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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. If you would like to receive weekly e-mails summarizing the latest additions to Nature Sightings, subscribe to our free e-list.  This is a good way to make sure you never miss a new entry, especially for Camera in the Woods photos, which often come in later than other photos and don't appear on top of the list below.  If you have an interesting sighting, picture or video you would like to share, e-mail Dan Stimson

Latest Sightings:

Great crested flycatcher in Stow

Sighting Date: 
August 3, 2015
A great crested flycatcher in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this great crested flycatcher at his bird bath.
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Spiny Softshell Turtle at Walden Pond in Concord

Sighting Date: 
July 31, 2015
A spiny softshell turtle at Walden Pond in Concord, photographed by Tim Coultas.A spiny softshell turtle at Walden Pond in Concord, photographed by Tim Coultas.
Tim Coultas photographed this spiny softshell turtle at Walden Pond in Concord. The species, which occurs primarily in the Central Plains states, is not native to the area, but may have been released or established from other individuals released by pet owners. 
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Great Blue Heron in Southborough

Sighting Date: 
July 29, 2015
A great blue heron in Southborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
Sandy Howard photographed this great blue heron trying to cool off on a hot day along the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.
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Red-tailed Hawk in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 27, 2015
A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.A red-tailed hawk in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
Steve Forman photographed this red-tailed hawk near his Framingham home.
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Butterflies in Wayland

Sighting Date: 
July 27, 2015
A Baltimore checkerspot at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.A little glassywing skipper at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Michael Newton.
Michael Newton photographed a Baltimore checkerspot and a little glassywing skipper at SVT's Greenways Conservation Area in Wayland.
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Bumble Bee in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 27, 2015
A bumble bee in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.
Mel Markowitz photographed this bumble bee in Framingham.
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Backyard Birds in Marlborough

Sighting Date: 
July 24, 2015
A blue jay in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.Blue jays in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.A red-bellied woodpecker in Marlborough, photographed by Ginny Hutchison.
Ginny Hutchison photographed blue jays and a red-bellied woodpecker in her Marlborough back yard.
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Backyard Birds in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 24, 2015
A mourning dove in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A blue jay in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A blue jay in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a mourning dove and a blue jay in her Framingham back yard.
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Scarlet Tanager in Stow

Sighting Date: 
July 23, 2015
A scarlet tanager in Stow.A scarlet tanager in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this scarlet tanager near his home.
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Polyphemus moth in Stow

Sighting Date: 
July 23, 2015
A polyphemus moth in Stow.A polyphemus moth in Stow.
Steve from Stow photographed this polyphemus moth.
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Goldenseal at Garden in the Woods

Sighting Date: 
July 22, 2015
Goldenseal at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed this goldenseal at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Dragonfly in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 22, 2015
An eastern pondhawk at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed an eastern pondhawk at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.
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Backyard Birds in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 21, 2015
A turkey in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.A downy woodpecker in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.
Mel Markowitz photographed a turkey and shares a downy woodpecker photograph taken by his four year old granddaughter, both near his Framingham home.
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Dragonflies in Southborough

Sighting Date: 
July 21, 2015
A widow skimmer (bottom left) and a slaty skimmer (top right) in Southborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
Sandy Howard photographed a widow skimmer (bottom left) and a slaty skimmer (top right) along the Sudbury Reservoir in Southborough.
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Bumble Bee in Northborough

Sighting Date: 
July 20, 2015
A bumble bee in Northborough, photographed by Sandy Howard.
Sandy Howard photographed this bumble bee in Northborough.
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American Robin Fledgling in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 20, 2015
An American robin in Framingham, photographed by Todd Boli.
Todd Boli photographed this American robin fledgling near his Framingham home.
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Turkeys in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 18, 2015
Turkeys in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.Turkeys in Framingham, photographed by Mel Markowitz.
Mel Markowitz photographed a turkey with poults in Framingham.
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Hummingbird in Harvard

Sighting Date: 
July 17, 2015
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.A ruby-throated hummingbird in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
Robin Right photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird while she held a feeder in Harvard.
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Backyard Birds in Framingham

Sighting Date: 
July 14, 2015
A rose-breasted grosbeak in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A rose-breasted grosbeak in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.An American goldfinch in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A blue jay in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A house sparrow in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.A red-winged blackbird in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Joan Chasan photographed a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks, an American goldfinch, a blue jay, a house sparrow and a red-winged blackbird in her Framingham back yard.
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Butterfly at Wolbach Farm

Sighting Date: 
July 13, 2015
A great spangled fritillary on butterfly weed at SVT's Wolbach Farm in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Vernegaard.
Lisa Vernegaard photographed this great spangled fritillary feeding on butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa) in the gardens at SVT's Wolbach Farm. This plant is native to the northeast, is a magnet for butterflies and is easy to grow in well-drained soils.
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