A muskrat swam through a yucky Jamaica Pond on May 27.
Visitors to Jamaica Pond in recent days have noticed that the water along the edges of the pond has cleared remarkably when compared to just a couple weeks ago, but the water's not yet clear enough of toxic blue-green algae to allow boating and other recreational activities, such as letting dogs go for a swim, the Boston Public Health Commission said today. Read more.
Male bluegills have been busy of late building communal nests at several locations along the Jamaica Pond shoreline, such as this collection on the southern edge of the pond, to the left of the boathouse. Read more.
The turtles were out in force at Jamaica Pond today. In addition to the premium location on the branches near the northern end of the pond, like the guys above, there were turtles along the parkway and even on a bunch of downed branches along Parkman Drive that geese had made their own - until today, at least.
All the equipment parked at the northern end of Jamaica Pond is so Boston firefighters can do their annual training on how to rescue people who don't listen to them and go out on the ice anyway and then fall in: Read more.
On the afternoon of New Year's Eve, for about 20 minutes, there was no wind at Jamaica Pond and so it was absolutely still and basically a giant mirror (save near the northern end, where a flotilla of hooded mergansers were busy fishing). Read more.
Mary Ellen journeyed up to Jamaica Pond today, where, amongst the fresh crop of hooded mergansers, which usually show up there about now, she spotted some redhead ducks, which are not commonly seen in 02130.
Sometimes, the pond also sees ruddy ducks, which, however, do not have red heads.
Around 4:45 p.m., a woman who had been pumping up her inflatable surfboard and inflatable sail along the Jamaicaway side of Jamaica Pond put on a wetsuit, then put the board in the water, got on and paddled out aways before standing up and then scudding from one side of the pond to the other, using the handheld sail to direct the board where to go. Read more.