(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

  These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

  I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

  These same two bucks came back out for fresh greens for breakfast early this morning.  This is the second day this week I have seen them.  A few days ago they had a third one with them  7/20/17

These same two bucks came back out for fresh greens for breakfast early this morning.  This is the second day this week I have seen them.  A few days ago they had a third one with them  7/20/17

  In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

  "Will you quit  munchin  ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

"Will you quit munchin ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

  A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

  The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

  Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

    This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

  This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

  Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

  And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

  While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

  "Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

"Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

  While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

  I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

  After spending about 3 hours in 2 different beaver ponds this morning this beast of a white tailed deer came out to feed on  swamp grass and lily pads. I think this may be an eleven point buck !  7/3/17

After spending about 3 hours in 2 different beaver ponds this morning this beast of a white tailed deer came out to feed on  swamp grass and lily pads. I think this may be an eleven point buck !  7/3/17

  Here's another image from a different angle so you can see this beautiful monster rack !!  

Here's another image from a different angle so you can see this beautiful monster rack !!  

  These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

  A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

  A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

  I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

 " Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

"Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

  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

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

  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

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

  This rare photo opportunity  showed up as this yellow billed cuckoo landed on a dying spruce tree thats growing up in the middle of a beaver dam in Quabbin yesterday.  7/22/17

This rare photo opportunity  showed up as this yellow billed cuckoo landed on a dying spruce tree thats growing up in the middle of a beaver dam in Quabbin yesterday.  7/22/17

  First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

  A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

  Yum Yum,  acorns !   This baby chipmunk has it figured out already !  6/20/17

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

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

  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

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

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

  Beavers slap their tails in the water when they are upset or want you gone!  It happens faster than a strike of lightning and its also a message to other beavers in the colony that danger is near.  This was 30 minutes into my stay so I ignored it.  It kept coming by every 30 minutes and giving me a slap or two for the next 2 hours.  5/27/17

Beavers slap their tails in the water when they are upset or want you gone!  It happens faster than a strike of lightning and its also a message to other beavers in the colony that danger is near.  This was 30 minutes into my stay so I ignored it.  It kept coming by every 30 minutes and giving me a slap or two for the next 2 hours.  5/27/17

  The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

  This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

  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

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..

Here is one of the cubs that was with its mother this morning..

  Ive been watching these geese for over a 2 months.  They made a nest on a beaver lodge a little over three months ago and this morning they had 5 chicks !  She was sitting on eggs yesterday so these birds have their first day on the water today !  5/8/17

Ive been watching these geese for over a 2 months.  They made a nest on a beaver lodge a little over three months ago and this morning they had 5 chicks !  She was sitting on eggs yesterday so these birds have their first day on the water today !  5/8/17

  On Saturday morning, the 6th of May we had over an inch of rain over night so I decided to see what the beavers were doing.  This guy was eating between working while another pair worked patching up the dam.... what a face huh ? 

On Saturday morning, the 6th of May we had over an inch of rain over night so I decided to see what the beavers were doing.  This guy was eating between working while another pair worked patching up the dam.... what a face huh ? 

  Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

  A female bluebird landed right smack in front of me in with little snow falling.  3/10/17

A female bluebird landed right smack in front of me in with little snow falling.  3/10/17

  (Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27
  These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17
  I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17
  These same two bucks came back out for fresh greens for breakfast early this morning.  This is the second day this week I have seen them.  A few days ago they had a third one with them  7/20/17
  In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17
  You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17
  "Will you quit  munchin  ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17
  A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17
  The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....
  Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15
    This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17
  Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17
  And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17
  While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17
  "Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"
  While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17
  I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17
  After spending about 3 hours in 2 different beaver ponds this morning this beast of a white tailed deer came out to feed on  swamp grass and lily pads. I think this may be an eleven point buck !  7/3/17
  Here's another image from a different angle so you can see this beautiful monster rack !!  
  These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17
  A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17
  A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17
  I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17
 " Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"
  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
  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
  This rare photo opportunity  showed up as this yellow billed cuckoo landed on a dying spruce tree thats growing up in the middle of a beaver dam in Quabbin yesterday.  7/22/17
  First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17
  A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17
  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
  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
  Beavers slap their tails in the water when they are upset or want you gone!  It happens faster than a strike of lightning and its also a message to other beavers in the colony that danger is near.  This was 30 minutes into my stay so I ignored it.  It kept coming by every 30 minutes and giving me a slap or two for the next 2 hours.  5/27/17
  The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17
  This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17
  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..
  Ive been watching these geese for over a 2 months.  They made a nest on a beaver lodge a little over three months ago and this morning they had 5 chicks !  She was sitting on eggs yesterday so these birds have their first day on the water today !  5/8/17
  On Saturday morning, the 6th of May we had over an inch of rain over night so I decided to see what the beavers were doing.  This guy was eating between working while another pair worked patching up the dam.... what a face huh ? 
  Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17
  A female bluebird landed right smack in front of me in with little snow falling.  3/10/17

