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Evening Swim

The American Beaver takes a swim under the watchful eye of the Gray Catbird at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary.

Yellow Pond Lily, Wildlife Pond, Wachusett Meadow
American Beaver
Gray Catbird

Garden Time

Holden, Massachusetts

Spring is rejuvenating Central Massachusetts. I’ll be taking some time off from blogging to focus on landscaping updates and planting the vegetable gardens. See you in a few weeks!
Female Northern Cardinal
Zen Contemplation Garden

All Persons Trail

The All Persons (Universally Accessible) Trail at Wachusett Meadow is carefully crafted to provide access to nature for all.

Lookout Over the Wildlife Pond
Observation Pier
Nature is an Artist
Painted Turtles Sunbathing
Water Lilies Leaves Emerging in Full Color
A Clear View of the Beaver Lodge
A Porcupine Ambles By!

Tailwind

The American Kestrel had difficulty balancing on his nest box in today’s high wind.

Close Up and Far Away

Photos from a late afternoon walk at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA.

Female, Male and Juvenile Hooded Mergansers on the Wildlife Pond
Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal Near the Bird Feeders
Gray Squirrel Swinging in the Copse Near the Bird Feeders
Common Grackle Hunting Seeds on the Ground
Female and Male Mallard on the Far Side of the Wildlife Pond
Eastern Cottontail with a Gray Squirrel and Sparrows Near the Visitor’s Center
Eastern Towhee and Blue Jay Under the Feeders
Eastern Cottontail Close-up
Eastern Towhee Under the Bird Feeders

Foretelling of Spring

Holden, Massachusetts

Forsythia and her companions:
Purple Hyacinth…
Azalea…
And Green Salad Bowl Lettuce Seedlings.

Feathers and Shells

Painted Turtles and Canada Geese share a sunny afternoon together at the Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA.

Painted Turtles/Canada Goose
I enjoy experimenting with the continuous shutter setting on my bridge camera.
In contrast, I use the built in close-up lens with the turtles sunning on the far side of the pond.

Did You Hear?

An Eastern Meadowlark, which is becoming rarer in many parts of Massachusetts, visited the Audubon Sanctuary recently.

“There’s a Meadowlark in the South Meadow!”
“Heads up, Painted Turtles!”
The Red-winged Blackbird, Mourning Dove and Northern Cardinal have a plan.
“Let’s go check it out!”
The Eastern Meadowlark rests in the grass.

Donkey Duet

The donkeys at Alta Vista Farm in Rutland, MA didn’t mind posing for a few photographs during a recent visit.

Alta Vista Farm, Rutland, Massachusetts

Ramping Up

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

Signs of spring abound at the Audubon.
A Black-capped Chickadee rests on a grape vine.
The All Persons Ramp to the raft will make the view accessible to all.
In the wetland area, a Red-winged Blackbird pauses among the cattails.
The ground near the bird feeder provides unending treats for the Red Squirrel.

Bluebird Picnic

Eastern Bluebirds flew into town and invited their friends for a feast at the feeders.

Male Eastern Bluebird, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA
Female Eastern Bluebird
Female Bluebird, Blue Jay, Female Cardinal
Female Bluebird, Gray Squirrel
Downy Woodpecker, Male Bluebird

Donkey Hodie in Massachusetts

Rutland, Massachusetts

According to Wikipedia:

Inspired by the funny, quirky side of children’s television pioneer Fred Rogers, Donkey Hodie is set in the whimsical land of Someplace Else. The imaginative puppet series follows the adventures of Donkey Hodie, an enthusiastic and charming go-getter who takes on each day with curiosity, resilience, and sincerity, and her pals Purple Panda, Duck Duck, and Bob Dog. The social-emotional series is designed to empower children ages 3–5 to dream big and overcome obstacles in their own lives, to work hard and persevere in the face of failure, to be resourceful and discover they can solve problems on their own—and to laugh themselves silly along the way.

Above and Below

The Wildlife Pond is coming alive with the warm weather.

Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA
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