Raccoon siting

Last week (Tues May 6th) walking to Alewife Station after work I saw a young raccoon to the side of the path in the little water pipe ditch.  When it noticed me watching it went into the pipe to hide.  Super cute!



new shoots and first fruits

Alewife swale restoration meadow

Soft Rushes in a restoration meadow swale add some color to the bare gray reflected trees.

Alewife Japanese knotweed shoots

Japanese Knotweed shoots are just right for eating, cooked with sugar they’re similar to Rhubarb.

Alewife Geum & Thalictrum

White Avens (light green) and meadow-rue (dark) with their frilly leaves emerge together at the edge of a patch of giant reed grass .

Alewife elm over Little River (2)

The first fruits of the season are born on Elm trees overhanging the Little River.


Turtles at Yates Pond

turtlesmatingturtlessunning5-3-14turtlelargeCaught at the surface of Yates Pond yesterday… very large turtle ….a snapper perhaps?… likely 50 or more years old….

While smaller turtles crowd on a branch for some spring sunbathing….

Photo from 2013 at Yates with two giant snappers mating!…Estimated age could be over 75 years!….



Lorene Melvin sees Tom and cleans Reservation

Sightings behind Alewife T stop near former W.R. Grace Co. property
with massive dumping area in Little River stream.

lorene-male tom 5-1-14 full display


FAR cleanup 5-3-14 with Adrian at DCR

34 species

Turkey 2 Male in full display with a hen close by – see pics on Friends of Alewife site
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 14
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor) 1
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) 9
Great blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 3
Black-crowned Night Herons (Nycticorax nycticorax) 5
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Domestic type)) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis) 2
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 3
American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3 Two in nesting box with sounds of baby birds
Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) 2
American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 16
Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
Louisiana Waterthrush (Seiurus motacilla) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 2
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus) 1
Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 5
Field Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 2
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 24
Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 12

Walk with Professor Morimoto at Storm Water Wetland

Walk with Dave Morimoto
Ellen, Aileen and daughter, Lois, David,
May 3- Cambridge storm water wetland

It’s Northern Waterthrush ( type of warble
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mute Swan
Canada Goose
Northern Flicker
Downy Woodpecker
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Warbling Video
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Blue Jay
Fish Crow
American Crow
Tree Swallow
Red-winged Blackbird
Song Sparrows
House Finch
American Goldfinch

two live Meadow Voles


More sightings today….

Can anyone identify this duck seen at the wetlands today?....
Can anyone identify this duck seen at the wetlands today?….


Can you identify this brown duck sighted at the Wetlands today?….

Also saw this large, probably very old turtle at Yates Pond… is it a Snapper?…..

Return of a Great Blue Heron…

heronspring2014backatlastafter what seemed like an absence of 4 or 5 weeks the Great Blue Heron that frequents Yates Pond was sighted again last week… and a few days following….. he is less than a year although in nearly fully mating plumage…..so maybe??… if you see a really large nest near the top of a tree please let me know!….. I have been taking photos of him since he fledged last year and he toughed out the winter but then I couldn’t locate him for a few weeks…. good to have him back….          Later that day we saw him catch a fish near Little River bridge…so he might be hunting there….