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Nature Notes

On April 16, 2004 the Westborough News started carrying a bi-monthly column known as Nature Notes prepared by Annie Reid and Garry Kessler on behalf of the Westborough Community Land Trust. The column uses striking photography and commentary to describe the plants and animals that residents encounter while walking the trails throughout Westborough.

Anne and Garry were awarded the WCLT 2004 President's Award having contributed their many talents, most recently in nature photography and writing, to the growth and vitality of the WCLT. The couple's love of nature motivated them to explore the Westborough woods with their two daughters for the last 25 years.

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Nature Notes by Latin Name

family Tettigoniidae
Katydid
Katydid songs of summer
August 26, 2016
Acanthis flammea
Redpoll
Visiting redpolls lingering in town
March 29, 2013
Accipiter cooperii
Cooper’s hawk
Watch for Cooper’s hawks
March 18, 2016
Accipiter striatus
Sharp-shinned hawk
Watch for Cooper’s hawks
March 18, 2016
Acer plantanoides
Norway maple
Think spring, think maples
April 10, 2015
Acer rubrum
Red maple
Think spring, think maples
April 10, 2015
Acer saccharinum
Silver maple
Think spring, think maples
April 10, 2015
Acer saccharum
Sugar maple
Think spring, think maples
April 10, 2015
Actitis macularia
Spotted sandpiper
A Mill Pond bird is Mr. Mom
July 24, 2009
Adelges tsugae
Hemlock woolly adelgid
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Aesculus hippo-castanaum
Horse-chestnut
Persistence of the American chestnut
October 16, 2015
Aesculus pavia
Red buckeye
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Agelaius phoeniceus
Red-winged blackbird
Return of the red-wings signals spring
March 23, 2007
Aix sponsa
Wood duck
Make way for ducklings
June 9, 2006
Wild ducks on our ponds
March 31, 2006
Albizia julibrissin
Mimosa
Silktree
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Alces alces
Moose
Moose in Westborough
October 7, 2016
Alliaria petiolata
Garlic mustard
Pull out invasive garlic mustard
April 19, 2013
A new invasive in town
June 1, 2007
Alsophila pometaria
Fall cankerworm
Moths in winter
December 18, 2009
Amanita bisporigera
Mushroom, destroying angel
Beware of the destroying angel in the woods
October 11, 2013
Amanita muscaria
Fly agaric
Fall is mushroom season
October 15, 2004
Amanita virosa
Mushroom, destroying angel
Beware of the destroying angel in the woods
October 11, 2013
Ambrosia artemisiifolia
Ragweed
Late-summer sneezing
August 20, 2004
Ambystoma jeffersonianum
Jefferson salamander
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Ambystoma laterale
Blue-spotted salamander
Special concern for blue-spotted salamanders
March 28, 2008
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Ambystoma maculatum
Spotted salamander
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Ambystoma opacum
Marbled salamander
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Anas platyrhynchos
Mallard
Return of the mallards
February 15, 2008
Make way for ducklings
June 9, 2006
Anax junius
Green darner dragonfly
Migrating dragonflies
October 10, 2008
Anemone nemorosa
European windflower
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
April 25, 2008
Anemone quinquefolia
Windflower
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
April 25, 2008
Anisoptera
Dragonflies
Dragons and damsels
July 18, 2008
Anoplophora glabripennis
Asian Longhorned Beetle
Think spring, think maples
April 10, 2015
Asian Longhorned Beetle at Westborough’s Border
March 23, 2012
Apios americana
Groundnut
The edible groundnut
September 23, 2011
Apis mellifera
Honeybee
Honeybees in winter
March 9, 2007
Apocynum androsaemifolium
Spreading dogbane
Candy-cane stripes visible in the summertime
July 23, 2010
Aquilegia canadense
Columbine
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Aquilegia canadensis
Wild columbine
Wild columbine spring
June 20, 2014
Archilochus colubris
Ruby-throated hummingbird
Nesting Hummingbirds
July 11, 2014
Westborough's tiny winter bird
February 23, 2007
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Archilochus colubrus
Hummingbird
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
July 22, 2005
Ardea alba
Great egret
Big Birds in white on our shores
September 1, 2011
Ardea herodias
Great blue heron
Great blue herons
Big Birds in white on our shores
September 1, 2011
An owl in the nest
April 1, 2005
Great Blue Herons at Mill Pond
April 30, 2004
Arisaema triphyllum
Jack-in-the-pulpit
Land of Swamps
May 28, 2004
Asclepias syriaca
Milkweed
July is butterfly season
July 14, 2006
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
July 8, 2005
Asclepias tuberosa
Butterfly weed
July is butterfly season
July 14, 2006
Atropa belladonna
Belladonna
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Aythya collaris
