Our top story today is that Anne took me out to the south parking lot of Estabrook Park to see the Neowise comet last evening, and we found it pretty easily with the help of some binoculars, right below the big dipper as advertised. That’s the first time I’ve seen the tail of a comet with my own eyes, and I highly recommend it.
Meanwhile, this morning in the park, there was a sole wood duck hen on the pond but no duckling, and we all hope against hope that the duckling was just elsewhere, right? And ha! Check out the frog photobombing our picture that I only just now noticed.
The family of mallards with the one yellow duckling were on the oxbow pond by the river, and that yellow one really seems to like staying in the water long after mom and the four siblings have hit the weeds. It will be fascinating to see what it gets for adult coloration, eh?
The indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea), in the wildflower meadow by the river, is perhaps becoming less annoyed by my presence.
A tiny, bright green inchworm was checking out what looks to be an eastern purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) on the steep slope from the beer garden down to the river.
A bumblebee was hard at work on the newly opened blossom of what appears to be a spear thistle, bull thistle, or common thistle (Cirsium vulgare), “the national flower of Scotland.”
Finally, some bald-faced hornets (Dolichovespula maculata) are expanding a nest in the little fruit tree on the northeast lawn of the pond. Sorry, but I’m not getting any closer.
And that rounds out today’s top stories. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.