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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:

Melanistic Gray Squirrel in Lincoln

Sighting Date: 
October 23, 2014
A gray squirrel in Lincoln, photographed by Harold McAleer.
Harold McAleer photographed this black variety of a gray squirrel near Farrar Pond in Lincoln.
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Backyard Birds in Stow

Sighting Date: 
October 21, 2014
Purple finches and dark-eyed juncos in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed purple finches and juncos in his back yard.
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Autumn olive at Heard Farm in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 20, 2014
Autumn olive at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Peg Espinola.
Peg Espinola photographed this autumn olive bush at Heard Farm in Wayland. Autumn olive is an invasive species in our area, and the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England has more information about it on their site.
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Marbled Orb Weaver in Berlin

Sighting Date: 
October 18, 2014
A marbled orb weaver in Berlin, photographed by Bill Shelley.
Bill Shelley photographed a marbled orb weaver in Berlin.
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Ruffed Grouse in Stow

Sighting Date: 
October 17, 2014
A ruffed grouse at the Stow Town Forest.A ruffed grouse at the Stow Town Forest.
Steve from Stow photographed this ruffed grouse at the Stow Town Forest.
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Sharp-shinned Hawk in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
October 16, 2014
A sharp-shinned hawk with prey in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A sharp-shinned hawk with prey in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed this sharp-shinned hawk with a mourning dove it caught in her Framingham back yard.
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Chipmunk in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
October 15, 2014
An eastern chipmunk in Sudbury, photographed by Sharon Tentarelli.
Sharon Tentarelli photographed this eastern chipmunk in her Sudbury back yard.
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Birds at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough

Sighting Date: 
October 15, 2014
An American goldfinch in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.American goldfinches in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A great blue heron in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A red-tailed hawk in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A red-tailed hawk in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A red-bellied woodpecker in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed several American goldfinches, a great blue heron, a red-tailed hawk and a red-bellied woodpecker by her home on Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.
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Birds at Hager Pond in Marlborough

Sighting Date: 
October 14, 2014
Mute Swans at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Peg Espinola.A Canada goose and herring gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Peg Espinola.
Peg Espinola photographed mute swans, a Canada goose and herrring gulls at Hager Pond in Marlborough.
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Bare Hill Pond in Harvard

Sighting Date: 
October 11, 2014
Bare Hill Pond in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.Bare Hill Pond in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.Bare Hill Pond in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
Robin Right photographed a sunset and fall foliage along Bare Hill Pond in Harvard.
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Red-tailed Hawk at Great Meadows in Concord

Sighting Date: 
October 10, 2014
A red-tailed hawk at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a red-tailed hawk at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.
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Nature at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge

Sighting Date: 
October 10, 2014
Milkweed at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Peg Espinola.Pokeweed at Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury, photographed by Peg Espinola.
Peg Espinola photographed milkweed and pokeweed at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge in Sudbury.
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Autumn light at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation

Sighting Date: 
October 8, 2014
SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Dave Longland.
Dave Longland photographed autumn scenes at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury.
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Nature at Heard Pond in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 8, 2014
An American robin at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.An immature bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.A bald eagle at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.Fall foliage at Heard Pond in Wayland, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed two bald eagles, an American robin and fall foliage at Heard Pond in Wayland.
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Nature along the Sudbury and Concord Rivers

Sighting Date: 
October 4, 2014
A red-tailed hawk along the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.A red-tailed hawk along the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.A great blue heron along the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.A great blue heron along the Sudbury River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.The outflow of the Assabet River, photographed by Jim Lagerbom.
Jim Lagerbom photographed a red-tailed hawk and great blue herons, as well as the Assabet River near Egg Rock, on an SVT paddle from Sherman's Bridge Road to Lowell Road.
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Nature at Fort Meadow Reservoir

Sighting Date: 
October 4, 2014
Pokeweed at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Swamp aster at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Winterberry at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Sunrise at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Sunrise at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A Cooper's Hawk at Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed pokeweed, swamp aster, winterberry, a Cooper's hawk and fall colors at sunrise on Fort Meadow Reservoir in Marlborough.
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Eastern Phoebe in Sudbury

Sighting Date: 
October 1, 2014
An eastern phoebe in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
Lisa Eggleston photographed an eastern phoebe in Sudbury.
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Snapping turtle eggs at SVT's Memorial Forest

Sighting Date: 
October 1, 2014
Snapping turtle eggs at SVT's Memorial Forest in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
Lisa Eggleston photographed emptied snapping turtle eggs at SVT's General Federation of Women's Clubs of Massachusetts Memorial Forest in Sudbury.
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Northern Flicker at Heard Farm in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
October 1, 2014
A northern flicker at Heard Farm in Wayland, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
Lisa Eggleston photographed a northern flicker at Heard Farm in Wayland.
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Backyard insects in Northborough

Sighting Date: 
September 28, 2014
A daddy longlegs in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A banded woolly bear in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.A northern paper wasp in Northborough, photographed by Marnie Frankian.
Marnie Frankian photographed a daddy longlegs, a banded woolly bear and a northern paper wasp in Northborough.
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