Ring-necked duck
Ring-necked ducks diving in our ponds
December 4, 2015
Baeolophus bicolor
Tufted titmouse
How birds stay warm on a cold winter’s day
February 25, 2011
Basilarchia archippus
Viceroy
Butterfly disguises in late summer
September 4, 2009
Look-alike butterflies
July 13, 2007
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
July 8, 2005
Time for pussy willows
March 5, 2005
Betula lenta
Birch, black
Wintergreen under the snow
January 21, 2005
Betula papyrifera
Paper birch
The first butterfly of spring
April 29, 2005
Bombus
Bumblebee
Honeybees in winter
March 9, 2007
Bombycilla cedrorum
Cedar waxwing
Early birds get the dried fruit
March 3, 2006
Bonasa umbellus
Ruffed grouse
June is a month for baby birds
June 15, 2012
Branta canadensis
Canada goose
Canada geese overhead
December 9, 2005
Bubo virginianis
Great horned owl
Valentine's Day for Skunks
February 9, 2007
Bubo virginianus
Great horned owl
An owl in the nest
April 1, 2005
Buddleia davidii
Butterfly bush
A most unusual moth in town
August 11, 2006
Buddleja davidii
Butterfly bush
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Bufo americanus
American toad
Songsters with warts
May 7, 2010
Buteo jamaicensis
Red-tailed hawk
Valentine's Day for Skunks
February 9, 2007
Red-tailed hawks overhead
November 12, 2004
Butorides virescens
Green heron
Fish-baiting green herons
September 30, 2005
Callophrys henrici
Henry’s elfin
Elfins are small brown butterflies of spring
May 17, 2013
Callophrys hesseli
Hessel's hairstreak butterfly
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Callophrys niphon
Eastern pine elfin
Elfins are small brown butterflies of spring
May 17, 2013
Caltha palustris
Marsh-marigold
Marsh-marigolds in our streams and swamps
April 20, 2007
Calvatia craniformis
Skull-shaped puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Calvatia cyathiformis
Pasture puffball
Purple-spored puffball
Vase puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Calvatia gigantea
Giant puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Campsis radicans
Trumpet creeper
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Canis latrans var
coyote
Coyotes Are Nearby
November 4, 2016
Capsicum
Peppers
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Cardinalis cardinalis
Cardinal
Cardinal’s song means spring is coming
February 4, 2011
Carduelis tristis
Goldfinch
Goldfinches and summer's thistles
August 25, 2006
Carduelus pinus
Pine siskin
Pine siskins visit Westborough this year
November 16, 2012
Carpodacus mexicanus
House finch
House finches at the feeder
October 15, 2010
Castanea dentata
American chestnut
Persistence of the American chestnut
October 16, 2015
Castanea mollissima
Chinese chestnut
Persistence of the American chestnut
October 16, 2015
Castor canadensis
Beaver
Beavers get busy
November 27, 2009
Cathartes aura
Turkey vulture
Airborne clean-up crew returns
April 8, 2011
Cedrus lebani
Cedar of Lebanon
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Celastrina ladon
Spring azure
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Celastrina ladon neglecta
Summer azure
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Celastrina neglecta
Summer azure
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Celastrus orbiculatus
Oriental bittersweet
An invasive decoration
December 12, 2008
Celastrus scandens
American bittersweet
An invasive decoration
December 12, 2008
Ceryle alcyon
Belted kingfishers
Belted Kingfishers Dive and Burrow
October 12, 2007
Chamaecyparis thyoides
Atlantic white cedar
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Chelidonium majus
Celandine
Wildflower, weed, or invader?
May 9, 2008
Chelone glabra
Turtlehead
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Chelone lyonii
Pink turtlehead
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Chelydra serpentina
Snapping turtle
Snapper Sightings in Westborough
August 7, 2009
Watch for painted turtles
July 9, 2004
Chimaphila umbellata
Pipsessewa
Prince's pine
Ancient evergreens under the snow
February 17, 2006
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Daisy
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Chrysanthemum leucanthemum
Ox-eye daisy
Daisy Days
July 22, 2016
Chrysemys picta
Painted turtle
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
July 22, 2005
Watch for painted turtles
July 9, 2004
Cichorium intybus
Chicory
Blue and edible chicory on the roadside
September 18, 2009
Cicindela repanda
Tiger beetle, common shore
Spot tiger beetles on Westborough trails
September 20, 2013
Cicindela sexguttata
Tiger beetle, six-spotted
Spot tiger beetles on Westborough trails
September 20, 2013
Colaptes auratus
Northern flicker
Woodpeckers in Westborough's Woods
January 26, 2007
Colletes inaequalis
Cellophane bee
Cellophane bees emerge from underground in early spring
April 8, 2016
Conopholis americana
Squawroot
Pine cone, corn cob, or parasitic plant?
