The Alewife Reservation always has so much to offer. We walked from the stormwater wetlands over to blair pond. On this month’s walk we saw many of the spring birds migrating, including flycatchers, various sparrows, gold finches, and some lesser scaup. This was the first time that I have seen lesser scaup in the reservation. We also saw some of the migrating birds of prey like cooper’s hawk. The highlights of the walk were an osprey and a juvenile bald eagle flying over the stormwater wetlands.
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, a belted kingfisher, and a bald eagle swooping over the water then 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 the alewife reservation. It was truly a great walk.
FAR is delighted to have these wonderful insect photos
because of your “extention tubes”. This is very exciting for us
Recently I acquired some extension tubes for my camera which allowed me to try my hand at some up-close insect photos. The insects of the Alewife Reservation have been my (sometimes) obliging subjects these past few months.
Coming from the birding world, this was a change of pace for me. There was a surprising amount of insect diversity to be seen and photographed here along the wildflower meadows on the north side of the reserve! I was very pleased to find this space saved for outdoor passive recreation as well as crucial habitat for the wildlife community here. And so close to public transportation!
I have been entering each of these records into iNaturalist.org to help science record the occurrence of these species in our area. I encourage everyone to submit their photos so we can flesh out the abundance of wildlife found at Alewife! There are currently 306 species totaled here (ranging from deer to bald eagles to dragonflies) with many more just waiting to be added.
So the next time you are walking the trail or boardwalk and stumble across a curious bug, bird, plant, or mushroom, snap a pic and upload it to iNaturalist. There, a community of fellow citizen scientists will help identify it and we can keep track of all the life dependent on this habitat.
Happy trails! -Mike Mulqueen
The black crowned night heron have been scarce this year in this area… but at least 2 were born at Alewife Reservation….here is a young baby just out of a nest…. and what s/he will look like as an adult….the BCNH come north to breed and will leave in mid fall…they have used this same nest for several years….