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By adamg - 10/17/21 - 5:58 pm
A coot

There were a couple of coots (no clue if they were old coots) at Jamaica Pond today, with their pigeon-like way of moving around the water: Their heads bobbing back and forth as they moved.

By adamg - 10/11/21 - 9:04 pm
Great blue heron all scrunched up

Late this afternoon at Chez Turtle, where all the turtles at Jamaica Pond seem to hang.

OK, it's a great blue heron just all scrunched up. Later, he flew from one end of the pond to the other and seemed to have both legs and a neck.

By adamg - 10/6/21 - 9:59 pm
Fall comes to Jamaica Pond

Most of the trees are still green, but some of the youngsters have already started getting their leaves ready to drop.

By adamg - 10/3/21 - 11:49 am
Purple flower at Jamaica Pond

There were only three of these purple flowers on the banks of Jamaica Pond yesterday, but zillions of these white flowers: Read more.

By adamg - 9/4/21 - 7:09 pm
Heron preens while turtles watch

A great blue heron preened itself while a couple of turtles watched its every move on Jamaica Pond this afternoon (even more turtles watched from the other side on what is normally the pond's turtle log).

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By adamg - 8/9/21 - 10:46 pm
Ducks at Jamaica Pond

A pair of ducks taking a break this afternoon along the shores of Jamaica Pond, which more and more is looking like a giant pot of pea soup as the blue-but-so-far-mostly-green algae keep the pond closed to fishing, boating and dog swimming.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 11:17 pm
Swan in Jamaica Pond

At first, Jamaica Pond seems fine - you come down the slope from Perkins Street and there's a swan slowly moving across the water.

But then you walk over towards the Jamaicaway/Pond Street side and you see none of the sailboats have sails: Read more.

By adamg - 7/31/21 - 10:38 am

The Boston Public Health Commission reports an explosion of blue-green algae in Jamaica Pond means the water's no longer fine for fishing or for dogs and kids to go in. Read more.

By adamg - 7/17/21 - 5:04 pm
Horseshoe crab at Jamaica Pond

So, as Vostradamus asks, how did one (granted, very dead) wind up on the shore of Jamaica Pond?

By adamg - 7/4/21 - 4:08 pm
Pacific Marimba at Jamaica Pond

A group called Pacific Marimba set up and played in the field at Jamaica Pond near the rotary today: Read more.

By adamg - 7/4/21 - 3:49 pm
Jamaica Pond fisherman and fish

A guy fishing at Jamaica Pond this afternoon landed what seemed like a pretty big fish to several people who stopped to watch him reel it in. He showed it off, then said it was nothing, and showed how large another fish he once caught in the pond was.

By adamg - 6/17/21 - 10:13 am
Mother and baby ducks going to sleep

The mama duck and her seven ducklings had settled in for a snooze late yesterday afternoon among the mud and rocks along the Perkins Street side of Jamaica Pond, just up from that outlet tunnel. As the ducklings huddled in a big fuzzball, mother burrowed into her own feathers - but with one eye still on the water.

Then a heron landed maybe 8 or 9 feet away. At first, it stood there, seeming to eye the ducklings. Read more.

By adamg - 6/3/21 - 9:22 pm
Saxophone player at Jamaica Pond

Late this afternoon, a good part of Jamaica Pond and the path around it reverberated with the sound of this guy's saxophone playing.

By adamg - 6/1/21 - 7:02 pm
Great blue heron in Jamaica Pond

This heron would spend a few minutes today at one spot at Jamaica Pond (spotted here along the Perkins Street side), then flit off to another.

By adamg - 5/2/21 - 6:53 pm
Flowering tree

This afternoon, along the Pinebank side of Jamaica Pond.

By adamg - 4/24/21 - 5:16 pm
Four koi

Congregating koi in Jamaica Pond today.

A week ago, there was one koi swimming around at the north end of Jamaica Pond. Today there were at least five, and maybe six - two orange ones, a mostly white one and one or two sort of mud-colored ones. Read more.

By adamg - 4/23/21 - 6:21 pm
Ring-necked duck

The photographer, who doesn't know from ducks, except the ones that come up to you with the geese if they think you have bread, spotted this bird scooting along, and alone, on Jamaica Pond this afternoon. Dr. Google pronounces it a ring-necked duck.

By adamg - 4/19/21 - 5:55 pm
A lot of turtles at Jamaica Pond

It was turtles, turtles everywhere at Jamaica Pond today, at least on the one downed tree limb that is the premier turtle lounging spot.

By adamg - 4/17/21 - 7:12 pm
Goose and koi

Looks like somebody dumped a sleek and sassy koi into Jamaica Pond recently. Although it doesn't show up in this poor photo, the fish has a splash of orange on its back near its eyes - unlike Moby Carp of years gone by, which was simply white. At one point the goose started going after the fish; the fish was having none of it and swam away.

By adamg - 4/15/21 - 4:05 pm
Tree in bloom at Jamaica Pond

Jamaica Pond isn't really the place to head if you want to see spring busting out all over, but there are a couple of trees on the Pinebank side.

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