Sunday, January 8, 2012

A Walk in the Park

Tree Fungus
34 degrees at 7:00 a.m. A little colder than I thought it was going to be, but not bad.

The park has been awfully quiet. The lower gardens had, dare I say it, some house sparrows I believe. I hate seeing them at the park. Also saw some song sparrows, juncos, and a mockingbird. I could hear goldfinches, titmice, chickadees and a cardinal, but never caught a glimpse of them.

I cut through the upper gardens and down to the river. Saw only a single robin and a woodpecker drilling. I thought I saw some ducks on the other side of the bridge, so I crossed Nahanton St. and hung out on the bridge for a while. There were six common mergansers. One of them had a fish in its beak and kept dropping it and picking it up again. I was surprised at the size of the fish. It seemed rather large to swallow.  Also saw about a dozen mallards on some ice near the edge of the river. Eventually, they joined the mergansers and they all disappeared upstream.

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