As discussed on the calendar page, we need to pick some pictures to go in the calendar. To vote for your favorite pictures, simply add a comment at the bottom of this page.

  1. I’ve copied below what I think are the 50 best pictures I’ve captured so far of life in Estabrook Park and assigned each one a number in its caption. If I add more, I will put them at the top and continue numbering them sequentially.
  2. Just include the numbers of the pictures you like in your comment, and you can separate them by commas, if that helps.
  3. We will probably have 12 pictures, one for each month of the year, as Audubon and The Nature Conservancy do, so please don’t pick more, but Lois suggests that you may certainly picker fewer. It might also be nice to have a mix of critters: some birds, some bugs, and maybe a reptile and mammal, or two.
  4. Keep in mind that we’ll all have to look at each picture for an entire month, so try to pick ones that have good quality and are aesthetically pleasing. Landscape is best, and portrait might be problematic. I don’t know yet.
  5. If there is some other picture that you really like that I haven’t included here, just let me know, and I’ll add it. For example, there are 277 pictures from the park on flickr at
  6. Finally, it would be awesome if you also indicated how many calendars you might want, if we were to sell them at $20. This is completely non-binding, but will be a huge help in deciding how many calendars to get printed.
  7. You may even change your mind. I don’t think you can edit old comments, but you are certainly welcome to add new ones as the mood strikes you.

#60. narrow-winged sand grasshopper (Melanoplus angustipennis)
#58. Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) sipping from Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)
#56 female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) with ducklings
#54. Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
#52. American white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) blossoms
#50. Ladybug look-alike
#48. monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed
#46. firefly without a flash (Pyropyga nigricans)
#44. blue-winged teal (Spatula discors) female with duckling
#42. black swallowtail, (Papilio polyxenes) male on dame’s rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
#40. red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)
#38. eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)
(not the common yellow swallowtail (Papilio machaon) I had originally thought)
#36. female mallard (Anas platyrhynchos) with 4 ducklings
#33. great crested flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus)
#31. skimming bluet damselflies (Enallagma geminatum)
#29. male twelve-spotted skimmer (Libellula pulchella)
#27. muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)
#25. monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus
#23. great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
#21. damselfly
#19. Canada goose (Branta canadensis) with gosling
#17. swamp sparrow (Melospiza georgiana)
#15. eastern towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus
#13. gray catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)
#11. rose-breasted grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)
#9. yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)
#7. cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum)
#5. wood duck or Carolina duck (Aix sponsa)
#3. red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)
#1. northern cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)
#59.  indigo bunting (Passerina cyanea)
# 57. male white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
#55. American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)
#53. daddy longlegs, a.k.a. Harvestman, possibly Leiobunum aldrichi on butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa)
#51. Musk thistle (Carduus nutans) with bumblebee
#49. eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)
#47. killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) eggshell
#45. monarch butterfly caterpillar on milkweed
#43. pure golden-green sweat bee (Augochlora pura) on the meadow garlic (Allium canadense)
#41. red-spotted purple (Limenitis arthemis)
#39. silver-spotted skipper (Epargyreus clarus)
#37. crayfish
#35. hoverfly on white campion (Silene latifolia)
#34. red-eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans)
#32. still unidentified damselfly
#30. male dot-tailed whiteface (Leucorrhinia intacta)
#28. white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus)
#26. American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)
#24. bumblebee (Bombus) on honeysuckle  (Lonicera,  syn. Caprifolium Mill.)
#22. cabbage white (Pieris brassicae) on dandelion
#20. eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)
#18. eastern bluebird (Sialia sialis)
#16. yellow-rumped warbler (Setophaga coronata)
#14. Baltimore oriole (Icterus galbula)
#12. green heron (Butorides virescens)
#10. common yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)
#8. blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata)
#6. red-breasted merganser (Mergus serrator)
#4. pied-billed grebe (Podilymbus podiceps)
#2. hooded merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)

More images available at

14 thoughts on “Pictures

  1. Like: 45, 43, 38, 34, 29, 25, 26,20, 36, 19, 14, 7,3,6,5,3, 1
    we could buy a couple, though for a calendar, it would be good to have some autumn and winter shots….or is that outside your time-frame?


  2. I LOVE the fact that none of my choices were among my wife’s choices! So mine are 42, 39, 29, 30, 28, 20. But I really wanted to vote for the cute little chipmunk poised in a tree in one of those round holes half way up the trunk of the tree. He’s a cutie i would like to look at all month. All good, all wonderful, and all for a good cause, thanks, Andy.


  3. My recommended selections: 3,6,20,23,26,28,29,35,40,53,56,60
    With sixty marvelous pictures to choose from this was a difficult task. I tried to select a variety of subjects, photos that would translate well to a calendar, unusual & interesting subjects, and photos that represent Estabrook to me.
    Thanks for all your efforts. Two (maybe three) calendars please!


  4. My selections: 3,6,20,23,26,28,29,35,40,53,56,60
    It was difficult to choose just twelve photos. They are all wonderful.To narrow it down I tried to select photos of a variety of subjects, photos that would look good in a calendar, photos you would enjoy looking at over and over again, photos that to me represent Estabrook Park, and I chose one photo that I just thought was cool (hint: it is the grasshopper). Thanks for sharing your adventures with us. Please set aside two (possibly three) calendars for me.


  5. Hard to Choose! #1, 5, 11, 19, 34, 36, 42, 51, 53, 56, 57, 59 Not on this list, but sure would like to see the cute beaver! Forwarding daily to 10 family members. Thanks Would purchase one calendar.


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