Mink
Mink

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)

Black bear
Black bear

This big guy ran across the road so fast I barely had time to get the camera up.

Muskrat
Muskrat

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. 

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.

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.

Red squirrels are very common and can be heard chattering everywhere around Quabbin where there are pine and spruce trees.

A chipmunk enjoying the warm spring sun after the long winter of 2015.
A chipmunk enjoying the warm spring sun after the long winter of 2015.
Chipmunks are us...
Chipmunks are us...

A chipmunk looks at me from on a wall in the early spring.

Porcupine
Porcupine

Porkys are also very common at Quabbin.  I caught this one snoozing in his tree in the late afternoon sun in the late fall.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

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 thought this was funny !  Mrs. Raccoon did not I guess...

Porcupine
Porcupine

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

Muskrat
Muskrat

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

Porcupine
Porcupine

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

Red squirrel
Red squirrel

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

Snoozing bear
Snoozing bear

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

Another bear
Another bear

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

"Quit following meeee "
"Quit following meeee "

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

Summer meal
Summer meal

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

White tailed deer
White tailed deer

I had two visitors at the heron pond this morning while watching the great blue heron catch his breakfast at 6AM.  6/30/15

"The're baaaaack !!"
"The're baaaaack !!"

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

Red squirrel
Red squirrel

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

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

"Nuts to you…...
"Nuts to you…...

This grey squirrel has a lot of reddish fur. There were two of them together and they looked like twins.   9/9/15

Mr. Chip Munk
Mr. Chip Munk

This little guy kept me company all summer while watching herons and other critters around the swamp.  9/4/15

River otters are fun but hard to get close enough to get decent pictures.
River otters are fun but hard to get close enough to get decent pictures.

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

Breakfast at last.  I wouldn't want this otter clamping onto my fingers with those teeth. !  10/24/15
Breakfast at last. I wouldn't want this otter clamping onto my fingers with those teeth. ! 10/24/15
Mother Nature 1....Me 0
Mother Nature 1....Me 0

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 visitor...
A visitor...

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

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

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

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

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 !  

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 !!  

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

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

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

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.  

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

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

Mink
Black bear
Muskrat
   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 enjoying the warm spring sun after the long winter of 2015.
Chipmunks are us...
Porcupine
Eastern Cottontail Rabbit
  I thought this was funny !  Mrs. Raccoon did not I guess...
Porcupine
Muskrat
Porcupine
Red squirrel
Snoozing bear
Another bear
"Quit following meeee "
Summer meal
White tailed deer
"The're baaaaack !!"
Red squirrel
  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
"Nuts to you…...
Mr. Chip Munk
River otters are fun but hard to get close enough to get decent pictures.
Breakfast at last.  I wouldn't want this otter clamping onto my fingers with those teeth. !  10/24/15
Mother Nature 1....Me 0
A visitor...
  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
Mink

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)

Black bear

This big guy ran across the road so fast I barely had time to get the camera up.

Muskrat

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 enjoying the warm spring sun after the long winter of 2015.
Chipmunks are us...

A chipmunk looks at me from on a wall in the early spring.

Porcupine

Porkys are also very common at Quabbin.  I caught this one snoozing in his tree in the late afternoon sun in the late fall.

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

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...

Porcupine

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

Muskrat

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

Porcupine

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

Red squirrel

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

Snoozing bear

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

Another bear

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

"Quit following meeee "

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

Summer meal

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

White tailed deer

I had two visitors at the heron pond this morning while watching the great blue heron catch his breakfast at 6AM.  6/30/15

"The're baaaaack !!"

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

Red squirrel

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

"Nuts to you…...

This grey squirrel has a lot of reddish fur. There were two of them together and they looked like twins.   9/9/15

Mr. Chip Munk

This little guy kept me company all summer while watching herons and other critters around the swamp.  9/4/15

River otters are fun but hard to get close enough to get decent pictures.

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

Breakfast at last. I wouldn't want this otter clamping onto my fingers with those teeth. ! 10/24/15
Mother Nature 1....Me 0

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 visitor...

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

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