The Nighthawk is a member of the nightjar family which include the Whip-poor-will. All members of this family are rather cryptic in color with tiny bills and huge mouths. Join us for a Nighthawk Watch this summer at Washington Tower:
The flight of the nighthawk is unmistakable as it wheels erratically chasing insects. The Nighthawk nests most often on open cultivated fields, gravel beaches, rocky outcrops and burned over woodlands. It is also well known to nest on flat gravel roof tops especially in cities. Locally birds have nested in a number of different places in Cambridge and Somerville as well as the Back Bay and South End sections of Boston. The roofs of many of these buildings have been converted to rubber and are no longer appealing to the nighthawks. (more…)
Horticulture Highlight: Astilbe, Astilbe sp.
…It is a morning in July, hot and clear.
Out in the field, a bird repeats its quaternary call,
four notes insisting, I’m here, I’m here…
The American Goldfinch pictured above (Photo by Jeremiah Trimble) is perhaps one of the most familiar and appreciated songbirds in our area. The noted ornithologist Frank Chapman wrote: “Panoplied in jet and gold the merry, care-free goldfinches flit in the summer sunshine. They wander happily about, singing, wooing, mating, eating, drinking and bathing all summer without family worries.” (more…)
Mount Auburn Cemetery is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the role of Cemetery Operations Technician.
The Cemetery Operations Technician works within all Cemetery Operations departments as needed. Under the supervision of the department’s Director, the Technician performs a variety of skilled and semi-skilled manual labor tasks pertaining to the daily operations of the Cemetery. Duties will require the employee to work outside in all weather conditions and includes digging foundations and installing monuments, assisting with interments/burials, and repairing the irrigation system following safety rules and regulations. Performs additional tasks as assigned.(more…)