Jamaica Pond

By - 4/11/18 - 4:17 pm
Legos at Jamaica Pond

Steve Garfield's started fixing a wall at the gazebo at the Jamaica Pond boathouse and hopes the community joins in to finish the work.

Compare to Nate Swain's Lego wall on Congress Street back in 2015.

By - 4/10/18 - 12:26 am
Duck on a rock

At Jamaica Pond.

By - 3/29/18 - 4:26 pm
Turtle at Jamaica Pond

Before the clouds completely took over the sky this afternoon, a turtle sunned itself on the usual turtle perch on one of the fallen tree branches near the northern end of Jamaica Pond.

By - 3/20/18 - 11:08 pm
Eagle at Jamaica Pond

Erik Pettaway reports he was walking his dogs around Jamaica Pond on Jan. 30, near where Perkins Street and Francis Parkman Drive intersect, when: Read more.

By - 3/19/18 - 3:27 pm
Hooded mergansers on Jamaica Pond

Went up to Jamaica Pond to look for the bald eagle that's been spotted there. Didn't find it, but did find these hooded mergansers paddling around with the mallards up at the north end of the pond.

By - 2/25/18 - 12:05 pm
Swans in Jamaica Pond

There are three swans at the pond these days - a couple and a third wheel. Yesterday afternoon, all converged on the small island at the northern end of the pond, but the couple was not in a sharing mood - one of them broke off and drove away the third swan, which decided the middle of the pond wasn't so bad after all.

By - 1/29/18 - 10:23 am
Ice training on Jamaica Pond

Jonathan Tompkins got a view of Boston firefighters practicing ice rescues at the north end of Jamaica Pond this morning. Despite the warming temperatures of recent days, the ice still held for them - and they had to cut some holes in the ice to practice their rescue techniques.

By - 1/12/18 - 10:42 am

Boston first responders converged on Jamaica Pond this morning after the discovery of a seemingly abandoned bicycle on the shore with footprints leading onto the ice - but none coming back.

But police soon found the bike owner safe and sound - and dry - on the other side of the pond. Capt. John Greland at E-13 reported around 10:45:

Located person who owns the bike, she is OK, said left bike and walked across the pond and didn’t come back. Located the person by an ID number on bike. Units clearing out.

By - 12/28/17 - 11:45 am
Ducks, geese and coots in water at otherwise frozen Jamaica Pond

Geese, ducks and coots congregated in what appeared to be the last remaining bit of open water on Jamaica Pond, at the north end, this morning. Some birds remained aloof: Two swans seemed to prefer their space out on the ice rather than sharing it with their cousins, as did a flock of seagulls. Read more.

By - 12/27/17 - 12:36 pm
Skating on Jamaica Pond

The Library of Congress has this drawing of people skating in Jamaica Plain (and some who have plunged to the ice) in 1859 or thereabouts.

By - 11/22/17 - 12:23 pm
Island in the mist in Jamaica Pond

The island at the north end of Jamaica Pond faded in and out of view during the rain late this morning.

Closer to shore, the coots were as plain as the rain rolling off their backs: Read more.

By - 11/6/17 - 7:20 pm
Heron

A pair of herons were hanging out on the higher branches on the little island at the north end of Jamaica Pond today. Read more.

By - 10/14/17 - 9:52 pm
Jamaica Pond in twilight

Molly Lanzarotta enjoyed Jamaica Pond in twilight this evening.

By - 8/7/17 - 3:39 pm
Dragonfly on a turtle in Jamaica Pond

A turtle sunning itself on a fallen tree branch in Jamaica Pond became a resting spot for a dragonfly this afternoon.

By - 6/23/17 - 11:19 pm
Wood duck

That's probably no big news for people used to wildlife, but to us confirmed city dwellers, well, you learn something every day. On a walk around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, I spotted this smallish duck come in over the water and land near some other ducks and ducklings. As it came in, it seemed to be whistling, rather than quacking.

Thanks to some folks on Twitter for identifying it as a wood duck.

By - 5/6/17 - 6:08 pm
Otter in Jamaica Pond

Moby Carp has company: Jameson Brown was walking around Jamaica Pond today when he looked down and spotted this furry criter cruising towards shore.

Jameson said it appeared to be an otter - it seemed too small for a beaver and its home "seemed more otter-like too, a hole more than a lodge."

But local wildlife aficionado Jef Taylor says, no, that's a muskrat.

By - 4/28/17 - 1:52 pm

Governor Baker, Secretary Beaton and local elementary school students stock Jamaica Pond with trout

In what has become an annual tradition for governors of the Commonwealth, Charlie Baker went down to Jamaica Pond yesterday to join with local school kids and City Councilor Matt O'Malley to restock the pond with fish.

Earlier:
Moby Carp lives!

By - 4/19/17 - 4:03 pm
Turtles at Jamaica Pond

We decamped for Jamaica Pond at lunchtime in search of the loon. Didn't find it, but did find plenty of sunning turtles.

By - 4/19/17 - 9:55 am

A couple weeks ago, Oliver Burton reported seeing a loon in Jamaica Pond. "Unusual for here," he notes.

H/t Wiley Cox.

By - 4/12/17 - 10:42 am

Clayton Harper provides an overview of the changes DCR is proposing for the intersection of Parkman Drive and Perkins Street on the northern side of Jamaica Pond, such as installing traffic lights and new paths and narrowing the roads on either side of the intersection to force drivers to slow down.