Mary Ellen was down by the Charles River at Millennium Park this morning and watched a great blue heron enjoy a fresh catfish meal. It took the bird a half hour to subdue and finally consume the entire large fish, she reports. Read more.
A concerned citizen files a 311 complaint asking the city to do, well, something, about this bird, which has been hanging out in an apartment-complex gazebo off Adams Street in Dorchester Lower Mills for a couple of weeks now. The report does not specify what the bird has been doing that's worth city action, aside from the fact that it exists.
Mary Ellen went out for an early morning walk at Millennium Park in West Roxbury and, spotted, among other things, a young male Northern Parula getting some sustenance (she also saw both a deer and a killdeer, but the latter was, once again, not living up to its name).
The state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife reports a bald eagle collapsed and died in her nest along the Charles River in Middlesex County after eating something that had itself eaten "second-generation anticoagulant rodenticide" (link has a photo of the dead bird). Read more.
Mary Ellen reports she was standing under a tree by the Charles River in West Roxbury this morning when an eagle landed in the tree, basically right on top of her - maybe the one she saw from a bit further away yesterday.
Mark McDonald reports that an apparently lonely swan in Mill Pond - the part of the Mother Brook that River Street crosses in Hyde Park - seemed to be a bit happier today now that its partner has rejoined it after several weeks of absence.
Mary Ellen reports the coyotes at Millennium Park were howling this morning, as they looked for love, although one coyote at the very top of the hill might also have been looking for something to munch to start the day.
A bit further down the hill, she spotted a red-bellied woodpecker, probably too high up for any yippin' 'yote to chomp: Read more.