Friday, May 6, 2011

Don't see these every day!

Id'd as Meadow Jumping Mouse
This creature was seen as I was leaving the park this morning at around 10:45 a.m. It was scurrying across the pavement near the Winchester St. entrance. I'm not sure if it's a field mouse or some other kind of mouse, but it seemed larger than the little mice you see in houses.

At any rate, the park was alive with all kinds of birds today. There were orioles, yellow warblers, yellow rumped warblers, black & white warblers, northern parulas, red-bellied woodpeckers and our regulars. 

Walking through the woods saw great crested flycatchers and a beautiful ovenbird that Jane spotted as well as a garter snake that was about 15 inches long. We heard the wood thrush too. So glad they are back! 

The Eastern kingbirds were seen down by the Charles making their usual racket. Also saw the female red breasted grosbeak towards the back of the upper gardens.

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