Walking from the Alewife T though the DCR storm water wetlands on the South side of Little River, I saw a Merlin siting in a tree eating a song sparrow. Some blue jays came by and harassed the Merlin for a little while but then they left this rare bird to finish its meal. Further down at the reconstructed oxbow at Little River, there were a number of Canadian geese, some mallards, an American black duck, and a fairly young blue heron, about a year old. Four great blue adult herons stood together in the icy landscape of LIttle River. On the north side of the River, close to the DCR meadow, a red tailed hawk was eating a grey squirrel. Habitat at Alewife is rare and precious and must be preserved to allow these birds survival A large healthy appearing coyote walks along Little Pond in Belmont and has found a home, despite the over-development where the silver maple forest once stood. Winter usually means a decrease in wildlife sightings but not today. What a gift to me and to Cambridge, if we have the courage to recognize this special urban wild for its open space and floodplain, and to protect the rare Alewife treasures in our charge.
Two American Wigeons, male and female, across from the north woods, next to office buildings in a small pond.
Outfall map (top) includes 100 yr. floodplain in quadrangle, heavy water flow from Belmont Hill that flows into the Boston Harbor, via Little River, Alewife Brook, Mystic River, with vital natural resources allocation within rare urban wild. This could be an Area of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) protected by the state if the 'will' exists.