Sightings Nov. 25-2015

 

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Downy Woodpecker in North trail.

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Belted Kingfisher flying over stormwater Wetlands.

Time Animal Water Quality Location Native Plants Invasive Plant

1:13 PM

Downy woodpecker (f) About three foot visibility, water level not too high or low, murky in some parts Forebay Aspens

1:15 PM

flowing steadily and fast Swale Pokeweed, cattails Phragmites

1:17 PM

2 Mallards (f) Some parts frozen over but mostly flowing slowly After Swale Pickerelweed Phragmites

1:24 PM

Flowing slowly Before exit to little river pickerelweed

1:26 PM

No water and what little water there is, is frozen Exit to little river
 1:33PM 7 Tadpoles, Song Sparrow , Belted Kingfisher Beaver seems to be depositing some logs in one spot next to over look, water is clear in some spots and very murky in others Over look Pokeweed

1:45 PM

2 Mallards Icy with most parts frozen over Birdge Pickerelweed
 1:49 PM White Throated Sparrow, 3 Blue Jays, 15+ Dark Eyed Juncos, 3 Grey Squirrels, 3 Mourning Doves, 9 Cardinals (4f/5m), 2 Song Sparrows, 3 Downy woodpeckers (2m/1f), 4 Robins, 8 Mallards (5m/3f), White Breasted Nuthatch Some parts frozen over but mostly flowing slowly, Bike in water about ten feet from the small bridge Section Five of the river restore project sugar maple, skunk cabbage, Eastern oak Phragmites, knotweed, bittersweet vines, sumac

1:05 PM

Very icy with most parts frozen over Yates Pond Reeds, bull thistle Knotweed

2:18 PM

3 Tufted Titmice, 2 Robins, 2 Black Capped Chickadees, Cardinal (m), 4 Grey Squirrels, White throated sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Song Sparrow Flowing slowly and More trees taken down by Beaver Section four of river restore project skunk cabbage, horse tail grass, cattails bittersweet vines, stag horn sumac, phragmites, multiflora rose, grape vines

2:26 PM

Flowing slowly with some trash in water Section three of river restore project eastern black oak bittersweet vines, sumac

2:56 PM

Hooded Merganser (m), 3 Downy woodpeckers (2m/1f), Song Sparrow, 2 Mourning doves Water flowing faster than other parts of river Section two of river restore project skunk cabbage, red maple Phragmites, bittersweet vines, sumac

3:34 PM

Grey Squirrel, 10 Double Crested Cormorants, Song Sparrows, 2 Mallards (m/f), 5 Hooded Mergansers (3m/2f) Water murky and flowing slowly with some trash Section One of the river restore project Poison Ivy, Skunk cabbage, silver maple Phragmites, bittersweet vines, sumac

Muskrat lodge

In the stormwater wetlands a Muskrat has built a small lodge. A relative of the Beaver, the common Muskrat a native animal of Alewife has made a home near the bridge over the stormwater wetlands. Their lodge is made of aquatic plants such as pickerelweed. The Muskrat tends to come out around dawn and dusk to collect more pickerelweed for eating or using to continue building.  If you listen close you can hear the Muskrat nibbling on some plants. So glad the Muskrat has made a home in the stormwater wetlands.

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Sightings Tuesday Nov. 17 2015

I saw these ducks at two different spots along little river and I’m not sure what they are, they might be some type of hybrid duck. They tend to swim with other mallards, though I have seen some other mallards being aggressive towards them.  Any ideas on what they are?

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Time Animal Water Quality Location Native Plants Invasive Plant

4:34 PM

Very murky and some trash in water, water level very high Forebay Pokeweed

4:36 PM

flowing steady  and looks clear Swale Pokeweed, cattails Phragmites

4:41 PM

murky and not moving much After Swale Pickerelweed Phragmites

4:43 PM

3 Mallards (1m/2f) murky and not moving much Before exit to little river pickerelweed

4:49 PM

song sparrow no water at all Exit to little river
 4:54 PM 2 song sparrows, evidence of beaver very murky with some trash Over look Pokeweed

