Category Archives: Fauna

08.23.2016 Our property’s co-owner-well, one of them

The vast majority of us have this sense that we own the land we live on and it’s all ours.  Not so, at least not in my opinion.  Before we cleared the land, dug our foundations, erected a home, and planted … Continue reading

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08.14.2016 Eyes of Newt

Red efts, the juvenile terrestrial form of the Eastern Red-spotted Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), are a forest floor constant during the summer in the Quabbin Reservoir…especially when the ground is wet.  We finally have had a few storms come through the last … Continue reading

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08.06.2016-2 Frog Friday a day late

Should have got this up yesterday as was my intention but time got tight and I missed. From a close encounter of the Lithobates catesbeianus kind, here is an American Bullfrog in a mud puddle near Hop Brook in Amherst. Getting … Continue reading

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07.19.2016 I am Green Heron

A while back a few of us had a blog friend named Office Diva.    She dropped out of sight for personal reasons.  But whenever I see a Green Heron (Butorides virescens) or make a photograph of one I am … Continue reading

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05.07.2016 Mr. Toad

Well….it may be Ms. Toad, I’m not sure at all.  Anyway, this appears to be one unhappy toad.  Besides the stern grimace, there seems to be a middle finger thing happening as well.  Actually, several frogs and toads have one “finger” … Continue reading

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04.26.2016 Beaver as Narcissus

Or as a Facebook friend suggested- Beaver (Castor canadensis) as Gemini. Photographed on the Middle Branch of the Swift River, Quabbin Gate 30, New Salem. Obviously, this is not recent.  Even less recent than you may think as it is … Continue reading

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02.04.2016 February Frogs

When I awoke at 4 this morning it was 55°.  Oh yeah, pretty much your average New England morning in the second month of the year.  Anyhoo, since it is so warm I thought I’d share a couple of green … Continue reading

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