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By adamg - 5/29/20 - 3:07 pm

DigBoston reports on increased rat sightings in both Boston and Cambridge as coronvirus deprives the rodents of a major food source - restaurant dumpsters, and quotes a Boston city rat expert who says local rats have gotten more aggressive in general and in terms of finding food in particular. More specifically, adult rats are now eating baby rats.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 2:12 pm

The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife said the state has seen "a dramatic uptick" in new bald-eagle nests, including new nests in Medford and Concord, this year. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/20 - 9:56 pm

Saugus Police report a wild turkey flew into the second-floor bedroom of a local house this afternoon - by crashing through a closed window. Read more.

By adamg - 5/21/20 - 5:52 pm
Squirrel with a cup of JP Licks to go

Suzanne Hinton spotted a squirrel going nuts over a JP Licks cup at Flaherty Playground in Jamaica Plain today.

Earlier:
Toasted bagel, hold the shmear.

By adamg - 5/13/20 - 9:15 am
Hooded warbler at Chestnut Hill Reservoir

Mary Ellen the roving UHub photographer captured this hooded warbler at the Chestnut Hill Reservoir yesterday.

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By adamg - 5/9/20 - 8:14 pm
Hawk with lunch in the Public Garden

A roving UHub photographer spotted this hawk with some fresh lunch - a black bird of some sort - in the Public Garden today. She also spotted Revolutionary hero Tadeusz Kosciuszko showing some support for workers at local hospitals: Read more.

By adamg - 5/5/20 - 9:55 pm
Fancy birdhouse in Somerville

JK21 spotted this fancy birdhouse above the Somerville bike lane between Willow Avenue and Davis Square today (look carefully on the lower level in the rear; looks like somebody's already moved in). No word if it comes with a deeded parking space.

By adamg - 5/3/20 - 9:14 pm

Oh, honey, they come from this couple's side yard in Jamaica Plain! Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/20 - 10:11 pm
American kestrel at Millennium Park

On a walk around Millennium Park in West Roxbury today, Mary Ellen spotted both an American kestrel - the smallest of the falcons - and some cygnets settling in for a nap. Read more.

By adamg - 4/29/20 - 9:03 am

No, Kristen Johnson isn't a spy with a passcode. She just happened to get to Jamaica Pond early this morning, before the maddening crowds of counter-clockwise joggers, and so spotted a deer out for some foraging: Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/20 - 5:08 pm
Pigeon downtown

Downtown Crossing pigeon waiting to make sure none of those New York pigeons are around.

Today's top research news comes via the New York Times, which reports a scientist has discovered that Boston and New York pigeons are genetically distinct - and that as with Red Sox and Yankees fans, the boundary runs through the middle of Connecticut.

By adamg - 4/21/20 - 9:22 pm
Turkey in Porter Square

Msmariamad spotted this specimen of meleagrian pulchritude in Porter Square today.

Copyright Msmariamad. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 12:37 pm
Egret with fuzzy feathers at Belle Isle Marsh

Roving UHub photographer Mary Ellen went up to Belle Isle Marsh on the East Boston/Winthrop line yesterday and reports the marsh was just full of all sorts of birds returning to the area for the summer, including a frazzled looking snowy egret. Read more.

By adamg - 4/19/20 - 1:12 pm
Gulls enjoying a feast outside the Taco Bell in downtown Boston

A disgusted citizen filed a 311 report about the gull buffet outside the Summer Street Taco Bell this morning. Read more.

By adamg - 4/15/20 - 12:19 pm

Neema Avashia reports the sentries are taking no guff - and don't hesitate to turn away taxis they don't like the looks of: Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/20 - 3:12 pm
Porch turkey

Seth McCoy reports opening the door on River Street, near the Price Rite in Hyde Park, today to find, no, not an energy salesman, but this bad boy.

By adamg - 4/12/20 - 3:14 pm
Hawk at a Franklin Park playground

Stephen Thomas Costa found this hawk just hanging out today at the Parquesito de Hermandad playground in Franklin Park - closed to human kids, of course, due to Covid-19 concerns.

By mocha fiend - 4/7/20 - 4:45 pm
Turkeys outside the Huntington Avenue YMCA

Saw these two "gym [flying] rats" at the entrance to the Huntington Y today. I think they were probably bummed that Covid-19 has closed the gym for now.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 11:05 pm
Coyote

A startled citizen filed a 311 complaint about a coyote trotting along St. Alphonsus Street by Kevin Fitzgerald Park on Mission HIll 2 p.m.-ish today. No word if it was being chased by one of the increasingly ornery turkey gangs trying to take over the city.

By adamg - 3/29/20 - 11:59 am
Denuded saplings and possible porcupine lair

Denuded saplings and possible lair of the devilbeasts.

A horrified citizen has spent a couple days cataloging the damage being done to saplings in Franklin Park by what he says are porcupines on the munch - and is disputing the official city response that the damage is actually the work of "invasive rabbits," which, when you think of it, might be worse. Read more.

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