There were some new baby birds at Columbus Park yesterday (August 12). Or at least they were new to me — because of our California vacation, I hadn’t been to the Park in three weeks. Here’s my favorite:
A second fledgling Green Heron was hiding in the same tree. Two summers ago two pairs of Green Herons built a total of four nests on Columbus Park lagoon, raising at least a half dozen young (probably more). Last year we didn’t have any successful nests, as far as we could tell. I was afraid Green Herons were headed for another unsuccessful year in 2009, but I guess they’ve just gotten better at hiding their nest. (Or maybe I’m getting worse at finding nests, and I need Ethan and Aaron to help me search for them.)
We also have a fourth brood of Mallards on the lagoon. I first saw them mucking about at the edge of the lagoon:
At first none of them noticed me, so I got pretty close. Then a baby quacked a warning, and all six ducklings headed for deeper water:
The Canada Goose family we’ve been following was still hanging out together, even though they can all fly and are all about the same size. However, I saw only four Wood Duck young on the pond, and only two of those were with their mother. Here are links to our earlier postings about goose and duck families at Columbus Park:
I also saw two fledgling Red-eyed Vireos with their parent in the Austin woods — the first time we’ve confirmed successful nesting by this species! I’ll post a full report on breeding birds in the Park in a few weeks, once we’re sure everyone is done for the year. Until then, you can visit our Columbus Park eBird page (here).