Mink are common at Quabbin. I caught this one in the middle of jumping around with all 4 feet off the ice doing a happy dance. (taken 4/10/15)
This big guy ran across the road so fast I barely had time to get the camera up.
Muskrats are quite common at Quabbin. They are cousins of the beaver and live in the same habitats.
This is a Fin Whale found on yesterdays trip. They are the second largest living things on earth. They grow to be 70 feet long and weighs 80 tons. They live up to 100 years. They are swift and called the greyhounds of the sea. This one was found 30 miles off the coast of southern Maine.
Gray squirrels are very common.
Red squirrels are very common and can be heard chattering everywhere around Quabbin where there are pine and spruce trees.
A chipmunk looks at me from on a wall in the early spring.
Porkys are also very common at Quabbin. I caught this one snoozing in his tree in the late afternoon sun in the late fall.
They can be seen in Quabbin Park in early mornings. They like field edges and fresh grass.
I thought this was funny ! Mrs. Raccoon did not I guess...
I saw this guy wandering down the road and snuck up on him. He was so intent on eating fresh green grass he never saw me! Common at Quabbin but spend most of their time in trees. 4/23/15
This guy was feeding in a riverbed on fresh green shoots coming up this spring. They are rodents and related to the beavers. 5/3/15
Another porcupine digging grubs and berries in the great spring weather. This is a young one and definitely needs to have his nails clipped! He walked right up to me…..5/4/15
As I was taking the photo of the towhee this red squirrel stopped on the wall to scold me about something? I couldn't understand him because he had his mouth full of nesting materials. 5/8/15
This large black bear was discovered looking around in the woods. He evidently was tired so he layed down beside these big pines and we left him to snooze. 5/19//15
I decided to go out today instead of taking some photo time off. In 45 minutes I was face to face with this guy ! 5/25/15
This bear knew I was behind him. He walked down the road about 200 yards and then ran into the woods and like magic he disappeared. 5/25/15
A female white tailed deer stops to eat some lily pads along a swamp in the Quabbin on the first full day of summer's early morning sun. 6/22/15
I had two visitors at the heron pond this morning while watching the great blue heron catch his breakfast at 6AM. 6/30/15
Today I had a front row seat to the adult otter and three kits while they romped about the swamp for three hours in front of me. Trying to get pictures was like trying to herd cats! They are sly little devils spending most of the time running over each other and staying low in the swamp vegation. 8/3/15
It won't be long before these guys start caching up food for the long winter. They don't hibernated and can be seen about Quabbin year round. 8/27/15
I have never seen a beaver out of the water and sniff me out until last week ! It was early morning and this beaver was eating green grass like a cow. I was about 80 yards away and all of a sudden he stood straight up and sniffed a couple times and launched into the water. 8/10/15
This grey squirrel has a lot of reddish fur. There were two of them together and they looked like twins. 9/9/15
This little guy kept me company all summer while watching herons and other critters around the swamp. 9/4/15
I watched this otter at Quabbin for 40 minutes driving fish up and down a small beaver pond drainage. He was so intent on catching fish I thinks he saw me but figured I was not a threat to him and he kept on fishing. 10/24/15
Every now and them wildlife will test me! Today I failed. I was creeping quietly along the shore of Quabbin about 6:30 AM when I saw what I thought was 3 ducks 100 yards ahead of me coming my way. I went into my stealth mode and crept up along the tree line. Finally when I got close enough I discovered they had found me also. Three otters!.... It didn't take them long to dive, swim away underwater about 150 yards and head for the trees..... 11/8/15
A friend and I were sitting there watching a loon chick when my friend say's "hey Dale, there's a bear" ! About 300 yards down the shore this black bear appeared and cruised the shore until he was out of sight behind some rocks. We sat there for three hours before he showed up. A fun sighting on a slow day. 11/10/15
This morning I found these 2 red foxes traveling all over the ice on the northern Quabbin. Here they are running under a pair of bald eagles ! 1/30/16
And the foxes again about to run off the ice and into the woods as they got closer to me. 1.30/16
You never know what to expect at Quabbin. As I was about to leave this morning a bobcat walked across the ice in front of me! 2/23/16
I watched a mink swim across a pond and hang out on a beaver lodge. Notice the small patch of white fur under his chin. He was there for about 15 minutes before moving on. 3/23/16
Here is a photo from June of 2015 I found in my archives while looking for some bear photos for a re-do of my Four Seasons of Quabbin powerpoint show This large male was with a smaller female who took right off. This guy hung around stomping his feet at me !
This male bobcat came running down the road right by me as I was waiting for more coyotes to appear, I'll take it !!
One of the 2 black squirrels we have here was enjoying the pumpkin we put out there for them. We have 4 grays and 2 blacks keeping it exciting around here most of the time..... 12/3/16
I came upon this guy sitting in the sun this morning. I thought he looked really cold ! 12/19/21
A friend of mine throws out seeds for the birds at Quabbin once in a while. here's a gray squirrel taking his share. 1/10/17
Early morning sunlight is like magic ! This red squirrel came running down a stone wall and stopped in a patch of sunlight right in front of me as I was taking beaver photographs.
This little muskrat popped up twice this week as I have been living in a swamp with the beavers ! He eats a few acorns floating in the water then goes along his merry way.. 5/5/17
I went looking for river otters today and I found this man eating chipmunk instead,,,,, he just finished lifting weights !
While sitting in the woods this morning at a local beaver pond I heard something huge coming thru the woods about 100 feet from me. It was to noisy to be a moose. When it appeared it was a female black bear with a tracking collar from Masswildlife with 2 cubs about 16 months old behind her. 5/10/17
Here is one of the cubs that was with its mother this morning..
An eastern cotton-tail rabbit was eating its supper when I blundered into it. It sniffed at me a few times and I took this picture and left. It then went back to munching grass. 6/25/17
A summit meeting ! These 3 gray fox kits belong to the female gray fox on the next page here. They are about 3 months old and ready to take on the world. 6/2/17
I spent a couple hours with a female gray fox and her 3 kits this afternoon.... A rare find and a beautiful family I was able to photograph. 6/1/16
As i was setting up my camera in the early morning light I made a setting in the camera, looked back into the viewfinder and WOW, This handsome fluffy raccoon was setting there. Quite the surprise ! 8/11/17
When mink go bad.......
Here is another mink image. They sure are alert and fast creatures.....