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By adamg - 10/13/19 - 3:17 pm
A heron in Jamaica Pond

This afternoon, this heron was quietly minding its own business on the Parkman Drive side of Jamaica Pond, slowly wading along the shore looking for a bite to eat, with that Groucho Marx gait herons have, when another heron landed on the water about 15 feet away. Read more.

By adamg - 10/7/19 - 2:32 pm
Jamaica Pond sailboat knocked over by the wind

If the sailboats at Jamaica Pond were candlepins, the role of the ball today would be played by the wind, Travel New England reports.

By adamg - 9/28/19 - 1:49 pm
Sign about the drilling radishes that will be planted along Perkins Street

A Boston Parks and Recreation project around Jamaica Pond that has focused mainly on replacing the crumbling asphalt walkways that ring the park also includes work to improve the plantings there. Along the Parkman Drive and Perkins Street sides, workers have uprooted decades of weeds and put down new soil and, in several areas, grass seed. Read more.

By adamg - 8/15/19 - 8:00 pm
Turtle at Jamaica Pond

This turtle climbed up on the oversized bathtub drain at the northern end of Jamaica Pond this afternoon to get some sun, but then seemed to want to figure out if it could balance on it using just its shell.

By adamg - 8/3/19 - 3:40 pm
Turtles and ducks on rocks at Jamaica Pond

Some ducks shared their rocky resting spot with a pair of turtles in Jamaica Pond yesterday.

By adamg - 7/18/19 - 4:14 pm
Goose and Bird scooter at Jamaica Pond

One of the geese that frequents Jamaica Pond hit the salad bar this afternoon while one of the rolling Brookline eyesores that keeps winding up at the pond just sat nearby, taking up space.

By adamg - 7/1/19 - 7:57 pm
Firefighters at Jamaica Pond

Boston firefighters swarmed the dock at Jamaica Pond around 7:15 p.m. on a report of at least one person possibly in the water. But firefighters who went out in a BFD boat reported around 7:45 p.m. they'd found nothing. Firefighters began packing up not long after. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/19 - 3:54 pm
Great blue heron at Jamaica Pond

But the pickings were slim yesterday afternoon, so after a few minutes, he flew off to another part of the pond.

Earlier:
An afternoon snack at Jamaica Pond.

By adamg - 6/10/19 - 5:31 pm
Wood ducks in Jamaica Pond

For at least the third year in a row, a wood duck is raising a flotilla of wood ducklings at Jamaica Pond.

Last year:
Getting her ducks in a row.

By adamg - 5/15/19 - 5:26 pm
Heron with a fish snack at Jamaica Pond

The heron stood mostly still at the water's edge along the Pinebank side of Jamaica Pond today, only its neck swiveling as it scanned the water. Then, suddenly, it went into a crouch, like a cat about to pounce, took a couple of steps to the left and speared the water, coming up with a quickly devoured canape. Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/19 - 11:35 am
Last bench near Jamaica Pond Boathouse

Workers getting ready to lay down a new asphalt path along Jamaica Pond near the boathouse and gazebo have ripped up all the benches on one side of them, save for Matthew Hincman's prank-turned-art-installation. Remains of the other benches now sit in small stacks of wood slats along the path and a couple of collections of the metal supports: Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/19 - 9:49 am
Car parked badly at Jamaica Pond

Gary C. reports this car was originally parked when there were snowbanks along Perkins Street at Jamaica Pond - and hasn't moved since:

Move over buddy! Despite the snow banks having receded to the curb, this lone duck still sits in the middle of the bike lane at Jamaica Pond. The city has noticed and placed several tickets on his windshield.

By adamg - 1/6/19 - 1:51 pm
Boston firefighters training at Jamaica Pond

Jake watched Boston firefighters doing some training at Jamaica Pond today.

Last January, they used the pond for training as well, but it was cold enough they could practice ice rescues.

By adamg - 12/3/18 - 10:34 pm
Raptor at Jamaica Pond

Was walking around Jamaica Pond this afternoon, when I spotted this bird glide down to a perch on one of the trees on the Parkman Drive side.

Hawk? And should I finally figure out how to manually focus my camera lens because the auto-focus kept zeroing in on the branches in front of the bird? The answer to the latter question, of course, is: Yes.

By adamg - 11/21/18 - 12:58 pm
Coots at Jamaica pond

Several coots have made their late-fall arrival at Jamaica Pond - looking like ducks in the water, and sort of chickens on land, except for their feet, which look like, well, nothing you'd expect.

By adamg - 11/5/18 - 3:56 pm
Fall trees at Jamaica Pond

There were some trees around Jamaica Pond today that didn't need much sun to show off their fall colors. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/18 - 10:49 pm
Large fungus on a tree stump on the path around Jamaica Pond

Along the path around Jamaica Pond, near where Parkman Drive and the Arborway meet in that rotary is a tree stump. There are several clumps of toadstools, the largest of which had dozens and dozens of them, all tightly clustered as if trying to huddle for warmth. And then there is this large, almost flowering, single fungus. Read more.

By adamg - 9/17/18 - 8:51 pm
American wigeon

This female American wigeon decided to hang with all the mallards on the north side of Jamaica Pond this afternoon, but acting a bit more skittish than her larger ducky friends. At one point, a bunch of them took off all of a sudden and she departed with them - before they all splashed down again about halfway down the pond.

By adamg - 9/16/18 - 6:43 pm
Bald eagle in Jamaica Pond

Mark MacGilchrist spotted a bald eagle in a tree on Moss Hill, near Jamaica Pond today. A bald eagle had frequented the pond area this past spring. In July, an eagle surveyed the scene from a tree in West Roxbury.

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