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Nature Sightings

Welcome to Nature Sightings. Here, we post nature sightings that have been reported to us throughout the Sudbury, Assabet and Concord Rivers Valley.  You'll also find photos from remote wildlife cameras here.  Learn more about our Camera In The Woods project and motion-sensing wildlife cameras.  Also learn about how SVT has helped to monitor wildlife passages beneath route 2 in Concord, and view photos from the project.

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Latest Sightings:

Wood Thrush in Stow

Sighting Date: 
September 14, 2014
A wood thrush in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this wood thrush in his back yard. The bird was resting after it flew into a window and before taking off again.
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Nature at Great Meadows in Concord

Sighting Date: 
September 12, 2014
A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.A great blue heron at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.Painted turtles at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.A turkey in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a great blue heron and painted turtles at Great Meadows National Wildlfie Refuge and a turkey near the refuge in Concord.
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Katydid in Northborough

Sighting Date: 
September 12, 2014
A katydid in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Marnie Frankian photographed this katydid in Northborough.
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Cicada in Stow

Sighting Date: 
September 11, 2014
A cicada in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this cicada.
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Eastern bluebirds in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
September 9, 2014
An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.An eastern bluebird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed eastern bluebirds in her Framingham back yard.
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Nature in Berlin

Sighting Date: 
September 9, 2014
A red-tailed hawk in Berlin, photographed by Mark Pratt.A black swallowtail caterpillar in Berlin, photographed by Mark Pratt.
Mark Pratt photographed a red-tailed hawk and a black swallowtail caterpillar in Berlin.
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Nature in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
September 7, 2014
A black and yellow garden spider in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Diessner.20140825_Black and Yellow Garden Spider2_Nancy Diessner.JPGA black and yellow garden spider in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Diessner.A red eft in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Diessner.A red eft in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Diessner.A red eft in Framingham, photographed by Nancy Diessner.
Nancy Diessner photographed a black and yellow garden spider, seen here weaving its stabilimentum down the center of its web. She also photographed a red eft, which she rescued and released from her backyard pool.
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Backyard insects in Northborough

Sighting Date: 
September 6, 2014
A giant swallowtail in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A katydid in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Marnie Frankian photographed a giant swallowtail butterfly and a katydid in Northborough.
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Nature at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
September 4, 2014
A milkweed tussock moth at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spined micrathena spider at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.Coral Fungus at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.A spicebush swallowtail caterpillar at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Dawn Dentzer.
Dawn Dentzer photographed a milkweed tussock moth caterpillar, a spined micrathena spider, coral fungus and spicebush swallowtail caterpillars at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Backyard Wildlife in Marlborough

Sighting Date: 
September 1, 2014
A downy woodpecker and northern cardinals in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A white-breasted nuthatch in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Gray Squirrels in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A blue jay in Marlborourgh, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A downy woodpecker, northern cardinal and blue jay in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A hairy woodpecker and a mourning dove in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.American goldfinches in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A Cooper's Hawk in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A Cooper's Hawk in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed the following along Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough: downy woodpecker, northern cardinals, white-breasted nuthatch, gray squirrel, blue jay, hairy woodpecker, mourning dove, American goldfinches and a Cooper's Hawk.
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Turkeys in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
September 1, 2014
Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Peg Espinola.Turkeys in Sudbury, photographed by Peg Espinola.
Peg Espinola photographed and recorded video of turkeys in Sudbury.
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Gray Tree Frog in Maynard

Sighting Date: 
August 30, 2014
A gray tree frog in Maynard, photographed by Marc DeCastro.
Marc DeCastro photographed this gray tree frog in Maynard.
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Eastern Cicada Killer at Memorial Forest

Sighting Date: 
August 27, 2014
An eastern cicada killer with a cicada at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Chris Renna.
Chris Renna photographed this eastern cicada killer with a cicada at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.
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Blue Budgerigar in Stow

Sighting Date: 
August 27, 2014
A blue budgerigar in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this blue budgerigar in Stow. The bird is likely an escaped pet, and is not known to breed in our area.
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Great Spangled Fritillary in Saxonville

Sighting Date: 
August 26, 2014
A great spangled fritillary in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.A great spangled fritillary in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
Todd Boli photographed this great spangled fritillary in Framingham.
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Double-crested cormorant on Lake Cochituate

Sighting Date: 
August 26, 2014
A double-crested cormorant on Lake Cochituate, photographed by Joan Butler.
Joan Butler photographed this double-crested cormorant on Lake Cochituate in Framingham.
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Birds in Stow

Sighting Date: 
August 24, 2014
Eastern kingbirds in Stow.A pileated woodpecker in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed a pileated woodpecker and eastern kingbirds.
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Butterflies in Saxonville

Sighting Date: 
August 24, 2014
An eastern tiger swallowtail in Framingham, photographed by Joan Butler.A great spangled fritillary in Framingham, photographed by Joan Butler.
Joan Butler photographed an eastern tiger swallowtail and a great spangled fritillary in Framingham.
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Backyard insects in Northborough

Sighting Date: 
August 23, 2014
A bumble bee in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A beetle in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A western conifer seed bug in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.An insect in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A butterfly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.Caterpillars in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.Caterpillars in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A fly in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Marnie Frankian photographed several insects in her Northborough back yard.
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Turkeys in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
August 22, 2014
Peg Espinola recorded this video of turkeys in her Sudbury back yard.
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