May 22, 2015
Contopus virens
Wood-pewee
The wood-pewee’s lasting song
September 4, 2015
Coprinus comatus
Shaggy mane mushroom
From shaggy mane to inky cap
October 6, 2006
Cortinarius iodes
Viscid violet cort
Mushroom season brings colors & curiosities
September 14, 2012
Corylus americana
American hazelnut
Hazelnuts in odd husks
August 12, 2011
Corylus cornuta
Beaked hazelnut
Hazelnuts in odd husks
August 12, 2011
Cryphonectria parasitica
Chestnut blight
Persistence of the American chestnut
October 16, 2015
Cuphea ignea
Cigar plant
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Cyanocitta cristata
Blue jay
Blue Jays harvest acorns
October 14, 2011
Cygnus olor
Mute swan
Lovely and controversial swans
November 10, 2006
Cypripedium acaule
Moccasin-flower
Pink lady's-slipper
September's wild orchid
September 16, 2005
Westborough's Pink Lady's-Slippers
May 14, 2004
Danaus plexippus
Monarch butterfly
Look-alike butterflies
July 13, 2007
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
July 8, 2005
Daucus carota
Queen Anne's lace
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Dendroica coronata
Yellow-rumped warbler
Feasting on poison ivy
November 7, 2008
Dendroica discolor
Prairie warbler
Prairie warblers sing a catchy song
April 29, 2016
Dendroica palmarum
Palm warbler
Palm warblers pass through
October 16, 2009
Dendroica petechia
Yellow warbler
May brings yellow warblers to Westborough
May 23, 2008
Dendrolycopodium obscurum
Princess pine
Ancient evergreens under the snow
February 17, 2006
Digitalis purpurea
Foxglove
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Diphasiastrum digitatum
Ground cedar
Ancient evergreens under the snow
February 17, 2006
Dissosteira carolina
Grasshopper
Grasshopper season
August 22, 2014
Dolichonyx oryzivorus
Bobolink
Bobolinks: Long distance travelers
June 18, 2010
Dryocampa rubicunda
Rosy maple moth
Pink moths?
September 12, 2014
Dryopteris intermedia
Evergreen wood fern
Fancy fern
Intermediate wood fern
A lacy, evergreen fern in our woods
November 13, 2015
Dumetella carolinensis
Catbird
The catbird in the catbird seat
June 29, 2007
Elaeagnus umbellata
Autumn olive
Native and invasive fall colors
October 30, 2009
Epifagus virginiana
Beechdrops
A curious fall plant
October 2, 2009
Equisetum arvense
Horsetail
Strange stems of April
April 17, 2009
Esox niger
Chain pickerel
Ice fishing flourishes on Westborough’s ponds
February 28, 2014
Eubranchipus
Fairy shrimp
At home in Westborough’s vernal pools
March 14, 2008
Eupatorium maculatum
Spotted Joe-Pye-weed
Spotted Joe-Pye-weed in purple landscapes
September 2, 2005
Eupatorium perfoliatum
Boneset
Old-time bitter medicine
September 26, 2008
Euphydryas phaeton
Baltimore checkerspot
Baltimore checkerspot butterflies and gypsy moths
July 24, 2015
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Everes comyntas
Eastern tailed blue
Butterfly disguises in late summer
September 4, 2009
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Fraxinus americana
White ash
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Fuchsia
Fuchsia
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Galerucella calmariensis
Purple loosestrife beetle
A good beetle comes to town
August 21, 2009
Galerucella pusilla
Purple loosestrife beetle
A good beetle comes to town
August 21, 2009
Gaultheria procumbens
Checkerberry
Wintergreen under the snow
January 21, 2005
Gavia immer
Loon
Loons in Massachusetts
May 27, 2016
Gentiana clausa
Closed gentian
Flowers that never open
October 1, 2004
Geranium maculatum
Wild geranium
Wild geraniums are native to the area
May 27, 2005
Glaucomys volans
Flying Squirrel
Squirrel tales
February 18, 2005
Glaucopsyche lygdamus
Silvery blue
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Goodyera pubescens
Downy rattlesnake-plantain
September's wild orchid
September 16, 2005
Tiny orchids of August
August 5, 2005
Haliaeetus leucocephalus
Bald eagle
Bald eagle fly-overs
August 1, 2014
Hamamelis virginiana
Witch-hazel
Witch-hazel flowers for Halloween
October 29, 2004
Hemaris thysbe
