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Golden rewards found on the Saturday FAR Alewife Reservation Walk

Reservation monitor and steward Jake Stout met up with 10 eager visitors for a nature walk at Alewife Reservation on Sunday, November 12.

Jake's notes:"Birds of prey seemed to be the theme of this walk. At the oxbow lookout in the stormwater wetlands we saw a juvenile hawk (either a red tail or broad winged). In the storm water wetlands we observed two swans that carved out a small patch in the icy water. Later, at Little Pond, we saw hooded mergansers, cormorants and a belted kingfisher, and a bald eagle swooping over the water before landing in a tree. On the walk back looking in the trees we saw not one but two great horned owls. This is the first time in years that great horned owls (or any owl) has been seen at Alewife Reservation. It was truly a great walk."

Photos by Jake Stout

A small bird perched on a staghorn sumac seed head. These seeds are important sources of food for many of the Reservation's birds.

A bald eagle taking flight from a tree.

A pair of great horned owls in a tree.

A pair of great horned owls in a tree.

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