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….

Mating season is here…the geese are a bit aggressive right now!…

geeseonswannestDon’t worry… they are worried about you… just don’t go where they don’t want you to because they are trying to keep their families safe……just like you!… The ducks are in mating season, too, as well as song birds…  You may see them only in pairs or singles as they take breaks for each other from the nest … we all should be able to start seeing babies in a few weeks… meanwhile they are keeping a close eye on visitors, too…. If you are in the wetlands you may see a goose head pop up from a grassy spot every now and then…..

Forrester employee enjoys red tail hawk sightings

photo 2-2Around 1:45pm on Monday, April 21, Jimmy Hall and Anjali Lai of Forrester Research were walking along the dirt path from CDP through the Alewife Reserve, when they spotted a hawk perched on a tree branch only 15 ft. from the ground. After a few minutes of surveying the scene, the hawk launched into flight, swooped down until it grazed the tall grasses, and flew up to land on the branch of another tree.
Anjali Lai is a Community Manager at Forrester Research and has been at the company for over three years. She lives in downtown Boston, but looks forward to observing and photographing the scenic beauty of the Alewife Reserve on her daily commutes to and from the office.
Jimmy Hall is a Sr. Data Advisor at Forrester Research, and finds the greenery and natural beauty of the Alewife Reserve a refreshing alternative to the city.
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April 12th bird postings at Alewife Reservation

Alewife Reservation, Cambridge, Middlesex, US-MA
Apr 12, 2014 3:35 PM – 6:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: 57F sunny. Trip with Friends of Alewife Reservation.
11 species

Canada Goose 45 grazing on the lawn
Mallard 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1 circling overhead
Killdeer 4 photos
Mourning Dove 3
American Robin 5
Song Sparrow 1 heard
White-throated Sparrow 1 heard
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 5 singing
Common Grackle 3

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Friends of Alewife Reservation (FAR)