After that warm spell we’ve just had, two more park denizens have emerged from their winter hibernation, these daffodils by the Church House and these glories-of-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) in front of the maintenance building. Yay! There is not much to report from the pond. There is only one goose clearly incubating, and the rest areContinue reading “Adios, March!”
Monthly Archives: March 2021
March heads for the door, as blustery as ever.
It was an odd morning in Estabrook. The temperature was mild enough, but the wind was still quite gusty. The sun was mostly out, but the sky wasn’t very blue. I heard and glimpsed a kingfisher again, but didn’t manage to capture an image yet. I did finally manage to find wood ducks up inContinue reading “March heads for the door, as blustery as ever.”
The chipmunks return…
Our latest arrival in the park this morning is this little chipmunk beside the Oak Leaf Trail. I read that they hibernate for the winter and are now re-emerging. I’ve spotted them a few times over the past week or two throughout the park, but this was the first one to sit still a bitContinue reading “The chipmunks return…”
Spring keeps on creeping in…
I only managed to document one new arrival today, and it’s this little brown creeper (Certhia americana) whom I found methodically creeping up tree trunks beside the river. I also spotted, but failed to capture, a group of three cranes, probably sand hill, flying high and drifting south fast in the high winds, and whatContinue reading “Spring keeps on creeping in…”
A fine day for ducks and geese…
It was a fine morning for ducks, geese, or anyone else wearing a full-body dry-suit, cold with on-and-off precipitation. Nevertheless, I found a gap in the green blob on the radar, so where we go. There are still 4 couples and a 9th wheel of geese on the pond, and a second couple appears toContinue reading “A fine day for ducks and geese…”
The Park Report, 1st Anniversary Edition!
That’s right, boys and girls, it was exactly 1 year ago today that I breathlessly fired off an email message to a few friends and family whom I thought might be interested to learn that there was a wood duck on the pond in Estabrook Park. Before then, I didn’t even know wood ducks existed,Continue reading “The Park Report, 1st Anniversary Edition!”
Lots of action…
The wood ducks are back on the pond. again Yay! I think I saw two couples in the early morning light, and at least one couple appears to be getting quite comfortable in what I hope will be their summer home. Here they are up on the lawn as I sit on the park benchContinue reading “Lots of action…”
They cranked it to 11!
That’s right, there were 11 Canada geese on the pond this morning, 5 couples and 1 optimist who is sure his big break is just around the corner. Or maybe he’s just a failure to launch still living with his folks. Either way, that’s up from 9 geese yesterday. Our heroes are still staking outContinue reading “They cranked it to 11!”
The wood ducks are back on the pond…
Our top story this morning is the exciting return of the wood ducks to the pond in Estabrook Park. There were three drakes and two hens in all. The lighting was a little tricky this morning, but the drakes were looking resplendent nevertheless. In other news, the Canada goose situation continues to be an evolvingContinue reading “The wood ducks are back on the pond…”
The Eagle Has Landed!
Well, by “eagle” I mean the female Canada goose on the pond in Estabrook, and by “landed” I mean assumed her throne, and by “her throne” I mean her nest on the island in the pond. Finally, and not a moment too soon! There were 3 other pairs of geese on the pond this morning.Continue reading “The Eagle Has Landed!”