Archive for March, 2005

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

50+ degrees. Sunny. Breeze from the East. The big news today is swans near the north shore of the pond. Buds on trees continue to burst into bloom. What is that pod attached to the fence at post 89? What a beautiful day. There are many people and dogs who agree. Cassady is today’s companion.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

48 degrees. Overcast. Almost no wind. Didn’t even notice my left hip. Raptor Alert! Three photos today in three different places. Originally I wan’t going to bring Cassady. But when I told her no, she got really sad. So I said yes and she immediately cheered up. Near the end a jogger watches me taking the last picture, then volunteers that he’s seen three type of Mergansers within a mile of each other. He gave three names as he continued on his way, but none of them stick in my mind.

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Monday, March 28, 2005

44 degrees. Everything is very damp. The rain may be responsible. A tree full of Robins by the soccer field. A few people. A few dogs. Rain tapers off near the end. Lots of opportunities to witness erosion.

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Sunday, March 27, 2005

50 degrees. Sunny with some wind. Melting snow is percolating through the soil and into the pond generating streams of fine silt like in the last three images. Cynthia and Cassady are today’s companions.

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Saturday, March 26, 2005

42 degrees. Sunny but cool because of a wind from the east. Saturday is a busy day at the pond–especially on a nice day like today. Near the end of the walk, top of the hill behind the soccer field, from way off to the right of my peripheral vision, a blur comes streaking in at a sharp angle, slows rapidly to reveal a raptor, who then “splashes” into a pile of leaves, pauses for a moment, then leaps into a nearby tree, talons full of leaves and whatever. I get a couple of 35mm photos before it flies off. Pure excitement seeing a raptor hunt.

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Friday, March 25, 2005

48 degrees. Feels cooler than yesterday. Overcast, sun peeking through every now and then. Goose fight around post 600. Three of them. Probably two males and a female. A raptor, looking like a Peregrine Falcon, on a fenced off area between the parking lot and Kingsley Park. Three boys are inside the fenced in area approaching the bird. Its not moving or giving way as though it might be injured or protecting some food item. I yell at them to leave the bird alone and stay out of the fenced in area. They turn around and head for an exit.

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Thursday, March 24, 2005

38 degrees. Last night there was a weather prediction of 5-10 inches of snow. We got a dusting and some rain. Dang! Snow is so nice at Fresh Pond. More Robins on the soccer field. What looked like a Penguin sitting on the edge of the ice over near post 1000 is probably a Double-Crested Cormorant, according to Ranger Jean. LOTS of geese flying overhead and landing on the water.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2005

45 degrees. Overcast, slight wind. Very different atmosphere from yesterday. First Robins of the year. First four photos. At post 660, a Crow, high in a tree, appears to be pruning the tree. Its pulling off small twigs and dropping them. Every now and then it appears to almost fall as it wrestles a twig away from the tree.

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Monday, March 21, 2005

40 degrees–but it feels warmer. My thermometer reads higher, 45. It was cloudy during my walk but is now sunny. Lots of melting. As Ranger Jean says, welcome to mud season at Fresh Pond. A new crop of Dandelions is on the way, beginning here. Two tiny woodpeckers, black and white stripes on their backs, red crest at the back of the head, seen near post 1000. Its not very clear but this appears to be two male Downy Woodpeckers. This tree, near post 1027, is trying to heal a wound–from being split in half.

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Sunday, March 20, 2005

The sun was shining brightly just before I left. Temperature in the low 60s. Overcast by the time Cassady and I hit the path.

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Saturday, March 19, 2005

Definitely Spring temperatures today. These leaves look blurred because, at just the moment this photo was taken, one of Fresh Pond’s friendly dogs placed his front paws on my back as I was crouched down aiming the camera. Two male ducks fighting over a female at post 892. Walkers are advised to stop at post 1290 and view the mushrooms growing on a Paper Birch. At post 111, on a Betula papyrifera, there are indications that the local rabits are living off the bark of trees. Ranger Jean informs me that the South side of Fresh Pond Reservation, or Huron Avenue, is still frozen, while the North side is largely thawed. You can see the still frozen here and the mostly thawed here. Normally I find just one lost glove.

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Friday, March 18, 2005

Nice day. Spring definitely on the way. Small woodpecker at post 658. Heard it. Couldn’t see it. It flew away. Came back–saw it. Heard it working on wood–couldn’t see it.

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Cassady lags behind in our walks around Fresh Pond–until we get halfway or more around. Then she stays out front and tries to get me to hurry on home.

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Wednesday, March 16, 2005

42 degrees. Sunny, lots of big couds. A very pleasant day. A bit windy. Here we have some Red Osier Dogwood. Green Algae will, from time to time, grow on Elm bark, like this.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

43 degrees. Sunny, some big couds. A very pleasant day. Lots of contact with Fresh Pond Hominids and Canines. This is a small stream caused by snow melt runoff. This is an equally small example of erosion caused by the runoff. The Highbush Blueberries are just starting to come to life for another season. Ranger Jean says they will be covered with Poison Ivy and accessible only to birds. Dang! Blueberries are my favorite berry. And here are some Dead Man’s Fingers.

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Monday, March 14, 2005

40 degrees. Sunny, some big couds that caused the temperature to drop. Today’s walking partner was a local Hominid. Cassady was limping slightly so she rested at home. The Witch Hazel tree blossoms/flowers continue to develop. You can find information about this here.

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Sunday, March 13, 2005

40 degrees. Sunny, some big couds that caused the temperature to drop precipitously. A hawk caught a vole, carried it to a tree, while being chased by three crows. After eating the catch, the hawk and one crow ended up in a tree together. We also went shopping at Bread & Circus. Yesterday, on meeting one of the dog walkers at the pond, he said to his friend, and me, Oh, its camera guy.

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Saturday, March 12, 2005

33 degrees. Snowing. From the Northeast. Less than a dozen people out walking. Fewer dogs. Very wet snow. Dense. Heavy. A lot of work to get around today. But the left hip feels fine. I’ve taken a sample of the yellow flowers/buds. Hopefully Ranger Jean and the waterworks people will forgive me. You can see a lifesize version here. A bigger version can be seen here. A REALLY BIG version is here.

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Friday, March 11, 2005

30 degrees. Wind, and snow, from the East. It started snowing just as Cassady and I get to the Pond. More snow predicted for tomorrow. We like it. Sorry to all you Spring fans. Speaking of Spring having sprung… a tree at post 1026 has burst out with bright yellow flowers/buds.

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Thursday, March 10, 2005

26 degrees. Sunny. Windy. Some spaceship clouds. Three watches found in the last week. Increase in bird sightings. Here’s a better picture of yesterday’s mystery fence. And here’s the solution to the mystery. This squirrel went to the top of tree–but failed to schedule a helicopter to meet him there. Somebody lost their glasses.

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