In spite of the overcast day and dark, looming clouds (and temp of 42 degrees), I decided I would still take a hike at the Broadmoor in Natick. It turned out to be a great birding hike, probably because there were such few people there because of the ugly day. With fewer people, there is always more wildlife. And today's sightings included many of my favorites: Eastern bluebirds, great blue heron, hooded mergansers and wood ducks!
I went back to the marsh next to the cemetery and was surprised to find not one, but three killdeer digging in the grass between the road and the marsh. I wonder how many are in the area? I couldn't resist more photos. I think they are such a cute bird!
I stopped at a marsh adjacent to the cemetery in Ashland tonight. There were quite a few red-winged blackbirds nesting among the reeds, and I think I saw a muskrat out of the corner of my eye (but missed getting a photo). A pair of mallards and a red-tailed hawk rounded things out.
There was a small piece of suet remaining in the lower left corner of this feeder. The red-bellied woodpecker was bound and determined to keep it all to himself. The European starlings were bound and determined to take it away from him. Let the games begin!
The last photo gives you a glimpse of the red belly from which this bird gets its name! See it through the feeder? The woodpecker won this game!