Alewife Greenway and the North Trail at Alewife Reservation
Wednesday 1 – 3:43 PM
Wood Duck 2 (male and female pair)
Canada Goose 14 Mallard 8
Black Duck 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Black Crown Night Heron 2
Red Tail Hawk 3Rock Pigeon 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1 (on same tree as Downy and kept chasing Downy away)
Downy Woodpecker 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 3
Northern Flicker 1
Blue Jay 3
Tree Swallow 3
Barn Swallow 2
Black-capped Chickadee 2
American Robin 22
Gray Catbird 16
European Starling 16
Warbling Vireo 1
Black-and-white Warbler 11
Myrtle Warbler 3
Yellow Warbler 4 including one female building a nest in a thorny bush close to walkway to Discovery Park
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Song Sparrow 2
White-throated Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 23
Baltimore Orioles 2
Common Grackle 8
House Sparrow 4
Tiger Swallowtail 1
Cabbage White 14
The 50 year old turtle
The cardinal was in a tree on the path to Alewife and the tadpoles are in the little pond behind 100 CDP. Some of the little guys are getting back legs.
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!
Soft Rushes in a restoration meadow swale add some color to the bare gray reflected trees.
Japanese Knotweed shoots are just right for eating, cooked with sugar they’re similar to Rhubarb.
White Avens (light green) and meadow-rue (dark) with their frilly leaves emerge together at the edge of a patch of giant reed grass .
The first fruits of the season are born on Elm trees overhanging the Little River.
Caught 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!….
Sightings behind Alewife T stop near former W.R. Grace Co. property
with massive dumping area in Little River stream.
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 Dave Morimoto
Ellen, Aileen and daughter, Lois, David,
May 3- Cambridge storm water wetland
It’s Northern Waterthrush ( type of warble
two live Meadow Voles
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?…..
Caught this at Yates Pond today….. juvenile Great Blue heron conversing with Canada Goose but whoops turtle is crawling on to goose….who seems confused….