|New Bat Boxes|
Last fall, Chris, a scout and student at Newton South, was interested in installing 3 bat houses at the park for his Eagle Scout project. There was much discussion, but we all liked the project and the Friends of Nahanton Park approved a donation to help offset some of the material expenses. FNP and the City both approved the project.
Due to some family situations, I haven't been able to get to the park in quite some time, so I was excited to get over there today. There is one box in the lower gardens facing the golf course, one in the upper gardens overlooking the meadow and one in Woodcock meadow.
In the meantime, as I mentioned earlier, it was very quiet today. The lower gardens there were a few
blue jays and possibly a robin. Canada geese were rather vocal flying overhead as well as hanging out at the golf course. Seagulls were seen, bright white against a beautiful blue sky. Four mallards flew by. I couldn't see one bird in the upper gardens, so I ventured down the path into the woods near the swamp, where I finally saw some chickadees and a lone song sparrow.
One fun thing about this time of year are the nests. With no leaves on the trees, they become very obvious and every year I say the same thing. I can't believe I walked by these nests so many times and never knew they were there. Some of them are at eye level and right at the edge of a bush. It's amazing how the birds keep their nests a secret - hiding in plain sight!