Hummingbird clearwing
A most unusual moth in town
August 11, 2006
Hemidactylium scutatum
Four-toed salamander
An ancient and useful moss
April 29, 2011
Hemitrichia serpula
Pretzel slime mold
Slime molds are odd sights in the woods
December 6, 2013
Hibiscus syriacus
Rose of Sharon
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Hyla crucifer
Spring peeper
Tiny frogs herald springtime
April 14, 2006
Hyla versicolor
Gray treefrog
Listen for treefrogs
July 3, 2009
Hylocichla mustelina
Wood thrush
Sounds of summertime: Wood thrush
July 3, 2015
Hypericum perforatum
St. Johnswort
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
July 22, 2005
St. Johnswort on the roadside
June 25, 2004
Hypomyces lactifluorum
Lobster mushroom
Orange mushroom pimple
Lobster claws on the path
October 28, 2005
Ilex verticillata
Winterberry
Winterberry in our wetlands
November 26, 2004
Impatiens capensis
Orange jewelweed
Orange spotted Jewelweed
Spotted touch-me-not
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Jewelweed is ready to pop
September 3, 2004
Impatiens glandulifera
Purple jewelweed
Purple touch-me-not
Jewelweed is ready to pop
September 3, 2004
Impatiens pallida
Pale touch-me-not
Yellow jewelweed
Jewelweed is ready to pop
September 3, 2004
Ipomoea quamoclit
Cypress vine
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Iris pseudacorus
Yellow flag iris
Yellow iris
Yellow iris: Attractive but invasive
June 7, 2013
Wild iris in the woods
June 11, 2004
Iris versicolor
Blue flag iris
Wild iris in the woods
June 11, 2004
Junco hyemalis
Dark-eyed junco
Junco
Enjoy the winter juncos
February 7, 2014
Westborough's tiny winter bird
February 23, 2007
Juniperus virginiana
Eastern red cedar
Early birds get the dried fruit
March 3, 2006
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Justicia brandegeana
Shrimp plant
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Kalmia angustifolia
Sheep-laurel
A sheepish laurel
June 10, 2005
Kalmia latifolia
Mountain laurel
A sheepish laurel
June 10, 2005
Lantana camara
Shrub verbena
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Larus delawarensis
Ring-billed gull
What are seagulls doing in town?
March 8, 2013
Leucanthemum vulgare
Ox-eye daisy
Daisy Days
July 22, 2016
Lilium canadense
Canada lily
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Limenitis archippus
Viceroy
Butterfly disguises in late summer
September 4, 2009
Look-alike butterflies
July 13, 2007
Time for pussy willows
March 5, 2005
Linaria vulgaris
Butter-and-eggs
Butter-and-eggs for beauty, not breakfast
September 17, 2004
Lindera benzoin
Spicebush
Good things from spicebush
April 28, 2006
Lithobates catesbeianus
Bullfrog
Bullfrogs in our ponds
September 7, 2007
Lithobates palustris
Pickerel frog
Frogs at our feet
August 13, 2010
Lithobates pipiens
Leopard frog
Frogs at our feet
August 13, 2010
Lobelia cardinalis
Cardinal flower
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
July 22, 2005
Lonicera sempervirens
Trumpet honeysuckle
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Lophodytes cucullatus
Hooded merganser
Wild ducks on our ponds
March 31, 2006
Lumbricus terrestris
Earthworm
Earth stirs in March
March 19, 2010
Lycaena phlaeas
American copper butterfly
Late butterflies
October 26, 2007
Lycogala epidendrum
Wolf’s milk slime
Slime molds are odd sights in the woods
December 6, 2013
Lycoperdon perlatum
Gem-studded puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Lycoperdon pyriforme
Pear-shaped puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Lycopersicum esculentum
Tomato
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Lycopodium digitatum
Ground cedar
Ancient evergreens under the snow
February 17, 2006
Lycopodium obscurum
Princess pine
Ancient evergreens under the snow
February 17, 2006
Lygaeus kalmii
Milkweed bug
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
July 8, 2005
Lymantria dispar
Gypsy moth
Baltimore checkerspot butterflies and gypsy moths
July 24, 2015
Lymantria dispar dispar
Gypsy moth
What’s eating our trees?
