March 10, 2015 – a blast from the ancient past

Today’s PHOTOS and VIDEOS

Notes for today: There’s a gray, avocado-green eyed Eastern Screen Owl in the nest by Olga’s Bench/Post0500/switchbacks. The first since November 28, 2014. Video below. A bird watcher reports hearing a Red-wing Blackbird on the golf course side of Little Fresh Pond on Saturday, March 7, 2015. A male Cardinal was sighted on the same day. A bird fan reports seeing a Great Horned Owl on a tree across from the reservation. It did not stay for this owl journalist. The ice in Arctic Cambridge is finally breaking up. Reservoir Dogs for today: Nellie, Trust, Keiko, Francis, and Buggs. There’s the first hint of yellow on the witchhazel at the base of the golf course clubhouse hill.

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Link of the day: 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT THE SOLENODON “SOLENODONS LOOK LIKE large, plump shrews with elongated snouts and multicolored fur. They grow to about a foot long, and their naked, scaly tails can add another 10 inches. Solenodons are some of the most unique and rare mammals in the world. Solenodon-like animals lived all over North America 30 million years ago, but today they are only found on the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola.”

Book of the day: Eastern Screech Owl: Life History, Ecology, and Behavior in the Suburbs and Countryside (W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series) “The eastern screech owl, widespread over the eastern half of North America and noticeably tolerant of human activity, is one of America’s most familiar birds. Residing naturally in wooded environs with tree cavities, this owl lives well in suburbia and can be found nesting in mailboxes, porch columns, and purple martin houses.”

Fresh Pond Reservation Photo of the Day

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