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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

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.

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

Return of the Phoebe

Phoebes symbolize wisdom and hidden knowledge. They are connected to the Roman goddess Diana.

This active Eastern Phoebe perched in the bushes surrounding the Farm Pond in between making short flights to capture insects.

Mergansers on the Move

A windy day and choppy water couldn’t stop these Hooded Mergansers.

Wildlife Pond, Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, MA

Mockingbird Mix

Northern Mockingbirds, Princeton, MA

The Northern Mockingbird at Wachusett Meadow didn’t notice me as it busily feasted on sumac.
These mockingbirds surveyed the meadow as they perched on bluebird houses. Their coloring and markings puzzled me, as they were slightly different than those in the first photographs. Birding friends: Any thoughts?

Spring Fling

American Robins, Moore State Park, Paxton, MA

Although a storm is coming, spring is not far away!

Jaywalking

Eastern Blue Jay, Princeton, MA

This sociable Eastern Blue Jay enjoyed companionship and snacks on a cold winter day.

A Storytelling of Crows

American Crows, Jordan Farm, Rutland, MA

Crows observed as they swarmed and cascaded while navigating a change of weather. Special thanks to Babsje Heron for introducing me to the less familiar collective noun “storytelling”.

Cedar Celebration

The party was in full swing at Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary today, where the Cedar Waxwings gorged themselves on berries in between relaxing sunbaths.

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