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Please share your reports of interesting happenings at Hall’s Pond Sanctuary and enjoy reading others’ posts. Click on any photo to enlarge it.

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211 Sightings

  • Rabbi sam

    July rains left their mark. “That’s water over the bridge”

    • Date(s): July 13, 2021
  • Rabbi sam

    A squirrel hunting for food

    • Date(s): August 2, 2021
  • Dianne MacPherson-Laffey

    This great blue Heron was well camouflaged by the flowing branches. I waited patiently for the perfect breeze.

    • Date(s): 8/1/2021
  • Dianne MacPherson-Laffey

    A bee enjoying a yellow Pond lily.

    • Date(s): 8/1/2021
  • Dianne MacPherson-Laffey

    A dragonfly dipping it’s tail in the water ( Laying eggs )

    • Date(s): 8/1/2021
  • Dianne MacPherson-Laffey

    Turtle surfacing

    • Date(s): 8/1/2021
  • On Monday, July 26, around 4pm we spotted a (pretty large) coyote walking by the pond!

    • Date(s): 07/26/21
  • Linda

    Monday July 25 around 3:30 pm
    a large coyote was moving swiftly around the boardwalk of Hall’s Pond.

    • Date(s): July 25, 2021
  • Fred B

    Regarding Kevin’s posted photos of 6/22, a herpetologist friend has confirmed my suspicion that they show a Box Turtle, distinguishable from Eastern Painted Tortoises (much more common in MA) by the extensive yellow on its carapace segments. What it is doing at HP is anyone’s guess; perhaps it’s a discarded pet.

    • Date(s): 7/16/2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    I was ready to call this the expected Eastern Painted Turtle, but a closer look at the blotchy yellow pattern and lack of red carapace rim smacks strongly of the [much rarer] Box Turtle. Seek confirmation on this one.

    • Date(s): 7/14/21
  • Kevin

    6/22/21 One more photo

    • Date(s): 6/22/21
  • Kevin

    Unidentified turtle

    • Date(s): 6/22/21
  • Kevin

    Today’s photo 6/22/21 of turtle. Cannot positively identify. Over 6″ in length. Please identify. Notice yellow squares on front part of shell.

    • Date(s): 6/22/21
  • Fred Bouchard

    Here’s a typical Halls Pond bird list from mid-June by a regular visitor:

    https://ebird.org/checklist/S89881978

    You may also expect to find Wild Turkey, House Sparrow, Great Blue Heron, House Finch, and more.

    When you make your Halls Pond discoveries (animal, vegetable, mineral) post it to this set for others!

    • Date(s): 6/9/2021
  • Fred Bouchard

    E-bird report for Hall’s Pond posted by a participant on 5/5, day of third FOHP Spring Birdwalk.

    https://ebird.org/checklist/S87153718

    • Date(s): 5/27/21
  • Jasper

    Two herons for the price of one: great blue heron and green heron.

    • Date(s): 5/11/2021
  • Meredith Joy

    It was a quiet morning- had a walk between 7:30 AM and 8:45. Of particular interest was a black crowned night heron, green heron, black throated blue warbler, black and white warblers, yellow rumped warber, ovenbird, baltimore orioles and several white throated sparrows. There was another warbler with yellow on the chest but I did not get a close enough look to identify it.

    • Date(s): May 10, 2021
  • Meredith Joy

    We had limited time and could hear that there was so much happening and we caught looks at just a few. Geese, mallards, male wood duck, robins, red winged black birds. Appeared to be several black and white warblers- we spotted in a few areas. A yellow warbler, least fly catcher and we enjoyed a great look at a Baltimore Oriole as we were leaving, in the area near the gazebo. I know there was more!

    • Date(s): May 7 2021
  • Vinca

    Duck at Halls Pond Sanctuary yesterday

    • Date(s): May 3, 2021
  • Vinca

    Blue Heron spotting yesterday, May 3, 2021.

    • Date(s): May 3, 2021