Wildlife Wednesday

Male yearling Moose

Male yearling Moose

Painted turtle

Painted turtle

Canada geese with goslings

Canada geese with goslings

Canada geese with goslings

Canada geese with goslings

Recent sightings at the beaver pond up the road. Life continues, most reassuringly.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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120 Responses to Wildlife Wednesday

  1. Karen Lang says:

    What a beautiful family you have! πŸ™‚

  2. etikser says:

    Four incredible photos. I might like the turtle the best.

  3. Love these photo, especially the baby moose! Never seen that in my neighborhood!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Ellen! While we occasionally see sign of moose, it isn’t common to see the animals themselves. I think this guy’s mama sent him packing as probably she is near calving, so he is a bit lost, finding his new niche.

  4. Vicki says:

    And what a lovely sight they are too, Eliza.

    Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    We do have the Canada Geese here during winter so it is lovely to see the goslings. Nature is reassuring at these times and more noticeable due to the lack of human noise!

  6. maryjane678 says:

    How lovely to see the goslings. We have no babies here in France yet. And no moose either!!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Mary Jane. Canada geese are so prolific – the numbers are definitely on the rise. Moose are returning in numbers here for the first time in 200 years when they were hunted out by early settlers. They are quite big!!

  7. Gracefully Global travels says:

    These are amazing sightings!

  8. Nathi says:

    Incredible clicks!
    And Happy Wednesday, Eliza πŸ™‚

  9. How sweet Eliza! I especially love the yearling moose. Thank you for sharing.

  10. I like your neighbors. πŸ™‚

  11. Eliza Ayres says:

    Reblogged this on Blue Dragon Journal and commented:
    Life, indeed.

  12. Cathy says:

    Oh, that baby moose is so sweet! And the goslings too. What lovely shots Eliza! Yes, comforting to know that nature just carries on regardless.

  13. You have a moose!!!

  14. Alice says:

    A Moose in Massachusetts!!! Awwww…..watchful Geese parents, Turtles on logs…happiness is being out in nature with a camera. Fresh air, & sunshine. Bliss.

  15. Joanna says:

    I didn’t realize you had moose down there!! Beautiful pictures! πŸ™‚

  16. You really got some great shots. I have never seen a moose, even though I used to live in the NE.

  17. That is so nice to be so close to nature. Mooses aren’t very pretty but they are powerful animals. (Suzanne)

  18. Anne says:

    What an interesting variety of wildlife you have around you!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      It’s true. We have acres and acres of woodland wilderness all around us. Since the forest was left to grow in the 1950/60s, the wildlife has rebounded. In all my life, I’ve never seen moose here until fairly recently.

  19. Gosh oh gosh oh gosh!

  20. Jane Lurie says:

    How exciting, Eliza! Great shots of marvelous sightings. Yes, nature happily marches on- we need them more than they need us.

  21. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Wonderful sightings Eliza, what a treat to see! xxx

  22. pastpeter says:

    Beautiful sights, Eliza!

  23. Mike Powell says:

    I love your little moose, Eliza. I remember seeing signs warning about moose when I would drive up to visit my parents in Maine, but never saw one, alas.

  24. sandyjwhite says:

    What a nice collection, Eliza. I’d love to see a moose one day!

  25. Eliza, these are wonderful. The moose is amazing. 😊

  26. Kris Peterson says:

    The moose was a surprise! I haven’t seen a moose since we visited Alaska decades ago. I love the goslings.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Kris. They are still so astonishing to see, having only returned to our area in the last decade or so. Normally shy, this guy and his mom have been hanging out around here all spring.

  27. Too cute! Loved the moose photo. I didn’t immediately guess what it was, but now I can see the signs of adolescence.

  28. Very nice Eliza! Enjoyed seeing them!

  29. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Wonderful images. Love those gooslings, quite a big brood.

  30. cindy knoke says:

    How wonderful & love the moose!

  31. I couldn’t believe how long that moose’s legs are, Eliza! And how reassuring these pictures are attesting to the fact that life truly does go on.

  32. Wildlife wonderment, love your sightings and shots, Eliza. The moose to me is pretty special! πŸ™‚

  33. Loved the photos and shock of seeing the moose! What a wonderful group to hang out with at the pond (never had the chance to hang out with a moose)!!πŸ™‚

  34. arlingwoman says:

    Oh goodness, a teenage moose. Sooooo cute. And don’t goslings look like little dinosaurs??? It’s so nice to see nature continuing on its path, regardless of our cares.

  35. Jim R says:

    Nice. We have a lot of young gooslings around here. No young mooslings.
    No beavers in the beaver pond?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Jim. Oh yes, the beavers are active in this pond, but more at dusk to dawn. In the first shot of the geese in the water, you can see the berm they created. They build it up until it is higher than the road, which of course, the town highway department doesn’t not like. Beavers are protected, so it requires a permit and specialists to mess with their handiwork. I think beavers are a plus, but those whose houses are threatened, not so much!

  36. How lucky to have moose nearby. Look at those cute little antler nubbins. Mamas can be very protective of the calves so that’s another time to be cautious. I keep hoping to happen across some in Quabbin but so far only one behind the New Salem Fire Dept.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are pretty elusive. The first one I saw was about a dozen years ago and I can count on one hand the sightings since. To have this one just stand by watching the curious humans was unusual.

      • The bull I saw in New Salem was curious about me although he did not approach. He checked me out in between twig nibbles. When I decided to leave he turned and watched me leave. I guess he probably misses me. πŸ™‚

  37. Jewels says:

    Wonderful wildlife captures, Eliza! I love the little turtle guy!

  38. Oh how sweet and gangly that moose is!

  39. How wonderful to be able to see wild life in nature’s own way. Thank you for sharing the pictures with us. What I have is a Big bunches of Birds coming to feed. May be I will post some pictures one of these days. Many Blessings of Love, Light and Healing Energies coming Your way ❀ ❀ ❀

  40. That’s awesome that you have neighborhood moose! Nice wildlife shots. πŸ™‚

  41. This post sure made me smile this Saturday morning! I have a lot of respect for big animals like elk and moose, but that yearling looks so goofy and sweet πŸ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you, Maria! As you know from out West, big ungulates are best given a wide berth. This one seemed only curious and not too concerned about the humans watching it. Once he matures, he may not be so accepting!

  42. One of the pleasures of spring is to see all these new beings at the start of their lives

  43. naturebackin says:

    Lovely sightings, and it is reassuring that such life goes on. The adolescent moose is remarkable and endearing too.

  44. Great captures ! Love the Moose !

  45. Wonderful photos and message, Eliza!

  46. oh my goodness, what you are able to capture. wow

  47. K Beethasi says:

    I love the photography!

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