Nature Sightings

Below are postings of nature sightings that have been reported to us throughout Harvard. If you have an interesting sighting or a picture you would like to share, please send it to us at:  We look forward to your photos!


Rose breasted grosbeak                 Submitted by Robin Right

Evening grosbeaks


Female grosbeak


American Goldfinch                       Submitted by Robin Right


Hawk Takes Up Residence

pruning , , ,

". . . not about to leave that tree.  
Submitted by Robin Right


Black Bear in Harvard                   Submitted by Robin Right


Hummer vs Hornet                        
Submitted by Robin Right


 Who got the nectar?


Blue Jays                                            Submitted by Robin Right


Early Bird Gets the Worm              Submitted by Robin Right

Sparrows   Could anyone give us a more specific identification?


Goldfinch                                             Submitted by Robin Right

Feeder Birds                                       
Submitted by Robin Right

red 1

red 2

Wild Turkeys
                                    Submitted by Robin Right

Redwing Blackbirds                      
Submitted by Robin Right


Redwings and other birds feeding on the ground.
Can anyone identify?

Cardinal on a High Branch          
Submitted by Robin Right

Feeder Birds - Part 2

Chickadee and Downy


 Nuthatch                                 Submitted by Robin Right

Coyote in Daylight

Submitted by Robin Right

Camera in the Woods - Part 2 (coyotes)

Notice the second coyote in the back . . .

Camera in the Woods - Part 1 (deer)

Submitted by Robin Right

Feeder Birds  

Purple Finch and Goldfinch

Downy Woodpecker

 submitted by Robin Right

Female Cardinal at the Lunch Buffet  submitted by Robin Right




Blue Jay in the Snow  submitted by Robin Right

Robin Right has kindly provided us with the photos of birds in the snow below.

Blue Jay







Ellen Neelands, amateur mycologist and past president of the Boston Mushroom Club, has kindly provided information on the mushroom photos below. She cautions that '... mushrooms cannot be identified from the pictures without years of experience.   The photos do not include all identifying characteristics, and it takes time to understand the variability of said characteristics.' 

Amanita muscaria, var. formosa

Submitted by Robin Right

Hen of the Woods

Submitted by Robin Right


Cardinals at the Feeder  Submitted by Robin Right

Must be a cold day--look at the rhododendrons!

arly Morning Sunbath . . .  Submitted by Dave Guy

 Twin fawns enjoying  the early morning sun.


. . . And Breakfast.


A Big Catch in Bare Hill Pond  Submitted by Robin Right

Young Hawk  
 Submitted by Robin Right


Female Hummingbird  Robin Right says,
"She looks pretty beaten up! But I think she wins most of the battles because I see her at the feeders more than any of the others. So far I have counted 4 pairs!"



Moonrise over Bare Hill Pond  Submitted by Robin Right

Sunset over Bare Hill Pond  
 Submitted by Robin Right

Snake Sighting.  A Northern Water Snake, perhaps?

Submitted by Robin Right.

Deck Visitor.  Can anyone identify?


Submitted by Robin Right.

Red Squirrel.
 Submitted by Robin Right.

Rabbit.  Submitted by Robin Right.

Water Snake in Bare Hill Pond. Can anyone identify this snake?

Please let us know at:


Submitted by Robin Right.

Blue Heron at Bare Hill Pond.   Submitted by Robin Right.

Feeder Sightings    Hummingbird photos submitted by Robin Right.

Black Swallowtail Butterfly   
Submitted by Robin Right.


Anyone know what type of bird this is? It has made its nest on the front porch light.
If so, please contact us at:

 Photos submitted by Robin Right.

A Moose in Harvard. Shot by a trail cam near a Harvard Conservation Trust site.

Submitted by Robin Right

Leucistic Red Tailed Hawk  
Submitted by Suzanne Buell

Suzanne has been monitoring this leucistic (white-feathered) hawk for eight years.
If anyone has information on this bird, please let us know at

A Bluebird Visits the Williams Land  
Submitted by Robin Bedell

bluebird 1

bluebird 2

View from Black Pond
 Submitted by Robin Right

Black Pond

More Mushrooms . . .  We need your help.  Do you know what kind of mushrooms these are? Please let us know at

mushrooms 4

mushroom 3

Submitted by Robin Right


And More Fall Color 

 autumn leaves 5

autumn leaves 4 

 Submitted by Robin Right

Fall Colors Harvard Style  
Submitted by Robin Right

autumn leaves 1

autumn leaves 2


autumn leaves 3


Mushroom Identification.  Do you know what kind of mushrooms these are? Please let us know at


Submitted by Robin Right

A Pot of Gold in Bare Hill Pond? - 
Submitted by Robin Right

  rainbow 1

rainbow 2

rainbow 3

 rainbow 4


Lunchtime at the Feeder - Submitted by Robin Right

hummingbird 1

hummingbird 3

hummingbird 2


Baby House Finches - Submitted by Robin Right

Baby house finces


A second, smaller bobcat makes an appearance on South Shaker Road

smaller bobcat

Submitted by Ron Kusner

A new sailor in town...these images of a Great Blue Heron were shot at Harvard town beach after a successful evening of fishing.

blue heron 1 


blue heron 2

 Submitted by Robin Right


Pink among the white at Carlson Orchards

apple blossoms

Submitted by Robin Right

Bobcat on Shaker Road  - 
submitted by Faith Cross

bobcat on shaker road

Bobcat on South Shaker Road  - Submitted by Margaret Kusner


Redback Salamander on driveway.  Several of them were living under a stack of firewood on the asphalt.  

 dwarf salamander

Submitted by George Snyder


Pileated Woodpecker submitted by George Snyder

  pileated woodpecker


Submitted by Laura Andrews

Venus over Bare Hill Pond
submitted by Robin Right

Snapping Turtle nesting on a Beaver Lodge
submitted by Molly Cutler

Prints of Deer Sleeping in Snow -
submitted by Sarah and Chole Pyne

A snow covered Beaver lodge - thanks to blizzard NEMO
submitted by Molly Cutler

A Momma fox and her kits were seen on Bolton Road
submitted by Ralph Fehlberg

A Fisher was recently treed in Harvard
sent in by Molly Cutler

A Muskrat Lodge off Stow Road
sent in by Molly Cutler

Juvenile Cedar Waxwings were spotted in Harvard.
submitted by Becca Day Newsham

A Bluebird wintered over on St. John Lane in Harvard.
submitted by Dave Guy

A Red Fox
Taken by Susan Johnson


A Barred Owl owlet
Taken by Dorothy Solbrig


Kids help to tame a Boa Constrictor at the library
during a "Snakes!" presentation by Rick Roth on May 15th, 2011.

 Beaver Activity at Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge;
taken during HCT's annual New Year's Day 2011 walk

An Albino (Leucistic) Junco at a feeder; submitted by Molly Cutler

Great Horned Owl and baby; submitted by Haley Newsham








This blue-headed vireo was sighted in Harvard.
Blue Headed Verio