Urban Wildlife Mysteries
Even a quick visit to Morningside Park yields an urban mystery or two. The little pond is completely iced over.
Compare to last spring when two egrets regularly visited to fish near the waterfall
Today a flock of brightly colored balloons seems to be nesting on the island
(I somehow deleted the photo, so imagine, if you will, a score of balloons lying in a gaudy heap on bare ground.)
in roughly the same spot where a set of mallard ducklings hatched in the final days of May
The carp, turtles and frogs that live in the pond should be sleeping now, down in the dead leaves and muck at the bottom of the tiny pond, waiting for winter to give up the ghost. When the water warms, they’ll rouse to life.
But today is mid-February and there is no water, only ice. So how to explain the presence, on the path that runs along the eastern edge of the pond, of a pair of dead fish.
Someone had fish head for lunch.
The pond has been frozen for days. Where did the fish come from? How did they die? Why are they here?
A sign on the back of a bench offers the promise of rescue.
The photo of the sign was taken in midsummer, when there were no ladders to be seen. Now the ladders are ready for trouble.
On the way home, we passed beneath a tree filled with dozens of sparrows, all singing at the top of their little lungs. Spring really is coming.
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