July 15, 2016
Lythrum salicaria
Purple loosestrife
Return of the red-wings signals spring
March 23, 2007
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
A most unusual moth in town
August 11, 2006
Invasion of the Purple Loosestrife
August 6, 2004
Manduca quinquemaculata
Tomato hornworm
A most unusual moth in town
August 11, 2006
Manduca sexta
Tobacco hornworm
A most unusual moth in town
August 11, 2006
Marmota monax
Groundhog
Spring begins in February
February 5, 2010
Martes pennanti
Fisher
Fishers make a comeback
November 1, 2013
Matricaria discoidea
Pineapple weed
The many senses of pineapple weed
June 6, 2011
Matteuccia struthiopteris
Ostrich fern
Big Ferns Unfurl
May 25, 2012
Megascops asio
Screech owl
Who’s out there?
February 26, 2010
Melanerpes carolinus
Red-bellied woodpecker
Woodpeckers in Westborough's Woods
January 26, 2007
Meleagris gallopavo
Wild turkey
It's time to talk turkey
November 18, 2005
Melospiza melodia
Song sparrow
Song sparrow singing celebrates spring
April 18, 2014
Mentha arvensis
Wild mint
The minty month of August
August 15, 2008
Mephitis mephitis
Skunk
Valentine's Day for Skunks
February 9, 2007
Mergus merganser
Common merganser
Mergansers: December’s ducks
December 10, 2010
Micropterus salmoides
Largemouth bass
Ice fishing flourishes on Westborough’s ponds
February 28, 2014
Mimulus ringens
Monkey-flower
Wet summer brings monkey-flowers
August 9, 2013
Mimus polyglottos
Northern mockingbird
The catbird in the catbird seat
June 29, 2007
Misumena vatia
Goldenrod spider
Late-summer sneezing
August 20, 2004
Mitoura hesseli
Hessel's hairstreak butterfly
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Molothrus ater
Brown-headed cowbird
May brings yellow warblers to Westborough
May 23, 2008
The catbird in the catbird seat
June 29, 2007
Monarda didyma
Beebalm
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Monotropa hypopithys
Pinesap
Strange plants of summer
August 1, 2008
Monotropa uniflora
Indian-pipes
Strange plants of summer
August 1, 2008
Cardinal flower attracts hummingbirds, butterflies
July 22, 2005
Ghostly Indian-pipes by the path
July 23, 2004
Morpho peleides
Blue morpho
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
Mycorrhiza
Fungus-root partnership
Strange plants of summer
August 1, 2008
Nerodia sipedon
Northern water snake
The Number 2 Snake in Town
October 24, 2014
Nicotiana
Tobacco
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens
Red-spotted newt
A surprising salamander
August 29, 2008
Nymphaea odorata
Fragrant water-lily
Fragrant water-lilies linger on local ponds
September 12, 2008
Nymphalis antiopa
Mourning cloak
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
The first butterfly of spring
April 29, 2005
Time for pussy willows
March 5, 2005
Odocoileus virginianus
White-tailed deer
Winter marks return of deer-watching season
December 14, 2007
Oenothera biennis
Common evening primrose
Evening blossoms in the day
September 22, 2006
Ondatra zibethicus
Muskrat
Our diving muskrats
April 3, 2009
Operophtera bruceata
Bruce spanworm
Moths in winter
December 18, 2009
Operophtera brumata
Winter moth
Moths in winter
December 18, 2009
Oryctolagus cuniculus
European rabbit
The tale of the cottontail rabbit
June 23, 2006
Osmunda cinnamomea
Cinnamon fern
Big Ferns Unfurl
May 25, 2012
Osmunda claytoniana
Interrupted fern
Big Ferns Unfurl
May 25, 2012
Osmunda regalis
Royal fern
Big Ferns Unfurl
May 25, 2012
Otus asio
Screech owl
Who’s out there?
