Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain last this afternoon. I love these guys !
When mink go bad.......
A trip to the coast today turned up this juvenile bald eagle playing with a piece of carrion. Where it came from I have no idea but he was having fun with it..... I wouldn't want those talons in my head!
One more of the young eagle today....
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 made this image on January 5th, 2018 and it was minus 20 F earlier in the day. This squirrel was showing no signs of being cold as it happily dug for seeds under the feeders.
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.
And the big freeze is here at the Quabbin...... I feel like Dr. Zhivago did when he was left at the farmhouse in Siberia at the end of the movie :)
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!..
I was pleasantly surprised this morning when I found these three loons hanging out together on Quabbin. The loon in the middle is the loon we named "Whitey" because of the white strip of feathers in the back of his head (If you look close you can see it here). I found him in early April with his mate near Area 2. This means he has been on Quabbin 8 months. Here he is with the chick and one adult from the Eagle Tree pair.
It was 12 F as I walked along the shoreline of the Quabbin this morning. I stumbled upon this rare American pipit. Its Christmas Bird Count week so it got on the Athol list for the first time in its history of the count.
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.....
All the beavers hard work all fall will keep them warm and dry through the winter months. I have been watching and filming thee beavers for over three years and they know how to do it !!
The common merganser numbers are building at Quabbin. In past years I've counted huge 500 plus numbers on the annual Christmas Count... these guys went zipping right over me yesterday morning.......
Not an animal but I couldn't resist taking this shot of the moon over Quabbin early morning on 11/6/17
This immature bald eagle shot right over my head this morning and made a U turn and came back. He was up in the rising sunlight and that gave him a gold color. If you look closely you can see the suns reflection in his eye.
I watched this coyote for about 90 minutes on and off this morning hunting the Quabbin shoreline. With patience, I finally had him about 40 yards in front of me hunting mice. He was so into it I dont think he was to concerned I was there in the woods..... this was an awesome experience ! 10/17/17
"Bye......... Im taking my lunch with me"
Here's the King !! looking right at me. Those yellow eyes just cut through me....10/17/17
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
I watched this young great blue heron spend 90 minutes fishing right in front of me today. Good thing he likes fish for breakfast! 9/8/17
This river otter shows up every day at the same time through the same part of the pond, The breakfast menu today was frogs !,,,,,, 8/26/17
I spent the morning on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on the north coast of Massachusetts. Great egrets were everywhere, her's one that was on the side of the road in the marshland. 8/25/17
I watched this great blue heron for almost 4 hours today in the pouring rain (thus the grainy image). I estimate he caught and ate almost 20 small fish! When I left he was still going and I was soaking wet ! 8/15/17
Two juvenile green herons were chasing each other around the swamp this morning. I love to watch these birds fish. 7/13/17
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
Beavers get real secretive in the summer and loaf around the pond. This one popped up right in front of me yesterday and ate his breakfast of pond lilies ...... 7/26/17
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