(Now kids, this is how we jump off a log)  I found this family of otters this morning exploring the beaver pond they were learning to fish in.  Northern river otters always crack me up watching them and kits are even funnier !  7/23/27

These same 2 bucks keep showing up every morning at the same time in the same place.  I love watching them...... 7/23/17

I love this stuff !! Unfortunately the third chick in this nest died 2 weeks ago, but thats nature. Look at the faces on the chicks when they spot dear old dad flying in with breakfast. You have to laugh at them....  7/22/17

These same two bucks came back out for fresh greens for breakfast early this morning.  This is the second day this week I have seen them.  A few days ago they had a third one with them  7/20/17

In my opinion so far this years been a banner year for wood duck chicks.  Right now the beaver ponds are crawling with them getting ready to fly off into their future.  This morning I watched these 4 preening together on "the preening stump" that they use from time to time.  7/18/17

You never know what will pop up at a Quabbin beaver pond.  This otter stuck his head up in front of me with a crayfish in his mouth.  7/17/17

"Will you quit munchin ?? !!, there's someone over there watching us, get ready to beat it!"  7/17/17

A hungry bobcat came creeping along the edge of an old beaver dam as I was watching it for any critter that may be around. It took me by surprise to say the least !   What a beautiful animal  7/16/17

The bobcat stuck its head back out of the bushes to try to figure out who was watching it?.....

Yesterday was weekly loon survey day at Quabbin.  The loons are starting to gather up. These are birds that failed this season nesting or never started. We saw 9 birds in one flock.  7/14/15

  This adult bald eagle was watching us for about a mile before it flew as we approached in the loon survey boat today doing the survey on the Quabbin.  Always fun to see the eagles there with their 7 foot wing span.  7/12/17

Early morning sun arrives at the same time as dad does with the fish for breakfast...... 7/9/17

And as soon as dad arrives home, mom leaves as she's been sitting with the 3 great blue heron chicks all night.. "see ya later chump feed them and babysit for a while"  7/9/17

While waiting for the herons to show up with breakfast this morning this young male wood duck chick came chugging along all by himself, hopped up on a mud hummock and stretched, then was on his way again ! It was quite amusing!  7/8/17

"Mommmm !! We're HERONS, not beavers, we want fish to eat, not sticks !"

While sitting by a pond waiting for a moose to show, this hummer came to this pond iris right in front of me. It was just getting light out, thus the grainy picture. 7/5/17

I spotted this great blue heron nest with three chicks this morning about 200 yards out in a swamp. It was at eye level and not 60 feet up in a tree like they usually are. Within 15 minutes the second adult arrived with dinner !  7/5/17

After spending about 3 hours in 2 different beaver ponds this morning this beast of a white tailed deer came out to feed on  swamp grass and lily pads. I think this may be an eleven point buck !  7/3/17

Here's another image from a different angle so you can see this beautiful monster rack !!  

These 2 bluebirds are in this house in a local cemetery.  I discovered them a few days ago and have had a great time watching and photographing them feeding chicks in the box.  7/2/17

A great blue heron lifts off from a local beaver pond today.......6/30/17

A family of 2 adult loons with their 4 day old babies start the 2017 summer off with great weather. Lets hope they make it through the summer until they can fly in the fall.  6/28/17

I was watching this green heron when all of a sudden he turned around fast and leaped off his branch and disappeared.  7/26/17

"Yikes!! There's holes in my wing !"

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

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

This rare photo opportunity  showed up as this yellow billed cuckoo landed on a dying spruce tree thats growing up in the middle of a beaver dam in Quabbin yesterday.  7/22/17

First loon survey since I got back from Cape Breton and this one was waving hello to me !   I never get sick of these birds....  6/21/17

A green heron preens in the early morning sunlight in a small beaver pond in the Quabbin.  These herons are so dainty with their beaks when it comes to their feathers. 6/21/17

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

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

Beavers slap their tails in the water when they are upset or want you gone!  It happens faster than a strike of lightning and its also a message to other beavers in the colony that danger is near.  This was 30 minutes into my stay so I ignored it.  It kept coming by every 30 minutes and giving me a slap or two for the next 2 hours.  5/27/17

The weekly common loon surveys started today at Quabbin,  We found a group of 8 loons and this loon popped up with his lunch, a crawfish, right in front of us.  5/17/17

This week has been a great week to sit like a rock, and it payed off........this otter decided he wanted to eat his fish almost on my boots.......  5/11/17

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..

Ive been watching these geese for over a 2 months.  They made a nest on a beaver lodge a little over three months ago and this morning they had 5 chicks !  She was sitting on eggs yesterday so these birds have their first day on the water today !  5/8/17

On Saturday morning, the 6th of May we had over an inch of rain over night so I decided to see what the beavers were doing.  This guy was eating between working while another pair worked patching up the dam.... what a face huh ? 

Quabbin Valley moon over New Salem.  4/11/17

A female bluebird landed right smack in front of me in with little snow falling.  3/10/17

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