I don’t usually see northern orioles so low to the ground.
Red wing blackbirds are still making a racket in the early mornings in the local swamps. I love their song!
This young bull moose will never sneak up on anyone! I heard him slopping 10 minutes before I saw him this morning! 5/10/18
I watched these 2 pileated woodpeckers rip apart this pine tree to get at ants for about 3 hours in the morning sun. 5/9/18
Great blue herons have quite a ceremony every time they change nest setting partners. Here is one of them coming in early in the morning. 5/10/18
And 2 minutes later the other one leaves to go get some breakfast and take a break after setting all night on the eggs. 5/10/18
I had been waiting for an otter to pop up in front of me on this stump for almost 3 years! Finally I had this male who was fishing show up with a small horned pout he had just caught. I was ready with the camera and caught him just as he surfaced, hopped on the stump and shook the water off of his head in a split second….. 4/24/18
Can you tell I like otters ? Northern River Otter, Quabbin watershed, 4/26 /18
This is the house connected to Nubble Lighthouse in York Maine. We visited it last Monday. While we were there a snowy owl landed on top of the roof point ! Quite the surprise….. 4/23/18
Here is a longer shot of the snowy owl on the lighthouse….
While setting in the woods watching the otters I was swarmed with migrating warblers. These palm warblers are usually the first warbler, along with pine warblers, that we see in the spring.
An otter and a beaver both popped up in the same space this morning. After a few screams from the otter, the beaver headed home after a long nights work…..
An early morning snack before retiring after a few hours of sunrise work on the dam that took some hits throughout the tough winter. 4/9/18
A surprize guest this morning ! A cute pie-billed grebe in a small abandoned beaver pond in North Quabbin watershed was hanging with a green winged teal in the early sun. 4/13/18
I spent the morning with a pair of great blue herons working on their nest.... It was incredible to watch the weather get worse and worse and the male kept on dragging sticks into the nest for the female to work into the nest. 4/10/18
The same herons wondering why they came north so early .
Nothing like a good roll in the dry grass and warn sun! This is the same otter as in the next picture about 2 weeks later. I had fun watching this guy for about 90 minutes or more fish and groom.... 4/6/18
Great blue herons are starting to show up on their nesting grounds.
A good find this afternoon in a large pasture in New Salem. About 45 snow geese (the white ones) along with a rare blue phase of the snow geese.
The first singing song sparrow i have seen this year was singing near a beaver pond..spring is here!
After watching this otter fish for about an hour near the back of the pond, he finally got within range of the Nikon 500mm lens... and Bingo ! I love these guys.......
After 3 weeks not out because of health issues with me and a hospital stay of 12 days of my wifes, I finally got out today to check my favorite beaver pond and some of the local residents have returned!
One of my favorite beaver ponds had a breach from all the rains within the last few weeks. The family of beavers are gone and this pond is draining slowly.
Last week off the coast of Maine I found these harlequin ducks. They are arctic circle ducks that spend their winters in New England along the rocky shores feeding in the tide crashes in the rocks.
Harlequin ducks again leaving in a hurry !
"Hey pal, can you spare an acorn or some sunflower seeds ?"
I made this image of a red bellied woodpecker yesterday as he was looking for breakfast in the northern Quabbin area. These birds are becoming more common as time goes by.
I've been on this land since 1979 and I've never seen a ruffed grouse at the feeders until about 2 weeks ago. Here it is today digging in the snow for seeds.
A flock of cedar waxwings have stripped about 10 thousand winter berries from our winter berry bush the last couple of days. Here's one making off a prize!..
A Quabbin octopus...... getting ready for the deep freeze.
A mated pair of bald eagles sit together on Lone Tree Island in the Quabbin Reservoir, not far from their long time nest and ponder the coming winter and impending ice over that comes with it on the water.....
Its been a while since I posted a scenic view of the Quabbin here. This is looking north this morning from the administration building from my office window I was in when I was working there at Winsor Dam in Belchertown with the morning fog almost gone. 9/17/17
North Orange Wildlife management area about an hour ago (6:45PM) this thunder storm built up right in front of us as we were watching herons...... 6/25/17
Yum Yum, acorns ! This baby chipmunk has it figured out already ! 6/20/17
I forgot this with all thats going on in my life right now. This eagle flew over Lee and I in the loon survey boat on Quabbin on Thursday morning. Fish for breakfast !! 6/3/17
Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem. 4/11/17