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. 

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Squirrels in Stow

May 26, 2016

Black colored gray squirrels in Stow.
Black colored gray squirrels in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed three of the five melanistic gray squirrels that frequent the area near his home.

Pileated Woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook

May 25, 2016

A pileated woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jean M Joyce.
A pileated woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jean M Joyce.
A pileated woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jean M Joyce.
A pileated woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland, photographed by Jean M Joyce.

Jean M Joyce photographed this pileated woodpecker at SVT's Upper Mill Brook Conservation Area in Wayland.

American Robin Nest in Harvard

May 24, 2016

An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.
An American robin nest in Harvard, photographed by Robin Right.

Robin Right photographed this series at an American robin nest through her window in Harvard.

Birds in Southborough

May 24, 2016

An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An American robin at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed an American robin, Baltimore orioles, and a northern mockingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Nature at Garden in the Woods

May 24, 2016

An American bullfrog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
An American bullfrog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Double-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Double-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A green frog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A green frog at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Large-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Large-flowered trillium at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Yellow-lady's slipper at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.
Yellow-lady's slipper at Garden in the Woods in Framingham, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed an American bullfrog, double-flowered trillium, a green frog, large-flowered trillium, and yellow lady's slipper at Garden in the Woods in Framingham.

Birds in Southborough

May 22, 2016

A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A barn swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
An eastern kingbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a Baltimore oriole, a barn swallow, an eastern kingbird and a gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds in Stow

May 22, 2016

American goldfinches in Stow.
American goldfinches in Stow.
A Baltimore oriole in Stow.
A Baltimore oriole in Stow.
An indigo bunting in Stow.
An indigo bunting in Stow.
Rose-breasted grosbeaks in Stow.
Rose-breasted grosbeaks in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed American goldfinches, a Baltimore oriole, an indigo bunting, and a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks at his feeders.

Ducklings in Marlborough

May 22, 2016

Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
Mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed these mallards at Hager Pond in Marlborough.

Northern Water Snakes in Acton

May 22, 2016

Northern water snakes at Heath Hen Meadow in Acton, photographed by Mark Mayall.
Northern water snakes at Heath Hen Meadow in Acton, photographed by Mark Mayall.
Northern water snakes at Heath Hen Meadow in Acton, photographed by Mark Mayall.
Northern water snakes at Heath Hen Meadow in Acton, photographed by Mark Mayall.

Mark Mayall photographed northern water snakes at Heath Hen Meadow in Acton.

Wildlife in Concord

May 22, 2016

A beaver in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
A beaver in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.
Pileated woodpeckers in Concord, photographed by Terri Ackerman.

Terri Ackerman photographed a beaver and a pileated woodpecker feeding its chicks in Concord.

Marsh Wren in Concord

May 21, 2016

A marsh wren at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A marsh wren at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A marsh wren at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A marsh wren at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed this marsh wren at Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Concord.

Wildlife at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation

May 21, 2016

A double-crested cormorant at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A double-crested cormorant at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
Great blue herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
Great blue herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
Great blue herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
Great blue herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A great horned owl at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A great horned owl at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A green frog at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A green frog at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A green frog at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A green frog at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A painted turtle at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A painted turtle at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A song sparrow at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.
A song sparrow at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury, photographed by Barry Hausmann.

Barry Hausmann photographed a double-crested cormorant, great blue herons, a great horned owl, a green frog, a painted turtle, and a song sparrow at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury.

Birds in Southborough

May 19, 2016

A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A Baltimore oriole at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A house wren at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a Baltimore oriole, a house sparrow and a red-winged blackbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Birds in Stow

May 18, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A rose-breasted grosbeak in Stow.
A rose-breasted grosbeak in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed a ruby-throated hummingbird and a rose-breasted grosbeak at his feeders.

Common Yellowthroat in Stow

May 17, 2016

A common yellowthroat in Stow.
A common yellowthroat in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this common yellowthroat.

Great Blue Herons at Lyons-Cutler

May 17, 2016

Norm Levey recorded this video of nesting great blue herons at SVT's Lyons-Cutler Reservation in Sudbury. Choose your resolution by clicking on the HD icon, and click on the arrow controls next to the Vimeo logo in the video window to view in full screen, or visit Norm's Vimeo page.

Birds in Southborough

May 16, 2016

A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-tailed hawk at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a red-tailed hawk and a tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow

May 16, 2016

A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.
A ruby-throated hummingbird in Stow.

Steve from Stow photographed this ruby-throated hummingbird at his feeder.

Birds in Sudbury

May 14, 2016

A Baltimore oriole in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
A Baltimore oriole in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
A chestnut-sided warbler in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
A chestnut-sided warbler in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
A chestnut-sided warbler in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
A chestnut-sided warbler in Sudbury, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.

Lisa Eggleston photographed a Baltimore oriole and a chestnut-sided warbler in Sudbury.

Tent Caterpillars in Wayland

May 14, 2016

Tent caterpillars in Wayland, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.
Tent caterpillars in Wayland, photographed by Lisa Eggleston.

Lisa Eggleston photographed these tent caterpillars at Heard Farm in Wayland.

Wildlife in Natick

May 14, 2016

A Canada goose with eggs in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A Canada goose with eggs in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mute swan in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A mute swan in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A northern water snake in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A northern water snake in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A northern water snake in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A northern water snake in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.
A painted turtle in Natick, photographed by Joan Chasan.

Joan Chasan photographed a Canada goose with eggs, a mute swan, a northern water snake, and a painted turtle at Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick.

Birds in Framingham

May 13, 2016

A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A common grackle at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.
A red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a common grackle and a red-winged blackbird at Farm Pond in Framingham.

Birds in Southborough

May 13, 2016

A double-crested cormorant at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A double-crested cormorant at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A downy woodpecker at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A gray catbird at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.
A tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough, photographed by Steve Forman.

Steve Forman photographed a double-crested cormorant, a downy woodpecker, a gray catbird, and a tree swallow at Breakneck Hill Conservation Land in Southborough.

Cotton-tailed Rabbit in Natick

May 13, 2016

A cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.
A cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick, photographed by Michael Sanders.

Michael Sanders photographed this cotton-tailed rabbit in Natick.