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September 2014 Wildlife Sightings

September 2014 Wildlife Sightings

I’ve been hiking in the fells for the past 40 years, and it’s nice when I have a day when I see something new. I decided to grab a couple friends and hike the skyline trail. The day was perfect, sunny and in the 80’s. The area was crowded so I knew the wildlife viewing would be limited. As we hiked, we came across a few garter snakes.

IMAG0883IMAG0880About a mile up the trail we came across a baby snake crossing the trail. It was dark brown and had a small spot on it’s neck, I had never seen this before. I was excited to learn it was a juvenile northern brown snake. Look closely and you can see the light band around the neck. The picture quality isn’t great.                                                                                                                                                                                       IMAG0868

Our last snake sighting of the day was a water snake that was being harrassed by a bass.  Look closely and you can see the snake in the water along the shore and the bass in the water.

Snake and Bass

Other sighting around the Fells:

2 white tailed deer does have been seen near the crystal spring trail, just off greenwood park.  A pair of great horned owls have been seen just behind Stone Zoo.  A single pileated woodpecker was seen on the cross fells trail, very close to the flynn rink lot.  A pair of pileated woodpeckers was aslo reported in the virginia woods area.  A pair of kestrel have been seen hunting in the meadow at the upper reserviors off the rock circuit trail.  Numerous reports of mink around spot pond.  Off Whittemore brook rd 5 white tailed deer does and a woodcock were seen last week.

I’m going to try and publish wildlife sightings more often, so please email me at pbeararl@yahoo.com if you having any sightings to report.

Pete Costello

Assistant Curator at the Stone Zoo Since 1997. I have worked for Zoo New England for the past 27 years.I lead the animal habitat hike the second sunday of every month.

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