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By adamg - 5/23/19 - 4:34 pm
Duckling being scooped out of storm drain and the rest of her family

Duckling coming up; officers Dany Matos and Isaac Jackson rounding up Mrs. Mallard and her babies.

Two Officer Mikes who helped bystanders stop traffic on Tremont Street near BPD headquarters so that Mrs. Mallard and her brood of 11 could safely cross the busy street at lunchtime today suddenly found themselves with a major problem: One of the ducklings they were making way for fell into a storm drain. Police report what happened next: Read more.

By adamg - 2/22/19 - 9:25 am
Two ducks on Boston Harbor

Adam Balsam watched a couple of ducks in the water of Boston Harbor yesterday.

Posted under this Creative Commons license and in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By adamg - 1/12/19 - 11:48 am

Hunters looking to bag some ducks may be breaking state law by having people drive boats at the large number of ducks congregating in Boston Harbor, making them fly away in a panic - and become easier targets. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/18 - 8:51 pm
American wigeon

This female American wigeon decided to hang with all the mallards on the north side of Jamaica Pond this afternoon, but acting a bit more skittish than her larger ducky friends. At one point, a bunch of them took off all of a sudden and she departed with them - before they all splashed down again about halfway down the pond.

By adamg - 7/22/18 - 6:40 pm
Wood ducks in a row at Jamaica Pond

A mama wood duck watched over her brood as they turned in for the night on a log at the north end of Jamaica Pond late this afternoon. Read more.

By adamg - 6/14/18 - 8:54 pm
Wood duck and ducklings on Jamaica Pond

A mother wood duck and her ducklings glided across the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon.

By adamg - 5/20/18 - 10:21 am
Saved duckling

Saved duckling. Photo by Marblehead PD.

Marblehead firefighters and animal control jumped into action this morning and reunited ducklings and mother duck. And yes, with requisite adorable photos.

By adamg - 4/10/18 - 12:26 am
Duck on a rock

At Jamaica Pond.

By adamg - 3/19/18 - 3:27 pm
Hooded mergansers on Jamaica Pond

Went up to Jamaica Pond to look for the bald eagle that's been spotted there. Didn't find it, but did find these hooded mergansers paddling around with the mallards up at the north end of the pond.

By adamg - 1/9/18 - 12:57 pm
Pintail duck in the Emerald Necklace

Mary Ellen spotted this northern pintail at Leverett Pond in the Emerald Necklace near Rte. 9 and Huntington Avenue yesterday.

By adamg - 12/28/17 - 11:45 am
Ducks, geese and coots in water at otherwise frozen Jamaica Pond

Geese, ducks and coots congregated in what appeared to be the last remaining bit of open water on Jamaica Pond, at the north end, this morning. Some birds remained aloof: Two swans seemed to prefer their space out on the ice rather than sharing it with their cousins, as did a flock of seagulls. Read more.

By adamg - 11/26/17 - 9:18 am
Ring-necked duck in Fresh Pond

Stevil took a walk around Fresh Pond yesterday and spotted this ring-necked duck in the water.

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

By adamg - 7/27/17 - 7:05 pm
Ruddy duck in Jamaica Pond

He bobbed along with some mallards along the north side of the pond for awhile this afternoon, before paddling off into deeper water.

By adamg - 6/23/17 - 11:19 pm
Wood duck

That's probably no big news for people used to wildlife, but to us confirmed city dwellers, well, you learn something every day. On a walk around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, I spotted this smallish duck come in over the water and land near some other ducks and ducklings. As it came in, it seemed to be whistling, rather than quacking.

Thanks to some folks on Twitter for identifying it as a wood duck.

By adamg - 6/10/17 - 10:33 am
Firefighters rescuing ducklings

Eric Maki watched Cambridge firefighters this morning rescue a bunch of ducklings from a storm drain on Bond Street between Concord Avenue and Garden Street - and then return them to their mother. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/17 - 4:07 pm
Algae-filled Chestnut Hill Reservoir

Plunkett Prime went for a walk around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir today, reports:

The algae in the Chestnut Hill Reservoir is so bad that ducks leave a wake behind them and dead fish are floating everywhere.

The MWRA only uses the reservoir in emergencies.

By adamg - 4/1/17 - 3:53 pm
Duck down a chimney in Ashland

Chimneys aren't all they're quacked up to be, a duck in Ashland discovered today. Fortunately, he or she flew down the chimney in the Perrys' house, they weren't having a fire and so they spent a good part of the afternoon getting the duck out and then letting it fly away. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/17 - 11:32 pm
Wood duck near Leverett Pond

Mary Ellen spotted this wood duck near Leverett Pond up by Rte. 9 on the JP/Brookline line today.

She also spotted a green-winged teal at the pond today: Read more.

By adamg - 1/4/17 - 9:40 pm

A Fort Hill resident reports being driven daffy on Highland Avenue:

Duck in a cage in the yard, quacking loudly all night, waking people up.

By adamg - 12/2/16 - 2:07 pm

Sophy Tuttle has quite the tale of what happened on her normally sedate Medford side street this morning when a drunken college student, on learning Tuttle's downstairs neighbor had packed three dozen chickens, a number of geese and ducks and an undetermined number of pigs in a trailer parked in the street, got a hammer and whacked the trailer open (all the while screaming "I know what I'm doing, my girlfriend goes to Tufts!"), releasing all the birds into the street (the pigs just stayed where they were):

I was woken up at 4:30 to the cops banging on our door screaming "Are these your f*%$ing chickens?!?!" "Get the F*%^ out here and get them!". My neighbor runs out and starts screaming at the kid. My next door neighbors and the farmer and his wife now spend the next 2 hours chasing chickens and ducks allll over my neighborhood, all while screaming like it's not 5am. While the kid is sitting in cuffs on my porch, the cop says "are you a college student?", to which the moron replies, "yea, I go to college". The cop replies, "that's why then. All you college kids are f*&%ing idiots". My roommates and I are standing on the porch, watching about 5 seasoned police officers chase chickens on a suburban street at 5 am and trying not to laugh, because, you know, they have guns.

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