- I went to the park at about 2pm this afternoon. The inlet pond, which
was almost totally ice free yesterday, is now completely frozen over.
The northern section of the outlet pond that was still open yesterday
has now shrunk to a small patch of open water about 10x20 feet. The
Ruddy Duckling is still there as are four Mallards, two of them
males. One of the females was resting on the ice near the open patch
of water and I could see that it was the injured one that I had seen
on the inlet pond yesterday. I could now see the extent of its
injury. It doesn't have a left "foot" at all and what remains of its
leg seems to be twisted outward. I presume that it can fly though,
because I doubt that it could have crawled between the inlet and
The only other inhabitants were four Rock Pigeons on the south west
shore of the outlet pond. A lone Canada Goose flew over north of the
- I checked out the park this afternoon and the open patch on the
outlet pond has shrunk to only about a foot across. There was no sign
of the Mallards or Ruddy Duckling that were there yesterday so this
will probably be my last report about the park until spring arrives.
- My wife and I went for a walk in the park this evening and I spotted a
Great Blue Heron as we approached the inlet pond from the car park. It
was just standing in the northeast corner of the inlet pond. Later we
saw another one which was quite a bit smaller and I presume it was a
I also got a "lifer" of sorts. I saw an American Bittern on the
northwest side of the outlet pond. It's the first one I've seen in the
park and only the second one I've ever seen.