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