West Park Pond

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Evening wildlife report: One muskrat, four ducks, countless goldfish, one great blue heron, and another not-definitely-identified water bird: a juvenile green heron? Brown with white spots or streaks on its back. Long neck and pointed bill, but not as long or sharp as that of the great blue.

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  1. By Susie
    August 3, 2013 at 11:53 pm | permalink

    Now that I’ve had a chance to look it up, I think the unidentified water bird was more likely an American bittern — the right shape and size, though the markings I saw are not exactly like the available pictures.

  2. By bear
    August 6, 2013 at 1:33 am | permalink


  3. By Chuck Anderson
    August 11, 2013 at 1:10 pm | permalink

    Wonder if that muskrat you saw was just passing through? I’ve been keeping a eye on the pond during my walks to and from work most weekdays, but have not spotted any for about 6 weeks or so. Prior to that, saw at least one member of the muskrat family at least every other day.

    The re-growing vegetation on the pond periphery is a possible indication the muskrat population is outta there. Will keep looking since I want to see w/my own eyes, but until then guess I’m kinda doubtful about muskrats currently living in the pond.

  4. By Donna Estabrook
    August 11, 2013 at 1:28 pm | permalink

    I saw a lone muskrat swimming with nest-building materials once earlier this summer (spring?) I haven’t seen one since.

  5. By Susie
    August 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | permalink

    I’ve seen a muskrat many times this summer, including a few nights ago, though not every time I’ve been to the pond. And there was at least one occasion when more than one muskrat appeared.