5:03 PM

Muskrat with a lodge that it built out of pickerelweed murky and not moving much Birdge Pickerelweed
 3:34 PM Hooded Merganser (m), Downy woodpecker (m), 3 blue jays, 2 grey squirrels, 2 Cardinals   (m/f), Common Grackle, 7 Starlings, 3 black capped chickadees, 2 white throated sparrows, Song sparrow, 8 Mallards (5m/3f), Evidence of Eastern cotton tail Water flowing slowly yet faster in some parts, very murky, some oily substances along a ew spots near the river bank Section Five of the river restore project sugar maple, skunk cabbage, Eastern oak Phragmites, knotweed, bittersweet vines, sumac

3:24 PM

Belted Kingfisher, Cooper’s hawk Some trash, murky water Yates Pond Reeds, bull thistle Knotweed

3:54 PM

Grey squirrel, 2 Mallards (m/f), Evidence of Beaver chewing on trees on south bank Murky and moving very slowly Section four of river restore project skunk cabbage, horse tail grass, cattails bittersweet vines, stag horn sumac, phragmites, multiflora rose, grape vines

3:59 PM

murky, and flowing quicker than other parts of the river yet still slow Section three of river restore project eastern black oak bittersweet vines, sumac
4:06 PM 2 Mallards (m/f) At perch pond there is a little trash, murky and moving slowly Section two of river restore project skunk cabbage, red maple Phragmites, bittersweet vines, sumac

Beaver!!!

On November 14, 2015 on David Brown’s nature walk, at the Storm Water Wetlands overlook there were clear signs of a Beaver! Beavers haven’t been seen in the Alewife Reservation in about three years so this is a great find for the Reservation. The Beaver took down about nine trees of varying size. It took down an Aspen tree, and small Willow and a few other young trees. It also took some big chunks out of some trees that are still standing. So glad that the Beavers are back!!!_MG_0558_MG_0573

 

Gentiana Andrewsii

Gentiana Andrewsii (Bottle Gentian) found 4th year in a row near homeless encampment at Alewife, not found in Cambridge area since late 1800's. Sample Sent to state for filing.

Gentiana Andrewsii (Bottled Gentian) found 4th year in a row just outside of a homeless area. Sent to the state for recognition (listed in state records) and asking for assistance to protect the species, not seen since the late 1800’s on the Charles River.

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Bald Eagle Flying over Alewife Reservation on  11/1/2015

Sightings November 1st 2015  

Time Animal Water Quality Location Native Plants Invasive Plant

2:53 PM

Northern mockingbird Water level very high with about 1 foot of visibility, some trash Forebay Pokeweed

2:56 PM

flowing steadily and clean Swale Pokeweed, cattails Phragmites

3:02 PM

Clean and flowing steady After Swale Lily pads, pickerelweed Phragmites

3:05 PM

Bald Eagle, cooper’s hawk, 15 starlings clean yet murky no algae at all Before exit to little river pickerelweed

3:11 PM

Flowing slowly yet clean Exit to little river
3:14 PM Carp lots of trash and very murky Over look Pokeweed
3:18 PM No algae Birdge Pickerelweed, lily pads
1:24-1:45 PM 7 mallards (4m 3f), downy woodpecker (m), Blue jay, drumming katydid, 7 dark-eyed juncos, 39 starlings, song sparrow Water level is pretty high and the flow is steady but not too fast, some trash along river Section Five of the river restore project sugar maple, skunk cabbage Phragmites, knotweed, bittersweet vines, sumac

1:08 PM

2 Canada geese, Blue heron Water level is pretty high and there is pretty much no algae, there is some trash through the pond Yates Pond Reeds Knotweed

1:49 PM

Ants, 10 robins, downy woodpecker (m), common grackle bridge two has much more water than other times, steady flow from bridge three to little river, some trash Section four of river restore project skunk cabbage, horse tail grass, poison ivy bittersweet vines, stag horn sumac, phragmites, multiflora rose

1:59 PM

2 mallards (1m,1f) trash along river, slow flow Section three of river restore project eastern black oak, wild cucumber bittersweet vines, sumac

2:24 PM

blue jay slow murky and trash throughout Section two of river restore project skunk cabbage, red maple Phragmites, bittersweet vines, sumac

2:44 PM

22 robins, downy woodpecker (m), 2 song sparrows murky with lots of trash throughout, and trash along the fence where there is construction Section one of the river restore project Sugar maple, poison ivy, Virginia creeper, red maple, cattails phragmites, bittersweet vines