Great Horned Owl Sighting

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) A month after his vintage Peregrine Falcon sighting, birder Gary Reardon returns with another great sighting of a seldom seen bird, this Great Horned Owl. Owls are raptors just like hawks, but through natural selection evolved as a bird group fully equipped to occupy a nocturnal niche on our landscape. […] Read more »

Peregrine Falcon Sighting

Peregrine Falcon – Falco peregrinus On Wednesday February 17, birder Gary Reardon enjoyed a rare sighting, a Peregrine Falcon perched on a pole on Smith Neck Road in Dartmouth.  Peregrines here along the coast are most often seen in fall and winter, after nesting is complete and both adults and juveniles have dispersed from nesting […] Read more »

Lloyd Center Feeder Watch – Winter Rarities

Since late January when a blizzard covered the region in snow, storms have continued with no apparent end in sight. Much like waterfowl flock to unfrozen estuaries as the only reliable food source in winter when ice forms over waterways, songbirds flock to feeders for an easy meal when the snow gets deep.  In addition […] Read more »

Elusive “Brown Birds” in Winter

Beyond the backyard bird feeder in winter, there may lurk a species or two that is tough to find even against a backdrop of fresh snowfall in the woods of Southeast New England. Two such species have been spotted by Lloyd Center staff this past week on the nature preserve: the Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) and the Brown Creeper […] Read more »

Snowy Owl (Nyctea scandiaca)

Owls are commonly heralded as mysterious creatures of the night that are rarely encountered, like our tiny screech owl which in all it’s simplicity has created quite a stir in these parts. Currently in the region is a bird that reminds us of how diverse the owl family is, and how conveniently situated southeastern New […] Read more »

Downy Woodpecker

The Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is the smallest woodpecker in North American and is distributed across much of the continent, where the species adapts to a variety of habitats. The small size, white back, and stubby bill distinguish the species. The male Downy posses a red “occipital” patch on the nape. Here in the northeast, […] Read more »

Eastern Screech Owl sighting at the Lloyd Center

On March 22, 2013, an unlikely visitor was seen on the Lloyd Center property. An Eastern Screech Owl (Otus asio) which was likely displaced by a significant late season snowfall that blanketed the region the night before, was roosting in the warm sun behind the old “goat shed” at the woodland edge. The owl sat […] Read more »

Fox Pups Sighting

In May of this year, Ric Rheaume sighted some fox pups and got some great photos.  He saw them at dusk near Pettey Lane in Westport. In his email to us he stated “The Lloyd Center was a huge part of my youth and where much of my love of nature comes from.” Thanks! And […] Read more »

Gray Seals

On March 28, SEANET volunteer Tom Grota was surveying Horseneck Beach, and came across this Gray Seal (Halichoerus gypus) pup up near the dune line. Gray seals are endemic to the North Atlantic, and are year-round residents in Buzzards Bay. Breeding populations occur in Chatham off Monomoy Island, and on Muskeget Island off Nantucket.  Young […] Read more »

American Mink (Neovison vison)

Mink are found throughout Massachusetts except for Nantucket and perhaps Martha’s Vineyard. They live in forested areas near a water source, burrowing in the banks of rivers, lakes, and streams. Minks have even been known to utilize old dens of other mammals, such as muskrats. The American Mink has a long, sleek body of about […] Read more »

A Barn Swallow Nest on Our Front Porch

A Barn Swallow nest was built on a board on top of a post on the inside of our front porch. The favorite watch spot of the parent birds was the corner of the gutter just outside the edge of the porch. The gutter corner is where they spent much of their time keeping a […] Read more »