February 26, 2010
Panax trifolius
Dwarf ginseng
A dwarf in the woods
May 30, 2014
Pandion haliaetus
Osprey
Ospreys return to Mill Pond
April 11, 2008
An owl in the nest
April 1, 2005
Panellus stipticus
Night light mushroom
Green-glowing Mushrooms
December 2, 2016
Papilio canadensis
Canadian tiger swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail butterflies
July 22, 2011
Papilio cresphontes
Giant swallowtail
Watch for this new butterfly
July 19, 2013
Papilio glaucus
Eastern tiger swallowtail
Tiger swallowtail butterflies
July 22, 2011
Papilio polyxenes
Black swallowtail
Black swallowtail caterpillar
A caterpillar's life
August 10, 2007
From caterpillar to butterfly
July 27, 2007
Papilio troilus
Spicebush swallowtail
Good things from spicebush
April 28, 2006
Parthenocissus quinquefolia
Virginia creeper
Virginia creeper and other autumn reds
October 5, 2012
Parus bicolor
Tufted titmouse
How birds stay warm on a cold winter’s day
February 25, 2011
Passer domesticus
English sparrows
House sparrow
Watching house sparrows
February 19, 2016
Bluebirds in Westborough
May 26, 2006
Pectinatella magnifica
Bryozoans
Jelly ball animals
Moss animals
The case of the mysterious jelly balls
September 21, 2007
Phalacrocorax auritus
Double-crested cormorant
Black birds on Mill Pond are double-crested cormorants
May 1, 2015
Pholiota aurivella
Onion-bagel mushroom
Mushroom Season
September 16, 2016
Phragmites americanus
American phragmites
Invasive phragmites and a native butterfly
September 25, 2015
Phragmites australis
Phragmites
Invasive phragmites and a native butterfly
September 25, 2015
Phyciodes tharos
Pearl crescent butterfly
Pearl crescent butterflies
July 4, 2008
Phytolacca americana
Pokeweed
Pokeweed for the birds
September 24, 2010
Picoides pubescens
Downy woodpecker
Woodpeckers in Westborough's Woods
January 26, 2007
Picoides villosus
Hairy woodpecker
Woodpeckers in Westborough's Woods
January 26, 2007
Pinicola enucleator
Pine grosbeak
Pine grosbeaks come to Westborough
February 8, 2013
Pinus strobus
Eastern white pine
Whose woods are these? A tribute to white pines
December 12, 2014
Pipilo erythrophthalmus
Towhee
A bird in decline
September 3, 2010
Piranga olivacea
Scarlet tanager
Scarlet tanagers in our forests
June 12, 2015
Plantago lanceolata
Plantain
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Plethodon cinereus
Redback salamander
WCLT’s wildlife sightings page
March 18, 2011
Poanes viator
Broad-winged skipper
Invasive phragmites and a native butterfly
September 25, 2015
Poecile atricapilla
Black-capped chickadee
Chickadee
The season for baby birds
June 12, 2009
State bird speaks
February 13, 2009
Poecile atricapillus
Black-capped chickadee
The famous red-breasted nuthatch
November 9, 2007
Polystichum acrostichoides
Christmas fern
Christmas fern in the woods
December 10, 2004
Pontederia cordata
Pickerel-weed
Pickerel-weed grows in the shallows
August 3, 2012
Popillia japonica
Japanese beetle
An invasive rose
June 15, 2007
Porzana carolina
Sora
Secretive marsh birds
June 28, 2013
Procyon lotor
Raccoon
Raccoons share our natural environment
November 5, 2010
Prunus
Chokecherry
Wild cherry
Wild plum
July is butterfly season
July 14, 2006
Pseudacris crucifer
Spring peeper
Tiny frogs herald springtime
April 14, 2006
Pterourus troilus
Spicebush swallowtail
Good things from spicebush
April 28, 2006
Pyrrharctia isabella
Isabella tiger moth
Woolly bear caterpillar
Woolly bears and winter
January 20, 2006
Rallus limicola
Virginia rail
Secretive marsh birds
June 28, 2013
Rana catesbeiana
Bullfrog
Bullfrogs in our ponds
September 7, 2007
Rana clamitans
Green frog
Bullfrogs in our ponds
September 7, 2007
Rana pipiens
Leopard frog
Frogs at our feet
August 13, 2010
Rana sylvatica
Wood frog
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Signs of spring: Wood frogs and vernal pools
April 16, 2004
Regulus calendula
Ruby-crowned kinglet
Westborough's tiny winter bird
February 23, 2007
Regulus satrapa
Golden-crowned kinglet
Westborough's tiny winter bird
February 23, 2007
Rhododendron catawbiense
Catawba rhododendron
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Robinia hispida
Bristly locust
A pretty but prickly escaped shrub
May 29, 2009
Robinia pseudoacacia
Black locust
A pretty but prickly escaped shrub
May 29, 2009
Rosa multiflora
Multiflora rose
An invasive rose
June 15, 2007
Salix
Willow
The first butterfly of spring
April 29, 2005
Salix discolor
Pussy willow
What’s the first wildflower of spring?
April 9, 2010
Time for pussy willows
March 5, 2005
Salvia elegans
Pineapple sage
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Salvia guaranitica
Giant blue sage
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Satyrium calanus
Banded hairstreak
Seeing Small Butterflies
July 13, 2012
Satyrium liparops
Striped hairstreak
Seeing Small Butterflies
July 13, 2012
Satyrium titus
Coral hairstreak
July is butterfly season
July 14, 2006
Sayornis phoebe
phoebe
Phoebes come early and stay late
November 14, 2014
Scaphiopus holbrookii holbrookii
Spadefoot toad
Visitors to our vernal pools
March 17, 2006
Schinia florida
Primrose moth
Pink moths?
