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.
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
after 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….