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.
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Another busy morning in Estabrook Park

  • The pair of Canada geese were still there with one on the nest and the other chasing away interlopers.
  • The male Mallards are now up to four. Perhaps they’re starting a fraternity.
  • The two pairs of Wood ducks were still there and a little less skittish.
  • The single male Red-breasted Merganser was there and even rolling onto his side to preen his belly.
  • The single Pied-billed Grebe was there and caught a little fish for breakfast.
  • The Red-bellied Woodpecker, Chet, as nowhere to be found. Maybe he was out looking for breakfast, too.
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  • and here’s the Grebe with his fish.

Cold but busy morning in Estabrook Park

There was no sign of the Hooded Merganser this morning, maybe he continued north, but the male Red-breasted Merganser was back and busy fishing.

There are now two male and two female Wood ducks that kept themselves busy swimming and flying laps on and over the pond.

The little Pied-Billed Grebe was still there and seemed to spend nearly as much time underwater ason top.

This morning there were also three male Mallards, and the two Canada Geese are still there: one on the nest and the other warding off unwanted intruders. Someone’s dog came within a couple of feet of discovering just how aggressive a goose can be when defending its home turf.

Meanwhile, over by the river, our little buddy, Chet, was still hangin’ in his duplex. I could hear plenty of other Red-Bellied Woodpeckers calling away, but he’s just biding his time, I guess.

New guy at the Estabrook Pond

Besides the Canada Geese, including one who appears to be nesting on the island, mallards, and wood ducks, this morning I spotted a male Red-breasted Merganser who perhaps is taking a breather on his way north. Their breeding grounds are supposed to start just north of here, at least on the world map.

Also, the Red-bellied woodpecker I spotted yesterday or the day before is waiting out the rain in his new duplex this morning.