September 12, 2014
Sciurus carolinensis
Gray squirrel
Blue butterfly days
April 6, 2007
A white squirrel sighting
July 28, 2006
Squirrel tales
February 18, 2005
Scleroderma citrinum
Pigskin poison puffball
Puffballs in the grass
October 14, 2005
Seiurus aurocapilla
Ovenbird
The ovenbird’s mid-summer sound
August 14, 2015
Setophaga discolor
Prairie warbler
Prairie warblers sing a catchy song
April 29, 2016
Sialia sialis
Bluebird
Winter bluebirds brighten Westborough
February 1, 2008
Bluebirds in Westborough
May 26, 2006
Sisyrinchium
Blue-eyed grass
Wild iris in the woods
June 11, 2004
Sitta canadensis
Red-breasted nuthatch
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
April 25, 2008
The famous red-breasted nuthatch
November 9, 2007
Nuthatches in the winter
February 3, 2006
Sitta carolinensis
White-breasted nuthatch
The famous red-breasted nuthatch
November 9, 2007
Nuthatches in the winter
February 3, 2006
Solanum dulcamara
Bittersweet nightshade
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Solanum melongena
Eggplant
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Solanum tuberosum
Potato
Not-So-Deadly Nightshade
June 24, 2005
Solidago
Goldenrod
Late-summer sneezing
August 20, 2004
Solidago bicolor
Silverrod
A White Goldenrod
October 3, 2014
Solidago puberula
Downy goldenrod
A White Goldenrod
October 3, 2014
Speyeria aphrodite
Aphrodite fritillary
Our earliest wild violet
May 4, 2007
Speyeria cybele
Great spangled fritillary
Our earliest wild violet
May 4, 2007
Sphagnum
Sphagnum moss
An ancient and useful moss
April 29, 2011
Sphecius speciosus
Cicada-killer wasp
Cicada-killer wasps and summer’s song
August 30, 2013
Spigelia marilandica
Indian pink
Summer hummers
August 19, 2005
Spinus pinus
Pine siskin
Pine siskins visit Westborough this year
November 16, 2012
Spiranthes cernua
Nodding ladies'-tresses
September's wild orchid
September 16, 2005
Stereum ostrea
False turkey tail
Turkey tail season
November 4, 2011
Strix varia
Barred owl
Barred owls begin courting
February 3, 2012
Strobilomyces floccopus
Old man of the woods
Mushroom season brings colors & curiosities
September 14, 2012
Strymon melinus
Gray hairstreak
Seeing Small Butterflies
July 13, 2012
Sturnus vulgaris
European starlings
Starling
The bird we love to hate
February 27, 2009
Bluebirds in Westborough
May 26, 2006
Sylvilagus floridanus
Eastern cottontail rabbit
The tale of the cottontail rabbit
June 23, 2006
Sylvilagus transitionalis
New England cottontail rabbit
The tale of the cottontail rabbit
June 23, 2006
Symplocarpus foetidus
Skunk cabbage
What’s the first wildflower of spring?
April 9, 2010
Swamps in bloom
April 15, 2005
Tachycineta bicolor
Tree swallow
Eating on the wing
May 1, 2009
Tamias striatus
Chipmunk
Acorns and chipmunks
October 20, 2006
Tamiasciurus hudsonicus
Red Squirrel
Smart and feisty red squirrels
October 24, 2008
Squirrel tales
February 18, 2005
Tetraopes tetraophthalmus
Milkweed beetle
Milkweed and butterflies in our meadows
July 8, 2005
Thalictrum thalictroides
Rue anemone
Watch for wildflowers in Westborough
April 25, 2008
Thamnophis sauritus
Ribbon snake
Westborough’s snakes are harmless
June 20, 2008
Thamnophis sirtalis
Garter snake
Westborough’s snakes are harmless
June 20, 2008
Thuja occidentalis
Northern white cedar
Westborough's Atlantic White Cedars
February 4, 2005
Tibicen canicularis
Cicada
Cicada-killer wasps and summer’s song
August 30, 2013
Toxicodendron radicans
Poison ivy
Feasting on poison ivy
November 7, 2008
Toxostoma rufum
Brown thrasher
The catbird in the catbird seat
June 29, 2007
Trametes versicolor
Turkey tail
Turkey tail season
November 4, 2011
Trichostema dichotomum
Eastern bluecurls
The minty month of August
August 15, 2008
Trichostema lanceolatum
Western bluecurls
The minty month of August
August 15, 2008
Trientalis borealis
Starflower
Spot the seven-pointed stars of starflower
May 9, 2014
Trifolium arvense
Rabbit’s foot clover
Rabbit’s foot clover is fun for kids
August 24, 2012
Trillium cernuum
Nodding trillium
Treasure-hunting for trilliums
June 6, 2008
Tsuga canadensis
Eastern hemlock
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Tsuga caroliniana
Carolina hemlock
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Tsuga heterophylla
Western hemlock
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Tsuga mertensiana
Mountain hemlock
Alien Invader Targets Our Hemlocks
December 13, 2006
Turdus migratorius
American robin
Watching for robins
February 24, 2012
Early birds get the dried fruit
March 3, 2006
Tussilago farfara
Coltsfoot
What’s the first wildflower of spring?
