, 2020

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

Steve Forman photographed these mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Mallard Family in Marlborough

June 15, 2020

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.
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 this family of mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature at Breakneck Hill in Southborough

June 15, 2020

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.
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.
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.
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.
An eastern yellowjacket at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern yellowjacket 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 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 skipper at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A skipper 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 an eastern bluebird, ruby-throated hummingbirds, an eastern yellowjacket, a gray catbird, and a skipper butterfly at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Woodpeckers and Squirrels in Lincoln

June 15, 2020

A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A downy woodpecker in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Downy woodpeckers in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Downy woodpeckers in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
A red squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Red squirrels in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.
Red squirrels in Lincoln, photographed by Gail Sartori.

Gail Sartori photographed downy woodpeckers and red squirrels in Lincoln.

A Butterfly in Framingham

June 14, 2020

An eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham.

Birds at Grist Mill Pond

June 14, 2020

A great blue heron at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A great blue heron at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
Wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.
A wood duck at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a great blue heron and wood ducks at Grist Mill Pond in Sudbury.

Canada Geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough

June 14, 2020

A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Canada goose at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these Canada geese at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Cotton-tailed Rabbit in Lincoln

June 14, 2020

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.

Harold McAleer photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit in Lincoln.

Moth and Butterfly in Berlin

June 14, 2020

An eastern tiger swallowtail in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.
A hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin, photographed by Al Collinson.

Al Collinson photographed an eastern tiger swallowtail and a hummingbird clearwing moth in Berlin.

Bald Eagle in Framingham

June 12, 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.

Steve Forman photographed this bald eagle at Foss Reservoir in Framingham.

Birds at Farm Pond in Framingham

June 12, 2020

Canada geese at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Canada geese 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 mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A mallard at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mute swans at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed Canada geese, a great blue heron, a mallard, mute swans, and a red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Butterfly in Marlborough

June 10, 2020

A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed this red-spotted admiral at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Nature in Framingham

June 10, 2020

An ebony jewelwing at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An ebony jewelwing at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wild lupine at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Wild lupine 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.

Joan Chasan photographed an ebony jewelwing, lupine, and a painted turtle at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

White-tailed Deer and Red-winged Blackbird in Stow

June 10, 2020

A white-tailed deer and a red-winged blackbird in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Steve Cumming.
A white-tailed deer and a red-winged blackbird in Stow, photographed with an automatically triggered wildlife camera by Steve Cumming.

Steve Cumming used his automatically triggered wildlife camera to photograph a white-tailed deer and a red-winged blackbird in Stow.