Winter is on its way out for 2018, ummm, maybe ! 3/10/18
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 !
It's a rare thing to see fog when it's 14 degrees F at the Quabbin Reservoir, but here it was this morning ! 2/19/18
"Hey pal, can you spare an acorn or some sunflower seeds ?"
On my hike about the western Quabbin I found a pack of 6 coyotes going somewhere along the ice. Where they were going I know not.....
This coyote snuck right by me with a squirrel in his mouth this morning. He was with 2 others that were fast as the wind.
I decided for a change of pace for myself this morning and hiked in to see how one of my three friendly clans of beavers I've spent years photographing are doing this winter. I found them doing great with a large cache of twigs left for the next month and a half. All is well in beaverland.... (this is an iPhone 6 photo)
Here is another mink image. They sure are alert and fast creatures.....
Looks like another snowy owl invasion is under way. I found this one today in the Connecticut River Valley... sitting in the freezing rain late 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'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!..
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.
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
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