with a ringed-billed gull in a middle
Appeared weak from the hard winter.
Was hovering around. Quite large. Seemed to be fighting me for the space.
Some pairs together in the nests this evening, and one flew down to fish.
4 individuals too far to photograph
I was walking along the CT river and I think I may have found a Freshwater mussel known as the Brook Floater.
Plants just coming up in the leaf litter. Sap is a bright orange-yellow
Among the first plants sprouting this Spring
Not certain about the id.
Not the greatest photos, but the yellow patch near the eye is clear and diagnostic.
Deafening at night, easier on the ears in the day.
The frogs are out in great numbers night and day at the small pond and other wet areas of the park and many egg masses have already been laid. The attached photo is of 3 tenacious males that refuse to release the female which I assume had become a casualty of love. I picked up the writhing, croaking cluster and was surprised that she was still "kicking". She even laid a few eggs in my hand.
I was amazed that one squirrel with one nut could make as much noise and for as long as this one.
A couple of these flying in the area and perching in the trees
The most interesting bird of the day. The Cornell Birding website (allaboutbirds.org) does not show CT in any part of this species' range map, and I have never seen one before. At first I thought it was a cormorant because it was exhibiting the same diving behavior.
2 individuals diving in the cove
Male and female sparrows mating.
Small bird singing in the treetops overlooking the water. The call I heard was a distinct two-note whistle with the second note higher in pitch than the first.
2 birds were picking through the pond side leaf litter looking for a meal. I thought they might be Lincoln's at first because they were rather thin, but the dark spot of feathers was definitely present on the chest.
You can get some fantastically awkward-looking photos when birds are preening
I saw about 3-4
Easily more than 30 or 40 of these plump things hopping about on the grass and searching through the leaf litter for food.