The Estabrook Park Report

  • There was frost on the grass, but the sky was clear, and the breeze was just about nonexistent. The surface of the pond was a mirror.
  • The pair of Canada geese are still there, and I even got a not great shot when the one on the nest stood up, and you can see the tops of some eggs.
  • There are now 3 full pairs of Wood ducks, but based on their antics this morning, they may be still in negotiation. At one point, they along with one mallard and one goose were up on the lawn and chasing each other around. They kept hoping back into the water and back up on the lawn. The only thing missing was the song from the end of a Benny Hill episode. It’s called “Yakety Sax”. Not a lot of people know that. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnHmskwqCCQ
  • There were no Mergansers this morning, but I did spot the Grebe for just an instant.
  • The Mallards took off just as I walked up, so I don’t have a good count, but at least three flew overhead.
  • A robin started singing its brains out just above me, so I took a picture.
  • Still no sign of Chet at his duplex, but there were a couple of red-bellied woodpeckers on a willow right by the pond. I could only get a picture of one, so can’t tell if they are a pair. The male was calling like crazy, hopped into his new hole, the second one arrived, and they they both flew off.
  • Oh, and yesterday I forgot to mention spotting a single crane flying north over the pond.
  • I’ve posted the best pictures on Flickr at
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewdressel/albums/72157713703616688

Published by Andrew Dressel

Theoretical and Applied Bicycle Mechanic

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