One great thing about living in Central Massachusetts is the wide variety of wildlife that can be seen even while on quick errands. During this morning’s short nursery trip in search of a begonia, I noticed a hawk, a turkey, and a coyote. (I think I saved the turkey from an early Thanksgiving dinner).
An added bonus: I found just the right begonia.
Taking care of babies is a family effort for the sparrows in my yard. Both Mother and Father work tirelessly to bring in food and clean the nest. They seldom get a chance to rest, stopping only occasionally for a for a quick perch on the garden solar lights. The birdhouse that is their home is “decorated” with a top of a tin can on one side. Why? To keep the local woodpecker from drilling a hole in the side to make it his own.
Swallows and ladybugs are usually at odds. In recent years, ladybugs have even been set out to entice more swallows to return to San Juan Capistrano, the annual event that draws spectators from around the world.
I recently caught these two sworn enemies resting quietly together before they both flew off on separate journeys.
In the late afternoon, Stella the Robin likes to peer down from a high branch, while Sadie the Sparrow takes a break from sitting on her eggs in a nearby nest. Stretch, the half -grown rabbit, is skittish but is becoming more used to human company.
The answer is a nature walk that is accessible to everyone, whether that be with the help of wheelchairs, canes or other mobility enhancement equipment.
At the Wachusett Meadow Audubon, you can follow this accessible path to relax on a swing and watch the birds near feeders or take a trail to a large oak overlooking the beaver wetland.
The knowledgeable staff at the Wachusett Meadow Audubon clarified the types of frogs I had photographed there:
The brownish frog here is actually a Green Frog, distinguished by 2 ridges that run from behind each eye to its back legs. The frog that is mostly green is the American Bullfrog, and he will likely get much larger. Both species often share the same habitat (permanent water). Learn more about the 10 species of frogs found in Massachusetts: http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/nature-wildlife/reptiles-amphibians/frogs/frog-species-in-massachusetts