Sunday, March 18, 2012

habitat ~ 03/18/12 ~ Frog Pond Wetland Preserve

March 18, 2012

The Frog Pond is a lovely quick jaunt outdoors that feels miles away from the trappings of town, even though this 17-acre natural spot sits in the middle of houses on three sides and a busy Hwy 218. One of the benefits of all those houses is that several have bird feeders in their backyards that abut the Preserve, which creates an amazing bird cacophony that drowns out the rumble of traffic. While I didn't find any dragons or damsels (Odonata) out yet, there were numerous tree swallows flying acrobatically over the pond. We also saw several coots and a few rusty-colored unidentified ducks, possibly cinnamon teals. Andy once spotted a bobcat here, so we always keep our eyes out for them, too. To see the Frog Pond through the seasons, check out my Frog Pond habitat label and scroll down.

As an aside, when I was checking to make sure the swallows we saw with bright white bellies and iridescent blue backs (the two white blurs over the pond in the second picture above) were indeed tree swallows and not barn swallows, I found this incredibly moving series of pictures from Taiwan. It's difficult not to anthropomorphize grief.


Imperfect and tense said...

Plenty of water in the Frog Pond. That's looking promising :o)

Bob Bushell said...

Great frog pond, beautiful photos.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Will have to visit again soon to look for Odonata! They should be out by now here.

Katie (Nature ID) said...

Thanks for checking in, Bob. Hope you're doing well. Your pictures are always so stunning@