April 9, 2010
Typha latifolia
Cattail
Return of the red-wings signals spring
March 23, 2007
Invasion of the Purple Loosestrife
August 6, 2004
Ulmus americana
American elm
The first butterfly of spring
April 29, 2005
Utricularia
Bladderworts
Carnivorous floating flowers
August 24, 2007
Utricularia cornuta
Horned bladderwort
Carnivorous floating flowers
August 24, 2007
Utricularia inflata
Swollen bladderwort
Carnivorous floating flowers
August 24, 2007
Utricularia purpurea
Purple bladderwort
Carnivorous floating flowers
August 24, 2007
Uvularia sessilifolia
Wild oats
Treasure-hunting for spring wildflowers
April 13, 2012
Vaccinium angustifolium
Blueberry (low bush)
Blooming blueberries
May 4, 2012
Vaccinium corymbosum
Blueberry (high bush)
Blooming blueberries
May 4, 2012
Vanessa cardui
Painted lady
A good year for butterflies
May 28, 2010
Goldfinches and summer's thistles
August 25, 2006
Vanessa virginiensis
American lady
A good year for butterflies
May 28, 2010
Vermivora chrysoptera
Golden-winged warbler
The drama of nature’s changes
May 20, 2011
Vermivora pinus
Blue-winged warbler
The drama of nature’s changes
May 20, 2011
Viburnum
Viburnums
Turtlehead and butterflies
September 8, 2006
Viola cucullata
Marsh blue violet
Native wild violets in wet and dry places
May 18, 2007
Viola fimbriatula
Northern downy violet
Our earliest wild violet
May 4, 2007
Viola pedata
Birdfoot violet
Native wild violets in wet and dry places
May 18, 2007
Viola sagittata
Northern downy violet
Our earliest wild violet
May 4, 2007
Vulpes vulpes
Red fox
Foxy neighbors
May 15, 2009
Zenaida macroura
Mourning dove
The mourning dove's coo
March 18, 2005
Zygoptera
Damselflies
Dragons and damsels
July 18, 2008
(A Nature Notes quiz)
What’s my name? Take the Nature Notes quiz
January 30, 2015
Who am I? Take the Nature Notes quiz (2013)
January 17, 2014
Try the annual Nature Notes quiz (2012)
January 18, 2013
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2011)
January 13, 2012
Take the annual nature quiz (2010)
January 14, 2011
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2009)
January 15, 2010
Quiz Yourself on Nature (2008)
January 16, 2009
Prepare to notice nature in 2008 by taking the 2007 Nature Notes quiz
January 18, 2008
Think you know nature? (2006)
January 12, 2007
Think you know nature? (2005)
January 6, 2006
Think you know nature? (2004)
January 7, 2005
(Astronomy)
Looking Up
March 20, 2009
(Autumn leaf colors)
Virginia creeper and other autumn reds
October 5, 2012
(Baby birds)
The season for baby birds
June 12, 2009
(Books)
Book gifts for nature lovers
December 7, 2012
(Earthquakes)
Earthquakes in New England
December 9, 2011
(Geology of Westborough)
A mighty collision and much glaciation
May 12, 2006
(Gibbons 7th-graders use Nature Notes)
Nature Notes in the classroom
May 13, 2005
(Ice)
Ice is nice
January 30, 2009
(Mushrooms)
Hunting for mushrooms with an expert
October 26, 2012
(Nature Notes quiz)
Review your nature knowledge – Nature Notes quiz 2016
January 27, 2017
Name the wildlife – Nature Notes quiz
January 15, 2016
(Physical environment)
Moon over Westborough
February 29, 2008
(Wildlife)
Good tips from a wildlife veterinarian
February 20, 2015

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